Terrorism and the Anti-Terrorism Measures

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“Airport racial profiling, Osama Bin Laden, Middle East Asian, Muslims, 9/11, metal detectors, racial profiling and hijacking” Do these words and phrases sound familiar? It is likely most of us have been at least tried once in our lifetime going through the security checking process at the airport. Do people find this inconvenient or it is beneficial to everyone’s safety? However, this security checking process is not too convenient for particular targeted group, which are the Muslims. In this paper, the main focus is to discuss about terrorism and the related anti-terrorism measures, such as racial profiling; and how do these policy affect the targeted group. After the terrific 9/11 attacks, every country has strengthened their own airport security and many other aspects to prevent terrorism. Especially the United States has become very sensitive and suspicious to anything that has the potential to be a threat. Specifically the paper will be focusing on whether the anti-terrorism approaches violate the human nature and basic human rights; or it is necessary to be effective in protecting the citizen from another threat. Thus, in light of the fact that the United States has made regulations targeting specific racial groups, the intent of this analysis is to provide the reader with an in-depth account of what the motives are behind the profiling of certain groups. According to the Oxford dictionary, terrorism can be defined as “the unofficial and unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” (“Terrorism”) Some groups of people will use terrorism as an act of opposition and attack the targeted country, which usually leads to many unnecessary fatalities, injuries and serious consequences. Te... ... middle of paper ... ...ng measures on racial groups, it makes discrimination more serious and put a very hard time on their life. It affects people in every aspects of life, for instance when Muslim people walk into a restaurant with the hijab, “the whole restaurant will fall silent.” (Byng 670) It is very uncomfortable and insecure to live their life; sometimes it can become very dangerous and life threatening. For example, Muslim women often face people who will throw “rocks and beer cans at them” (Sun, Wu, and Poteyeva 542) or “punching them in the face while attempting to rip off the clothes and tear off their veils.” (Sun, Wu, and Poteyeva 542) The Muslims are very easily to be insulted, publicly humiliated and assaulted because people think that they are a threat because they appear to be brown colored skin and wearing veils. This perception has been deeply rooted in people’s mind.

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