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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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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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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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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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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