Is the United States making progress in reducing or preventing terrorism? Is the United States making progress in reducing or preventing terrorism? 

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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If you believe what the government reports, I would say yes. I just heard last week that another attack was foiled. If you watch the news you here similar reports from time to time.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that as a country we are much more aware of terrorism than we were before.  We have a higher interest in national security, and we actually work at communicating between law enforcement agencies.  Because of the Patriot Act, the government can survey communication on a large scale to find trends that could signify terrorism.  We have not had any serious or successful terrorist plots on our social lately, that we know of.  If there have been plots that have been neutralized, then I guess our national security apparatus is working!

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Terrorism is not "only in our hearts," it is a deliberate act aimed at frightening people, and it has proven to be very successful at doing so. 

As for whether the United States is making progress, I agree with the others who have said that it is almost impossible to tell. Terrorist acts are, by their very nature, unpredictable, and the fact that none have occurred on US soil in 8 years does not mean one could not happen tomorrow. One thing is certain: the global environment that has made terrorism attractive to many people is still very much in existence.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is very hard to say.  On the one hand, there have been no successful terrorist attacks on US soil since 2001.  On the other hand, there had been no successful foreign terrorist attacks on US soil for 8 years before 9/11.  This is one where there is simply no way to determine whether there has truly been a reduction in terrorism.  If there has been, it is impossible to determine whether government action has caused it.

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novis | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Terror has always existed in one form or another. it will continue untill humanity extinguishes itself, terror is not just somebody planting a bomb, its about lies and cunning. like the devil being more devilish when respectable ?   

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kfisher831 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

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This is a tough question to answer. Only those "privileged" with information actually know how many plans are foiled. There is a lot of information that the government keeps from average citizens, for good reason. Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if we heard of every terror plot that the government discovered and prevented? I shudder to think.  

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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I agree #4

"Terrorism only in our hearts, and we must get rid of it."

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I do not believe a word "terrorism" !!!
  But I believe that there is a group of individuals "backward",,,
  These individuals may be Christians, Muslims or Jews ... etc

  But in fact there is no terrorism..

  Terrorism only in our hearts, and we must get rid of it.

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chris1345 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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It really depends on how you look at it. U.S. terror related deaths have decreased since 2001 according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Department of State. This could be due to increased security since 9/11 such as the use of full body scanners in airports so that agents can see hidden objects. It's not hard to see this number go down since over 3,000 people died due to terrorism in one single day. There is nowhere to go but down from that in the U.S.A.


However, reports since 9/11 have shown a rise in GLOBAL terrorism. A State Department report in 2006 found that terrorism was up 25 percent from the previous year.

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