Department Of Homeland Security And Terrorism

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY The events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, changed the United States and the rest of the world. President George W. Bush declared a war on terrorism on national television, during a joint session of Congress on September 20th, 2001. The President’s words echoed the cries of this country and during his speech he went step-by-step in his explanation of the events and actions moving forward. After explaining to the nation the details of the events that occurred on September 11th, he requested that American’s not hold all Muslims responsible for the cowardly acts and attacks. He acknowledged the country may face many challenges in finding and eliminating the elusive enemy. Turning our countries grief and anger in to a mission to rebuild and overcome was part of his plan. Fighting a war on terror was outlined in President Bush’s speech, starting with al-Quida. He proclaimed that America would “pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorist” (McNamee, 2001). During his speech, the president unveiled the plans for the United Stated Department of Homeland Security. The Start of Homeland Security Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was appointed director of the Office of Homeland Security eleven days after the terrorist attacks. The Office of Homeland Security was tasked with coordinating and overseeing strategies
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