Son-in-law John reports:
Thought you’d find it interesting. I’m taking a criminal justice course online at the moment and this weeks assignment is to write a paper on a terrorist or extremist event. The 7 events they use are:
- Ramzi Yousef 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
- Beirut, Lebanon vehicle bombing of the Marine barracks
- Ruby Ridge
- Oklahoma City Murray Federal building bombing
- Theodore Kaczynski letter bombs
- Waco Siege
- Lockerbie PAN AM Flight 103 bombing
I briefly considered writing about how waco and ruby ridge were more examples of the ATF and FBI being the terrorist entities, but I don’t think that would fly very well, grade wise.
More details followed:
School Name: Grantham University
Course title: CJ101, Intro to Criminal Justice Instructor; Carolyn Dennis
Introduction to Criminal Justice presents a broad view of the criminal justice system. The course focuses on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. A realistic description of the American criminal justice system is presented and how it works – police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: what is criminal justice, the crime picture and the search for its causes, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections involving probation, parole, community corrections, prisons and jails, prison life, juvenile justice, drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice, and the future of criminal justice.
Week 7 assignment:
Case Study: Terrorists and Extremists
As described in the Module 7 Power Point presentation, criminologist Gwynn Nettler outlined all terrorism shares six characteristics:
- No Rules-No moral limitations on the type or degree of violence that terrorists can use.
- No Innocents-No respecter of persons; from soldiers to children; all are game.
- Economy-Kill one, frighten 10,000
- Publicity-Terrorists seek publicity, and publicity encourages terrorism.
- Meaning-Terrorist acts give meaning and significance to the lives of terrorists.
- No Clarity-Beyond the immediate aim of destructive acts, the long-term goals of terrorists are likely to be poorly conceived or impossible to implement. Terrorism that succeeds escalates.
The last seven slides of the Module 7 Power Point presentation depicted the following case studies of actual terrorist or extremist type events. Select one of these case studies, do further research on it and complete a 2-page APA formatted essay discussing the application of these six characteristics in the event you select. In addition, the student will state if the chosen event was a Domestic or International event and why it is so.
By that definition it does seem the actions of the FBI at Ruby Ridge and Waco are properly classified as terrorist events. Good to know.