The Evolving Threat: Changing Responses

After the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, the House Judiciary Committee’s Crime and Criminal Justice subcommittee met to discuss the events and how to prevent future attacks. In the report later released by the committee, the tone is one of concern, but not of dire urgency that would be evident in many of the post-9/11 literature. But what occurred to precipitate that change? Continue reading The Evolving Threat: Changing Responses

The Evolving Threat: Shifting Motivations

To understand the United States’ modern policies concerning terrorism, it is first necessary to understand the way terrorism itself has changed. In the decades before September 2001, terrorism was considered a tool of secular change; a violent means to a political end. However, beginning in the early 1990’s, we begin to see groups motivated by religion. Continue reading The Evolving Threat: Shifting Motivations

The Evolving Threat: Introduction

Americans born in this century have never lived in a world where the threat of global non-state terrorism has not been at the forefront of the political dialogue. They grew up in a world where you have to remove your shoes before getting on an airplane, where the nightly news almost always included a story about Iraq, Afghanistan, or another Middle Eastern state, and where billboards on the metro remind you that if you see something, say something. It is sometimes hard to believe that this national state of “constant vigilance” was not always the norm; but before the attacks of September 11th 2001 terrorism was considered to be an issue for local police not the US Military. Continue reading The Evolving Threat: Introduction