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We Now Have 3 Disasters Made Worse by Ignoring Homeland Security Laws.

By Martin Alperen

America has been preparing for pandemics and cyber hacks for twenty years. We now have three disasters made worse by us ignoring laws already in place that would have helped.

I was a volunteer first responder when 9/11 happened and had the opportunity to attend the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. I was going to graduate school studying homeland security and reading homeland security laws. It was amazing. I saw the policy the laws helped to create and felt the street level reach of these laws.

“We Have Some Planes”

Understanding some of the mechanics of what happened on September 11, 2001, and how that affected America and the world is important for understanding homeland security law and policy. For history and background, the 9/11 Commission Report is the official version of the events. Columbia University’s The World Trade Center Attack: The Official Documents, and City University of New York/George Mason University’s The September 11th Digital Archives both have a wealth of information.

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is “the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.”

Here is a poignant video with music by Enya

This is My America

“It is the policy of the United States to seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. In the world today, the fundamental character of regimes matters as much as the distribution of power among them. The goal of our statecraft is to help create a world of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. This is the best way to provide enduring security for the American people.

Police Community Relations Are Fundamental to Homeland Security, Would you say something if you saw something?

By:Martin Alperen

SUMMARY: Police-community relations are necessary for effective law enforcement, and for homeland security. The slogan, "If You See Something, Say Something," has meaning only if those who see something are willing to say something. Civilians will see something before the police do, and they must feel comfortable talking with them about it. Increasing trust and rapport will help law enforcement in general and will open up a vast source of potential homeland security information.

We have a tremendous challenge ahead, but police-community relations are fundamental! Improving relations is a mutual responsibility - both civilians and police are needed to make it work. A simple and cost-free step we can take is interacting with and getting to know each other. Say “hello.”

America’s Pandemic Law

By: Martin Alperen

Since 9/11/2001, in the name of homeland security, America has drafted laws to protect us

These laws, collectively called homeland security laws, are an intertwined mix of Congressional statutes, homeland security and national security strategies and directives, and other executive orders. They all have the force of law. Some agency policy documents, and military policy documents are prepared because of or pursuant to a law and are an essential part of homeland security law.

From this has developed a robust and rich legal, administrative, and agency framework to protect us. These laws are the foundation of homeland security. There is not one law, and not even one agency that defines homeland security. It is all of the laws, and it is a whole-of-government effort.

At least 18 of these laws specifically address pandemics. (Don’t be distracted by the word “bioterrorism.” Bioterrorism causes pandemics. Preparation for one is preparation for the other.)

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