Topic - Homeland Security

Homeland security is an umbrella term for security efforts to protect the United States against terrorist activity. The term arose following a reorganization of many U.S. government agencies in 2003 to form the United States Department of Homeland Security after the September 11 attacks, and may be used to refer to the actions of that department, the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, or the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. - Source: Wikipedia

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  • In a letter to the Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that not only is the border insecure but that it is patrolled ineffectively. (Associated Press)

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  • Department of Homeland Security police officers keep an eye on planes at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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  • Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

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  • A Mexican marine patrols near the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 18, 2009. The administration of President Obama is preparing to send federal agents to the U.S.-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration is preparing to send federal agents to the US-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. (Associated Press)

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  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

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  • This image from a Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security joint bulletin issued to law enforcement and obtained by The Associated Press, shows the remains of a pressure cooker that the FBI says was part of one of the bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/FBI)

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