Intelligence Terrorism's Effects on the Term Paper

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Unfortunately, some in the intelligence community fear that this level of cooperation will ultimately dissolve as the memory of September 11 dulls over time. Whether or not this fear proves to be the case, for the moment the intelligence community in the United States has recognized that they must re-prioritize their position on terrorism and take action to facilitate interagency cooperation, especially with the law enforcement agencies that will have to act on the intelligence that they are gathering.

This alteration in the structure of the intelligence community because of new analytic and operational needs has altered the mission and capabilities of the intelligence community as a whole. In theory, the greater coordination between intelligence agencies and with law enforcement agencies should make the intelligence community more effective in preventing further terrorist attacks. However, the combination of law enforcement and intelligence has significantly threatened the civil liberties of U.S. citizens who are faced with the prospect of intelligence methods being applied domestically against U.S. citizens (such as the recent revelation that intelligence agencies have been trolling phone records of U.S. citizens). In the final analysis, terrorism has significantly altered the pressure placed on the intelligence community to rapidly produce intelligence data that can be employed to prevent future attacks.

Works Cited

Martin, Kate. "Intelligence, Terrorism and Civil Liberties." Human Rights Magazine. Winter 2002. 15 Oct. 2007 http://www.abanet.org/irr/hr/winter02/martin.htm.

The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland." National Intelligence Estimate. Director of National Intelligence. 17 July 2007. 15 Oct. 2007 http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20070717_release.pdf.

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Works Cited

Martin, Kate. "Intelligence, Terrorism and Civil Liberties." Human Rights Magazine. Winter 2002. 15 Oct. 2007 http://www.abanet.org/irr/hr/winter02/martin.htm.

The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland." National Intelligence Estimate. Director of National Intelligence. 17 July 2007. 15 Oct. 2007 http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20070717_release.pdf.

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