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The 911 Terrorist Attacks And The Ensuing Government Bureaucracy

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McDonalds Machine Bureaucracy vs. Failure in various modern Institutional Bureaucracies to achieve their goals: Power Struggles, Inability to plan and anticipate disasters, blaming, and vague roles
The bureaucratic failures of the United States Governmental agencies to prevent the 911 terrorist Attacks are a result of poor bureaucratic structure. This problem could be resolved by restructuring to attain a more health bureaucracy. One effective bureaucracy noted was that of the McDonalds Corporation. McDonalds and their machine bureaucracy can be used to address some of the issues faced in the United States Federal, institutional bureaucracies like FEMA, TSA, and Homeland Security.

Event 911Terrorist Attack
The 911 terrorist attacks resulted in more than 3,000 civilian deaths in New York and Washington (Dye 2008). Commercial airliners with civilian passenger’s were hijacked and flown at high speeds directly into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Televised images of the collapse of New York City’s largest buildings left a lasting impression on Americans. The nation found itself in a new war, the “war on terrorism” with a hidden enemy dedicated to killing as many innocent civilians as possible.

Bureaucratic Response: The Development of (DHS) Department Homeland Security and enactment of The Patriot Act: As a measure of reframing the formerly ineffective structure
Why as policy makers do we often address a problem incorrectly? Well this mistake is usually in the initial phase of policy making, and that is the problem identification phase. It is too often as policy makers we fail to see the whole picture, and as a result we are unsuccessful in creating policies that address these issues. This failure may be attributed to cluelessness, biases, or our lack of intelligence and resources to alleviate the matter. How could the President a policy maker create a department such as Homeland Security, “rational model of deterrence” to address the irrational problem of terrorism? The core principles of the irrational model are: ideology, ignorance, emotions, and self destructive action. Terrorist are governed by the ideals of obtaining wealth and power, posses a certain level of ignorance, are led by their emotions, and are very destructive, and do not always think rationally (they are not afraid to blow themselves up to kill thousands of others).
The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as “The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological” (Legislative Requirements….)So why use a rational approach to an irrational problem? Well the fact of the matter is that the government wants to do something. It was a measure to make the people “feel” that they...

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