U.S. Homeland Security: A Reference Handbook

U.S. Homeland Security: A Reference Handbook

by Howard Ball
     
 

ISBN-10: 1851098038

ISBN-13: 9781851098033

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

A concept so important, it is among the first words of the U.S. Constitution, the defense of our borders is as essential today as it was more than 200 years ago. In response to the breakdown of that function on September 11, 2001, the administration sponsored the USA PATRIOT Act, and created the Office of Homeland Security. Critics of those actions claim these

Overview

A concept so important, it is among the first words of the U.S. Constitution, the defense of our borders is as essential today as it was more than 200 years ago. In response to the breakdown of that function on September 11, 2001, the administration sponsored the USA PATRIOT Act, and created the Office of Homeland Security. Critics of those actions claim these measures give too much power to the government and impermissibly impinge on civil liberties; supporters claim they are necessary for national security.

From the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts to the present, the government has aggressively discharged its duty to ensure domestic tranquility, including jailing dissidents and forcing Japanese American citizens into internment camps. In this book, a leading legal scholar explains in detail the present federal actions and places them in historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851098033
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Contemporary World Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Introductionxvii
List of Abbreviationsxxxi
1A Brief History of Domestic Security1
Constitutional Foundations3
Domestic Security Issues, 1789-20056
The Al Qaeda Attacks of September 11, 200113
Immediate Responses by the Bush Administration16
The 2001 USA Patriot Act16
Title IEnhancing Domestic Security Against Terrorism17
Title IIEnhanced Surveillance Procedures17
Title IIIInternational Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 200118
Title IVProtecting the Borders18
Title VRemoving Obstacles to Investigating Terrorism18
Title VIProviding for Victims of Terrorism, Public Safety Officers, and Their Families19
Title VIIIncreased Information Sharing for Critical Infrastructure Protection19
Title VIIIStrengthening the Criminal Laws Against Terrorism19
Title IXImproved Intelligence19
Title XMiscellaneous20
Executive Order to Establish the Office of Homeland Security24
2Creating a Cabinet-Level Department of Homeland Security27
Bush Reverses Course: Calls for Creation of a Department of Homeland Security28
Politics in the Creation of the DHS33
The Department of Homeland Security Act38
3Problems Facing the DHS and Proposed Solutions45
Problems Confronting Homeland Security47
DHS Problems48
The Reorganization/Management Challenge Facing DHS48
Budget and Funding Problems52
Too Many Congressional Committees55
The Intelligence "Information Sharing" Dilemma56
Maritime Cargo Container and Port Security58
Airport Security60
Border Patrol Security63
Private-Sector Security Problems66
State and Local Government "First Responder" Problems70
Some Proposed Solutions73
4Chronology81
5Biographical Profiles91
Top Leadership in the DHS91
Others Involved in the Creation of the U.S. DHS111
6Documents117
Executive Order 13688: Office of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Council, October 8, 2001117
Presidential Message to the Congress of the United States on the Need to Create a Department of Homeland Security, June 18, 2002125
Congressional Summary of DHS Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, November 25, 2002132
Testimony, the Nomination of The Honorable Tom Ridge to Be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Affairs, January 17, 2003167
Advancing the Management of Homeland Security: Protecting the Homeland: Lessons from Prior Governmental Reorganizations, National Academy of Public Administration, April 2003178
7Directory of Organizations193
Governmental193
Nongovernmental199
8Print and Nonprint Resources207
Index219
About the Author235

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