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|United States Department of Homeland Security|
Seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
|Formed:||November 25 2001|
|Headquarters||Nebraska Avenue Complex|
|Annual budget||$55.1 billion (2010)|
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the Al-Qaeda Terrorist attack on 9/11-2001. Its primary responsibilities are protecting the territory of the United States and protectorates from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. In fiscal year 2011 the DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 Billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion. 
Liberals are uneasy about the erosion of Civil rights. We need to defend ourselves against Terrorism but governments may use the terrorist threat as an excuse to erode our rights more than is needed for our safety.