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     Today’s dilemma about security rooted out from previous generations of problems and conflicts among the different social structures in each country and in a global perspective. Because of the increasing number of cases related to violent terrorist attacks which threaten integral separate state sovereignty, there have been numerous processes which intend to prevent or delay certain aspects of security threats. In this facet, it can be a very effective way to conduct random searches of weapons among ordinary civilians. This may provide better opportunities for authorities to increase its forces in the basic unit of the social structure.

     There are several reasons why random civilian searches can become an effective process to thwart any threats to population security. First of which may be considered in the aspect of convenience. For the authorities, it would at least be very easy for them to increase their monitoring processes since they can simply penetrate the actual basic population. A person may easily be requested to submit himself to security checks anytime without further interrogation procedures.

      Another advantage in doing civilian-based security is the possible decrease in activities of criminals or terrorist. Since there will be an open opportunity for any authorities to conduct inspection to anyone, it would be very hard for crime perpetrators to at least plan their violent activities since there will be a form of anxiety on their part. Apparently, criminal acts, especially those of large scales, need a very good planning procedure and logistics in order to achieve their full goal effects. With the presence of paranoia that they might be subjected to weapon searches anytime, they might experience some great delays and might think twice even before they execute their plans.

     One more good point for individual searches without any probable cause is that delays in inspection process will be less encountered. Of course, doing search operation first needs to have a certain form of legal basis before it can be conducted. But with a random inspection, authorities will no longer need to secure legal documentation which makes the process more efficient. A quick search operation can be easily conducted right after the inspecting authorities plan to do so. Of course, the individual subject to searches should not worry about his personal security if he really is not guilty of possessing any types of dangerous or destructive weapons. The search process will be done in a very smooth way without any interruptions.

     The present paranoia of world societies about terrorist and violent attacks has lead to different opportunities for the authorities to build resolutions. In the aspect of effectively identifying and catching possible crime initiators, many operations of security checks are now targeted to civilians apart from the normal procedures done for large scale terrorist groups. Since the general population of innocent people are less subjected to security checks, groups with violent intentions may easily cloak themselves among those innocent civilians which the government may have a hard time from separating and classifying each single person. In order to combat this problem, a good randomized check for weapons would prove to be an advantage in terms of strengthening national security. As a matter of fact, some civilians too feel the need for such random search operations to help them better cope up with their personal security concerns (Battle Flags, 1994).


Battle Flags. 1994. “Chicago government housing targeted for warrantless searches for weapons”. Come and Take It. Retrieved December 10, 2007 from