It’s interesting that for most of my lifetime (and probably long before I was conceived), our government felt obligated to provide “national security”. “National security” was not only an object, it was a pretext. In the name of “national security,” great violence was sometimes committed against foreign individuals and foreign nations. Under the pretext that “national security” meant “government security,” great violence was (and is) sometimes even committed against Americans.
Nevertheless, most people consented to abuses under the pretext of “national security” because most people thought they knew what the term “national security” meant: security of our nation.
So, it’s curious that circa A.D. 2003, our purported government birthed a new-and-improved security agency called “Homeland Security”. Why “homeland” security? Why not “national” security?
What’s in a name, hmm? What difference, if any, exists between our “homeland” and our “nation”?
What follows is not an “article” per se, but rather a collection of research notes on the meaning and likely definition of “homeland”. I’ll summarize most of my conclusions up front, and then present my research. You won’t get absolute conclusions so much as “suspicions,” but there are observations here that you might find insightful.
Simply download the PDF file at this link: 100321 Findlaw Search HOMELAND