Racial Profiling studies in Homeland Security: Issues and Methodology

by Sandie Donelson, April 2015

1800 words

6 pages


The prime duty of the president of the United States is to protect the citizens. The president must ensure that Americans are secure from the 21st century threats like terrorism and threats against the homeland. The president must ensure that United States is prepared for emergencies. With the increased terrorism and insecurity of Americans, the US government introduced a new department for security, homeland security, in 2002. After the September 11 attacks, the US congress pushed for the Homeland security Act to organize this unstable government (Davis &Albert, 2011). This Act presented the biggest change that the federal government had made for more than five decades. The homeland security works with the Federal government and private sectors in mitigation, prevention and response. The strategies for national security that was released on May 27, 2010, states the strategies of advancing the interests of Americans. The purpose of the Homeland security Act was to identify and eradicate terrorism by eliminating firewalls of information between the agencies of the government. The civil liberties did not accept the Act because it reduced the privacy of Americans, increased power and secrecy of the government protected the interests of the government. This paper addresses the issue of American security that the homeland security tackles with respect to various races (Davis &Albert, 2011).Description of the SubjectThe department of homelands is created to use federal agencies that tackle issues of domestic defense, border patrol, transportation security and secret service. The responsibilities of homeland security are to search methods of responding to terrorism and collaborate with the intelligence department to eradicate threats of terror. Additionally, the department is also responsible for implementation of Homeland security strategies. Michael Cheroff, who took over the DHS in 2005 proposed a number of changes within the structure of DHS (Sahinoglu, 2005). His proposed changes included fusing all the federal agencies to a single department. For example, FEMA could no longer perform its duties of catastrophic prevention and was involved in prevention of terror attacks. Collecting, analyzing and sharing intelligence effectively is highly significant in the United States security. For the United States government to prevent threats from terrorism, it will reinforce collection of intelligence to spot the terrorists. The homelands security will analyze the collected information and share it among members. The department will also invest in their capacities and capabilities to share intelligence among its members. The president will also assist the homeland security in intensification the efforts to protect the civil rights and American privacy issues (Sahinoglu, 2005). With the advancement of communication structure and digital information in the United States, the homeland security department will use this advantage in securing the nation against terror attacks. However, the internet and digital infrastructure will not be adequate for the homelands security. Therefore, the department will have to formulate new change in technology, policy, law or even education in order to secure the cyber space. The homeland security shall also be responsible for promotion of resiliency of social and physical infrastructure …

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