Terrorism and Security by Nick Hunter

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39 Fighting m s i r o r r Te One of the keys to fighting terrorism is gathering intelligence. The US Department of Homeland Security was formed partly to co-ordinate the gathering and use of intelligence. Security services monitor phone and email communications of thousands of potential suspects to try to pick up any hint of an attack being planned. It has often been said that terrorists only have to get lucky once, whereas security forces have to get it right all the time to prevent terrorist attacks.

Although some people may see a terrorist campaign as fighting for freedom, it does not alter the fact that they are targeting civilians. • There is always a better approach than terrorism. If people resort to terrorism, they are as bad as the cruel government they are opposing. • Democratic governments are justified if they kill civilians for a greater good because a majority of people voted for them. If governments deliberately target civilians, this is state terrorism and is not justified. 48 e However, those who say we are not safer argue that many of the underlying causes of international terrorism have not been addressed.

Some terrorist groups rob banks or commit other crimes to fund their activities. Others, including al-Qaeda and the Palestinian group Hamas, are largely funded by donations. Where bank accounts can be linked to terrorist organizations, governments have tried to get them frozen, to deny these groups the money they need to continue their campaigns. 40 Issues around intelligence gathering New laws giving security services more surveillance powers have led to fears that these powers are being used for more than just catching terrorists.

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