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Curtis 1 Morgan Curtis 18 April 2007 Bob Freysinger Pols 121: Comparative Politics “The Battle between Good and Evil: Terrorism versus World Governments” Terrorism is a term not easily defined. Many experts have different definitions to what Terrorism is, but these definitions all have the same main idea. In essence, terrorism is a form of political violence that targets noncombatants and does this indiscriminately; these attacks are often used to gain leverage on a government or the public. Terrorism is widespread and is a problem that plagues the world. Rarely can one turn on the news without hearing about a suicide bombing, attack on civilians, etc; all of these from the hands of terrorists. Governments around the world have taken necessary steps in protecting their citizens and combating terrorism; however, eliminating terrorism is a daunting task. Terrorist groups do not have sovereignty. Terrorist groups are civilians of countries, so defeating a practically invisible enemy is difficult to say the least. Three countries come to mind when talking about the fight against terrorism: the United States, France and Russia. These countries have all experienced the ravages of terrorism and each have their own way of dealing and fighting terrorism. September 11, 2001. This infamous day forever changed the view on terrorism on a global scale. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon made the destruction of terrorism President Bush’s top priority. The Bush administration was not the first to focus on eliminating terrorism; however, terrorism was a concern dating back to the Reagan administration. According to the National Security Electronic Briefing Book No. 55:
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Curtis 2 Although opposition to terrorism never really became the primary focus of the Reagan administration or successor administrations, each of these paid significant attention to the issue and produced many important documents that shed light on the policy choices faced today. Terrorism has been the subject of numerous presidential and Defense Department directives as well as executive orders. Terrorist groups and terrorist acts have been the focus of reports by both executive branch agencies (for example, the State Department, CIA, and FBI) as well as Congressional bodies – including the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Congressional Research Service. In response to the attacks on September 11 th , the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for directing the government to prevent and respond to terrorism. Its mission is to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States, reduce the vulnerability to terrorist attacks, and aid in the recovery if a terrorist attack were to occur. This department is a conglomerate of existing government agencies which responded and prevented terrorism: the Coast Guard, Boarder Patrol, etc. The Department of Homeland Security does not include the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Central
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