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Adjusting to Terrorism
October 8, 2012
Megan Sharp
CJA 454
Kevin Zimmerman

With the events that occurred on September 11, 2001 will always remain one of the most memorable events for citizens of the United States of America. Every American all across the United States just were beginning to start their day by waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee, taking their kids to school, and then going to work. The day was not just a normal day in the United States. Millions of citizens all over the world viewed in terror and disbelief as the World Trade Centers crumpled to pieces from the airplanes that crashed into them. No law enforcement agency, or even Homeland Security was not prepared to manage such an extreme emergency of that caliber. Every agency has separate forms of communication and do have a universal system to communicate with one another. The creation of a national database applied by the Homeland Security Department would permit the states to communicate and distribute intelligence collected on different terrorists and criminal behaviors. Following the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, just about every state implemented fusion centers to share intelligence on terrorist threats; conversely, a database resourceful enough has not been implemented to communicate the intelligence. The fusion centers can gain data and share the intelligence with the Department of Homeland Security but it cannot correspond with any other centers countrywide. Thus, if one state such as California gains intelligence on a potential terrorist group living nearby, the intelligence is transmitted to the Department of Homeland Security, but neighboring states are uninformed about the activity. The drawback with executing the system to synchronize information countrywide is that the fusion centers would have to gain funding from the federal government. The implementation of a system that links the Department of Homeland Security and...
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