Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. Individual terrorists tend to be motivated more by a desire for social solidarity with other members of their organization than by political platforms or strategic objectives. An abiding characteristic of terrorism is the indiscriminate use of violence against noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or individual.

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The perpetrators of acts of terrorism can be individuals, groups, or states. The most common image of terrorism is that it is carried out by small and secretive cells, highly motivated to serve a particular cause, such as the September 11th attacks and London Underground bombing. Terrorist organizations usually methodically plan attacks in advance, and may train participants, plant undercover agents, and raise money from supporters or through organized crime.

While a democratic nation espousing civil liberties may claim a sense of higher moral ground than other regimes, an act of terrorism within such a state may cause a dilemma: whether to maintain its civil liberties and thus risk being perceived as ineffective in dealing with the problem; or alternatively to restrict its civil liberties and thus risk delegitimizing its claim of supporting civil liberties

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