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there are those who now want a lot of people dead.” This is frightening considering that the younger generations have been softened to murder and purposeful destruction, which means that the less they think it’s wrong, the more they’ll start doing it. The terrorists today most likely grew up with the idea that death was bad and only bad people did it. Many kids today have the same thoughts, but they are a few who may believe there is nothing wrong with killing because it’s just an expression of anger. For example, the Columbine massacre was the result of two kids who saw nothing wrong with murder and decided to show it to the world. We should consider what the future will be like when these kids group up and gain access to much more than just the internet. Considering all

this, kids still aren’t the main worry today; it’s cults and other groups that are being watched for any terrorist activity. “Many view the cult Aum Shinrikyo as a group seeking to bring on the end of the world. The religious organization, officially recognized in Japan, harbored plans to attack the United States with biochemical agents. The cult leaders planned to produce enough to annihilate a large Japanese city by spraying it from a Russian helicopter they purchased. Cult members let loose a bag of low-grade sarin nerve gas after poking it with umbrellas on a Tokyo subway in 1995. The attack killed a dozen people and left thousands ill. Investigators subsequently discovered the leaders of the international, 10,000-member cult had been stockpiling anthrax and botulin

toxin, two of the world’s most deadliest germ-warfare agents. Aum Shinrikyo had offices in New York and an estimated $1.5 billion in assets. It has now been linked to two biological and five chemical attacks, including a 1994 incident that killed seven and injured 500. But the group’s activities took the FBI and CIA by surprise. At Senate hearings, CIA and FBI officials admitted they were unaware that Aum Shinrikyo had been developing chemical and biological weapons. They first heard about the cult’s goal for igniting a cataclysmic war between Japan and the United States from reports in the news media.” (Willing to Kill) The scariest part about reading this story is thinking of how many other cults there are with the same connections and the same plans to destroy the

world. Cults are formed because two people who think alike convince others to join their group and think like them. It’s as if cults think that whatever they believe should be the way it is, and since it’s not, they’re personally going to do something about it because if they don’t, who will? “They think they talk to God and it’s a god that seems to encourage violence. They may turn to extreme violence and weapons of mass destruction because they believe the Armageddon is coming soon.” (Stern, Jessica) These awful distortions of what life is/should be are what drive cults, terrorists, and etc. to do disgusting things in order to get their way. Something needs to be done about this soon. The only way to begin to end this problem is to fight it until it is no more. On

May 19, the US District Court in the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment against Ali Mohammed, charging him with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals overseas. Ali, suspected of being a member of Usama Bin Ladin’s al-Qaida terrorist organization, had been arrested in the U.S. in September 1998 after testifying before a grand jury concerning the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa. In May of 1998, Abdul Hakim Murad was sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for his role in the failed conspiracy in January 1995 to blow up a dozen US airliners over the Pacific Ocean. Murad received an additional 60-year sentence for his role and was fined $250,000. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who was convicted previously in this conspiracy and for his role in the World Trade Center

bombing in 1993, is serving a life prison term. (1999 Global Terrorism) Stories like these help show the people of the world that something is being done about terrorism, and the first step to putting an end to a problem is beginning the fight. The world may have already begun the fight to end terrorism, but it has a long way to go. Efforts are also being made to stop terrorism before it starts. The commanding general of the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command, Maj. Gen. George Friel, has coordinated a federal effort to train 120 cities across the country to learn about terrorists. (Terrorists Find New Tools) That program is just one of more than 40 different initiatives the federal government is now spending billions on to defend citizens. In January, Friel met