U S Security and the Terrorist Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

However, just how one is supposed to recognize future threats is difficult to determine. After all, if one imagines that excessive support in intervention, arms supply, technology, and financial backing is a key factor, combined with a strong religious motivation of the recipient nation, group, or organization, Israel or at the very least the Israeli right wing may one day be as dangerous as any Islamic threat may pose today.

Although much thought can be devoted to the necessary international, political and military strategies employed by the United States as a world power, it remains clear that of foremost concern to American families is their safety at home. Of course, war is never easy, particularly for those deployed in battle, or for their families. However, when a nation is attacked on its own soil it not only faces a "real damage," but it also suffers greatly in morale (Schweitzer, 2003). Indeed, many consider this to be the hallmark of terrorism, that sense of demoralization and fear that pervades a society that is relatively disproportionate to the real threat implied (2003). This means that it takes a relatively small amount of attack power to bring even a large nation to its knees with regard to quality of life, as well as economic health, should that attack power be centered "on the home front."

Clearly, given the horrific nature of terrorism, as well as its immense impact on the American psyche, it is essential to begin to take real and concrete steps against the kind of loopholes in our security mechanisms discussed here. Although much has been done to make the nation appear to be more secure, several key institutions are no safer than they ever were. In fact, many assert that increased bureaucratic confusion, pressure, and special interests have made security even more lax than before the attacks (MSNBC, 2005). But what, specifically can be done?

Obviously, some of the most important places to start are the very areas in which American security failed during September 11th. Although great amounts of money as well as immense levels of lip service have been given to the subject of increased airport security, many experts assert that Americans are no safer now than we ever were (2005). Further, much of this peril can be attributed to the continued pressure exerted by the financial "bottom line" represented by the big business of the airline industry, bid-driven technology companies, as well as under funded budgets, specifically at the Transpiration Security Administration (Harris, 2003).

Clearly the other major area of change that needs to be addressed is the entire immigration system within the nation, as well as internationally. First, as many assert, it is absolutely necessary for the government to exert the same kinds of restrictions upon those seeking acceptance into the green card lottery program as are applied to those seeking temporary or visitor visas abroad. More specifically, it seems quite ridiculous for applicants from "unacceptable" country lists (those from nations sponsoring terrorism) to be allowed to apply for a permanent green card, even through a lottery (indeed, some say especially through a lottery).

Further, with regard to general immigration procedures, it must be acknowledged that the current system simply receives a failing grade (with the glaring hole in the New York skyline ample testimony to that fact). The details surrounding the immigration status of the terrorists involved in September 11 clearly show just how horribly flawed the Immigration and Naturalization is -- and just how immigration laws designed to allow access to America has imperiled the nation.

Although it is sad to say, the United States is simply no longer the nation represented by the Ellis Island of yore. Yes, the country is still a nation if immigrants. However, in today's world where terrorists are actively using the immigration system to attack America and Americans (of whatever background), it is a given that it simply must be overhauled with a heavy and restrictive hand. This is not to say that the United States will cease to allow immigration, however, stronger safeguards as well as accountability and vigilance must be implemented as never before.

Although the United States should never be allowed to pass into an isolationist or xenophobic mode, it is clear that "desperate times call for desperate measures." If this means overhauling the Immigration and Naturalization Service, improving analysis of foreign aid and policy, as well as in vastly improving airport security (at significant expense and inconvenience), then these steps simply must be taken. To sit back and allow another major terrorist attack on United States soil is not only unthinkable to the average American, but it is also largely unnecessary. At the very least care should be taken to avoid the mistakes made leading up to the September 11th attacks, if not in foreseeing all of the possible avenues for novel modes of aggression yet to be seen.

Immigration, unfettered travel, and international aid are trademarks of pride within the nation -- however, the safety and security of the legitimate citizens already residing in the United States is of paramount importance. In simple terms, "If you see a leak, you patch it." This is exactly what must be done to improve the safety of Americans today. If new leaks spring up later, one must deal with them as they come. However, to ignore the cracks already showing is to invite a flood of disaster upon the scars of prior tragedy.

