Case 1

Strengthening the Transportation System

By: Charnell Cassette

Homeland Security and Defense

Professor Aaron Richman

Immediate attention needs to be given to transportation for this case study. I have

already given my opinion on why and how we have enough security, but need versatility. This

case study will allow me the opportunity to elaborate on how to strengthen our homelands’

security by tightening up on our nations’ borders and transports.

The present state of immigration in this country is abhorrent to say the least. We allow

millions of illegal immigrants into this country from all over the world by several modes of

transportation. I actually travelled to Juarez, Mexico in 2007. I accepted a contract to work in

Iraq to do UXO clean-up and had to do all of my deployment processing at Fort Bliss, Texas.

While at Fort Bliss a friend of mine and me decided to cross the border to party. Getting into

Mexico was very easy to say the least. And getting back into the U.S. was even easier. We were

driving a rental vehicle with no government placarding or tags and only the driver was asked to

show identification. Our trunk space, back seat area and under carriage were not even

considered for a search. We crossed from Juarez Mexico into the U.S. in under twenty minutes

unscathed and on a Saturday night. This night was the busiest day of the week and was ironically

the best time to sneak into the country illegally. I am sure that if the employees working that

night were better educated and were given incentives to prevent illegal immigrants or materials

into the U.S. we would be much safer. How stringent was the background check on the

employees at the border?

I chose transportation as a targeted infrastructure for several reasons. The first is

because terrorists attack various areas of transportation to kill and maim innocent



References: U.S. Department of Transportation, Enhancing Security of Hazardous Materials Shipments Against Acts of Terrorism or Sabotage, Using RSPA’s, Risk Management Self-Evaluation Framework (RMSEF). (January 2002). Retrieved from http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/rmsef.pdf on September 4, 2010 U.S. Department Of Homeland Security, National Infrastructure Protection Plan. (2009). Retrieved from http://bb.philau.edu/@@971BEB047CEF98705231334CFCC2A6C5/courses/1/DMM-612-1-10FLGR/content/_370119_1/embedded/Week%202%20NIPP_Plan.pdf on September 4, 2010 TK ASSOCIATES, LLC, Terrorism Solutions. (2010) Retrieved from http://www.tkassociatesllc.com/terrorism_solutions.html on September 4, 2010 Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Advancing the Security Baseline, Mass Transit. (2010). Para, 3 Retrieved from http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/tsnm/mass_transit/sec_baseline.shtm on September 4, 2010

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