Essay about Securing Our Country: The Department of Homeland Security

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1.) The major laws and regulations that direct the operations of the Department of Homeland Security are as follows; the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 was introduced after the September 11, 2001 attacks and mailing of anthrax. It was signed into law by then President George W. Bush in November 2002. It created both the United States Department of Homeland Security and the cabinet-level position of Secretary of Homeland Security¹. The Act's first responsibility was to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004…show more content…
The Act formally authorized the establishment of the National Bio-surveillance Integration Center³. Regulations that direct the operations of DHS are Title 6 of the Code of Federal Regulation; Part 7, 25, and 29. Part 7 Classified National Security Information ensures that information within the Department of Homeland Security in relation to the national security is classified, safeguarded, and declassified4. Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their Government. Part 25 The Regulations to Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies also known as the Safety Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-terrorism Technologies, whether they are products of services5. The goal of the Safety Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. Part 29 Protected Critical Infrastructure Information implements sections 211 through 215 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HSA) through the establishment of uniform procedures for the receipt, care, and storage of Critical Infrastructure Information. Consistent with the statutory mission of DHS to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism, DHS will encourage the voluntary submission of CII by safeguarding and protecting that information

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