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Terrorism

Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. Because the term terrorism is politically and emotionally charged, it is difficult to accurately describe it. Terrorism has been around for centuries, but has recently been brought much more attention than ever before.

In one of my college courses, we were asked to do an assignment. The assignment was, “If you were going to commit a terrorist act, what would you do?” I will not go into detail of my assignment, due to the sensitivity of the material, but I have a reason to mention it. My reasoning is to explain how the average citizen thinks when they view the world around them. The views of the average citizen only go as far as their “own back yard” which means trouble and shows complacency. Every student in the class, except myself, had the same ideas, almost verbatim. They were concerned with a person attacking an elementary school or college campus.

My paper, however, was shocking to my professor. He questioned me about the paper after reading what I handed in. He was wondering if he had reason to be concerned about me because what I wrote scared him to death. I told him absolutely not and explained why. It took me a few times of explaining my paper before it sunk in. I merely put myself in the shoes of terrorists from what I researched and what has been shown. Then I put the details in place on how it would go down; if all went according to plan. I had been able to obtain information that the general public should not have been able to obtain, but this information is out in the open for all to see. In my opinion, it is government complacency which is a threat to national security.

Terrorists are not concerned with small acts that would barely show as a “blip” on the radar. Terrorists want to effect masses, sending the masses into a chaotic state. A terrorist want his/her acts to be grand enough to gain attention so it spreads like wildfire amongst the masses and gains worldwide media attention.

My professor askedme if I would have any objections to him sending my paper in to a government official he knew. I told him absolutely not. The government should be aware of what can potentially happen so they can protect us from these attacks. If I obtained this information then surely terrorists already have. Look at it this way, if you have a Microsoft® Operating System with holes for hackers to gain entry, would you sit idly by and do nothing? Absolutely not. You want those fixes and patches to correct the problem so your system is protected.

Administrations have used the term “We are declaring war against terrorism.” There is no such thing. You cannot declare was on an idealism. War can only be declared agaisnt a country or entity. Terrorism is a growing concern in this world. Just enough to breed fear until the next bout of complacency is done. This is also why I question the intelligence of the administration when it comes to the release of suspected terrorists and the closing of Gitmo. Another problem to consider is the release of the Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, receiving a compasion release from imprisonment due to failing health. Where was his compassion for the 270 people he murdered? To add salt into the wound of that release, he received a hero’s welcome when he de-boarded the plane in Libya.

The most recent arrests of 3 suspected terrorists in New York City; now 9 arrests with possibly 24 or more suspects still being sought after, which has been covered in the news, is also creating a stir of re-emerging terrorist attack threats in our country. They had been questioned by the FBI and denied any ties to terrorism only to be found to be lying later. When the text message “The wedding cake is ready” was intercepted, law enforcement realized that was the code for an attack being imminent. Not only was a text message intercepted, but hand-written plans for making explosives and detonators was also found. My concern is for the exposed agents and their families as well as a possible terror attack rising. I have only listed a few incidents in this topic even though much more is occurring.

One thing I can say on terrorist attacks is that if even one more attack occurs on our soil, vigilanteism will emerge. If the Government will not defend the people, then the people will step up to the plate. There are numbers of groups already active and on the move. They will not care or see if the people who “fit the profile” are innocent or not. The old saying “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck” is how they will see and react.

Country Patriots

Jennifer

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September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Political, Uncategorized

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