Clearly, had the CIA and FBI shared information with each other, connected the dots on known terrorist members, and subsequently gave that information to local law enforcement the attacks of September 11, 2001 may have been preventable. I am most certain that the families of the 2,752 people that died on that day would love nothing more than to see increase communication between federal agencies and local law enforcement. Fortunately, the results and recommendations of the 9/11 commission report may tremendous improvements in the communication for these law enforcement professionals (The 9/11 Commission Report, 2002). Some of those improvements included adding additional analysts to sort through the enormous amounts of intelligence, and reducing communication barriers between local and federal law enforcement agencies (The 9/11 Commission Report, 2002). Another area of opportunity included revamping the technology of communication via police radios.
Balancing the desire for domestic security against the protection of civil liberties can be a composite process. The United States has experienced several historical periods in which countermeasures were implemented to thwart perceived threat to domestic security. The attacks of 11 September 2001 formed a new paradigm for domestic security in the United States. The struggle against terrorism, particularly catastrophic terrorism, became the government’s most vital priority. In the wake of these attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was established, with wider powers of enforcement, set forth in new legislation such as the Patriot Act.
The USA Patriot Act, also known as "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" was a rushed act passed 45 days after the devastating terrorist attack on the twin towers September 11th, 2001. It was composed with the intention of finding and prosecuting international terrorists on American soil, but consequently violated the constitution. In addition, the Patriot act allows surveillance on all emails, internet, and cell phones to try and catch terrorists. Regardless, the act ended up having more power than primarily planned as stated in the CNN debate on the patriot act. America was founded on the principle of individual liberties and the pursuit of happiness in the context
The 90’s saw an unprecedented number of natural disasters that would put FEMA’s resolve to the test. West coast earthquakes and mid-west floods are incidents that defined FEMA between 1992 and 1995. In 1993, America witnessed the first bombing of The World Trade Center. Then, in 1995, America was witness to home grown terrorism (the Oklahoma City Bombing), which would lead to the reintroduction of the fundamentals that was the framework of FEMA in the 1980’s, national security. The Nunn-Lugar legislation of 1995 revisited the question of who would be the lead agency in regards to acts of terrorism.
The World Trade Center was a government owned building until July 24th, 2001, when Silverstein acquired the leasehold of it. The deal was worth 3.2 billion dollars and one of the lease obligations was that he was required to rebuild the World Trade Center in case the buildings were demolished. He immediately drew up new insurance polices for the buildings and changed the standard policy on them and inserted a new clause insuring the buildings against terrorist attacks similar to the one that happened on 9/11. This is the reason why many speculate that he had prior knowledge to seize the opportunity and buy the first private lease on the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of 9/11, Silverstein put in a claim 7.1 billions but was awarded 4.5 billion in insurance
To begin with, Counterterrorism measures such as Biometric data collection would not flag Adam Smith as a homegrown terrorist. Even though Homeland Security’s advanced data collection and evaluation methods from have had outstanding triumphs with many foreign terrorists entering the United States. In the same fashion, administered programs such techniques are probable to yield false positives due to temporary or permanently distorted physical injuries. Furthermore, the homegrown terrorist in the U.S. is typically obedient to the laws with authentic proofs of identification with transgressions or not has not been alerted by Homeland Security as a terrorist.
The 2000s were a tumultuous time in the United States, even excluding the Great Recession that crippled the economy in the latter years of the decade. At the turn of the millennium, in 2000, Americans continued to bask in a post-USSR era, which American political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously argued in a 1989 journal article to be “the end of history” with “an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.” Tragically, however, the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 radically altered those optimistic sentiments. The invasion of Iraq in 2003, one of the many actions taken by President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11, began with broad-based political support: continuing the patriotic reaction by most Americans to 9/11, who
Just 45 days after 9/11 the Patriot Act was hastily passed. The act is in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment that protects against unlawful search and seizure; it allows our government to spy on American citizen’s technology use without a warrant. The act was intended to protect against terrorism, but between 2003 and 2005 there were 143,074 National Security Letters that allowed the FBI to search through personal information without a warrant resulting in 53 criminal referrals, of which zero were terrorist threats (ACLU). I do believe in monitoring for terrorist threats , but we can’t let fear control our decisions. Our right to privacy is fundamental, and without reasonable cause no one should be monitored by the
Immediately following the attacks on September 11th, many governmental reforms were enacted to ensure the safety of American citizens. Aside from the drawn out TSA checks and prolonged war, another modification was made concerning Americans ' "wellbeing". The Patriot Act was adopted just a month following 9/11 and it essentially gives the United States Government the ability to help prevent acts of terrorism. This law has grown very controversial in this newly digital age because it gives the government access to not only our personal phone calls but our social medias, which didn 't exist 15 years ago when the law was passed. We sign away our privacy in exchange for being digitally connected to each other and protected by the government.
“At least 42 terrorist attacks aimed at the United States have been thwarted since 9/11” (Reality). The majority of people know about the tragedy that happened on September 11th, 2001, but not that many people know about what came to be after the event; the Patriot Act. This act is the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001” (Miller). The Patriot Act got put in place by the President and almost got a unanimous vote to pass it nearly ten days after. It was later used to take down many of the 42 attack plots.