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Terrorism: Diversity of interpretation as to what it really is.
From LCDR Steven Mack Presley, MSC, USN, Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Its Relation to United States Armed Forces (April 19, 1996)

"The deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends."

-- Israeli UN Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu, in his book, Terrorism: How the West Can Win, 1986.

"A strategy whereby violence is used to produce certain effects in a group of people so as to attain some political end or ends."

-- Brian Jenkins, International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict, 1975.

". . . a person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to (1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, place of conveyance, or other public place; or (4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas or power supply, or other public service."

--Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Criminal Laws, 1985.

"The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize."

-- Vladimir Lenin

"Really, a definition of terrorism is hopeless ... terrorism is just violence that you don't like."

-- Prof. Richard E. Rubinstein, Director, Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, May 1990.


(From: Frank G. McGuire, Security Intelligence Sourcebook: Who's Who in Terrorism, (Silver Spring, MD, Interests, Ltd., 1990).