Essay about Post 9/11 Law Enforcement Response to Terrorism

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Compare and contrast the pre and post 9/11 law enforcement response to terrorism. What strategies could be implemented to increase future law enforcement capability in countering terrorism?

“We’re in a new world. We’re in a world in which the possibility of terrorism, married up with technology, could make us very, very sorry that we didn’t act.” (Rice, 2002).
Law enforcement response to counter-terrorism fundamentally changed as a result of the unprecedented events of September 11th 2001 in New York and Washington (Kaldas, 2002, p61-62). This essay will examine how law enforcement has evolved in response to the changing nature of terrorism, with an emphasis on how this has impacted Australia. An analysis of arrests and subsequent
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It also stipulates an ‘important shift’ in terrorist threat post 9/11 in Australia is the local home-grown terrorist living within Australia (The Counter-Terrorism White Paper, 2010, p 12).

One significant factor in contrasting the differences in law enforcement response post 9/11 is that the nature of the threat of terrorism has changed and is continually changing. As such, law enforcement has been forced to continually evolve, update and review its methodology in relation to how it responds to a terrorist threat. A recent example of this occurrence is how terrorists had planned to exploit a loophole in security by using liquid explosives on aircraft, despite the stringent security reforms post 9/11. Laws enforcement in London in September 2006 discovered the intended scheme and as a result responded by introducing new controls on liquids for air travellers (Clarke and Newman, 2006, p 20).

On October 12, 2000 the USS Cole was harboured in the Yemeni port of Aden. A small sea-craft advanced towards the destroyer and exploded. Seventeen American soldiers were killed with 39 injured as a result of the incident. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. At the time of the incident Al-Qaeda was known to be located in a geographical region in Afghanistan. This type of

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