3-1 Discussion: Make Your Case

Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which created a Director of National Intelligence to coordinate the work of 15 federal intelligence agencies and established a National Counter Terrorism Center to analyze intelligence information – “connecting the dots” so the government could take effective action to detect, prevent, and disrupt terrorist activity.Take a position. Has post-9/11 legislation created by the U.S. government enabled counterterrorism agencies to better detect, prevent, and disrupt terrorist activity?First, title your initial post either “Post-9/11 legislation created by the U.S. government has enabled counterterrorism agencies to better detect, prevent, and disrupt terrorist activity” or “Post-9/11 legislation created by the U.S. government has not enabled counterterrorism agencies to better detect, prevent, and disrupt terrorist activity.”Then, using the information gained in this module and the resources noted above, make your case. Be sure to support your case with factual resources. Consider the following:Have there been terrorist attacks against Americans since the creation of DHS?What deciding factors do you use to determine whether the government is protecting U.S. citizens better? Does the government have to prevent one hundred percent of the attacks?Is the government better at “connecting the dots” now? If so, how? If not, in what ways are they coming up short?What aspects of protecting U.S. citizens did the government not consider initially? How have they addressed those oversights?In your response to your peers, consider how well they justified their position, making use of available resources. Consider the following questions in your response posts:Did they support their position convincingly using appropriate resources?Which of their points make the most sense to you, even if you made a case for the opposing viewpoint?ReferenceHome Security