The U.S Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is responsible for securing the nation 's borders at 327 ports of entry (air, land and sea). There are many challenges CBP agents face when it comes to securing the nation 's borders from cross border infringements. Since September 11th, 2001 the government’s number priority on the home front is to prevent any acts of terrorism from occurring. This means that CBP
On average, businesses in the United States pay around $3.7 trillion on their payroll each year. Experts estimate that businesses lose around $148 billion because of inefficient time card punching processes. How do business owners lose so much money to time card punching? Losses can be simplified to buddy punching and schedule exceptions, which are going to happen in almost every business. Buddy punching means that fellow coworkers will clock in for each other, and schedule exceptions happen as a result of employees clocking into work early or leaving work late.
Balancing the desire for domestic security against the protection of civil liberties can be a composite process. The United States has experienced several historical periods in which countermeasures were implemented to thwart perceived threat to domestic security. The attacks of 11 September 2001 formed a new paradigm for domestic security in the United States. The struggle against terrorism, particularly catastrophic terrorism, became the government’s most vital priority. In the wake of these attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was established, with wider powers of enforcement, set forth in new legislation such as the Patriot Act.
FEMA’s mission and priorities were changed so that, “terrorism prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery became central to the emergency management mission” (Haddow 325). As a result of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 the country’s focus shifted completely from natural disasters to an outright major assault on all things terrorism with no second glance at the potential emergency’s natural disasters presented. There might be a possibility that because of the nation’s extreme obsession with terrorists and terrorism that Hurricane Katrina was not given full priority nor given as much thought as it should have been because the whole focus of the government was on terrorism. When an agency and governmental structure, such as the defense agencies, undergoes an extreme shift within the course of a few years brought on so suddenly, there are bound to be weaknesses. Hurricane Katrina was the most challenging threat that tested the DHS as well as FEMA’s preparation and mitigation of natural disasters since the shift of focus.
According to DHS, “Homeland Security Risk Management Doctrine, establishes principles and practices of homeland security risk management. It is intended for homeland security leaders, program managers, analysts, and operational personnel as they apply risk management to planning, preparing, and executing organizational missions in defense of our nation’s security.” (DHS, 2015) They have to look at the entire nation as a community. DHS looks at the Critical Infrastructure (CI) sectors as the areas vulnerable. And the ability the U.S. has to recover from an attack on one of those CI sectors would translate into consequences. While the threat of an attack would be
Lastly, McCormack states that “This type of legislation threatens our ability to work for change within society and acts to silence voices of dissent” (McCormack). This is arguable because the act doesn’t restrict freedom, it protects liberties. The Patriot Act is justified by the 9/11 attacks because it has helped put dozens of terrorism attempts in the ground, it has broken down communication barriers that were built between the branches of the government, and overall has heightened every
We value our freedom above all else, going to nearly any cost to defend it. Along with this, however, we also gain a strong attachment to our privacy, defending it as vivaciously as we do our freedom. This attachment to privacy is evidenced by the outrage expressed at the NSA’s surveillance programs. These programs were set up by the US government to detect terrorists and criminals operating covertly within our borders, and included such activities as warrantless wiretapping and recording of all internet traffic. While these activities are disturbing, and should definitely have been more well-regulated and transparent, they are necessary for the security of our country.
67 out of 70 fake weapons and explosives were snuck through security in a test. The TSA excels at finding weapons that are accidentally packed said Bruce Schneier an airport security expert. (No More of the Same) This evidence shows the level of security failings that happen all the time. The evidence is showing that the money we are spending on this security. Another example of wasting money and resources is an excerpt from the article No More of the Same, the TSA, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has a budget of more than $7 billion a year; it also has access to the most advanced scanning technologies money can buy.
The chemical purchasing computer system can be linked to law enforcement’s computer system which raises an alarm on major purchases being made regardless of location and time. Law enforcement can begin to investigate and legally monitor activities of individuals that have raised an alarm and if found necessary law enforcement can request a search warrant from a judge to conduct search and seizure operations. Since our water supply is considered a critical industry and infrastructure, employees should be required to undergo stringent security background checks and as well as a thorough psychological exam to ensure they are mentally and physically able to perform their duties. These employment policies can add an additional layer of protection against any terrorist links that employees may have had. The idea of these measures is to provide law enforcement with an effective tool to identify individuals with potential terrorist related ideologies and then devise actions to counter this potential threat in order to protect the residents of