Department Of Homeland Security Essay

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A Look Inside The Department of Homeland Security Before the attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001, Americans were oblivious to the possibility the U.S. homeland could be attacked. Americans had a picture painted in their heads that we were invincible and could never be touched. The attacks left civilians and government officials stunned and traumatized and they all established that something had to be done. Many citizens speculated a new department because of economic problems. The day after the attack, President Bush was already working on the Department of Homeland Security. Within a number of months, the department was created. The Department of Homeland Security is essential to the American government, but needs to make vital…show more content…
The city of Columbus, Ohio, where no major lakes or rivers are located, bought an underwater robot costing around $100,000. In Keene, N.H. a “BearCat” armored vehicle was purchased with a $285,193 grant. The town is known for holding an annual pumpkin festival every year (“Grant”-2). Most of the purchases have followed the required guidelines, but people are starting to not believe in the DHS because they are wasting valuable money when the country is facing such a tremendous debt. Another reason why people are losing faith in the Department of Homeland Security is that all of the agencies are spread out all over the Washington D.C. area. In 2008 Congress declined the funding needed to build a new headquarters so that all the agencies could be under one roof and be able to communicate better…show more content…
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