“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” George W. Bush delivered this speech on the night of the September 11 attacks. The shattered steel of the Twin Towers, once towering the New York City skyline, forever changed America and its response to terrorism. The largest foreign attack on U.S. soil appropriately gave reason to Americans to recoil in fear and lose trust in the future, but in reality, the country displayed the opposite reaction. It rebuilt upon the shadow of the past. The World Trade Center, before and after the September 11 attacks, remains a symbol of world peace and perseverance
Domestic terrorism refers any forcefulness act exerted on the civilian population or the infrastructure of a particular nation. Mostly domestic terrorism is done by the citizens of the nation with the intention of coercing, intimidating the national policy. A lone wolf terrorist is a situation where a citizen performs a forceful act supporting or basing on ideology and beliefs of certain movements or groups. One person alone without any command or assistances does a lone terrorist from the group.
“If we learn nothing from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” This quote comes from Sandy Dahl , the wife of the pilot on flight 93. When thinking about 9/11 this quote comes to mind because on that particular day, the world was reminded how short life really is. This quote also intertwines with 9/11 because it teaches us how there is no time to hate, but to move forward and help each other hand in hand. Even though I was only a year old when September 11th happened, I want to understand this horrific event that went down in history of the United States. These attacks were a changing point in American society because it increased the security in American airports, started a war in Iraq and Afghanistan,
After the gruesome attacks of 9/11, the United States government passed a legislation called the Patriot Act in attempt to cut down on the terror attacks. This act gives the NSA, or National Security Agency, the ability to oversee our actions. The NSA’s approach to surveilling the population is obtaining the information by tapping into technology, such as phone calls, internet pages and searches, and viewing emails and texts. Thus, controversy has triggered due to the fact that these actions are unconstitutional, and much terrorism that remains. The NSA should be greatly altered because they invade the privacy of Americans, unlawfully goes against the constitution, and we lose our rights.
In the weeks following 9/11, George Bush made a series of encapsulating speeches directed towards U.S. officials as well as the American people. In these speeches, he makes several bold assertions. In addition to declaring a “war on terrorism” he proclaims the U.S. to be an international protector of freedom. This, as well as his declaration of terrorism as a tangible threat transforms the events of 9/11 into a war on terror. The way in which he constructs these speeches sets the stage for a war that will captivate the world for the foreseeable future. The objective of these speeches was to change the world politically, economically and socially, and they succeeded. By materializing this enemy known as “terrorism”, George Bush changed the world.
One of the major reasons why defining domestic terrorism has proved difficult is because different agencies approach terrorism with their different interpretations (White, 2013). The difference between the various definitions of domestic terrorism lies within the various descriptions given about terrorists’ motivations. White (2013) classified domestic terrorism as either those that are politically motivated or others that attempt greater specificity. It is however difficult to establish and define the motivations of terrorists. It is therefore necessary do in-depth analysis on terrorists’ motivation because their purpose reflects the methods and targets the terrorists are most likely to select.
Civil liberties have been affected since the 9/11 events by the Patriot Act. According to N.A. (2003) “The Patriot Act decided to trade away certain civil liberties in exchange for what it hoped would be more security”. As said, the act meanwhile is concerned on providing effective security measures for people in the country, has encroached on freedoms. Like any restrictive law, it has been controversial. For example “many immigrants who had lived in the United States for decades have been rounded up and deported for minor visa violations, not for any connection to terrorism” stated N.A. (2003). But a law passed by the Congress could be so restrictive and so repressive? In general, some opinions seemed exaggerated, and more importantly the enforcement of the Patriot Act resulted in reduction of terrorism threat in America despite the controversy, which objective is to loosen the law’s grip on terrorism.
Immigration, a topic people have countless differences on. So many are for it: so many are against it. If researched, it does not seem immigrants a great of an effect on America. Many Americans are unemployed simply because immigrants take jobs. Turn on the television, and one hears about is higher crime rates. Our country today is suffering from racism based on the pigmentation of our skin.
With the threat of homegrown extremism on the rise, citizenship is entering new and uncharted waters. Long seen as “an extended arm of immigration and border control”, it is now evolving into a “control and punishment measure” to be deployed against those who engage, or threaten to engage, in serious terrorism related activity. This essay addresses whether this evolution is an appropriate response to the challenge of terrorism, and how it should be managed, by examining a recent Australian proposal to strip citizenship from dual national terrorists (the Allegiance Bill).
The attacks of September 11, 2001 on our country was one of the most tragic and deadly days in our history. It brought a country together and the American strength of freedom and unity became a battle cry. After the dust had cleared, the questions came about that asked, how could this have happened? Were there not security and intelligence infrastructures and policies in place? Where did these failures occur? Will our country be vulnerable going forward? The events of 9/11 brought a large amount of vulnerabilities to the surface of our country’s security.
Lone wolf terror attacks have become more dangerous than even leading terror organizations, like ISIS and and Al Qaeda. A Lone wolf terrorist encompasses any act of terror committed by one individual alone, however he/she may act in support of a larger group. LWT attacks are in America are perpetrated by right wing extremists, homegrown jihadist or mentally ill who are denied by society. On June 12th of last year, 29 year old US citizen Omar Mateen shot fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, striping the lives of 50 innocent souls. The gunman dialed 911 about an hour into the shooting, “...I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State" (3 Hours). Obama called it the worst mass shooting in our country’s history (President). This should be a reminder to America of how easy it is to to get a hold of a gun and shoot fire in a school, in a religious sanctuary, a pizza parlor or a gay nightclub. Our country is witnessing more and more senseless acts of violence, from the bomb that took lives of athletes and their families at the 2013 Boston Marathon , from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary when we watched as parents buried their children's little bodies along with their dreams. From the 2015 San Bernardino attack, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood. From Isla Vista, Oak Creek and Aurora to this attack in Orlando just last
Should the US government have the right to track every single phone call we ever make? Does that sound like a good enough reason to try and prevent terrorist attacks on our country? Congress passed a law called the USA Patriot Act in 2001, 45 days after 9/11. This act is a series of laws were passed in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks in the future.
9/11 will never be forgotten, it happened almost over 15 years ago and if you ask anyone that was there our watching it live they will remember what they were doing during it. My opinion about Congress suing Saudi Arabia is that America should be allowed to Sue them because it will give the families of the falling closure they are missing. Tons of families today still are very sad for the family members that they have lost and if they could go to Saudi Arabia they would go and bomb something of theirs that has lots of people to make everyone feel the pain they have to feel every day of their life.(http://kut.org/post/why-families-911-victims-want-sue-saudi-arabia) During the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the House was under pressure to follow suit. Many members of the House are looking for the person who paid the hijackers it’s going to be a tough task because it happened over 15 years ago a lot of people have come and gone in that time. Here are a quote from one of the family members "I want somebody to be tried and convicted and executed," Mathers says. "And I want to be there at the execution."(http://kut.org/)
Terrorism causes fear all across the world. People are terrified because of what happens in these attacks. There are many different kinds of fear caused by terrorist attacks. Some react to these attacks differently than others. Many react to these attacks in a constructive and rational matter, this helps to not give the terrorists what they want. If we can do this we can minimize these attacks across the world. So, are you with me? Will you help to minimize this problem?