Policy Analysis: The Patriot Act

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The Patriot Act Francis Harrington Table of Contents Introduction 3 Agenda Setting 4 Policy Formulation 4 Policy Legitimation 4-5 Policy Implementation 5-6 Defining Terrorism 6 Homeland Security 7-9 Potential Actors 9-11 Unresolved Issues 11-15 Policy Evaluation 15-17 Conclusion 17 Bibliography 18 Introduction The Patriot Act focuses on protecting the United States citizens from the terrorist attacks. The research focuses on the effects of the Patriot Act on the United States residents. The research entails determine the relationship of terrorism on homeland security. The Patriot Act is the benchmark for a more secure homeland…show more content…
The terrorist groups, especially the al Qaeda, were dissatisfied with how the United States government ran its affairs. In the case of Al Qaeda, the leaders and members felt that the United States should not protect Israel from the Arab world’s attacks. During the 1960s and 1970s, several groups of individuals as well as individuals voiced their disgust over the government’s handling of its affairs in terms of politics and the handling of international environments. For example, the discouraging loss during the Vietnam War was frequently mentioned as one of the waterloo events (losses) of the United States by the antigovernment rallyists. Within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and Europe, several factions sought to terrorize those joining the war prerogative. A vivid example to bring home the point is the Germany incident. Here, the small Bader-Meinhof Gang members had anti-Vietnam feelings. On the other hand, many of the activities orchestrated by such groups were classified as pure social or political nuisance instead of being branded as terrorist groups. To bring home the point regarding terrorism, Ted Robert Gurr described within his book “Some Characteristics of Political Terrorism”. The author stated that what was being implemented by the seemingly nuisance groups have more far-reaching consequences than a mere nuisance: it was terrorism. The same author, Robert Gurr, opined that the terrorist groups’ activities demonstrated in the Vietnam era was conducted by very small groups and was short-lived. History tells us that democratic Vietnam fell under the continuous barrage of attacks from the clandestine attacks of the small groups from communist Vietnam. Consequently, the size of the group, terrorists and terrorism is not the major issue in terms of having a traumatic and fearful effect on the world. The effect will still crop up in
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