Accession Number : ADA531550


Title :   Designating Domestic Terrorist Individuals or Groups


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Heller, David E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a531550.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 135


Abstract : Terrorism is a crime committed by individuals with a political or social agenda designed to influence a government or its population. The U.S. government, state and local law enforcement agencies have, as a priority, the mission of protecting the homeland from the threats of terrorism-domestic or foreign. However, the U.S. government has not effectively defined what constitutes a domestic terrorist with the same processes and vigor used to identify international terrorists, gang members, or sex offenders. The lack of a workable definition and validation process for identifying a domestic terrorist places law enforcement and homeland security agencies in a position of having to balance the need to protect constitutional rights and the need to protect against the nation's security threats. To this end, this thesis will identify the problems associated with a lack of a comprehensive definition, address the safeguards required in a definition to ensure constitutionally protected rights are not impinged, and will offer a working definition and designation process


Descriptors :   *TERRORISTS , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *DOMESTIC , *HOMELAND SECURITY , TERRORISM , LAW ENFORCEMENT , THREATS , NATIONAL SECURITY , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Civil Defense
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE