THE CONCEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY  

Question

Does the concept of homeland security present problems with our constitutional protections of civil rights? If so, how? Should our society live in fear of terrorists?

Sample paper

The Concept of Homeland Security

Advancement in technology has made life easier in most quarters. However, the same technology has increased channels and techniques through which terrorists can use to fulfill their evil desires.  As a result, America has formed a police arm known as the homeland security with a sole aim of ensuring that America is safe, secure and resilient against terrorism and other hazards that can interfere with their interests, aspirations and the way of life (May, 2011). Moreover, this arm of the security is built on strategies designed to achieve their vision which is security, resilience and customs and exchange. This assignment will examine the flaws of the homeland security concept.

Given the power that the head of the department of homeland security is given by the constitution, it is correct to say that this department of security in a large way interferes with the civil rights of individuals. The new concept states that the director of the homeland security has the power and the mandate to prosecute an individual whom he suspects to be involved in terrorist attacks even without a trial. Moreover, the new concepts state that homeland security has the power to break down longstanding stovepipes of activity that have been and could still be exploited by those seeking to harm America. This is a clear infringement of the American constitution given the fact that individuals have a right to defend themselves against accusations in the court of law (Bellavita, 2008).  Nevertheless, the law permits all individuals to move to any part of the country and to engage in any activity as long as it is legal. The Bible in the book of John 8:36 “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Moreover, 1corinthians 6:12 the Bible says that “I have the right to do anything,” you-say but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”-but I will not be mastered by anything. Thus despite the need to fight terrorism, homeland security should not compromise people’s rights.

References

Bellavita, C. (2008). Changing homeland security: What is homeland security?. . Homeland                     Security Affairs, 4(2).

May, P. J. (2011). Constructing homeland security: An anemic policy regime. . Policy Studies                  Journal, 39(2), , 285-307.

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