Since the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Marfleet, 1997) in the sixties, the United States has become increasingly more relaxed as to the possibility of an attack on American soil. Since the attack on the Twin Towers in September of 2001, by the terrorist group al-Qaeda, the United States has again become more aware and alert to this possibility. Not only did the attack on the United States bring Americans together as a country united, it also brought on changes that included the newly developed Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security is now charged with not only protecting the country and territories from another terrorist attack but also responding to an attack, man-made accident, and natural disasters. It is also responsible for monitoring the current threat of an attack against the United States.
The United States and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security) also watch which groups are the greatest threats against the United States. Al-Qaida still tops the list as the greatest threat to our country. Until recently Homeland Security had listed Osama Bin Laden as the leader of the group which tops the terrorist watch list. In May of 2011 (White House) the U.S. Navy, SEAL Team Six, killed Bin Laden in an early morning raid of his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. With this removal of this terrorist leader, America now has a new threat.
In a press conference in February of 2011, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter stated “I actually consider Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, with Al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization, is probably the most significant risk to the United States homeland.” Anwar Al-Awlaki is a dual citizen on both the U.S. and Yemen. He is an Islamist fundamentalist that is now being called the “Osama Bin Laden of the Internet. (Kouri, 2011)” Al-Awlaki encourages terrorism through the use of internet blogs, Facebook, and You Tube videos. Al-Awlaki has been linked to multiple attacks and attempted attacks on the United States.
I would have to agree with our government in their assessment of the terroristic threat in reference to Al-Awlaki. Terrorism seems to be a Lernaean Hydra in comparison in that, when you remove one leader, two more replace them. Al-Qaida, while weakened by the loss of their leader, is still very much a threat. With almost endless finances, their ability to infiltrate and live among us is great. While I am sure the government makes every attempt to find and flag any person having ties to terrorist, how can you fight an enemy you cannot see? It is not as if they wear red or grey coats as they did in the Civil War.
While doing the research paper one thing became increasing clear; I have no more idea as to the location and the means by which to attack, than the federal government does. I don’t believe that the ability to hijack a commercial aircraft exists anymore. The attack on the Pentagon would most...