This paper is on the terrorist group Al-Qaeda and the US Patriot Act. This paper will discuss the history, ideology, structure, targets and tactics of Al-Qaeda. I will discuss the history and goals of the US Patriot Act as well as the controversy that surrounds it. Finally I will discuss how the US Patriot Act serves as a deterrent to Al-Qaeda by enhancing domestic security against terrorism, enhancing surveillance procedures and removing obstacles to investigate terrorism. I hope that after you complete your review of my paper that you will have an appreciation for the creation of the US Patriot Act, because it protects Americans by making it difficult for terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda to operate in the United States.
Homeland Security Policy Paper
The cowardly terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 changed the perception of many Americans. It became increasingly evident that terrorist groups were evolving into a beast that we as a nation have never witnessed. After the attacks it became increasing evident that it was time to strengthen our policies and fight back against terror. Our great nation had to show the terrorist groups that we would not sit back in fear, but instead increase our nation’s resilience and preparedness in response to terrorism activities. A great example of changes to come would be the passage of the US Patriot Act. Just 45 days after the September 11 attacks, with little resistance, Congress passed the US Patriot Act on October 5th, 2001. Charles Doyle stated that “The Act gives federal officials greater authority to track and intercept communications, both for law enforcement and foreign intelligence gathering purposes.” (2001) The US Patriot Act and how the US Patriot Act serves as a deterrent to terrorist cells like Al-Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden. The group was established around 1988. Al-Qaeda became a household name after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, quickly surpassing the IRA, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Al-Qaida is a multi-national network possessing a global reach. .Al-Qaeda produced the Encyclopedia of the Afghan Jihad in the 90s, which served as a detailed how-to guide for using handguns, explosives, and biological and chemical weapons.
Al-Qaeda's goal is to overthrow regimes it considers "non-Islamic" and expel Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries. Al-Qaeda believes it’s the duty of Muslims to kill US citizens both civilian and military and our allies. After Al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, attacks on America, the United States launched a war in Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda’s bases there and overthrow the Taliban. I have firsthand experience fighting terrorism. I was stationed in Afghanistan in 2008. I served on the front lines of the war against terror in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I travelled to remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan searching for...