The FBI says that there “is no single, universally accepted, definition of terrorism,” but the U.S. federal code defines it as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
1) Terrorist attacks and attempted attacks in the United States have become less frequent since the 1970s — though September 11 was a huge exception.
2) Law enforcement officials appear to be getting better at thwarting terrorist attacks — but they can’t stop all of them.
3) Just about every part of the United States has been hit by some form of terrorist attack since 1970.
4) Since the Oklahoma City bombing, a greater portion of terrorist attacks have been carried out by individuals.
5) The types of organized groups that carry out terrorist attacks, meanwhile, have become extremely diverse.
6) Bombings have long been the tactic of choice for terrorists in the United States.
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