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What is Homeland Security?

Homeland Security is an umbrella term for security efforts to protect the U.S. against terroristic activity. It is a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the U.S., reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur. Homeland Security consists of 187 federal agencies and departments along with 14 agencies that make up the intelligence, and they work in tandem to safeguard the safety and security of the nation. However, like any other criminal case sometimes an individual might unwittingly get involved in a homeland security case even without committing a terrorist activity or conspiring against the State. If such a thing may happen, professional or Expert help might be essential. Listed below are a few commonly asked questions regarding Homeland Security that have been answered by Experts.

If someone gets involved in a Homeland Security case what are the odds of winning the case?

The chances of winning the case depend upon various factors. Firstly, it has to be ascertained what the person has been charged with. Usually the method of operations of the Federal Agencies is different than that of the local police and prosecutor. Unlike local police where they sometimes arrest a person without substantial proof, the Federal Agencies charge a person only after gathering ample evidence against him or her. While every individual case is different, the charges in Homeland Security cases are more often likely to be proved in the court.

Can someone rewrite government publications that are listed on the web including Homeland Security issues to make the articles more widely available and charge for the rewriting?

The documents as such cannot be charged for. However, government documents have no copyright. Therefore you can rewrite it in a concise manner to make them more readable and understandable without altering the basic contents. You can also charge money for the searching service and the rewriting done by you.

How does Homeland Security strike a balance with personal freedom of U.S. citizens?

In many opinions, at present the Patriot Act has made a considerable dent into the fundamental right of personal freedom of U.S. citizens. Due to the threat of terrorist activities the Homeland Security Department has been authorized to interfere or spy into private telephonic conversations of individuals, intercept emails, keep tab on banking transactions etc. which many feel has seriously compromised the right to confidentiality and freedom of individuals. Hence, it can perhaps be said that the constitutional right to personal freedom has been sacrificed to a great extent at the altar of war on terror.

In New Jersey s it possible for a lawyer to levy my Homeland Security Disability Pension for a case he fought and won? Since I live outside the U.S. can they issue a subpoena via email?

Usually private judgments cannot be levied from a Federal Pension. So, most likely your pension should not be affected. Since you are outside the country they might send a subpoena via certified mail under New Jersey Courts Rule 1:9-3. Most generally email is not a preferred choice unless in extreme cases. Even if they resort to alternative method of subpoena such as fax or email it is usually rather difficult to execute a subpoena to someone who does not live in the U.S.

How do I know if my name is listed on the Homeland Security Department’s No Fly List and Watch List?

The government does not give this information freely.. It is only when someone faces the problem at the airport that they come to know if his/her name is listed on the No Fly or Watch List. t. Sometimes people have to face difficulty due to a namesake that appears in the list. However, if someone is allowed to board a plane it means that the person is not in the No Fly List, though that does not exclude the possibility of being on the Selectee List.

Post 9/11 Homeland Security has become a part and parcel of the U.S. citizen’s life. While it is essential for the safety and security of the U.S. citizens, at times it might spell trouble for the innocent person who might fall victim to the stringent security measures. An Expert’s help might be required to deal with such circumstances.
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