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The Irish Republican Army and the Extradition of Its Members by the United States Open Access

Terrorism is devastating not only to those involved directly but also to society in general. The indiscriminate nature of terrorism flies in the face of essential human rights principles by endangering the safety, property, and freedom of innocent individuals who have little or no connection with the grievance sought to be redressed. Radical groups which are religiously fanatic, politically frustrated, and militarily weak have turned to terrorism as a tool for achieving political objectives. By using brutally violent acts such as airport attacks, airport bombings, aircraft hijackings, aircraft bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, and the indiscriminate use of booby-traps, mines, mortars, and other types of explosive devices, terrorists strive to instill fear and to exert pressure on the existing power structure.

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