Library Research Assignment


On November 25, 2002, former President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act into law, which led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The result of this Act was the combining of several otherwise independent federal law enforcement organizations like the Transportation Security Agency, United States Immigration and Border Protection, the United States Coast Guard, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Part of the mandates of DHS by Congress were to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and minimize the damage and assist in recovery from terrorist attacks. Choose one of the DHS agencies, research the agency, and discuss the following questions:

    What has been the role of the DHS agency that you selected in the detection and prevention of terrorism in the United States?
    Does the organization also have other duties and responsibilities?
    If so, what are these duties and responsibilities?
    Do these extra duties and responsibilities impinge in any way on the organization's ability to deter and fight terrorism?
    How does this agency prepare its agents for combating international and domestic terrorism in the United States? Is there specific training that occurs for the agency's personnel? Do they work with local law enforcement authorities, and if so, is it more of a supportive function or a leadership role?


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