The Homeland Security And Homeland Defense Missions

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Introduction The homeland security and homeland defense missions were developed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Designed to fill gaps in intelligence sharing to defend against or response to terror attacks. This paper will discuss the future success of the current homeland security and homeland defense missions. It will also look into the role civil liberties plays in that success.
The missions held by homeland security and homeland defense are vital to the protection of the country against acts of terror. While relatively young programs, much has been achieved in the homeland security and homeland defense missions. To continue this success, the programs must evolve as the world evolves, and more specifically, the terrorists. To stay relevant, the Department of Homeland Security, its subordinate agencies, and the Department of Defense must evolve with the threats in a way that does not impede on civil liberties. The topic of civil liberties and intelligence collection creates significant political debate and often threatens to derail intelligence collection process. In a reply to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin said “[t]hey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”. (1755, p. 255) While there is debate on what Benjamin Franklin meant in this quote, there is no doubt that it is use by many to argue against the collection of data from United States citizens.
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