chapter  16
Homeland Security and Terrorism
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CHAPTER SUMMARY Terrorism is generally defined as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives” (U.S. Department of Justice). While the term terrorism is fairly new, acts of terrorism date back as far as the conception of communities. Terrorism falls into two categories: domestic and foreign. Domestic terrorism is

carried out by persons who are citizens of the country against whom their attacks are targeted. Foreign terrorism is carried out by citizens of another country who target other countries.