It is difficult to legislate against the financing of terrorism without defining what constitutes terrorism. As several scholars have noted, defining terrorism is a very difficult task. Recent legislative initiatives in various nations have adopted different approaches. Please describe and analyze the various approaches to defining terrorism.

Descriptions of criminal activities are listed below. For each description, identify all federal statutes that may have been violated that we have covered either in class lecture or a reading.

a. Jay Wilson owns a clothing store in Chicago. He agreed to let a drug dealer buy thousands of dollars of clothes there using $10, $20 and $50 bills that had been used to buy crack and cocaine on the streets.
b. Todd Averett is a high-ranking civil servant employed by the US Navy. He has ties with a sports agent. One of the contractors who works with Averett has a son who is sure to be the first player selected in the college football draft. Averett tells this contractor that he had better convince his son to sign with Averett’s sports agent friend or Averett will see to it that the contractor loses his job.
c. Alma Coe cons unsuspecting victims into buying bogus vacation packages by placing ads offering inexpensive vacations in newspapers and listing an 800 number for potential victims to call.

This problem is designed to help you identify the elements of a federal statute. The statute below is fictitious. Read the statute, determine the important elements of the crime that would need to be proven in a court of law.

Whoever, knowingly and with intent to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof, possesses any false, altered, forged, or counterfeited writing or document for the purpose of enabling another to obtain from the United States, or from any agency, officer, or agent thereof, any sum of money, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five year or both.

List the elements of the statute.

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