Domestic Terrorism Summary

Terrorism has been the top priority issue within the international community. Both domestic and international terrorism plagued countries with its destructive efforts to convey the demands of different terrorist factions. Before terrorism became an international issue, it has been a budding concern especially manifesting in civil wars and particularly occurring in Middle Eastern Countries. Prior to the 9/11, domestic terrorism has been existing in American society.

Domestic terrorism usually operates under small-scale criminal activities to carry out the purpose or the goals of terrorist factions and to sustain the needs of their organization. Financial necessity is a top priority to enable the organization to carry out their operations. A vast amount of money is needed to keep a handful of operatives in the field and because of this, many groups opted for traditional criminal practices to fulfill this need.

Among these practices is robbery, internet scams, credit card frauds, etc (Ronczkowski, 2004, p. 47). More often than not, these groups focus on infiltrating social infrastructures to be able to gain financial security, which will eventually lead to strengthening the organization. Terrorist groups participate in criminal activities with their political or religious rhetoric as a front to be able to conduct common crimes (Smith, 2005, p. 178. ).

Behind the religious and political mottos of these factions, they execute illegal activities to be able to finance their needs. One example of a common crime that they utilize to sustain the organization is money laundering. Since most of these factions have alliances inside or outside the country, they use their network to accumulate money either by participating in tax-evading businesses or trafficking people, drugs, or weapons (Leonard, 2006, p. 1076).

From the preceding discussion, it can be said that domestic terrorism serves a double purpose of attaining political and economic strength in order to gain some control in the society. Conventional criminal methods help them prepare in using wide-scale operations. References Leonard, M. (2006). Encyclopedia of the Developing World. New York: Taylor & Francis. Ronczkowski, M. (2004). Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime. Florida: CRC Press. Smith, P. J. (2005). Terrorism and Violence in Southeast Asia. N