Preventative Policing: Has it Gone Too Far?

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Preventative Policing: Has it Gone Too Far?

Tim Merriam

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For centuries, individuals and governments have suffered the effects of terrorist attacks of different severity. Some attacks are carried by unhappy individuals who feel the need to make a statement, but others are supported by governments of foreign countries in an attempt to strike fear or to invoke diplomacy upon the country. In an effort from the FBI and other intelligence agencies to prevent future terrorist strikes, they have focused their efforts on Muslims, which has resulted in “American Muslims being increasingly radicalized”(“Racial Profiling”).Racial profiling causes people to adopt radical positions and may actually increase terrorist incidences instead of decrease them.

There are a variety of methods used to prevent terrorist attacks. In many instances after terrorist attacks, people blame the attack on the government for not being able to predict and stop the attack before it begins. The government already has many laws and regulations. In addition, there are many research based theories based on studying individuals to determine whether or not that person that person will take part in a terrorist attack. Some of these practices include heavily monitoring the activities of anyone who ”acts muslim, either through religious practice, attendance at a mosque, or their expression of political opinions critical of the U.S. foreign policy” (“Preventative Policing”). At times, these efforts can be seen as extremely biased and racist towards all Muslims, especially when secret informants work their way into these people’s daily lives to attempt to determine whether or not they are part of a terrorist group or have terroristic intentions. Throughout these attempts to prevent terrorist activity such as having secret informants join people in their everyday lives such as work and religious activities, many people have been targeted by the government and are sometimes arrested unjustly (“Racial Profiling”).

However, many people and government agencies find that racial profiling is very necessary in the efforts to stop terrorism. They have justified these cases of profiling by saying that it a necessary step in preventing future terrorist attacks. These informants observe what everyone else around them does and how the government would be best inclined to intervene with these people’s actions. Often times, these informants will unintentionally push these people into terroristic ideologies through their own radicalization.This will result in that person being found innocent upon a trial hearing due to being “forced” into those ideas by an informant (“Racial Profiling”).

Since 9/11, the government has greatly increased the amount of preventative policing they have instituted through acts such as Operation Enduring Freedom,providing millions of dollars in efforts and resulting in 155 military deaths in just SIX years of OEF (“National Security”) in an effort to stop future terrorist attacks before they occur. This effort has brought great amounts of radicalization to Muslim people and communities, which is unjust.

 

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