Ethical Dilemmas In Homeland Security

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In recent years’ homeland security has taken a more political approach. Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, politics have played a large role in the decision making, excluding some checks and balances for immediate action. The role homeland security plays within federalism would be to find ways to secure our national security without infringing on our civil liberties. I believe that federalism and the policies and processes in place today, hold the highest importance of continuing our country’s ability to uphold the moral and ethical grounds of the world. Sacrificing those moral and ethical means could hold more threats than terrorism itself. Actions that are deemed unethical or immoral, could devastate foreign policy, or trust of one’s …show more content…

I believe that the major mistrust came at the hands of the war on Iraq. The major face of the Iraq War was to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s). It had not been seen by the United States public that Iraq had even had any WMD’s at the time, or were producing this type of weaponry. With a trickle-down effect, the building distrust of the federal government led to the American people not trusting local authorities and police. As an enormous issue in today’s society, it could boil down to the continually growing blatant distrust of the federal government. The distrust of local authorities has led to murders of local and state police officers. In a study from the Pew Research Center, as of 2015, “Only 19 percent of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “Just about always” 3 Percent or “most of the time” 16 percent” (Fingerhut, 2015). When people distrust they seem to lose faith, and when people lose faith in their government, people tend to act out and not follow rules or laws. This has been shown most recently, while people protest in the streets against the government, and or local authorities. I believe that many issues in today’s society boil down to the distrust of our federal and local government and authorities. If people …show more content…

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