911 Anti Terrorism Legistlation [Law ISU Essay]

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Brandon Baird Friday June 5, 2009. 9/11: Anti Terrorism Legislation After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many countries around the world have taken measures to identify, prosecute and punish terrorists. In response to the attacks Canada, The United States and Britain have all formulated their own anti terrorism legislation to ensure the safety of their citizens. Anti terrorism laws and response teams are essential because they will eventually help to put an end to terrorism. Further research into this topic has revealed that anti terrorism policies and procedures can influence the way the world run. In the aftermath of September 11, many nations around the world were forced to deal with the threat of terrorism on their soil which brought terrorism to a whole new level. For this specific reason governments around the world reacted, with harsh anti terrorism legislations, that sometimes denied even the most basic human rights. In Canada it was the Canadian Anti Terrorism Act, in Britain it was the Prevention of Terrorism Act and in the United States it was the Patriot Act. These three anti terrorism acts, along with many other ones around the world, put into perspective the harsh realities of terrorism. The main issues with these three anti terrorism acts are firstly, they are extremely controversial and secondly they are very problematic and even unconstitutional. The acts give the government to much power, allowing them to detain those that are believed to be terrorist without any due process, the right of the government to eavesdrop using running wire taps, reduction in judicial oversight and the roll of parliament or congress. (National Intelligence Agency, 2007) Page 1
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Brandon Baird Friday June 5, 2009. Before anti terrorism can be fully understood terrorism must defined. Terrorism is defined as the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are politically or religiously or ideologically in nature; this is done through intimidation or instilling fear. (9/11 Commission Report, 2004) Terrorism originates back to the European Street Revolutions in the mid nineteenth century and the revolutionary actions and conflicts in Russia and Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century. Years after this the influence that the proclamation of the Atlantic Charter had on post war anti colonial struggles at the end of the second world war and throughout history these acts would occur over and over again. A prime example of early terrorism influence would be in 1849, when a German man named Karl Heinzen published a book called Der Mord, which in English means murder. (Narco Terrorism, 1990) In this book he provides reason for political murder and terrorism on a worldwide scale. Furthermore during roughly the same time period, an Italian man named Carlo Pisacane was credited for formulating the theory of propaganda by deed. Propaganda by deed is essentially, the effective use of violence to generate publicity for a cause in replacement of
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