Homeland Security Watch

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December 2, 2013

A new calendar

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 2, 2013

This week Homeland Security Watch will start a new calendar.   Chris Bellavita will be on hiatus for a few weeks, in place of his usual Tuesday post we will offer a close reading of the Constitution from a homeland security perspective.

If you are a lawyer, historian, or simply a well-informed citizen, we hope you will join us for an exegesis and exposition of the text (yes, Bill, this means you).  John, we are depending on you to remind us of Emerson’s take — or maybe Philip Bobbitt’s angle — on Constitutional provisions.

I hope to read the insights of Dan and Quin and Claire.  I look forward to a discussion including Don Quixote, JD, and many others who have for awhile been quiet.

For many of us the Constitution is as much — or even more — the “homeland” in need of securing than any particular place.  What does the document actually say and since 1787 what have we decided it says about issues relevant to homeland security?

Most Tuesdays I expect to post a few lines from the text of the Constitution and try to start the discussion with a few quick — not necessarily well-considered — thoughts and hope readers do something more and better.  I am looking for exegetical or hermeneutical analysis applied to our current context.  But I will take legal, doctrinal, or operational analysis.

We will keep this up at least through December, longer if it seems to be producing anything worthwhile.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 2, 2013 @ 5:45 am

WOW! Highly recommend the blog Lawfare.com for more “accurate” portrayal of the “law” perhaps but should be an interesting month here also! There is also perhaps a fundamental flaw in Lawfare.com analysis-many participating on that blog wish to return to governing while I do not! But perhaps I can provide some context! Historical or otherwise.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 2, 2013 @ 6:01 am

And Phil for a possible opener why does the Preamble to the Constitution say “We the People” not “We the States” and what are the implications of that for HS?

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