Introduction To Criminal Justice DB Assignment 3
Counter-Terrorism coming into the Law Enforcement field is quite literally a scarey thing if you ask me. This is essentially the Law Enforcement
community having trained and being capable of detecting a "terrorist" on American soil. We've been reading every single day about how the President
and the N.S.A., or National Security Agency have been getting into trouble for wiretapping. The Federal Courts are arguing against the wiretapping and
stating it is illegal according to the U.S. Constitution. Some people see this as a violation of their privacy, a violation of "Civil Rights"
bestowed upon us through the demonstrations of men like Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X or even John F Kennedy being in the White House in
attempting to give the American people Civil Rights against the oppression of the government against the little man, John Q Public.
In Law Enforcement now we have little to no rights to "Free Speech" anymore. You might be labeled an "Enemy Combatant" if you say or do the wrong
things, based on as little as hearsay...that's right I said hearsay. So, if Martin Luther King Jr were alive today and to sponsor a "Million Man
March" on Washington D.C. about the violation of Civil Rights from the changing laws through the War On Terror, do you think he would inspire people
to follow him? I think that's a definite yes there. He would also be deemed an "enemy combatant" eventually. I seem to remember a certain thing
called "Freedom of Speech", don't you? Whatever happened to that? But there might be terrorists living among us the Federal Government says to the
people. To a point, yes they are correct, there might be another Osama bin Laden hiding in America in some college dormatory or apartment complex
planning and scheming the next 9/11 disaster. How do we know this though? Are people being wiretapped illegally? Are their rights being violated? I
just don't know.
This is one of those unconventional Law Enforcement duties that I am defining in this assignment. To wiretap our phone, computers, and e-mails to do
Law Enforcement work in order to catch terrorists is what our nations Police Officers are learning, doing, and monitoring right this very minute
through the Homeland Security Agency and it's many tiered umbrella of Law Enforcement agencies. Are you a "terrorist" or an "enemy combatant"? I
know I'm not. I also know that the PATRIOT ACT is something that the illustrious President of our nation has used to circumvent the Freedom of Speech
our Founding Fathers fought, struggled for, and finally won with the War For Independance against a Tyranical King George of England.
Wasn't hearsay not allowed to be used in criminal court of law in the last 200 some years? But since September 11, 2001, the criminal laws have been
changed so that if you are deemed an "enemy combatant" by hearsay, you can literally be taken away based on as little as hearsay, which to me is
speculative rumors. Is this right that Law Enforcement can do this? Well, I can't really comment on that, now can I? I'll be labeled an "Enemy
Combatant" won't I? Even speaking in theory and conjecture might be mis-construed as treasonous and seditionist actions, if I'm not careful.
Law Enforcement has taken on a new role. The role is simple. To catch terrorists, to detain them, or capture them throughout our nation through the
use of video, audio, computer, and now gossip surveillance. The Police Department's can and will catch the criminals and terrorists using
surveillance of multiple kinds in order to save their lives and fully investigate who might or might not be a "terrorist" or "enemy combatant."
The trouble I see with this is, there's nothing to stop them from making a mistake. What if someone just doesn't like a Police Officer because of a
difference of opinion about something so small as a religious difference. The Police Officer pulls over a citizen who has a cross dangling from their
rear-view mirror and the Police Officer sees this as offensive and asks the citizen to take it down or makes some comment to the citizen that the
citizen does not agree with and the citizen expresses their opinion in a non-hostile way to the Police Officer but the Police Officer is having a bad
day and takes it wrong. Guess what, that Police Officer can deem you an "enemy combatant" if you fit their profile of a non-compliant individual by
using the NCIC computers and by their discretion as a Police Officer and the laws that protect them in their duty of protecting our nation.
Let's look at the definition from my text book from page 737 of a "terrorist action" and maybe it will make better sense.
Terrorist Activity : As used in this chapter, the term "terrorist activity" means any activity which is unlawful under the laws of the place
where it is committed (or which, if committed in the United States, would be unlawful under the laws of the United States or any state) and which
involves any of the following :
(1)The hijacking of a plane or sabotage of any conveyance (including an aircraft, vessel, or vehicle).
(2)The seizing or detaining, and threatening to kill, injure, or continue to detain, another individual in order to compel a third person (including a
governmental organization) to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the individual seized or
I'll stop right there, because I could type this out forever and read the legalized version of everything I stated prior to the "terrorist
activity" I just typed out there. That was all typed from the Criminal Justice Today text book. By using a vague and indiscriminantly non-singular
definition the laws become extremely hard to define as a citizen, thereby giving more power to the Police Officer, the Judge, the Court Systems, and
ultimately the President of the United States of America.
Are you a "terrorist" or an "enemy combatant"? I know I'm not. I'm only theorizing about it in a class assignment. Guess I better not be doing
any of those things by those definitions or I may be taken away. Oh yeah...and when you are deemed a "terrorist" or "enemy combatant", according
to the newspaper stories I've kept current on, your lawyer will be not allowed to talk to you for weeks, months, if ever. On top of this, once you
have been deemed that so nasty word of "terrorist" or "enemy combatant" by a governmental agency, like Homeland Security or even a simple Police
Officer, there's not a thing you can do. If you're taken away to a place like Guantanamo Bay in Cuba you are staying for a very long time until you
are proven a terrorist or not, then after that you were still deemed one of those individuals and your citizenship can be or probably was stripped
away from you.
Schmalleger, Frank Criminal Justice Today. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson : Prentice/Hall
Retrieved September 11, 2001 to Present, from Florida Today Web site: www.floridatoday.com...
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