Post-9/11 Foreign Policies Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Terrorism Type: Essay Paper: #21051630 Related Topics: Neoliberalism, Foreign Policy, Isis, Doctrine
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9/11 Policies

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there were many changes in U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The attacks highlighted the risks posed to Americans both at home and abroad. The Bush government enacted several policies in response to the attacks. Domestically, two stand out as the most significant. The first was the Homeland Security Act of 2002. This act created the Department of Homeland Security, which took a substantial amount of responsibility -- but not total responsibility -- for safeguarding the nation. The DHS began working with other agencies to strengthen border security in particular, and to coordinate anti-terrorism efforts. The department's presence is especially felt in terms of transportation safety, and the myriad new rules and restrictions that govern air travel.

The other significant law that was passed in response to the terrorist attacks was the Patriot Act, which was passed very quickly after the attacks. The Patriot Act expanded Presidential authority with respect to combatting terrorism, expanded allowable surveillance, set up an anti-money laundering program to cut off finances earmarked for terrorists and in general removed legal obstacles to fighting terrorism. The Patriot Act has in particular had sweeping consequences. It was renewed in 2011 by President Obama. The Act has been criticized for its


The role of Homeland Security in particular has expanded since that department was created. So it is reasonable to argue that these acts have fared well, and many of their provisions are likely to be maintained. In terms of terrorism, there have not been major terrorism acts on U.S. soil since 2001, but it would be logical fallacy to credit these acts with that, as there might not have been any serious attempts. Still, fewer terrorist attacks will heighten the sense of security that American feel and these acts were passed in part to restore that sense of security.

There has always been the question as to whether or not the tradeoff with respect to civil liberties is worth the greater security. The answer does not depend on whether or not there have been any terrorist attacks, or even if any have been thwarted, since on an individual level it is highly unlikely that any one American will be affected. But civil liberties affect us all, and in a sense there are definitely elements of these acts that are not worth the security. I am not among those who objects to heightened security at airports, but there is good cause to be skeptical of heightened surveillance powers and the overall lack of transparency in the way that these new powers are implemented. The American citizen is protected by the Constitution, and in particular the Fourth Amendment and I…

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