US Military in Middle East After Persian Gulf War (1991), US left troops in Saudi Arabia Arabs/Muslims: “Get off our land!”
Hatred of US Culture Muslims wish to keep their culture, non- corrupted by US culture Example: US women= can vote, are equal with men, and have rights
Infidels “Enemies” of Islam Quran teaches that these must be destroyed
Modern Terror (Post-WWII) Terrorism used for political/religious reasons Terrorists around world see impact Munich Olympics, 1972: Palestinian terrorists kill 11 Israelis
Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979 Iranian students seize 52 Americans in Tehran, Iran Weak countries learn they can hurt powerful countries by supporting terrorism US creates list of countries that support terrorism
1st World Trade Center Bombing 1993: Bomb explodes in van in parking garage of WTC 6 people die
Profiling Searching people based on race, gender, etc.
Border Control Guard thousands of miles of border Over 350 ports of entry
Guantanamo Bay US base in Cuba; terrorist suspects detained there Suspected abuse/mistreatment to get information Water boarding
Recruitment and Training Secret sleeper cells around the globe Training camps in Afghanistan Religiously Motivated Terrorism –What the US is worried about –Radical Muslims believe that terrorism is OK to please Allah.
Patriot Act Passed in October 2001 by Congress Gives US Government power to tap methods of communication to gain info
Patriot Act Controversy Some claim it’s illegal/unconstitutional Unauthorized “search and seizure”