Executive Order 13228: Establishing the Office of Homeland Security

(2001)

On October 8, 2001, President George W. Bush issued the Executive Order Establishing the Office of Homeland Security (formally termed Executive Order 13228). The primary mission of the Office of Homeland Security, which became the Department of Homeland Security, a cabinet department, with the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, was to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. The order also put in place the Homeland Security Council as the president's advisory agency for matters relating to homeland security.


Bush issued the Executive Order Establishing the Office of Homeland Security in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States that killed nearly three thousand people. At the time, the perception was that the nation's security agencies lacked coordination and information-sharing capabilities. Some observers argued that if such organizations as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency...

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