Department Of Homeland Security Case Study

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DHS CAPABILITIES PAGE 1 The Department of Homeland Security was created by President Bush in response to the September 11th attacks in 2001. It became clear that our country was vulnerable as was our airline industry, changes had to be made. To top it all off our Intelligence and Federal Law Enforcement agencies were too compartmentalized and were not sharing the information that need should have been shared. To prevent another attack on the United States many Federal agencies were integrated into the Department of Homeland Security and many more have liaison officers working with each other 's departments. The Department of Homeland Security also started sharing information with local, state, and tribal Law Enforcement…show more content…
TSA finds many prohibited weapons such as guns, knives, ammo, and other prohibited items on a daily basis. A weekly blog is emailed out to subscribers showing what has been found at check points through out the country. However, it has been publicized that TSA has failed several times to identify, find, and prevent fake bombs from going through security during testing periods. This is not only a scary thought because TSA has also failed to prevent passengers from boarding with real bombs on two occasions. Little reliable information is available about Federal Air Marshals, it is rumored they are mostly on overseas flights and among the most highly trained shooters in Law Enforcement. To maintain security it is probably best there is not a lot of information available to the public (TSA, N.D). Most recent controversy surrounding TSA are the body scanners. As threats grow, new systems are need to keep up and neutralize the threats to protect American lives. Little information is available for security reasons about how successful body scanners are at finding prohibited material. As threats grow, terrorist groups are finding more sophisticated threats and more sophisticated ways to beat the conventional magnetic scanners. Magnetic scanners search for and notify security when metal is found,…show more content…
To prevent further shoe bombers TSA makes individuals of who are not senior citizens, in uniform, or children need to take off their shoes and send them through an x-ray machine. After a passenger made public that he was smuggling razor blades in his lap top computer, TSA also makes passengers take laptops and dvd players out of their bags so they can be scanner separately (TSA, N.D). After the September 11th attacks the Patriot Act was signed by President Bush making many changes that has caused some amount of controversy. The Patriot Act allowed Law Enforcement agencies a little more leeway to listen to voice and telephone conversations and read and store emails. The Patriot Act is final balance between democracy and security, a warrant still needs to be obtained but it is easier to subpoena suspicious suspects but citizens constitutional rights are still protected. The Patriot also increased the Department of Treasuries ' capabilities to prevent and enforce new money laundering laws. The Treasury Department also has the ability to legally confiscate all assets, money, and property of those who are involved in domestic and international terrorism. Since the the
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