In this paper I will begin by defining terrorism, and propaganda. Then I will discuss how terrorism is used as a form of propaganda. I will also discuss how the attacks on September 11th prompted the United States to start a war on terrorism. I will conclude with how this "war against terrorism" as affected the country's perception on .
Terrorism as defined by the FBI quoted on The Terrorism Research website 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." According to the BBC international reports terrorism is a cancer in society, and that there has never been one definition that can sum up what terrorism really is. The article mentioned that there are 130 definitions of terrorism, and that they each take a different focus. They mostly all include violence, terror, and threat. Out of all the 130 definitions of terrorism they can be grouped into three basic groups. The first group is that all-violent threats that threatens people's freedom done by a group or organization is considered terrorism. The second group includes organizing violent actions to cause fear, and the third group is the US and Israeli views on magnifying terrorism.
"Propaganda consists of the planned use of any form of public or mass-produced communication designed to affect the minds and emotions of a given group for a specific purpose, whether military, economic, or political." That is the definition that is written on .
The stentorian website, and quoted by Linebarger, Paul Myron Anthony. There are three kinds of propaganda, which are white, gray, and black. In white propaganda the source from which the propaganda is coming from is acknowledged therefore the action is overt. In gray propaganda a source is not identified, and in black propaganda the true source is purposely kept hidden in hopes to fool the enemy with a false one making this kind of propaganda covert.