Terrorism Essay Research Paper Lee BlumenfeldAnti TerrorismEver

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Terrorism Essay, Research Paper Lee Blumenfeld Anti Terrorism Ever since the United States has emerged as superior to fellow countries, oppositions have found it necessary to test the ability and the integrity of our national security. In the past, organizations and disgruntled countries have attempted to test the quality of our nation s vast resources by breaking treaties and subsequently starting conflicts. The NSA (National Service Agency) has found it imperative to acquire information for the use of finding and hopefully preventing these conflicts from arising. Terrorism has become a very serious issue for our nation. Our country has developed in- depth organizations, agencies and administrations that handle certain aspects of activities that occur outside of the country.

However, recent incidents are proving that the FBI, CIA, NSA, US MARSHALS, etc. are either not enough or are functioning under par. The first and most recent incident of the lack of ability to control or curb terrorism is the bombing on the USS Cole of the coast of Yemen. The joint US-Yemeni investigation concluded that it was an apparent suicide bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 11 sailors and wounded 39, leaving six sailors remaining missing and, or presumed dead. The blast blew a 40-by-40-foot hole in the midsection of the ship at the waterline. The detonation destroyed an engine room and nearby mess area where sailors were eating lunch. The FBI crime laboratory further discovered that bomb-making material and that it was a “quantum leap” forward in the investigation.

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh further contributed to the labeling of this as a terrorist act by saying he had “important evidence” showing that the explosion was a criminal act. The blowing up of one of the world’s most sophisticated guided missile destroyers not only shows a sign of weakness but a lack of prepared anti-terrorism tactics. For the bombers to know what time food was being served and where to attack the boat is an alarming factor. To get such explosives strong enough and to move them along side of a military ship requires massive planning and a big well funded, organized, and large operation. Something that should be big enough to find by the current major anti-terrorism organizations. In fact, witnesses described two men aboard the boat with

explosives in it standing to attention just before it exploded, another point that they were feasibly detectable. “Speculation by the media and others who point to Osama bin Laden as having a hand in perpetrating the terrorist attack in the port of Aden,” another failure by the US forces to try and stop this well known terrorist. Another major event signaling the ineffectiveness of the anti-terrorism groups was the domestic terrorism on April 1999, in a suburban high school in Jefferson County, Colorado. Columbine High School found itself under attack less than fifteen minutes into the first-lunch period on that Tuesday. Two student gunmen killed 13 and wounded 21 before they turned the guns on themselves – the most devastating school shooting in US history. The two student

gunmen’s plans for attacking the school, recovered by investigators after the tragedy had taken place, evolved over one year’s time, thus giving agencies plenty of time to prevent this tragedy. In those plans, Klebold and Harris outlined a mission to kill as many students and faculty as possible. They would set off destructive bombs inside the school and then shoot any survivors trying to run out. Bombs inside their cars would explode later, killing law enforcement, fire or medical personnel responding to the scene. Such extensive planning should not go unnoticed and therefore should have been picked up by local anti-terrorism departments. While there was no specific reference made in their writings to this date being an important anniversary, it must be noted that April 19,