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Terrorist

A non-state individual who perpetrates or attempts to perpetrate violent acts directed at civilians to achieve a political or ideological end. A terrorist differs from an insurrectionist, who attempts to overthrow a government. While terrorists may try to influence government policy, they generally have no interest in actually running a government. Terrorism is a type of political risk, especially in unstable areas.
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Terrorist organizations that have the necessary resources are likely to be dangerous in the early stages of conflict or until they secure an advantage in terms of share of grassroots support.
The manner in which she killed the terrorist could easily be the story of any brave officer killing armed terrorists in close combat.
Governments should be afraid of their people." The terrorist, created by his own nation's reign of terror, is transformed into a freedom fighter.
Because these systems operate below legal and financial radars, they are susceptible to abuse by criminal elements and terrorists. (21) Moreover, few elements of this informal transfer system are recorded, making it difficult to obtain records of the transmitters and the beneficiaries or to capture the scale and magnitude of such transfers.
Maritime counterterrorism efforts are too focused on port security and cargo containers, leaving cruise ships and ferries wide open to the possibility of deadly and costly terrorist attacks, according to a book-length study of the issue by Rand Corp.
For the Bush administration to claim that to spy on virtually all American citizens' phone calls, phone bills, and e-mail messages constitutes using "force" against terrorists who "planned, authorized, committed, or aided in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11,2001" requires that a person suspend an understanding of the English language, or alternatively that the administration is afflicted with a paranoia against the people it swore an oath to serve.
Terrorists may target groups of air travelers waiting for their luggage in airport lobbies, the Transportation Security Administration said in a government report.
"Those people want to kill us," declared one campaign ad, while images of terrorists and their victims flashed on the screen.
This must be emphasized, because as soon as you suggest that it is important, to consider something other than violent retaliation, you are accused of sympathizing with the terrorists. It is a cheap way of ending a discussion without examining intelligent alternatives to present policy.
The spokesman was referring to Al Qaeda terrorists. While some people claim that the attacks in Russia may have had ties to international terrorism, their roots are in Russia's decade-long conflict with Chechnya, which is near North Ossetia.
Farah also explains to the reader that one of the vital ingredients of the system of financing of terrorists is the 'hawala." One built on trust, family relationships and regional affiliations--a concept foreign and little known to the intelligence community.
The Western Hemisphere's lightly-defended soft targets our vibrant tourism industry, thriving aviation sector, and busy ports as well as systemic disparities between countries in border security, legal and financial regulatory regimes, and state presence create opportunities for terrorists to exploit.