Private and Homeland Security Term Paper by Nicky

Private and Homeland Security
A look at the role of private security firms and homeland security.
# 148562 | 1,609 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11)

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This paper examines how private security organizations and agents fulfil many of the same essential roles in the realm of homeland security as government agents and how they ensure physical site security from infiltration both for the purposes of targeting private facilities as well as for the purpose of co-opting access to resources to further terrorist aims. The paper also discusses how private security agents also have a responsibility to assist the homeland security effort by investigating suspicious identity credentials to the extent of their ability and legal authority, as well as the responsibility to notify law enforcement authorities of any suspicious use of such credentials. Depending on the direction and patterns of future domestic terrorist attacks, private security organizations and agents may have to fulfil even greater responsibilities to assist homeland security in the same manner as in other countries in which terrorists have implemented widespread attacks on soft civilian targets.

Physical Site Security
Identification Credential Security
Soft Target Site Security

From the Paper:

"In the modern age of terrorism and homeland security, ID security has become a specific focus of maintaining site security at both private and government facilities. However, the importance of ID security extends far beyond the immediate purpose of site security. Consider the extent to which forged, stolen, and otherwise illegitimate identification credentials facilitate the activities that further the many necessary component elements necessary for every act of terrorism. Likewise, internal security breaches within private organizations may have consequences far beyond those affecting just those private entities. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allison, G. (2004). Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Dershowitz, A. (2002). Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. Boston: Little Brown.
  • Hoffman, B. "The Logic of Suicide Terrorism: Lessons from Israel that America Must Learn." The Atlantic Monthly, Jun/03: 40-47.
  • Larsen, R. (2007). Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America. New York: Grand Central Publishing.

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