EDM 501 – Domestic Terrorism -Module 3 – Case:
Security and Domestic Anti-Terrorism (Part 1)
What are the limits of power of the FBI in pursuing surveillance of potential terrorists within and without the U.S.? In your view, is the FBI adequately organized, staffed, and trained to perform the myriad of missions tasked? Based on the readings and your research, what is the status of the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2011 and resultant action on the key divisive issues? Explain the Department of Homeland Security's role in combating domestic terrorism. What sub agencies are involved? What are their missions? In your opinion, what vulnerabilities would a terrorist see based on your answers to the above four questions.
What are the limits of power of the FBI in pursuing surveillance of potential terrorists within and without the U.S.? In the United States the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is engaged in the fight against terrorism. Previously, there was a special unit within the FBI under the name the Department of Homeland Security. In particular it had task of counterterrorism. In 1978 there was formed a secret army unit of special purpose, which must deal with the struggle with terrorists outside the country. The U.S. Special Operations Forces are composed of four main groups. These are: antiterrorism group Delta, the Army Special Forces, " sea scouts (saboteurs) and Rangers (air assault division). The first three groups are staffed with professionals only, while the rangers (two thousand) have conscripts in addition to the officers and sergeants. In your view, is the FBI adequately organized, staffed, and trained to perform the myriad of missions tasked? For conducting combat operations against terrorists, each of the 59 departments of the FBI has at least one special combat unit to fight terrorism – the so-called SWAT - Special Weapons and Tactics team. Soldiers in SWAT are trained to shoot from sniper...
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