Lauren In Tokyo

Friday, March 07, 2008

DHS 5th anniversary

It's been 5 years since the Department of Homeland security was formed. Bush is on CNN right now talking about how scary terrorists are trying to take away our freedom and liberty and implement tyrrany. How ironic.

I don't have anything against the concept of a DHS, per se. We had the FBI, we had FEMA, we had INS. These were all in somewhat working order before DHS was formed. There was a significant lack of communication between the various agencies, and that was the vulnerability which led to the 9/11 attacks. The Patriot Act, at its core, comes from a desire to knock down the walls between government agencies and share crucial information which can help prevent acts of terrorism.

It's unfortunate that the result is a huge over-arching bureacracy which does nothing but impose itself in the daily lives of many Americans and foreigners passing through the US. It's unfortunate that our freedom and liberty is curtailed to protect us from terrorists who seek to curtail our freedom and liberty.

Though it we are a far cry from a tyrranical government, the amount of power given to departments like TSA and USCIS has simply gotten to a point where the work they are doing is counter-productive. The problem isn't immigrants and citizens. My hope is that we see the dismantling of the DHS into its constituent parts in the next Presidential term.

Security is a noble goal, but it's not worth the price we are paying.

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