Term Paper: Combatting Future Terrorism

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[. . .] He therefore notes that the prison departments have a noble duty of promoting positive influence with a lot of zeal as well as facilitating the transition of prisoners back to the mainstream society with great innovation. These correctional facilities within the country can act as a special and effective venue for ensuring that the convicted terrorists are de-radicalized and also the spreading of the network of the terrorists is stopped.

The use of airplanes as weapons of terror has been the latest trend and indeed was the tool that was used by the terrorists in the fatal 9/11 attack on the U.S.A. Indeed even before the attack using the planes, Rodney Stitch who was a specialist in air travel safety suggested that the cockpit doors for all passenger planes should be secured and be made impregnable by use of guns or hard tools (Defrauding America, 2014). He also suggested that each plane should have an air marshal on board or arming the pilots with basic weapons. If these measures were taken, it could be possible that the 9/11 incident could have been averted and lives saved on that particular day. There is need hence to ensure that all passenger planes are equipped with cockpit doors that are well secured and strong enough to keep out any possible terrorist from accessing the pilot and taking control of the plane. This must be followed by at least one marshal on the plane that is trained in handling terrorism and controlling the situation midair. These measures will reduce the target of the plane by the terrorists as a weapon of terror and make future terrorism attempts lesser as compared to the current times.

Baring that terrorism at home is propagated by terror activities and plans abroad, there is need to have a strong engagement of the U.S. government and security operatives abroad. This is in light of the fact that the planning and even training grounds of the terrorists activities takes place in foreign land especially in the Middle East and Somalia plus several other countries in the Northern deserts of Africa. The security surveillance needs to be intensified in these regions to ensure there is valuable information on the activities of the terror groups and the cells that they form in different regions. The U.S. government also needs to have continued observation of the activities of some foreign governments like the Iranian government in line with the enrichment of the Uranium that could possibly be used in making weapons of mass destruction. There is also need to keep tab on the ability of Iran to destabilize the region and the countries around it for its own political mileage that could open up room for the terrorists to be used to achieve these goals. If such an activity is allowed, it will give room for the interruption of the American interests abroad and also terror activities that could possibly target Americans living in the region because the U.S. stands for the democratization of the region and the extensive Middle East in general. According to WGBH Educational Foundation (2002), the support that Israel enjoys from the U.S.A. is pegged on a few factors; it is a form of commitment to the few democratic states in the Middle East region as most states here are autocratic. It is based on a sense of shred Judeo-Christian religious sharing and traditions. The support is also based on the fact that Israel can still act as a market for the products of the defense industry in the U.S. This relationship must be solidified as it acts as a measure against expansion of terrorism activities and breaking down of the terror networks that are bound to expand in the region.

The other deterrent measure to terrorism is the use of electronic surveillance in all main areas that could be susceptible to terror attacks like the high profile buildings, office blocks, airport, train stations and even the sports grounds. These electronic surveillance records will provide very objective evidence when the need arises and evidence that can help deter a possible terror activity that could be was under planning stages, it enables law enforcement to learn about the crime before it is executed through real time observation of the footages and also daily reviews of these footages. There can also be carrying out of undercover operations which go hand in hand with electronic surveillance. Confidential informants are also important when it comes to combating organized crime. These are individuals who are willing to give information on condition that they do not testify (Ohr, 2004).

The fight against terrorism within the country and across the globe cannot be a preserve of the government and the security branches but calls in the effort of each individual in reporting the activities of the suspected terrorist however small in magnitude the intended activity could be. There is need for implementation of the community watch and community policing where each person plays a very significant role in ensuring that the country is safe from the terrorists and secure from the infiltration by the radical groups that propagate terror within the country.


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