Contempory Transportation Security Issues in the U.S. Research Paper by ABCs

Contempory Transportation Security Issues in the U.S.
A report on airline security in the US, together with historical references to past terrorist attacks and recommendations for the future.
# 113434 | 6,576 words | 12 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2009 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11)

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This paper looks into matters of security in the United States, looking at airline security in particular. It outlines the past history of airline hijackings and the measures enforced to combat it. It also discusses the changed in attitude since the terrorist attack of 9/11 and outlines the lessons that can be learned from measures taken by Israel. The author has also added some recommendations for future safety.

The Historical Evolution of Contemporary Transportation Security Issues
Airline Hijacking and Attacks on Transportation as Political Terrorism
Airport Security Before September 11, 2001
Airport Security Since September 11, 2001
Fundamental Flaws in Design
Conceptual Problems in the Post-9/11 Approach to Transportation Security
The Nature of the Current Threat to American Air Travel
Lessons from Israel
Fundamental Civil Liberties and Transportation Security Issues
Civil Rights in the Age of International Terrorism
Police Profiling in the United States
Resolving Constitutional Issues in American Transportation Security
Distinguishing Constitutionally Permissible and Impermissible Passenger Profiling
Expansion of the Constitutional Use of Profiling Potential Terrorists
Contemporary Counter terrorism Concerns and Constitutional Interpretation
Understanding the Significance of the Distinction Between Hard and Soft Targets
Understanding the Mindset of the Enemy

From the Paper:

"The first hijacking of a passenger airliner for the express purpose of influencing national or geopolitical events was the 1968 overtaking of an Israeli flight from Rome, Italy to Tel Aviv, Israel on July 22, 1968 by the Palestine Liberation Army (PLO). Previously, numerous airline hijackings had occurred, but only for the purposes of either securing a monetary ransom or (more commonly) for the purpose of transportation. Typically, prior hijackings involved the temporary takeover and diversion of a passenger airline flight as a means of transporting the hijackers to a specific destination; given the relations between the United States and Cuba in the post-Kennedy era, many of those incidents involved flights diverted to Cuba (Dershowitz 2002b).
"The new phase of airline hijackings marked a shift from tactical use of
commandeered aircraft to their strategic use expressly to generate media exposure to a political cause, as well as to force national and geopolitical policy decisions. Terrorist shootings and bombings on civilian transportation preceded the era of widely available international air travel. In Israel, Jordanian and Egyptian forces had long perpetrated
attacks on passenger buses, starting with the conclusion of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, in response to the United Nations decision to establish the country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allison, G. (2004) Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. New York: Henry Holt
  • Bulzomi, M. (2007) FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Search Incident to Arrest in the Age of Personal Electronics. Vol. 76 No. 9.
  • Clarke, R. (2004) Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror. New York: Simon & Schuster
  • Dershowitz, A. (2002) Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co.
  • Dershowitz, A. (2002) Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge. New Haven: Yale University Press

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