Homeland Security

Homeland Security

The relevance of the cases to homeland security is shown under the about section of the Homeland Security webpage. Under the mission statement it says, “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values” (DHS, 2017).  In most of the court cases the government went beyond normal laws of civil rights in effort to protect and secure the country in a time of war.  When looking at Reid v. Covert, the United States wasn’t protecting its people because of the blatant violation of constitutional rights.  Since she was convicted by court martial without trial by jury she petitioned a writ of habeas corpus to get a fair trial.

In today’s Homeland Security environment, it’s shown that we have learned from the mistakes of our past.  The lesson is displayed when you look at the recent travel ban.  For instance, we did not set up internment camps or deport our Muslim citizens from the banned countries like we did in Korematsu v. United States.  Instead we took a less aggressive approach in securing the country while attempting to protect national security.


Department of Homeland Security. (2017). About dhs. Retrieved from https://www.dhs.gov/about-dhs


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