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    1. Birkland argues that the "underwear bomber" case tipped the balance in favor of using screening machines that showed a clearer image of a screened passenger's body under his or her own clothes. Take a position on the following question and provide support for your position: Do you agree that public sentiment supports the use of such machines?
    2. Take a position on the following question and provide support for your position: Does the failed attempt to bomb Northwest Airlines flight 253 in 2009 ("underwear bomber") reflect policy failure or policy success?
    3. Evaluate and then suggest the most important problem with top-down models of policy implementation by citing at least two problems associated with this model.
    -Evaluate and then discuss whether bottom-up approaches address these problems.
    -Analyze the bottom-up shortcomings.
    -On balance, evaluate which model you think would best aid someone who is attempting to design a policy and support your reasons.
    4. What are some insights about policy making and the policy process that one can discover.?
    5. Discuss the drug policy debate and why it needs to be followed more closely?

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    1. gfBirkland argues that the "underwear bomber" case tipped the balance in favor of using screening machines that showed a clearer image of a screened passenger's body under his or her own clothes. Take a position on the following question and provide support for your position: Do you agree that public sentiment supports the use of such machines?

    A large percentage of the general American public is in favor of the policies that have been passed regarding the use of body scanning machines following the 2009 attempted attack by the underwear bomber. This attack resulted in much of the general public supporting the use of body scanning imagery to detect potential bombs on the human body as this was a new form of attempted attack by a suspected terrorist that had previously not been considered as a potential for occurring. Over 80 percent of the general public was polled as being in support of these safety measures after the 2009 attempted attacks. CBS, NBC, and the Washington Post all showed that a minimum of 3 out of 4 people polled for the surveys were in agreement for using these types of screening measures. I personally don't agree with the use of these policies because of the fact that they are a one-size-fits all type of usage wherein the policy applies to every citizen regardless of age or likelihood that the person will pose a threat. This results in a mitigation of any positive impact the policy could actually possess as it allows for over-usage of the policy wherein babies, the elderly, and disabled Americans are all screened with the same vigorous techniques. Obviously, babies should not be subjected to these types of measures, and if the TSA wanted to be more effective, they would ensure that they developed more applicable and practical techniques.

    2. Take a position on the following question and provide support for your position: Does the failed attempt to bomb Northwest Airlines flight 253 in 2009 ("underwear bomber") reflect policy failure or policy success.

    This was a policy failure on the behalf of the Obama administration because they failed to adhere to warnings from the suspects' own father that he was predisposed to hatred and a jihadi mind-state. His father attempted to warn the American government that his son was a potential terror threat well before his son actually attempted to ...

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