Terrorism Defined
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Some definitions: 

Terrorism is the use or threatened use of force designed to bring about political change. 

Brian Jenkins 
Terrorism constitutes the illegitimate use of force to achieve a political objective when innocent people are targeted. 
Walter Laqueur 
Terrorism is the premeditated, deliberate, systematic murder, mayhem, and threatening of the innocent to create fear and intimidation in order to gain a political or tactical advantage, usually to influence an audience. 
James M. Poland 
Terrorism is the unlawful use or threat of violence against persons or property to further political or social objectives. It is usually intended to intimidate or coerce a government, individuals or groups, or to modify their behavior or politics. 
Vice-President's Task Force, 1986 
Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or 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. 
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