The Homeland Security Act Of 2002 Essay

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Just a few days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York City and in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania State Governor Tom Ridge was appointed to be the first director of the Office of Homeland Security. This office overlooked and regulated a nationally seen strategy to keep our country safe against domestic and international terrorism attacks. The Department of Homeland Security was put in place to ensure that we are safe no matter time of the day or the year.

President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act of 2002 on November 25, 2002. It was created by the Department of Homeland Security and was introduced after the attacks on 9/11 and the mailing of anthrax spores. The anthrax spores were mailed to United States senators and the media, to set up scare tactics across the nation. These attacks were one week after the 9/11 attacks. The attacks on 9/11 killed 2,977 people which 343 of those people were firefighters. The anthrax spores that were put in the mail killed an additional five people and affecting 17 others. Many people get the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense confused, they do this because people think of defense as in defending the people. The difference between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense is that the Homeland Security offices have the responsibility of protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, while the Department of Defense purpose it to handle…

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