I need help making a thesis statement on the homeland security?

Question:ok so i have this research paper i have to do and the topic is the homeland security act. i have to show the pros and cons of the homeland sec. act but im having a hard time because im so use to doing persuasive essays. i need help!! :(

Hi GG perhaps these will guide you.

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Do you have three categories that you want to address - you know like the standard "Homeland Security affects our country economically, politically and socially" - of course, that's a very weak thesis, but once you organize your info into categories, you should be able to write your thesis.
If the proof of the pudding is in the eating then, while it has gone down hard, the Act has been a success with the US homeland not experiencing a major terrorist act since 9/11.
Here is some information on Homeland security you may find helpful, if your writing a paper on this topic you may want to try going to www.oppapers.com for a paper on the topic your doing. adieu!


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Homeland Security, Department of (DHS), an executive department of the United States federal government, created by law in November 2002 and officially established in January 2003. The department’s mission is to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the country’s vulnerability to terrorism, and assist in recovery after an attack. The department was created in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (see September 11 Attacks) as a way to oversee and coordinate security functions previously performed by dozens of different government agencies.


The DHS has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The department is led by a secretary who is nominated by the president of the United States and approved by the United States Senate. The secretary is a member of the president’s Cabinet. A deputy secretary assists the secretary.

The department has four main divisions known as directorates, each administered by an undersecretary. The Directorate of Border and Transportation Security is responsible for preventing terrorists from entering the United States; for protecting air, land, and sea transportation systems; and for enforcing immigration laws. The Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response is responsible for coordinating the federal government’s response to terrorist attacks and major disasters and for assisting in recovery. The Directorate of Science and Technology is charged with overseeing efforts to protect the United States from attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. It also conducts and funds research related to homeland security. The Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection is responsible for analyzing intelligence from a vast array of federal, state, and local agencies in order to detect terrorist threats and identify vulnerabilities in the country’s infrastructure.

Many major government agencies are part of the DHS. These include the United States Coast Guard, which protects the country’s ports and waterways; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which plans for and responds to disasters; and the Secret Service, which protects the president, vice president, and other officials and investigates counterfeiting and financial crimes. Other agencies making up the DHS are the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (created from parts of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service), which handles immigrant visa petitions as well as naturalization, asylum, and refugee applications; the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees airport security; and the United States Customs Service, which inspects passengers, vehicles, and cargo entering or leaving the United States.


A debate over how to best structure the federal government to prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. soil began even before the September 11 attacks. In 1998 the U.S. secretary of defense created the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission for its cochairs, former U.S. senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman) to assess global threats to domestic security and develop a national security strategy. This commission reported in February 2001 that homeland security functions were “scattered across more than two dozen departments and agencies, and all fifty states,” and it warned of future attacks against U.S. citizens on their own soil. It recommended the creation of a new National Homeland Security Agency—integrating FEMA, the Customs Service, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Coast Guard—to coordinate government homeland security activities.

The September 11 attacks prompted intense scrutiny of the federal government’s efforts to prevent terrorism. Authorities were alarmed that important clues to the attacks were overlooked or never connected, and that the terrorists involved in the attacks had entered and remained in the United States without raising suspicions. In October 2001 President George W. Bush established the Office of Homeland Security within the White House to coordinate counterterrorism efforts.

However, some members of Congress argued that the office, created by executive order and without budgetary authority, lacked sufficient power to alter the procedures and priorities of other federal agencies involved in fighting terrorism. Congressional legislators pressed for a new Cabinet-level agency, based largely on the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman Commission, which would analyze all terrorism-related information and direct the government’s counterterrorism efforts. Although Bush initially opposed the idea, it gradually gained bipartisan support, and by mid-2002 he had embraced it. The Department of Homeland Security was created by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, signed into law on November 25, 2002. By combining dozens of federal agencies into one department, the act marked the largest reorganization of the federal government since the National Security Act of 1947 created the present-day Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Council. The DHS was officially established in January 2003. Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, who headed the White House Office of Homeland Security, became the DHS’s first secretary.


Many agencies assist the DHS in its mission. Primary responsibility for investigating and prosecuting acts of terrorism rests with law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and state and local law enforcement agencies. The CIA gathers overseas intelligence about terrorist threats. Other members of the intelligence community, such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), also provide the DHS with information.
well a thesis is a "if then" statement, like if...blah blah blah....then ...blady blah....but make sure u have info to help support what yer trying to say.like state if your for or against homeland security, then say a few reasons why. then show how it has a negative. why your against it. u have to try to get the point accros to the reader so in the end they well..agree with you.

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