Saturday, January 26, 2013

U.S. Homeland Security Is Now 10 Years Old

Happy 10th Birthday, DHS -- Thad Allen, Foreign Policy

Are we any safer now?

Ten years ago Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security was established to unify our national capabilities in the wake of 9/11. A strong sense of urgency was pushing us to do everything possible to prevent another terrorist attack, and, if that failed, to respond. As the chief of staff of the Coast Guard, I led a team that planned and executed the service's move from the Department of Transportation, where it had been housed for 35 years, to its new berth at DHS.

The entire process moved at bureaucratic light speed. President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act into law on November 25, 2002; the department was officially created two months later, and 22 agencies moved into DHS on March 1, 2003. It was remarkable: in only four months, an entirely new department with nearly 200,000 employees was stood up.

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My Comment: Do I feel safer .... not really. Airport security is better .... but everything else is still the same .... or that is at least that is what I see on the surface. While researching for this post, I came across this interesting post .... Government Unable to Define ‘Homeland Security’.


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