The events on September 11th, 2001 changed the world as we know it. The United States government is reorganizing and adapting to increase domestic security against terrorism. These changes will impact the American criminal justice system and our community. Domestic intelligence has changed drastically since the 9/11 attacks and relationships between federal state and local law enforcement agencies and law enforcement agencies and the communities in which they serve. Interaction between law enforcement and the government are essential to continue adapting to our ever changing responses to terrorist attacks. Terrorism poses critical challenges for today’s law enforcement. Our offensive and defensive strategies are ever changing. There are many problems facing law enforcement today. First we must understand terror. Terrorism is present in all parts of the world and in every society. The use of terrorism as a tool, ranges from individual acts to events schemed by groups. Numerous terror organizations exist around the world. A majority of those groups are anti west and anti America. One of the groups is the al-Qaida. Established in the 1980’s by Osama bin Laden, it serves as a focal point or an umbrella organization for a worldwide network that includes many Islamic extremist groups. Al-Qaida seeks to overthrow anti-Islamic groups and their goal is to kill Americans. Their top layer of management has been seriously incapacitated by the war in Afghanistan but the organization has been deemed in sufficient operating mode as to continue to be a threat to the United States (Mariani 200).
It’s relatively easy to look at an emergency management structure within a state, it is less obvious how the homeland security aspect is structured (Mariani, 135-140). Some states view homeland security as distinct from emergency management. It is viewed as a law enforcement responsibility. Within the federal government, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...
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