Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Terrorism is an unlawful act of violence; Intimidates governments or societies; Goal is to achieve political, religious or ideological objectives. Many considerassassinations as terrorism, depending on the assassin’s reason for committing the crime. The Presidential assassination of Abraham Lincoln’s on April 1865 at the hands of Confederate sympathizer JohnWilkes Booth can be considered as an act of terrorism.
Terrorism is a form of communication that uses violent actions to deliver a message. The amount of planning required to select a symbolic target,plot the method of attack, and time the attack; highlights the fact that acts of terrorism are neither random nor impulsive. Some terrorist acts are carried out in pursuit of political change, othersseek to retaliate, and still others are a means of expressing outrage. When there has been a period of intense political violence or conflict resulting in one side losing power or being defeated,terrorism blooms.
John Wilkes Booth shot the President at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., only days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army that Booth was either mentally illor crazed to have performed such a deed, and that leaders of the Confederate government were not involved in the assassination. Some people have concluded that Booth was emotionally unbalanced,paranoid and prone to psychosis. A study sponsored by the U.S. Secret Service has shown, the act of political assassination is nearly always the product of an understandable and discernable pattern ofthinking and planning, and targeted violence is generally not the product of a deranged or severely mentally ill individual.
The killing of Lincoln committed at the end of the Civil War was not the actof a crazed killer or madman. Rather, the assassination was carefully planned, part of a larger conspiracy to destabilize the government of the United States, and motivated to achieve a political...
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