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Governmental crime

crimes committed by the government

State Crimes

harmful activities carried out by the state or some state agency

political white collar crime

illegal activities carried out by officials and politicians for direct personal benefits

political crime

crimes committed by government.. treason, sedition

abuse of power

broadest charge associated with governmental crime, it has no fixed meaning


miss use of political office for material advantages


improperly influencing the performance of a public function

political scandals

exposure of governmental crime


Arab Scam or Abdul Scam - an FBI sting operation in which agents posed as rich oil sheiks and bribed members of Congress


a political theory favoring the abolition of governments


a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against non-whites

client states

dependent on the support of a stronger power


An FBI program begun in 1956 and continued until 1971 that sought to expose, disrupt, and discredit groups considered to be radical political organizations: Targeted antiwar groups during the Vietnam War.

corrupt state


credit Mobilizer

Scam where they funneled money from federal railroad money to people in congress and even up to the vice president.

criminal state

prosecute. = Offense against society. Leads to fine, prison, death.

"dirty harry" problem

the temptation to violate the law by using illegal means in order to enforce the law and apprehend criminals


wiping out a population, systematic killing of a racial or cultural group


an act of great destruction and loss of life

honest graft

Justified bribery or cheating.

human rights

the basic rights to which all people are entitled as human beings

international criminal court

a court established by the United Nations for indicting and administering justice to people who commit war crimes

Iran contra affair

(RR) Americans kidnapped in Beirut by Iranian govt, so deal, scandal including arms sales to the Middle East in order to send money to help the Contras in Nicaragua even though Congress had objected, Poindexter and North involved

legalized bribery

high-stakes political campaigning in the US

Nuremberg trials

Series of trials in 1945 conducted by an International Military Tribunal in which former Nazi leaders were charged with crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

PAC (political action committee)

an independent organization established by interest groups, political candidates, and people who hold office. PACs serve to raise and contribute money to the political campaigns of individuals whose platforms agree with the aims of the PAC.

police crime

is the abuse of an officer's official power to engage in criminal conduct.

political crime

illegal or unethical acts involving the usurpation of power by government officials, or illegal/unethical acts perpetrated against the government by outsiders seeking to make a political statement, undermine the government, or overthrow it

political scandal


political white collar crime

illegal activities carried out by political officials for direct personal benefit

power elite


repressive state


rogue states soft money


state crime

Criminal acts committed by state officials in pursuit of their jobs as government representatives.

state organized crime

when the government perpetrates the crime; holocaust

state negligence

A product liability defense based on adherence to existing technologically feasible standards at the time the product was manufactured

Tammany hall

a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York city (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism

teapot dome

a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921

war crime

a crime committed in wartime

water gate

a political scandal in which the Nixon administration was accused of abuse of powers.

weapons of mass destruction

nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that can kill tens of thousands of people all at once

whole sale/ retail terrorism


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