Domestic Terrorism Prevention in the U.S. Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Domestic Terrorism Prevention in the U.S.
An analysis and commentary on U.S. efforts to prevent domestic terrorism, with particular focus on the FBI's involvement.
# 147390 | 1,837 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper takes a look at U.S. efforts to fight domestic terrorism and contends that there are good reasons why no law enforcement agency should lead the counterterrorism effort in this country. With a critical view of the FBI's role in counterterrorism, the paper notes that the crucial constitutional rights protecting against unwarranted searches and seizures and compelled testimony against personal interests specifically prohibit any government entity with punitive responsibilities from conducting thorough investigations of the type required to prevent terrorism before it happens. Meanwhile, the paper continues, as the wrong type of agency has been in charge of the counter terrorism element of homeland security, the federal government appears completely unprepared to provide effective emergency management and critical assistance in times of need, the effort to protect commercial aviation reflects a critical waste of resources in relation to its benefit, and the nation remains increasingly vulnerable to a nuclear holocaust, because of several key aspects of a conceptually flawed approach to counterterrorism. The paper concludes with the hopes that the new presidential administration might consider reevaluating the choice of the FBI as lead counterterrorism agency, tighten security at airports in more meaningful ways, and abandon the nonsensical focus of border interdiction as pertains to nuclear material in favor of more sensible measures designed to reduce more dangerous existing vulnerabilities in that regard.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation as Lead Counterterrorism Agency:
Commercial Aviation
Border Protection and Radiological and Nuclear Material Interdiction Strategy

From the Paper:

"Since its inception, the FBI has featured a decentralized structure, whereby approximately fifty individual field offices distributed throughout the nation with equal authority and operational responsibilities conduct independent investigations in all fifty states. Whereas this design is well suited to the retrospective investigation of local criminal activity for the purpose of apprehending and successfully prosecuting criminals after the fact, it is the wrong type of organization for leading a national effort of
preventing terrorism (or any other crime) before it happens."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allison, G. (2004) Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. New York: Henry Holt
  • Cirincione, J. (2007) Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons.New York: Columbia University Press
  • Dershowitz, A. (2002) Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge. New Haven: Yale University Press
  • German, Mike. (2005). "An FBI Insider's Guide to the 9/11 Commission Report" Retrieved, March 21, 2009, from:
  • Johnson, B. R. (2007). "A Look at Fusion Centers: Working Together to Protect America" FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Vol. 76, No.12.

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