Terrorism and Border Control
Jessica M. Morgan
Professor Stephen Rogers
October 12, 2010
An astonishing 6,000 plus people lost their lives to the tragedy that befell our country on September 11, 2001. Those whose loved ones vanished and witnessed the horrific events on this day will forever have a black hole filled with emptiness in their hearts. Terrorism, the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes, the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization, and a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government, are exactly what this country endured on that fateful day (Random House Dictionary, 2010). Directly contributing to terrorism, is border control. Border control refers to an agency within the United States Department of Homeland Security responsible for preventing the entry of illegal aliens as well as terrorists and their weapons into the United States (Oxford Dictionary, 2010). How could this have happened? Why did this happen? The answer is really very simple. Terrorism and border control issues have been on the rise for quite some time. The threat occurs daily due to significant mitigating factors such as drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and human trafficking. Although terrorism and border control are global issues, for the United States, it is more than evident that efforts must continue in taking affirmative action to correct and prevent the circumstances surrounding these matters. The citizens of this country depend on it.
An establishment has been determined that there is indeed a link between terrorism, border control, and drug trafficking. According to the United Nations, the illegal drug trade is worth 400 billion dollars a year, which is more than what the Department of Defense’s national budget is (Drug Policy Alliance, 2010). The war on drugs has created and will carry on an issue with terrorism all on its own. For instance, in reality, many people fail to realize the direct relation between the United States and Osama Bin Laden. During the cold war era, the Islamic jihad was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia where Osama Bin Laden was recruited to fight the Soviet invaders and was provided very sophisticated and extensive training provided by the CIA (Chussodovsky, 2001). This would be directly related to Bin Laden’s access to his family’s heir and ability to provide bulk quantities of construction equipment. Two years within the operation of invading Afghanistan, the Pakistan-Afghan borderlands became the world’s top heroin producer, supplying the United States with up to 60 percent of their supply. Upon the production of mass quantities of this deadly opiate, the United States failed to perform search seizures and arrests due to the previous ally formed in deterring the Soviets away from Afghanistan. Ultimately this would lead to Bin Laden’s future wealth and reign of terror after linking up with close associate, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar after the U.S. invasion to Saudi Arabia in 1994. One could very easily argue that the CIA’s previous drug relations with Osama Bin Laden are a reflection of the September 11 attacks. Many believe if it were not for this covert operation and the CIA’s need to prevail, these events would not have taken place, nor would Bin Laden have the resources to find his regime’s associates into the country.
A sore subject for many, illegal immigration also poses a huge threat as far as terrorism and border control are concerned. Another fact that most people are ignorant to, is the fact that a lot of individuals gain legal alien status to become a United States citizen and then become illegal after entering. The terrorists are foreigners, most or all of whom should not have been allowed to live in this country to begin with. The criminals who were convicted in the 1993 World Trade...