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State officials and tech company executives are sworn in to testify at a congressional subcommittee hearing State officials and tech company executives are sworn in to testify at a congressional subcommittee hearing on election security, Washington, May 22, 2019 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

Election Security Is Homeland Security. Why Aren’t Trump and McConnell Taking It Seriously?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Homeland security is a priority for every nation. Since some countries face the same threats and enemies for decades, or even centuries, their conceptualization of homeland security remains constant. The United States is different. As America’s role in the world and the challenges it faces have changed, Americans themselves have had to periodically reconceptualize homeland security. Another radical rethinking is underway again today, and much is at stake.

In the first half of the 20th century, homeland security became more than just protecting the nation’s borders and ports, as Americans recognized that events far away had a direct effect on the United States, as both world wars made all too clear. Americans’ conceptualization of homeland security shifted again when the Soviet Union, a nuclear superpower, both built bombers and missiles that could strike U.S. territory and forged allies with radical organizations capable of subversion inside the United States. A third transformation came after 9/11, when Americans faced the reality that the country was vulnerable to terrorist attacks by ideologically motivated extremist groups. ...

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