“It’s time to admit that creating it was a mistake”: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Wed, Jul 17th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Charles Kenny of Business Week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was nothing more than a "panicked reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks" that still exists because of the "vastly exaggerated assessment of the threat of terrorism." With the department being "the least cost-effective spending in the U.S. government" he thinks that it is "time to admit that creating it was a mistake."

In 2002 the George W. Bush administration presented a budget request for massively increased spending on homeland security, at that point coordinated out of the Office of Homeland Security. “A new wave of terrorism, involving new weapons, looms in America’s future,” the White House said. “It is a challenge unlike any ever faced by our nation.” In proposing a new cabinet-level agency, Bush said, “The changing nature of the threats facing America requires a new government structure to protect against invisible enemies that can strike with a wide variety of weapons.” Because of “experience gained since Sept. 11 and new information we have learned about our enemies while fighting a war,” the president concluded that “our nation needs a more unified homeland security structure.”

More than a decade later, it’s increasingly clear that the danger to Americans posed by terrorism remains smaller than that of myriad other threats, from infectious disease to gun violence to drunk driving. Even in 2001, considerably more Americans died of drowning than from terror attacks. Since then, the odds of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in the U.S. or abroad have been about one in 20 million. The Boston marathon bombing was evil and tragic, but it’s worth comparing the three deaths in that attack to a list of the number of people in the U.S. killed by guns since the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn., which stood at 6,078 as of June

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