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Domestic Terrorism

Statutory Law

18 U.S.C. § 2331(5) (2010) (Title 18—Chapter 113B: Terrorism)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2331 et seq.] —
   (5) the term "domestic terrorism" means activities that—
      (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
      (B) appear to be intended—
         (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
         (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
         (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
      (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.