Terrorism Bell-ringer: What is happening in the two images below? Do you consider any/both images below examples of terrorism? Justify your answer.
WHAT IS TERRORISM? • Think *** pair *** share
Create a definition of terrorism • Does terrorism need to involve the killing of many people or can it affect one? • Can it involve the destruction of property, with no injuries? • Can governments commit acts of terrorism, or is it only a term for people who operate outside of governments? • Must terrorism involve the people of one country attacking citizens of another country? • Does motive make a difference? • Does terrorism need to be intentional?
Definition from book: • The systematic use of violence by a group in order to intimidate a population or coerce a government into granting its demands • The USA PATRIOT Act definition of terrorism (Oct, 2001) Activities that • (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S. or of any state, that • (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping, and • (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
In groups, read your two situations and answer the 3 questions in your OWN binder. • Tomorrow, you will present your situation and your opinions on whether it is terrorism or not to the class.
Reflection • Were you surprised by this activity? • What did you learn from this activity?