Evolution Of Terrorism

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Terrorism is a very serious and extremely common crime in the world today. The evolution of terrorism is very complex, however in the beginning of the twentieth century the most often used method was assasination. Since then, terrorists have displayed much more significant threats and acts of terrorism on different parts of the world. Terrorism is generally defined as the unlawful use of force against persons or property in order to intimidate the government, frighten the civilian population, or coerce a segment of the public to surrender to political and social demands. (Karmen, A.) Terrorists differ from regular criminals because their goals and means are ultimately different. Influencing third parties by extreme measures is one of the …show more content…
(Karmen, A.) However, the attack on the twin towers on 9/11 was an act of international terrorism that changed the way we handle and view terrorist threats. After the tragic terrorist attack on the United States on 9/11, victims of terrorism have influenced the counterterrorism policy. Those directly affected by the 9/11 attack and other terrorism acts had created organizational groups that successfully pushed congress to investigate the terrorist attacks and threats. (Hoffman, B.) Victims of terrorism have a voice and an influence in the counterterrorism efforts and improving public policies to prevent future terrorist attacks. One of the organizations, The Victims of Terrorism, played a part in the creation of the 9/11 Commision. (Hoffman, …show more content…
One upside of the DHS is that they have created a complex terrorist tracking computer system that they have more control over than outside agencies. The TSA has also been able to control and monitor people who are entering and leaving our country, and the Customs and Border Protection will eventually be able to track foreigners who are visiting the United States. (Lehrer, E.) Even with all of the efforts to address terrorism, there is always more that can be done to keep the United States safe and secure. In the past, threats of terrorism have passed the government without much of an investigation or follow up of the threat. All threats should be taken seriously. Also, if the DHS was able to partner with outside agencies, they would be more successful in their attempts to counteract terrorists. Too many agencies focusing on one specific task causes insufficiency in the way the U.S. handles terrorism. By reviewing and refining counterterrorism departments and tactics, America would become an even safer

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