For this reason, counterterrorism remains a top priority for this Administration. Our principal terrorist enemies are radical Islamist terrorist groups that seek to conduct attacks globally, violate our borders, and radicalize and recruit potential extremists within the United States and abroad. We continue to face threats from Iran, the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism, through its global network of operatives and its ongoing support to an array of terrorist groups. Terrorists motivated by other forms of extremism also use violence to threaten the homeland and challenge United States interests.
Whilst the primary focus is on the United Nations instruments, the modules leave room for diverse perspectives and lecturers can easily adapt them to different local and cultural contexts. Additional pedagogical guidance for lecturers is also provided in the E4J Teaching Guide on Counter-Terrorism.
In fact, these are just few examples of how ordinary civilians such as Holmes and the Sandy Hook gunman obtained such high-caliber pistols that enabled them to shoot indiscriminately in an act of utter destruction. Come to think of it, if only the U.S. have been stricter about gun possession, these incidents could have been avoided. Terror acts such as the one in this case study might randomly occur but with enough precaution and conscious effort, the country could stand a chance and at the least, significantly reduce the frequency and the magnitude of the damage (Gloor, L. 2006.
This applies not only to people who carry out attacks but also to those who intend to carry out an attack. For example, planning an attack or completing a terrorist training programme are also criminal offences.
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