Brenna Halesey- RESEARCHED FINAL PAPER - Halesey 1 Brenna...

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Halesey 1 Brenna Halesey English 102, Section 27 Anne Cain December 2, 2010 Researched Analysis Final Draft Title On October 5, 2010, Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison after his failed attempt to detonate a car bomb on the night of May 1, 2010 in New York City. The only reason the bomb didn’t go off that night was because it was incorrectly assembled. We would be naïve to think that something like this wouldn’t be tried again. Every day is a new day for a significant terrorist-related event to strike Americans. In saying this, we need to be prepared for the worst at all times. But, there is a difference between being prepared and living in constant fear. The government is spending enormous amounts of money trying to keep our boarders safe, but with that, comes a constant question, “Is that really going to help us in a time of crisis?” With security being taken so seriously, it seems as though the government is creating a lot of fear among Americans concerning our personal safety and the safety of our country. We ask whether all the security tactics being placed are in fact keeping us safe? Or, are we being asked to live with a false hope that we can control terrorist groups that don’t want to be tamed? We need to be able to live our lives as normally as possible, as well as, react when a catastrophe like September 11 may be ahead, or lies in wait, of us. The war on terrorism is not something that is going to be resolved over night. Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the government and the citizens of the United States were put on high alert for possible threats. Homeland Security reacted very quickly after the attacks.
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Halesey 2 They spent $10.6 billion dollars from the Fiscal Year 2002 Emergency Budget Supplemental to install procedures in order to make America safer (Strengthening). Thousands of different specialists ranging from FBI agents, Terrorism Task Forces, National Guardsmen, to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) were hired to help keep an eye on the situation. Shipping ports received money in order to patrol the docks and cargo coming in from other areas around the world. Airport security was changed significantly in order to ensure the safety of everyone on board of airplanes. And the biggest change made by the government was installing the USA/ Patriot Act. American citizens lost parts of their privacy because the government is allowed to look at what was once confidential information along with spying on citizens (Strengthening). After billions of dollars have been spent on safety, it is easy to question whether the government and their new security measures are really beneficial. The attempt of setting off a car bomb last May proved that no matter how much security we have, it is still possible for something catastrophic to happen on our soil. Even with all the necessary procedures in place, there is still room for disaster. This leads me to the point that even though the government is working hard to keep our country safe, it is almost impossible to prevent an attack. No one
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