Homeland Security And The United States

2106 WordsNov 9, 20149 Pages
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States and other developed countries changed their assumed view of the threat from terrorism. Massive amount of resources were mobilized in a very short time to counter the perceived and actual threat from terrorists and terrorist organizations. In the U.S., this change was pushed as a necessity for what was called "Homeland Security”. It went through the enactment of hundreds of statutes and regulations, substantial changes in policy initiatives, the most massive governmental reorganization since 1947, and brought the new business of homeland security to the face of American awareness. Soon after the terrorist attacks, Congress passed various new laws and enhanced some existing ones that introduced sweeping changes to homeland security provisions and to the existing security organizations. The executive branch of the government also issued a series of Homeland Security Presidential Directives to maintain the domestic security. These laws and directives are comprehensive and contain detailed provisions to make the United States secure from its vulnerabilities. Michael Chertoff, the second Secretary for Homeland Security and co-author of the Patriot Act, announced the principles upon which the reorganization of the Department would be based. He noted that our "resources are not unlimited" and that tough choices must be made in how they are allocated, using "objective measures of risk." Those objective measures, he
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