Subject: The need of enhanced security in America post terror attacks.
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper that is widely read across the whole country, I would like to put in my two-penny worth on the issue of why America needs more security despite the fact that people might have to give up some of their freedom. Security is a basic right of every human being whether it is the physical security of the citizens, information security or digital security. The importance of National security has never been the center of discussion in America. It was only after the most deadly terrorist attack in New York on ninth of September 2011 that Americans started to be concerned on the term “national security”(Brown). They were extremely fearful as to how can multiple terrorists can evade a country that possess nuclear power and is considered to be the most powerful country in the world. Today America has come up with new security strategies and has implemented various laws in order to protect the citizens and its future. Despite the fact of all these measures taken to improve the national security of the country, terrorists and fear evoking groups of people have attacked and disrupt the peace of the country time-to-time. This is the reason why I am suggesting that the government of U.S. of America needs to upgrade its defense mechanisms and strategies without breaching the privacy of its citizen so that they can lead a peaceful life(Belasco).
History of America shows that it has been under attack of reckless bombing, bioterror, cyber terror a many times, not only in the past but also in the current times as well. Like the bombing of Naco in 1929 which was the first aerial bombardment in the history of America, the attack on the Pearl Harbor in 1941 that destroyed the New York’s skyline and resulted in thousands of human casualties. The World Trade Center bombing in 1993 resulting in thousands of injured citizens, the multiple 9/11 attacks in New York, the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, to many more dating back in time. This shows that the country is vulnerable. Not just to natural calamities or accidents or criminals but to enemies that had had threatened the whole world. While America has taken significant steps to raise the bar of its citizen’s protection against its outstretched enemies(Adelman). There are school of thoughts pleading that increased security should not come at the cost of breaching citizen’s privacy. They believe that security and privacy are inversely proportional to each other. When is bettered the other one is immolated. It is, however, the responsibility of the democratic government to maintain a balance between both of them. On the other hand, many scholars believe that security and privacy go hand in hand. If we were secured then it would automatically lead to our improved privacy (Forrest). We should look at the bigger picture in front of us, if we can sacrifice a little of our privacy while going through various security-checking booths at an airport this would ultimately help in improving the defense of our country(Faludi).
There is no doubt that America has fought with all these threats, sometimes heroically and sometimes irrationally but these events have definitely left a mark on its national security policies, its economy, politics, and most importantly the psychic of its citizens. Today the world has changed completely. America faces problems that are much worse than the Cold War. 2. In historical times, countries needed huge tanks and humongous armies to fight or defend their country but as the world has changed to a digital form, enemies have also changed their strategies by breaching the digital platforms and turning the modern technology against it that could damage the nation in ways equivalent to a war. The National Security Strategy of U.S. of America has stated that the enemies have declared an open war by striving weapons of mass destruction and recent events have proved those claims to be right (House). This has opened a very serious and potential threat to the country and requires immediate and adamant security measure to be implicated as soon as possible(Romero).
National security is a critical responsibility of the government of a country and it is a basic right of the citizens living in it. With smart and strategic decisions made by the government and its policy makers, America had prepared itself with best military defense, a sophisticated cyber-warfare, diplomatic policymakers and intelligence services to defend itself. Nevertheless, the dwelling question is that despite of all the high security protocol implications, if America is still safe or not. Can Americans still walk by the road every day and feel fearless that no terrorist would emerge suddenly and thousands of deaths would entail. There is no person that would hack the national security system and could crash the economy. In my point of view, there is still a requirement of improving our security measures and defense strategies. The recent incident of Orlando shooting stresses on my plea where a security guard, who was allegedly as ISIS agent, outside a nightclub, killed forty-nine people. This incident clearly shows the hole that is yet to be filled in maintain top notch security.
America needs more security and a better strategic plan to co-op with the increasing danger that it is facing. As the world is increasing with the number of countries having nuclear powers, especially after the incident of 9/11 attacks, there is a probability that AL Qaeda or any other terrorist group would not hold back from attacking America fearlessly. Moreover, as the world is emerging with latest technology and digitalization, the social websites, social platforms and digital market places are at the highest risk for security breaching because people can hack the system and can leak the important nation level high-priority information(Neiman and Swagel). While protecting the platforms people have to sacrifice a bit of their privacy of internet surfing as the government has to overlook what sort of people are browsing the internet and for what purposes. This is a very small price to pay in order to safe guard the nation’s security. Although the threats America faces these days are not as severe as those in the Cold War. But in spite of the fact being one of the strongest counties in the world, there are limitations and shortcomings in its defense mechanisms and strategies that should be dealt with in order to minimize any future consequences and make it stronger and less prone to any civil liberty.