On June 7, the Department of Homeland Security released a national terrorism advisory warning that the country remains in a “heightened threat environment” amid a rise in domestic extremism threats in the United States.
As the threat of terrorism has grown, civilian agencies are increasingly thrust into the national security conversation. The laws and regulations that govern aviation, immigration, and international trade have become key parts of the national security apparatus. Debates over no-fly lists, border security, and the protection of airplane technology now take place alongside those over the military’s rules of engagement or the value of NSA programs. These new debates seem no less likely to disappear.