Terrorist Crisis Simulation Discussion

Terrorist Crisis Simulation Discussion

Terrorist Crisis Simulation. As a class you are collectively the president’s National Security Council. A crisis has occurred and the President of the United States will respond to this crisis as you, the class, advises.

Last Week:

The Islamic State of Khorasan (more about this terrorist organization at: https://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/situating-the-emergence-of-the-islamic-state-of-khorasan) stormed the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan and had taken 6 American hostages. Claiming to speak for the Islamic State, the Khorasan terrorists are demanding that the U.S. begin withdrawing all military forces out of the Middle East so that they may re-establish an Islamic Caliphate. The U.S. had 1 week to comply or else the terrorists would begin killing hostages. The terrorists also threatened to activate sleeper cells in the United States. However, the FBI and CIA had very little evidence of any active sleeper cells in the United States. (Case 1 Attached)

The Plot Thickens:

Despite their pledge to wait a week, last night the Khorasan terrorists have killed 3 of the 6 hostages. News of these deaths and their demands is all over the media as the terrorists aired the graphic murders live on social media. The terrorists again threatened to activate sleeper cells across the nation – but this time the threat included a target lists, published on social media, including: shopping malls, schools, and gas stations across the United States.

The media has been airing wall to wall coverage of one of the hostages in particular, as his wife in the United States is about to give birth to their first child.

As of this morning a sheriff in Brazoria County, Texas began rounding up and jailing Muslim Americans of Middle Eastern decent, fearing they are Jihadists that have infiltrated Texas via the porous border with Mexico. It appears the Texas Governor is being refusing to respond for political reasons.

The president – your boss – has an election coming up and wants to know what his options are. Currently, the President is currently at 52 percent in the polls – but that number is well within the margin of error. If, at the end of this simulation, the president is at 49 percent or less, the president will lose re-election, and the class, as members of the National Security Council, will also be out of work.

The CIA & NSA has discovered some potential chatter regarding potential attacks within America as they now have had time to process more data collected through their massive digital domestic surveillance program. The CIA has also identified one of the Khorasan terrorists and is reporting that they currently hold this terrorist’s brother in Guantanamo Bay. The terrorist’s brother is not cooperating with any investigation or questioning thus far.

Based on these new developments, make an argument regarding what action you think the president should take. The president is asking for specific advice on two specific questions:

  • Should the President mobilize the National Guard to stop the unconstitutional detainment of Muslim Americans in Brazoria County, Texas? Yes –or– No?
  • Should the terrorist’s brother, who may have potential information be tortured? Yes –or– No? You must record your vote via the online polling link posted by your instructor. (Voting is worth 5 points of you initial post score.)

Respond to the arguments presented by at least two of your peers.

Please respond to the initial question by day 5 and be sure to post two additional times to peers and/or instructor by day 7. The initial post by day 5 should be 75 to 150 words, but may go longer depending on the topic. If you use any source outside of your own thoughts, you should reference that source. Include solid grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling.

The president will follow through with the majority opinion of the class on each item voted on. You will find out the results next week.

Before next week, each action that carries a majority of class support at the end of the week will be taken by the President. Your instructor will then flip a coin to determine whether or not your decisions are successful as follows:

On Question 1, if the class selects “Yes” (Send in the National Guard) and the instructor flips:

  • Heads will represent the public supporting the president’s decision to mobilize the National Guard against the rogue sheriff in Texas in order to restore the Constitutional rights of Muslim Americans. The president’s poll numbers will increase by 3 points.
  • Tails will represent the public rejecting the president’s decision to mobilize the National Guard in Texas. The public begins to see the President as over stepping his authority. The president’s poll numbers will decrease by 3 points.

On Question 1, if the Class select “No” (Do Not Send National Guard) and the instructor flips:

  • Heads will represent the public supporting the president’s decision to not mobilize the National Guard. The president’s poll numbers will increase by 3 percentage points
  • Tails will represent the public rejecting the president’s decision to not mobilize the National Guard. The public begins to see the President as weak. The president’s poll numbers will decrease by 3 percentage points.

On Question 2, if the class selects “Yes” (Torture the Terrorist) and the instructor flips:

  • Heads will represent the public remaining in the dark about the terrorist’s brother in custody. The president’s poll numbers remain unchanged.
  • Tails will represent a media leak that the President is authorizing the use of torture. The public sees this as abhorrent and inhumane. The president’s poll numbers will decrease by an additional 3 percentage points.

On Question 2, if the Class select “No” (Do Not Torture the Terrorist) and the instructor flips:

  • Heads will represent the public remaining in the dark about the terrorist’s brother in custody. The president’s poll numbers remain unchanged.
  • Tails will represent a media leak that the President potentially could have authorized the torture and the public rejecting the president’s decision to not torture. The public begins to see the President as weak. The president’s poll numbers will decrease by an additional 3 percentage points.