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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