USA policies on terrorism
For over decades, USA has been in the forefront in the fight against terrorism in the whole world, this has led the government to use a lot of money on issues related to security in fighting terrorism and creation of software’s to help in fighting terrorism by the FBI. Besides this, congress passed some acts to monitor terrorism action, this is still not effective means to fight terrorism. According to me, there are better approaches to monitor the terrorism activities than what the FBI created. The software created by the FBI is only useful in tracking computer related terrorism incases where the information is shared. As stated earlier, the software only detects specific phrases on the sent e-mails and this poses a challenge to the entire population not only the terrorist. The software limits individuals’ use of computers and the mails they send hence limits their expression.
According to Venturra (2005), the software being used by FBI so-far has implications that need to be addressed, he appoints out lack clarity on the definition of terror, it is more characterized by arbitrary application of sanctions even where it is not necessary and also violates the law of privacy. Through the software, one can be sanctioned on what he never intended to do making it lack the rationale to evaluate. Revealing the data by the Internet Service Provider denies them the privacy they deserve. Individuals emails being scrutinized will be breaching their privacy right which goes beyond the target incase the individual was innocent .This technology may not be effective in fighting terrorism and more is still needed including educating the public about it.
Reports from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Research Institute on the software stated that it lacks individual accountability because one can not trace every action to a specific user, it makes it difficult to know. It can also be altered by filtering settings by the technicians making it not appropriate. The patriot act has negative effects on the USA citizens for it does not grant individual liberty and free expressions and associations. It allows for individuals to be prone to inspection wherever they are and also limits on the books they read. The policy therefore has confined the citizens and communities since their freedoms and security is not guaranteed.
In support of Gregg (2007), these acts are a threat to the intellectual capacity because it allows librarians to control the books we read and these compromises the individuals’ knowledge because of lack of personal choice. It could affect the relation between the Americans and the Muslims community for they are perceived as terrorists and weakening the democratic space of the citizens. Oxley act was meant to punish the disobedient corporate leaders following corporate scandals that hitted the money market. Since its implementation, a number of companies have been deregistering from the public stock exchange and no more new investors are coming into the stock market. Its future implication is meant to scare investors following the huge capital requirements.
In conclusion, FBI and the government should look for other methods of terrorism detection because the software created is not efficient and it still needs to be further defined to the public. The USA congress needs to amend the acts to eradicate the oppressions the citizens are facing because they are tied and their freedoms compromised. Oxley should be amended to lure both domestic and foreign investors.
Gregg, E (2007) Governments War on Terror. New York: Garland
Venturra, H. et al (2005) FBI Project Carnivore and the Diffusion of
Displinary Power. New York