The Department Of Homeland Security

1851 Words Apr 5th, 2016 8 Pages
On September 11, 2001, there were 2,996 casualties and more than 6,000 others were injured in the terroristic attacks of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Some may say that these acts of terrorism changed the American homeland security for the better, others disagree. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was created and expanded into one of the largest divisions of the federal government. This paper consists of the lack of homeland security before September 11, 2001, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the development of this department, which is leading America to be safer since the last act of terrorism.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were a catalyst for homeland security. As stated in Brief Documentary History of the Department of Homeland Security: 2001–2008, “…homeland security activities were spread across more than 40 federal agencies and an estimated 2,000 separate Congressional appropriations accounts” (Borja 3). In February of that same year the The U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (USCNS/21), also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission or Hart-Rudman Task Force on Homeland Security, issued a Phase III report. The purpose of this was to make certain changes within the executive and legislative branches so that they could meet up with possible future national security problems. In March 2001 a representative by the name of Mac Thornberry proposed a bill which was along the…
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