The United States of America’s criminal justice system is defined as the system of law enforcement that is directly involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and punishing those who are suspected or convicted of a criminal offense. And while nothing is perfect, the goal of this system is to make sure every citizen is treated fairly and that justice is served. Over the years the United States has made a lot of changes to the way their law enforcement handles certain situations and offenses. These changes have come from learning experiences. For example the Miranda vs. Arizona case taught us that every person, guilty or not, needs to be read their rights before taken into custody because it is fair. A more modern topic that has constantly been changing the way our government and criminal justice system operates, is terrorism. Terrorism over the past two decades or so, has had a huge influence on the way our law enforcement goes about protecting us from threats. There have been new laws and acts created, new task forces
The communities, in which we live, work and raise our children demand the safest environment possible. A common approach to crime fighting is to respond after the event and incarcerate the offender. The results of this approach have been increasingly burdensome on law enforcement, th...
September 11, 2001 marked one of the most tragic events in United States history. As a way to assure the safety and wellbeing of U.S. citizens shortly after being attacked by al-Qaeda, President Bush stated, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts may shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve”. Although President Bush was seen a source of security during a time of need, many citizens felt that his words were not genuine and part of a dramatic story the government wanted its people to believe. Despite the side taken, both perspectives of the argument can agree that the U.S. was attacked by a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and the fourth into a field in rural Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against the terrorist to try and regain control of the plane. This is the story the government wants its people to believe. However, the truths about the attacks on 9/11 are much more frightening. On September 11th, 2001, the United States government betrayed its citizens by allowing the destructive attacks on the Twin Towers, WTC-7, the Pentagon, and Shanksville.
The Executive Order Establishing Office of Homeland Security Council puts forth an agenda on countering terrorist acts; it is done to prevent untold a...
After 9/11, the government took measure to upsurge the safety in aspects like aviation and borders, this included the 9/11 Commission Report. The 9/11 Commission report entailed various recommendations on terrorist attacks upon the U.S. It begins with the U.S. government ascertaining present or prospective terrorist sanctions. the 9/11 commission report is an uncommonly lucid, even riveting, narrative of the ...
Host: On September the 11th 2001, the notorious terror organisation known as Al-Qaeda struck at the very heart of the United States. The death count was approximately 3,000; a nation was left in panic. To this day, counterterrorism experts and historians alike regard the event surrounding 9/11 as a turning point in US foreign relations. Outraged and fearful of radical terrorism from the middle-east, President Bush declared that in 2001 that it was a matter of freedoms; that “our very freedom has come under attack”. In his eyes, America was simply targeted because of its democratic and western values (CNN News, 2001). In the 14 years following this pivotal declaration, an aggressive, pre-emptive approach to terrorism replaced the traditional
After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the United States Intelligence community was forced to conduct major reforms. Issues in interdepartmental communication, intelligence gathering, and chain of command were addressed by reforms. According to some, these major changes have been ineffective in protecting the United States from terrorist attacks. To others; however, these reforms have been extremely helpful in the defense of the US. While many see civilians as having no direct contact with the intelligence portion of the federal government, the work that they do protects all citizens. Without the intervention of these federal departments, citizens would be defenseless on local, state, and federal levels from terrorist threats. Although no federal agency can completely protect its citizens, the reforms made by the US intelligence community have been effective, mainly in the areas of Homeland
In this week’s assignment we will be looking at a number of significant issues that are or have confronted the intelligence community in a post 9-11 environment. We will quickly touch on the role the Global War on Terrorism has had on changes to the intelligence community’s position, procedures, and policies along with assessing how the intelligence community has directed it efforts when it comes to dealing with traditional military threats from other countries. It is inarguable that for the large majority of times, change is instituted to make a situation better, or to prevent a bad situation from arising. So too can be said about the countless changes in policy and practices that have affected the intelligence community since 9-11. Retrospectively assessing a few of these polices it can become difficult to see in its totality if they have helped the intelligence community or in a way weakened it.
After 9/11, governments put resources into building up their operational counter-terrorism capacities expanded the financial plans and extended the numerical quality of their knowledge groups and authorization powers. Thus, governments could screen a bigger number of suspected terrorists, colleagues, supporters and sympathizers and lead opportune captures.
13 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania as well as the attacks in London in Madrid, terrorism is still one of the most contemporary issues, very much due to the fact that other terrorist attacks has followed since. 9/11 has changed the way people see the world and since then the word “terrorism” became a common term in the vocabulary of individuals.
The Transportation Security Administration, and, The Department of Homeland Security reorganization of preferences among numerous law enforcement agencies at the federal level (DEA and FBI). With these new add-ons and restructuring of federal departments and agencies was also an expansion in federal funding for the purpose of antiterrorism tactics. These attacks were calculated and showed a wanton disregard for human life. (Brown, B., 2007, p. 240). The September 11, 2001 attacks revealed that terrorist threats were possible in America with the consequences being disastrous. (Roberg et al., 2012, p. 511)
These words were spoken by President George W. Bush after the the United States of America was rocked by the unexpected attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. This day undoubtedly marked a significant turning point in American history. After spending years transfixed by the Cold War mentality, America was facing a new threat: terrorism. Until the events of 9/11, America viewed terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda as equally threatening as criminals such as arsonists,