What is terrorism?

Official definitions

"Terrorism'' means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents
US Code, Title 22, Section 2656f. Annual country reports on terrorism  

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property ... for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.  Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons.
General Information About Terrorism   http://www.fema.gov/hazard/terrorism/info.shtm  

General discussion on terrorism

For a discussion of definitions, and a 'consensus' that most (but not all) people follow, see Tom O'Connor's class Terrorism: Understanding the Threat   http://www.apsu.edu/oconnort/3400/default.htm    Lecture one is about the definitions and types   http://www.apsu.edu/oconnort/3400/3400lect01.htm  

Alternate definitions:

Has terrorism changed?

Why is terrorism more frequent in some areas?

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Comments on above essays

Alternate viewpoint, e.g., saying, well, its not so clear, or maybe its different, etc.

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