Research Paper: Since the 9/11 Attacks

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[. . .] The first step towards better and more targeted policies within the criminal justice system is therefore establishing the fundamental reasons behind terrorism. In order to do this, a thorough investigation of currently existing and past government and criminal justice policies need to be examined. These can then be scrutinized as establishing a basis for the nature of the current manifestations of terrorism in the United States.

There are several existing policies that I also feel should be either eliminated or replaced by better policies. Profiling possible terrorists for example often target people of Arabian origin, or those adhering to the Muslim religion. When one of these people is arrested for even a minor offense, the criminal justice system often treats them unfairly as compared to other ethnic groups. Ironically, while the system occupies itself with ineffective and time-consuming policies, terrorism thrives. In this, the criminal justice system has created for itself a decoy and for the terrorism network in the country an opportunity like never before.

To curb this problem, I would suggest a policy of more thorough investigation as a starting point for curbing the terrorism problem. Under-cover agents can for example be used in order to investigate suspicious persons, rather than arresting the suspected offenders without conclusive proof of their actions. Under cover agents could also uncover larger networks of terrorism rather than making a single arrest at a time and then possibly targeting citizens who are law-abiding in the first place.

Each arrest occupies valuable time and resources within the criminal justice system. A more targeted policy would focus these towards a more effective policy to curb terrorism. Targeted and multiple arrests via under cover work will also have the benefit of discouraging existing terrorists from their activities. While it is possible that this will also lead to more covert and hidden activities, a more targeted policy can at least make it more difficult for terrorists to conduct their activities with quite the same confidence as before.

The current system of policies in criminal justice focuses time, human, and financial resources into very ineffective practices. Changing the existing policy towards one that targets potential terrorists for investigation rather than summary arrest will initially require more resources in terms of time and finances. However, the ultimate result will be much more effective than the current policies.

The criminal justice system is the cornerstone of the freedoms and rights built up over centuries of life in the United States. It would be a shame to let these drown in a political quagmire of needing to prove innocence rather than guilt while power hungry leaders in the country pursue an agenda entirely of their own.


Thompson, Larry D. (2003, Oct 12). Terrorism and the U.S. Criminal Justice System. Brookings.

Weisbrot, Mark (2001, Sept 22). To Prevent Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy Must Change. Common Dreams News Center. [END OF PREVIEW]

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