Works Cited

Camarota, Stephen. "The Open Door: How Militant Islamic Terrorists Entered and Remained in the United States, 1993-2001." Web site. Retrieved on April 25, 2005
Harris, Leon. "Former NTSB director: TSA needs more money." CNN. 30 September, 2003. Web site. Retrieved on April 26, 2005
Jenkins, Darrel. "A Primer on Airport Security." Maxwell Symposium. Web site. 2002. Retrieved on April 26, 2005
MSNBC. (Staff). "Airport screening not improved, reports say." Web site. 15 April, 2005. Retrieved from Web site on April 26, 2005
Rasheed, Ahmed. "The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia." New York. Yale Press, 2002.

Schweitzer, Yoram. "The Age of Non-Conventional Terrorism." Strategic Assessment. 1 May. Vol. 6 no. 1. 2003[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"U S Security And The Terrorist" (2005, April 26) Retrieved October 22, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/us-security-and-the-terrorist-63840

"U S Security And The Terrorist" 26 April 2005. Web.22 October. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/us-security-and-the-terrorist-63840>

"U S Security And The Terrorist", 26 April 2005, Accessed.22 October. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/us-security-and-the-terrorist-63840

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • U S War Against Iraq The Big Lie

    U.S. War against Iraq 'The Big Lie': Larry Mosqueda's Historical Analysis of U.S. Imperialism and Its Significance with the U.S.-Iraq War (Gulf War II) Media reports about the current state of the U.S.-Iraq War, also called Gulf War II, illustrates how the war is premeditated and triggered by the bombing of the World Trade Center in 2001. The Bush Administration, generally perceived as the whole country of United States, decided to end

  • U S Balance of Payments

    U.S. Balance of Payments The United States balance of payments is an overall statement of all economic transactions between the U.S. And all other countries over a year's times (Oxford, 2002). A table of the balance of payments shows the amount of money received from other parts of the world and the amount spent abroad. These transactions are measured in terms of receipts and payments. In the U.S., a receipt represents money

  • U S australia Secuirty Allaince Defense Policy

    S. And hence disturb Australia's trade relations with China which could prove detrimental to its economy. Australia has to find a happy medium so that it would be viewed as a hostile neighbor in its own region: "while Kevin Rudd is not an alliance critic in the mold of Mark Latham he will take great care for his country not to be viewed by its Asian neighbors or extra-regional powers

  • U S Approach to Terrorism Post 2001

    U.S. Approach to Terrorism U.S Approach to Terrorism Post 2001 The incidence of September 11, 2001 led to an anti-terrorism campaign by the government of U.S. And was called the war or terror. Since 2001, U.S. government has taken several steps to maintain security and counter terrorism by implementing certain strategies at national and international level. These approaches and steps, whether useful or not have been discussed in this paper. President Bush's Justifications

  • U S Invasion Into Iraq After the 911

    U.S. Invasion into Iraq: After the 911 terror attacks, the Bush Administration launched the war on terrorism in attempts to deal with the threats of global terrorism and enhance homeland security. The war on terrorism was characterized by a successful American military campaign to destroy Afghanistan's Taliban regime and interrupt the operations of the Al Qaeda terrorist network. In the aftermath of this successful mission, the United States military invaded Iraq

  • U S National Strategy What Three United States

    U.S. National Strategy What three United States national interests do you think will be at great risk over the next five years? Describe those interests and identify which instruments of national power can be leveraged to protect or advance those national interests and how those instruments can be used. As President Obama stated in his addresses to Congress in February 2009, the most important problem that the country faced was the economy,

  • U S Gulf War Over the

    This is significant because it shows how a shift would occur in the way various events were dealt with in the future. As many nations would forge alliances to: solve various conflicts and would engage in consensus building (to increase support for a cause). This is different from the various unilateral actions that would take place in the events leading to: World War I, World War II and the

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved