act of terrorism


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Noun1.act of terrorism - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in natureact of terrorism - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
terror - the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons); "he used terror to make them confess"
biological terrorism, bioterrorism - terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare
chemical terrorism - terrorism using the chemical agents of chemical warfare; can undermine the personal security of citizens; "a good agent for chemical terrorism should be colorless and odorless and inexpensive and readily available and not detectable until symptoms are experienced"
cyber-terrorism, cyberwar - an assault on electronic communication networks
domestic terrorism - terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people; "the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City was an instance of domestic terrorism"
ecological terrorism, ecological warfare, ecoterrorism, eco-warfare - violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
international terrorism - terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
narcoterrorism - the financing of terrorist activities by participation in the drug trade
nuclear terrorism - the use of a nuclear device by a terrorist organization to cause massive devastation or the use (or threat of use) of fissionable radioactive materials; "assaults on nuclear power plants is one form of nuclear terrorism"
state-sponsored terrorism - terrorism practiced by a government against its own people or in support of international terrorism
theoterrorism - terrorism for a religious purpose
terrorisation, terrorization - an act of terrorism
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
dirty war - an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims; "thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"
counterintelligence - intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
ring containment - a strategy of defense in cases of bioterrorism; vaccination only of people exposed and others who are in contact with them; "ring containment is a proven method of halting a smallpox epidemic"
frightening, terrorisation, terrorization - the act of inspiring with fear
terrorist attack - a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
stash house - a house where weapons and supplies are hidden; "attacks on stash houses is the most frequently used method of counterterrorism"
USS Cole - a United States destroyer; "17 sailors died as the result of a terrorist attack while the USS Cole was anchored in Aden"
twin towers, World Trade Center, WTC - twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
counterterrorism - a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
biometric authentication, biometric identification, identity verification - the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics; "negative identification can only be accomplished through biometric identification"; "if a pin or password is lost or forgotten it can be changed and reissued but a biometric identification cannot"
automatic face recognition, face recognition, facial recognition - biometric identification by scanning a person's face and matching it against a library of known faces; "they used face recognition to spot known terrorists"
facial profiling - identification of criminals and terrorist by means of videotapes of their faces; "facial profiling is a new form of airport security"
Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades - a terrorist group that has worked with Al Qaeda; claimed responsibility for attacks in Iraq and Turkey
Abu Sayyaf, Bearer of the Sword - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping; "In 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapped twenty people and beheaded one of the American captives"
Aksa Martyrs Brigades, al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Martyrs of al-Aqsa - a militant offshoot of al-Fatah that is the newest and strongest and best equipped faction active in the West Bank; responsible for many deadly attacks in Israel in 2002
ABB, Alex Boncayao Brigade, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, RPA-ABB - an urban hit squad and guerrilla group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s
al-Asifa, al-Fatah, Fatah - a Palestinian political and military organization founded by Yasser Arafat in 1958 to work toward the creation of a Palestinian state; during the 1960s and 1970s trained terrorist and insurgent groups; "al-Fatah carried out numerous acts of international terrorism in western Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s"
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Despite the growing possibility of an act of terrorism, the definite cause of that plane crash remains unknown so far.
The Secretary called for an immediate action to find out and convict the culprits and their supporters who are involved in this horrible act of terrorism.
SEE: Was attack an act of terrorism, rage or spectacle murder?
A fourth man, 31, from Hodge Hill, Birmingham, was charged with failure to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism, under the Terrorism Act 2000.
The statement, read by the 15-member council's President Leslie Kojo Christian of Ghana, said, ''the Council, expressing its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of that heinous act of terrorism and their families, as well as to the people and the Government of Pakistan, underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the act to justice.
print and visual media reflexively described the move as an act of terrorism and deemed Hizbullah a "terrorist organization" (a designation long predating 2006).
Prior to the Extension Act, federal participation was triggered by an act of terrorism that resulted in aggregate property and casualty insurance losses of more than $5 million.
It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
We all know now that an act of terrorism has the ability to be catastrophic, with losses even greater than a windstorm, flood or earthquake.
Once the Secretary of the Treasury makes a determination that an act of terrorism has occurred, an exclusive federal cause of action arises for property damage, personal injury, and death arising out of or relating to the act.
The "certified" act of terrorism These three elements (availability, disclosure and federal participation) only relate to "acts of terrorism" as defined in the Act.
But it is quite another to cross the line into actively encouraging a rattled public to conclude that it wasn't an act of terrorism.