This chapter describes the difficulties countries have working across borders at a time when transnational terrorist groups have little trouble crossing the same boundaries. States have failed to come to a common definition of terrorism and the UN has not been able to coordinate an effective international strategy to deal with the problem, most importantly in the area of information sharing. Bowman illustrates some of these problems by examining the difficulty many US citizens have in making trade-offs between giving the government more power to intervene in people's personal lives and protecting civil liberties. He notes that many citizens are now much more concerned about their civil liberties than they were doing the Cold War. Another problem is within the government itself. Once the government possesses vital information, it has trouble getting it to the people who can use it most effectively. For example, the FBI, an agency instrumental in uncovering terrorist plans, often has difficulty telling what it knows to the 750,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers who patrol the streets and defend against terrorist threats on the ground.
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