The FBI Construct Structures of Terrorist Groups
The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute. From a threat perspective, we are concerned with three areas in particular: (1) those who are inspired by terrorist propaganda and act out in support; (2) those who are enabled to act after gaining inspiration from extremist propaganda and communicating with members of foreign terrorist organizations who provide guidance on operational planning or targets; and (3) those who are directed by members of foreign terrorist organizations to commit specific, directed acts in support of the group’s ideology or cause. Prospective terrorists can fall into any one of these three categories or span across them, but in the end the result is the same—innocent men, women, and children killed and families, friends, and whole communities left to struggle in the aftermath.
Seven terrorist incidents occurring in the United States during 2000 have been attributed to either ALF or ELF. Several additional acts committed during 2001 are currently being reviewed for possible designation as terrorist incidents.
Over the years, the guerrilla ideology has been employed in terrorist activities. This is usually politically motivated. The guerilla ideology terrorism involves irregular soldiers and often have a political objective such as overthrowing of a government. Moreover, the guerrillas oftentimes operate in units with the aim of harassing and carrying out sabotage.
We will also deploy new technologies precisely where they are needed and protect critical infrastructure in the United States from terrorist attacks.
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