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Subject: Terrorism Events and Impacts
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: deputy-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 24 Apr 2002 11:54 PDT
Expires: 01 May 2002 11:54 PDT
Question ID: 3397
What kind of terroristic events could happen in Kentucky? And how would 
transportation be impacted by these events?
Subject: Re: Terrorism Events and Impacts
Answered By: skis4jc-ga on 24 Apr 2002 14:00 PDT
Dear Deputy,

Hello!  Thank you for your inquiry!

As defined by the FBI:
“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.”

The following recent excerpt has been taken from “Reflections on Modern 
Terrorism” by Gerald Holton:

“There has been an historic transition in which Type I terrorism and Type II 
terrorism are being combined.  Type I terrorism consists of acts by individuals 
or small groups that aim to impose terror on other individuals and groups, and 
through them indirectly on their governments.  Type II terrorism is the 
imposition by a government on groups of local or foreign populations. The new 
type of terrorism — Type III — is carried out by a substantially larger group 
of individuals, is aimed directly at a national population, and has all the 
components for success.  The article deals with how this new terrorism, at very 
little psychic cost on the perpetrators, disrupts personal and historic memory 
through large-scale catastrophe organized for that purpose. Type III terrorism 
is made easier by the ready availability of high-level technology.  Target 
nations will not have open to them the conventional responses, and will have to 
devise new, preventive measures.”

Quite simply, Kentucky is subject to any type of terrorism, whether it be in 
the form of bombing or bacteriological warfare or anything in between.  
Additionally, experts have identified at least six different sorts of 
terrorism: nationalist, religious, state-sponsored, left-wing, right-wing, and 

Depending on the type and scale of the terrorism, transportation may or may not 
be impacted.  If it were impacted, such things as major road closings, airport 
shut downs or delays, railway systems blockaded, highway obstructions or 
congestion could occur.

According to Stateline Organization:;jsessionid=0zsny4luh1?issueId=541

“Every state has taken steps to guard against possible dangers after the Sept. 
11, 2001 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The nation’s governors said 
anti-terrorism efforts will cost the states at least $4 billion in the first 
year. States established offices or task forces to coordinate anti-terror 
efforts within their borders and serve as liaison to the federal Office of 
Homeland Security directed by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. The National 
Governors’ Association compiled a huge database of services and equipment that 
could be dispatched on a moment’s notice. And in most state capitols, visitors 
face new barricades and requests for I.D. Some states are also responding with 
anti-terrorism legislation that would give more leeway to tap criminal 
suspects' telephones, suppress public records, and quarantine people in a 
biological attack.”

Kentucky, like most states, has made it’s own homeland security page, where you 
can view things like the enhanced security plans for the Kentucky Derby, etc.  
You can view this by going to:

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Homepage

Other helpful links:

United States Department of State
"Patterns of Global Terrorism" Reports:

U.S. Department of State – Counterterrorism

Terrorism Q&A

The Terrorism Research Center

Google searches used:

Thank you again and have a wonderful day.

Best Regards,
Subject: Re: Terrorism Events and Impacts
From: alexander-ga on 25 Apr 2002 02:19 PDT
“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.”

Does it strike anyone else as a little odd that you could just replace
"terrorism" with "government" and "unlawful" with "lawful"? As in,
many of the things that our goverment is doing is just legalized
terrorism? And since the government makes the laws, it's just using
circular reasoning as justification.

Or maybe that definition of terrorism is suspiciously broad.

A little disconcerting, either way.

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