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Terrorism, as defined by the FBI, is “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups” inspired by ideology or by a sponsoring nation. While there were terrorist attacks prior to the Clinton Administration, in addition to domestic terror attacks, the 1990s were the period during which non-state foreign terrorism escalated. This culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 - less than a year after the Clinton Administration ended.

While the Clinton Library has many records on both domestic and international terrorism, some of these may remain classified for reasons of national security. Declassified records are digitized as they are released and may be found in the Digital Library.

Domestic Terrorism

Oklahoma City Bombing
Olympic Park Bombing
Church Arsons

Foreign Terrorism

CIA Headquarters Shooting
Khobar Towers Bombing
Usama Bin Laden
East African Embassy Bombings
Millennium Plot
USS Cole


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