According to the U.S. Code, an “act of terrorism, means any activity that involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life that is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State, and (B) appears intended
  • (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
  • (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
  • (iii) to affect the conduct of a government and by assassination or kidnapping.”

Source: United States Code Congressional and Administrative News, 98th Congress, Second Session, 1984, Oct. 19th, volume 2; par. 3077, 98 STAT. 2707