Law Enforcement, US Military, and Terrorism

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Section 4: Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and Terrorism Law enforcement agencies at the federal level and the U.S. military play a significant role in preventing terrorism on a state, national, and global scale. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney comments, "On the ground, the first responders and local police [are] the first line of defense and intelligence, followed by federal law enforcement, with our foreign intelligence and military forces on call" (Melber). Through a collaboration of various agencies, counterterrorism efforts continue to fight terrorist threats on a domestic and international scale. On a national scale, law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are charged with detecting, disrupting, and dismantling terrorist cells within the U.S.; identifying and preventing acts of terrorism by individuals; enhancing the capability to quickly determine reliability, implications of terrorist threats, and improving the dissemination of information; and enhancing the contribution to intelligence community ("Counterterrorism Division"). In the military, Special Forces are deployed to "preclude, preempt and resolve terror incidents abroad. They prevent, deter and respond to terrorist activities and train other nations' military in the basics of fighting terrorism" ("Counterterrorism"). Included among the agencies involved in counterterrorism are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, FBI, Central
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