Introduction to Homeland Security
Phase 1 Individual Project
May 21, 2015
Professor; Richard Hough
September 11, 2001 mark a day like no other in the United States. The tragedy that occurred on that day, 14 years ago this coming September, will forever be stuck in our minds. Many laws were written and revised in the months and years to come. Law makers and citizens alike were questioning how to make these laws work and the implementation of them within a system that was apparently flawed. Laws were written to lessen the danger of further terrorist acts and if all possible to prevent them from happening in the future. The implementation and coordination of these laws presented a problem. So within these new laws were written sections that made possible the creation of a new department that would coordinate and implement these new laws and assist other agencies around the country in their operation with in these laws and this department became what we know today as The Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
One Law that was enacted is Public Law 107-56, Uniting and Strengthening America by providing Appropriate Tools to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act 2001, also known as the “Patriot Act”. The Patriot Act was put in place to make it increasingly more difficult for those that wished to do harm to the United States as well as for the punishment of those who did such acts. The act gives other sections of law enforcement added power when it comes to terrorist investigation and prosecution of individuals preparing to and performing such acts. The “Patriot Act” did many things but one thing it did was that it created a “Counter Terrorism Fund” within the Treasury of The United States! The “Patriot Act” paved the way for the funding of DHS and all the provisions there of.
Public Law 107-188: Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, is another such law. Although within it...