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    Patriot Act, Homeland Security and Policies

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    Is it true that bureaucrats capitalized on the tragedies of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to squeeze through (policy changes) in the guise of homeland security.

    Due to Congressional tendencies to focus on increasing power, influence, and resources for their home state, the opportunities to protect American infrastructure, change inept government bureaucracies, or remove outdated legislation were squandered.

    In the absence of risk management lawmakers tend to default to reactionary legislation, decisions based on shared misconceptions, or poor tradeoffs with competing concerns which may bring favor from constituents

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    It is true that bureaucrats capitalized on the tragedies of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to squeeze through (policy changes in the guise of homeland security. The USA Patriot Act (USAPA) is an example of a law that confirms the statement that bureaucrats capitalized on the tragedy of 9/11, in particular, to squeeze through policy changes in the guise of homeland security. On March 21, 2001, Representative Thornberry introduced H.R. 1158, the National Homeland Security Act, which advocated the establishment of a National Homeland Security Agency to lead homeland security activities (Podesta, 2002).

    The convergence of general political factors, from mismanagement of Katrina disaster (administrative incompetence) to deliberate revel of CIA identity (ethical lapse), and coalescing of specific anti-terrorism policy concerns, from NSA spying (privacy breach) to Abu Grab torture (human rights violations) further galvanizes social activists and consolidates political oppositions to the anti-USAPA cause. As the exceptionally inept federal and state governmental responses to Hurricane Katrina indicated, for example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency branch that brought the response to Hurricane Katrina, cooperation between federal bureaucracies and between the federal government and the states cannot be taken for granted. The bureaucrats and members of Congress have used the war on terror to enact policies for accelerating planned military aggression at the expense of social programs, and appealing to their ...

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    This is a discussion of the way bureaucrats capitalized on the tragedies of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to squeeze through policy changes in the guise of homeland security.

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