How Do We Define Terrorism?

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Members of a radical environmental group who pleaded guilty to setting fire to businesses and government property face longer sentences because their crimes are defined as terrorism. Supporters object to the sentencing because no one was hurt. How is terrorism defined? In this case, does the penalty fit the crime?

Craig Weinerman, assistant federal public defender, Eugene, Ore.

Michael Gerhardt, professor of law, University of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology, Columbia University

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