The Pros And Cons Of Foreign Terrorist Organizations

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In recent decades the United States, and the larger world, has faced a new enemy that has required new policies and laws. Terrorism and the rise of violent, non-state actors has forced the world to quickly adapt to new and more violent warfare against actors that do not adhere to the internationally agreed upon laws of armed conflict. Because of the rapid pace that was required to deal with this new threat, actions were taken that do not represent the values of this country and policies were created with that may require so alterations to improve their effectiveness. The policies in place to designate foreign terrorist organizations are in need of some change so that national defense resources are being used wisely and the government can counter …show more content…
It is illegal within the United States or for those subject to the laws of the United States to provide material support or resources to any FTO. According to the US code this refers to “any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safe houses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel, and transportation”. This makes it explicit that anyone knowingly providing information to a member of a terrorist organization or the organization itself will be prosecuted in US …show more content…
The designation encourages other states to follow suit, creating an international force that can limit successes while isolating terrorist organizations. It is important to note that this may not prove to be useful. Isolation can drive the organizations to take more extreme measures and create stronger bonds between organizations. While it cuts down on the resources available, these measures could be contributing to greater violence. These measures are very effective at increasing public awareness of terrorist organizations. People are more wary of where they send their money and tend to be more cautious about the charities they donate to, worried that they may contribute to a front group. In addition, people develop a greater awareness of terrorist threats through the constant influx of information from the media, the increasingly violent nature of attacks, and the continued role of US military in fighting terrorism. Major

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