One way the government can move forward in assessing terroristic activity is holding people accountable for their part in spreading terroristic information via the Internet. Looking into laws and really prosecuting people who have broke these laws. Having amendments like free speech and the correlation between that and the use of social media is becoming a problem. The United Stated government should pass a law like the Terrorism Act of 2006 in the United Kingdom. In many other countries acts have been passed to regulate the use of the Internet and the terrorist groups spread of promoting their influences on different people. “In the Netherlands, General Civil Penal Code Article 147c prohibits anyone from spreading information that encourages others to commit terrorist actions. Another provision of that country’s code, Article 147d, prohibits anyone from providing material support to terrorist organizations or recruiting anyone to participate in one. In 2015, Ishaq Ahmed and another man were indicted under Article 147 for pledging to raise money for ISIS to send to fighters in Syria along with other equipment, such as clothes and shoes. Ministers from other European democracies Austria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Belgium, and Poland have likewise agreed in principle to work with social media companies to combat terrorists’ persistent, regular, and effective uses of cyberspace” (Tsesis, 2017).
If the Internet can be tightly more regulated and pass different laws, I do believe there would be less “recruitment” for these terrorist attack and less terrorist attacks would happen. Most people that commit these terroristic acts are apart of online terrorist groups with no direct connection with overseas terrorist.
Everything you need to know about the Patriot Act
Cracking down on people who create websites promoting terroristic activity and or condone, post or any way affiliated with those types of behaviors should be prosecuted and serve some type of sentencing. In the USA Patriot Act, it is intended to help government agencies detect and prevent possible acts of terrorism, or sponsorship of terrorist groups. The act comprises 10 categories, called “titles,” these “titles” include enhancing domestic security against terrorism, Enhanced surveillance procedures, Anti-money-laundering to prevent terrorism, border security, removing obstacles to investigating terrorism, victims and families of victims of terrorism, increased information sharing for critical infrastructure protection, terrorism criminal law and improved intelligence (USA Patriot Act, 2010).
After researching the laws on cyber attacks and terrorist punishment for the recruitment of other people I discovered USA Patriot Acts I did not know there were laws in place for that type of activity. Using search engines like Google and Yahoo a civilian can still search for ways to be involved within terrorist groups I do not feel like enough is being done by the government to protect our people from attacks and recruiting members. Not surprisingly, given the fact that offenders in the US were more likely to be terrorist-trained, battle-hardened, and connected to designated terrorist groups, the terror threat in America appears to be greater especially with the access civilians have to the Internet. It makes Terroristic activity more accessible.
Tsesis, A. (2017). Terrorist speech on social media. Vanderbilt Law Review, 70(2), 651-708. Retrieved from https://login.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1882439229?accountid=4840
USA PATRIOT Act. (2010). Nature Medicine, 16(6), 622. Retrieved from https://login.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/ps/i.do?p=EAIM&sw=w&u=tall85761&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE|A228908490&sid=summon&asid=a7ecc9416f6ccf0655224bfc5c3237ef