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domestic terrorism

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines this term as "the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." Distinguishing between domestic and foreign acts of terrorism is important because the Terrorism Risk and Insurance Act (TRIA) only applies to acts of foreign terrorists.


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