Criminal Justice class: [class title] Terrorism & Homeland Security

Criminal Justice class: [class title] Terrorism & Homeland Security
PLZ make it around 600~650 words… And PLZ let me know if you cannot access any of the readings(textbook)
Rubric(in the instruction) is really important, please take really close and careful look.
Those are the two textbooks we use:
1. Nacos, B.L. (2012). Terrorism & Counterterrorism, 4th Edition.
2. Horgan, J. & Braddock, K. (2012). Terrorism Studies: A Reader.

Here are the readings we need to do for writing this assignment:
Nacos: Chapter 2: The perennial debate: What is terrorism?
Horgan & Braddock: Chapter 4: “Conceptualization of terrorism? by Gibbs.
Horgan & Braddock: Chapter 5: “The challenges of conceptualizing terrorism by Weinberg, Pedahzur & Hirsch-Hoefler.
Horgan & Braddock: Chapter 6: “The response problem as a definition problem by Schmid.

Assignment: The purpose of this essay is to identify two violent incidents that are ambiguous in whether they would be defined as terrorism and to systematically compare the characteristics of the event to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s definitions of domestic and international terrorism. As discussed in the readings, terrorism can be defined in many ways and for many purposes. For this assignment, I would like you to focus on the FBI’s definitions of domestic and international terrorism, as stated in Nacos (2012, p.21).
• Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories, without foreign direction, committed against persons or property, to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
• International terrorism involves violent acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or any state. Acts of international terrorism are intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of the government, or affect the conduct of a government. These acts transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they are intended to intimidate, or the locale in which perpetrators operate.

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Now, identify two incidents that have occurred in the U.S. or against U.S. interests that are not clearly terrorism – one event that is domestic in nature and one that is international (I recommend using a news aggregation site, such as Google News, Bing News, or LexisNexis to search for events). Next, collect enough information on these incidents to determine whether they fit the FBI’s domestic and international terrorism definitions. The more ambiguous the incident, the more meaningful your analysis will be, and therefore the greater the potential for receiving an above average grade. In your essay, identify each component of the definition and explain why the incident you are examining does or does not fit that component. In addition, please state whether you personally believe the attack was terroristic in nature, regardless of whether it fits the FBI definition or not, justifying your answer.
Citations & Sources: Although a set number of sources is not required, the more news coverage you have on an incident, the easier it will be for you to make your argument. Cite sources using APA, even if referencing textbook and assigned articles. Any thought that is not your own needs to be cited. Full paragraph summaries of information from one source are not appropriate. Online resources must be reliable. In this context, Wikipedia and similar websites are not allowed. In addition, please utilize Seattle University’s Writing Center. Further information on can be found at: and
Submission Procedures: Please remember that Seattle University uses Turnitin for online submissions, software that verifies the paper has not been plagiarized. Also, the dropbox will only allow submissions that have a file extension of .doc, .docx, or .txt. Upload your assignment to Canvas by the due date. The assignment should be 500-750 words (2-3 pages double spaced). A rubric is provided so that you know how you will be evaluated.

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