U.S. Reaction to Terrorist Threat Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the United States' response and adjustments after the 9/11 attacks.
# 146337 | 1,285 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper focuses on the comprehensive changes to U.S. domestic security that were inspired by the 2001 terrorist attacks of September 11th, including the establishment of a new agency headed by a new presidential cabinet, and a restructuring of more than a dozen intelligence agencies. The paper asserts that the response of the Bush administration to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 may have reduced the threat of domestic terrorism in various narrow areas, but at unjustifiable expense, especially in light of better uses of the same funds and resources in the interest of national security. The paper also explains that commercial aircraft are better protected against similar attacks, but gaping security lapses still exist in many U.S. airports and constitutional limitations compromise the effectiveness of more appropriate passenger screening criteria and guidelines. The paper concludes that creation of JTTFs and law enforcement fusion centers was worthwhile, but many other aspects of U.S. counterterrorism efforts instituted since 2001 have not actually enhanced domestic security substantially, particularly in proportion to their costs.

Background and History
Enhanced Security Since September 11th 2001
The Fallacy of Border Protection-Based Domestic Security Efforts

From the Paper:

"Finally, the focus on physical borders is no longer appropriate in the 21st century information age. It is no longer the case that enemies of this nation need to cross a physical border to accomplish their mission. In the information age, cyberterrorism poses a tremendous threat to every facet of domestic security and to crucial elements of ordinary business operations and municipal functions and services. Particularly in light of several disturbing indications of existing vulnerabilities of private-sector, government, and even U.S. military computer networks to malicious intrusion (Evans, 2007; Larsen, 2007), the funding and other resources dedicated to other components of border security would be much better spent on safeguarding crucial computer infrastructure and networks from cyberterrorism that recognizes no national borders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allison, G. (2004). Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Dershowitz, A. (2002). Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Evans, M. (2007). The Final Move Beyond Iraq: The Final Solution While the World Sleeps. Lake Mary, FL: Front Line.
  • Larsen, R. (2007). Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America. New York: Grand Central Publishing.
  • McCormack, W. (2009). "State and Local Law Enforcement: Contributions to Terrorism Prevention." The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Mar/09: 1-7.

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