Explain how the United States has approached terrorism preparedness and describe how it has responded to terrorism after September 11, 2001.

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The United States has responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the increased threat of terrorism in general, in several different ways. One has been an attempt to improve the intelligence gathering process in an effort to predict future attacks. This led on the one hand to legislation, such as the PATRIOT Act, which allowed for expanded surveillance capabilities among other powers. The Bush Administration also authorized intelligence gathering by military and intelligence agents that included "enhanced" techniques that many have described as torture. Efforts have also been made to coordinate intelligence gathering between the National Security Agency, the CIA, and the FBI. 

The other, perhaps most obvious way the United States has responded to the attacks is through what quickly became known as the War on Terror. Aimed at the destruction of Al-Qaeda, this involved first the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, then (more controversially) the battle to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. In addition to the ongoing effort to maintain stability in Afghanistan, the war effort has increasingly come to involve attacks on Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces in Pakistan. 

Finally, the response to terror has involved attempts to secure targets that are deemed vulnerable to terror attacks. This has seen an expansion of security at airports, on public transportation, at sporting events, and at government buildings. This effort has also involved an expansion of federal bureaucracy through such organizations as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) an organ of the Department of Homeland Security.

arjun | Student

We are not satisfied from the actions against terrorism made by United States. It is viewed that one race is targeted. in all countries of the world, there is less or more terrorism,the action must be same and equal against all. Such can bring peace throughout the world.

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