Changes in Operations are Needed for Future Threats and Terrorism in the United States

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Threats and terrorism will always exist and are constantly evolving. Even after the dreadful 9/11 attacks, terrorists remain diligent at planning attacks against the United States and its allies. Although not on the same scale as the 9/11 attacks, terrorists have successfully executed plots in the United States, the United Kingdom and France. For example, on April 15, 2013, an attack at the Boston Marathon occurred, killing three people and injuring 264 individuals. In the United Kingdom, on 7 July 2005, the London bombing incidents took place. Fifty-two individuals were killed and 700 were injured. On 7 January 2015, there was a mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. On 13 November 2015, terrorists …show more content…
The types of threats aimed at the nation are changing as well. Terrorist groups such as IS (also know as ISIS or ISIL) are still interested in Western recruits because it is easier for them to travel between countries and they are knowledgeable of western cultures and language. Individuals do not always come from foreign countries, and are sometimes American or European citizens. The recruits’ lineage can come from the country in which the terrorist reside or the recruit may be impressed or drawn to the ideals and beliefs of another country.

Terrorists or transnational criminals are not limited to members of foreign intelligence agencies, militant groups, or insurgents, but they now also consist of university students and business executives (Gebhardt, 2004). Some criminals and terrorist come from well-to-do families or high-status jobs. For example, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab also known as the “underwear bomber” attempted to harm approximately 300 individuals aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 because he stated that he had been directed by al Qaeda to do so. Abdulmuttallab was from a wealthy family, had opportunities to study at various universities, and had the support of his family members; however, he chose to involve himself in terrorist activities instead of furthering his education or maintaining a peaceful lifestyle.

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