America's Top Three Potential Terrorist Attacks

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America's Top Three Potential Terrorist Attacks

Alan Jacobs

HLSS 155 B001 Win 13
Professor Dr. Wesley Phillips
15 February 2013

America's Top Three Potential Terrorist Attacks
Since the successful attacks by planned by Osama Bin Laden, and carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists, the United States of America has implemented new strategies to thwart efforts by terrorist to achieve another successful attack on US soil. Along with the new Global War on Terrorism, came new laws, different executive orders, and the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism and to strengthen the nation's national security. According to James Carafano and Jessica Zuckerman, “There is little doubt that the United States is safer than it was on September 10, 2001—at least 40 terror plots against the U.S. have been foiled since 9/11—but the war on terrorism is not yet won” (Carafano and Zuckerman 2011, par.2). After many successes, at least 40 foiled plots said by Carafano and Zuckerman, the United States has monitored and compiled a list of suspected terrorist organizations both foreign and domestic. However, the US has recently began to slow down their efforts in national security interest. Under the leadership of the Obama Administration, there have been many defense cuts, a refusal to secure US borders, and a foreign policy that has caused more instability in the Middle East than ever before. This has given rise to more hatred for the hegemonic United States government by Islamic extremists, and has left the United States susceptible to three major types of terrorist attacks that are likely to occur on American soil.

Starting with the most common type of attack, bombings are of a well known particular interest to terrorists due to their potential to cause a massive amount of collateral damage, casualties, and mass panic. Most average law abiding American citizens only think of extreme Islamic militants when the word terrorist is mentioned, whether hearing it through the media or conversation. This is actually far from the truth. It is certain that the United States will remain the primary target of Islamic terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda for years to come, but the United States has suffered more violent attacks on US soil from different domestic terrorist groups over the years, than foreign groups. However, none of those attacks were as deadly as the attacks on September 1, 2011, which were carried out by Al Qaeda. Throughout the United States lies many different extremists groups who despise government and wish to cause harm to push their message to the public. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Currently, there are 1,018 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racists skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes, and others” (Southern Poverty Law Center 2013, par.2). In addition to the groups listed by the SPLC, there are a large number of other groups that are extreme religious types, Christian, Muslim, Jews, Athiests, satanists, etc., as well as environmental activists, animal activists, mafias, gangs, and the Mexican cartels all being active within the United States.

In the past century, there have been many instances of violence carried out by different groups of people. In the 1960's and 70's, the civil rights movement, peace activist against the Vietnam War, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion sparked a wave of extremism across the nation. Several bombings of abortion clinics, arson, and violent plots to cause harm swept the nation. The first attempt by foreign terrorist organizations to harm the Unites States on US soil was the 1993 attempt to bomb the World Trade Center where six people were killed, and thousands were injured. The attack was carried out by the use of a truck bomb be parked in the basement of tower...
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