Accountability and Effectiveness in Homeland Security

28 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2008

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Amos N. Guiora

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: February 2008


In response to the continued terror threat facing the United States, counterterrorism measures must be developed that are both effective and meet accountability standards. This paper approaches the issue by: (1) proposing a matrix facilitating the measurement of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of a particular counterterrorism measure; and (2) proposing an accountability matrix for measuring the effectiveness of particular measures. The paper's central focus is developing criteria for measuring effective counterterrorism - premised on the rule of law, policy considerations, and the limits of power. If utilized, these criteria will provide empirical evidence that particular counterterrorism measures in actuality contribute to effective and legal counterterrorism.

Keywords: Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Effectiveness, Accountability, Government Responses, Legislative Oversight, Checks and Balances, Matrix

Suggested Citation

Guiora, Amos N., Accountability and Effectiveness in Homeland Security (February 2008). U of Utah Legal Studies Paper No. 08-02, Available at SSRN: or

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