On the other hand, I think that our government has the right to do everything in it’s power to ensure our safety, including spying on those in countries who have threatened our own. If the NSA could have taken a closer look or had more information about Hazmi and Midhar’s plan to travel to the United States, their trip would have never been successful. The NSA needs to focus their attention more to the other countries instead of basically wasting all of their time with U.S. citizens, and maybe slips like letting terrorist into our homeland wouldn’t happen. They are getting their systems blown up with information that is useless to them from Americans. If they didn’t have to spend the time to sort through all of America’s “evidence,” then they would probably be able to seek out and confirm the terroristic threats and evidence coming from outside of the
Great Britain is also currently being presented with the same question as the problem has arisen as the extent of knowledge law enforcement has as to the activity of Muslim extremist in the country. The problem is in order to prevent such attacks all the pieces of the information must be collected and the most efficient way to do so is through aggressive intelligence gathering. However this presents the problems of infringing upon civil liberties. The first step to striking a balance between intelligence collections and protecting civil liberties is intelligence priorities. Prior to the 9/11 attacks the focus of the FBI and intelligence collection was in the prosecution of terrorists rather than the prevention of attacks.
Edward Snowden was an ex National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked classified government information to journalists about the agency’s domestic spying activities which he believed to be an abuse of NSA’s authority and illegal(McCutcheon). He maintains that his revelations were for the good of the public because the government was over reaching and trampling on our Bill of Rights. And as a result, some people see him as a hero while others have branded him as a traitor. Although Snowden sees himself as a good citizen and a force for good, I on the contrary, take the position that his actions has put the nation at a disadvantage against our fight with the terrorist and therefore, that makes him a traitor in my eyes. To begin with, Snowden’s revelations made know to the public that the NSA has been collecting phone records on millions of US citizens as well as running an electronic surveillance program code name PRISM.
Not only did the attacks leave behind sheer devastation it left behind lots of speculation between what really happened that day. People started to poke holes in what was being shown on the news and what the government was leading the public to believe was the truth. With things not adding up with what they were telling us conspiracy theories began to develop. In this extended project I’m going to explore the main conspiracy theories behind 911 and answer the question were the attacks of 9ll really a conspiracy theory? What is a conspiracy theory?
Perceiving the situation from the NSA’s point of view made me think outside the box for some time, though I’m still very mad… But being at this psychological state of mind will not lead anyone to a better thinking process. Anyways, closer to what I wanted to share with you guys. My guess is that the government is using this technique to actually capture terrorists. As funny as this sounds, I am happy that the government works this way. After all, if not the NSA, then who has the power to prevent terrorists from this country?
Adjusting to Terrorism Stephanie Nelson CJA/454 Adjusting to Terrorism The United States government can put several procedures in place to reduce, but not eliminate terrorist attacks on the United States homeland. Unfortunately, terrorist have overcame all of the physical barriers the United States has put in place. However, the challenges America faces today on fighting terrorism are cost versus benefit and freedom versus security. A variety of proposals which could reduce terrorist plots against the United States would cause controversy among politicians and civil right activist. Most of the government’s intelligence information can be found on computer or in paper files.
Levin’s target audience is Americans because his use of American symbolism such as “July 4,” and “unconstitutional.” In addition, the United States is not the only victim of terrorist attacks. Many countries around the world also fall prey to terrorism. According to Levin, begins his essay with a brief description of how he believes that societies view the subject of torture as negative thing. He justifies his reasoning on torture by allowing it in order to save innocent lives. Levin’s second claim is that the judicial system is a slow process when time is a factor and the only way to speed it up is by torture.
In this paper we will examine the impact of 9/11 on Americans and the U.S. economy and why the U.S. responded to the terrorism by enacting the USA Patriot act to “protect” America, which had become a big controversial issue to Americans. Another topic we will discuss is the negative effects of the Patriot Act such as violating Americans civil liberties and how the government stereotyped and secretly arrested Arab or Muslim citizens. The tragedy of 9/11 has impacted America in many ways and ever since then, America has made a lot of changes to prevent another tragedy, such as the national security which is tighter than it has ever been in recent years, especially in airports. According to Jennie Wood’s article, she mentions that the airport has way too many restrictions on what to bring in the plane for every traveler, such as, “Liquids and toiletries have to be a certain size and placed in clear, sealed bags. No food or bottled water is allowed through security.
The concept of surveillance can therefore involve numerous techniques, as will be discussed later within this paper. For the average law abiding citizen the issue of surveillance has different debatable point of views. One argument that can be drawn is whether an individual’s choice of privacy is being stripped with the advancement and placement of surveillance implementations (need to be reworded). Should this choice also be extended to those who commit serious deviant crimes? Offenders who are convicted of sex crimes are often considered some of the most dangerous to society, thus deemed in need of constant monitoring and surveillance when in the community.
Why are prisons bursting at the seams? According to Joe Romaine of the International Business Times, it is because of America’s “insane drug laws,” which are doing more harm than good (Romaine). Many people may argue that drug offenders are getting what’s coming to them— they broke the law, and therefore it is part of their consequence to suffer through the overcrowded “cruel and unusual” incarceration. Individuals who argue this point are mistaken because although criminals should indeed receive punishment for their actions, there comes a time when a line of propriety is crossed. The ‘war on drugs’ has become a harsh and unnecessary measure that frankly costs American taxpayers far too much money.