Terrorism is defined as an act that is violent or dangerous to human life, with the intent of furthering political or social objectives.
The threat of terrorism affects all communities both nationally and internationally. History has shown that no community is immune. Terrorism is a concern for people in all geographic areas and demographic groups. Terrorists, both Domestic and International, have demonstrated they have the knowledge and capability to strike anywhere in the world.
Domestic Terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are directed at elements of our government or population without foreign direction.
International Terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are foreign-based and/or directed by countries or groups outside the United States or whose activities transcend national boundaries.
(Source: U.S. Department of Justice)
Terrorism Threat Level in the United States
A new system has been created to indicate the threat level of a terrorist attack in the United Sates. The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, governement agencies, first responders, airports and other transporation hubs, and the private sector.
It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility in the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and know what they should do.
Instead of a color coded system, alerts will be released as an Imminent Threat or an Elevated Threat as described below. A public guide to the National Terrorism Advisosry System can be found by clicking here. Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for more information.
Imminent Threat Level
Elevated Threat Level
Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.
Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.
The History of Terrorism
Click here to watch a video on the History of Terrorism.