agrees the 9-11 tragedy confirmed a problem that exists in our domestic
security and dramatized our vulnerability to outside attacks. Most
agree that the existing bureaucracy was inept. The CIA, the FBI, the
INS, and Customs failed to protect us.
not a lack of information that caused this failure; they had plenty.
But they filed to analyze, communicate, and use the information to
flawed foreign policy of interventionism that we have followed for
decades significantly contributed to the attacks. Warnings had been
sounded by the more astute that our meddling in the affairs of others
would come to no good. This resulted in our inability to defend our
own cities, while spending hundreds of billions of dollars providing
more defense for others than for ourselves. In the aftermath, we were
even forced to ask other countries to patrol our airways to provide
security for us.
understanding of private property and an owner's responsibility to
protect it has been seriously undermined. This was especially true
for the airline industry. The benefit of gun ownership and second
amendment protections were prohibited. The government was given the
responsibility for airline safety through FAA rules and regulations,
and it failed miserably.
solution now being proposed is a giant new federal department, and
it is the only solution we are being offered, and one which I am certain
will lead to tens of billions of dollars of new spending.
is being done about the lack of emphasis on private property ownership?
The security services are federalized. The airlines are bailed out
and given guaranteed insurance against all threats. We have made the
airline industry a public utility that gets to keep its profits and
pass on its losses to the taxpayers, like Amtrak and the post office.
Instead of more ownership responsibility, we get more government controls.
first amendment revitalized, and are owners permitted to defend their
property, their passengers, and personnel? No, no hint of it, unless
you are El Al airlines, which enjoys this right, while no others do.
anything been done to limit immigration from countries placed on the
terrorist list? Hardly. Have we done anything to slow up immigration
of individuals with Saudi passports? No, oil is too important to offend
we have done plenty to undermine the liberties and privacy of all
Americans through legislation such as the PATRIOT Act. A program is
being planned to use millions of Americans to spy on their neighbors,
an idea appropriate for a totalitarian society. Regardless of any
assurances, we all know that the national ID card will soon be instituted.
believes for a moment that the military will not be used to enforce
civil law in the near future? Posse comitatus will be repealed by
executive order or by law, and liberty, the Constitution, and the
republic will suffer another major setback.
foreign policy will not change, and those who suggest that it be strictly
designed for American security will be shouted down for their lack
of patriotism. Instead, war fever will build until the warmongers
get their wish and we march on Baghdad, making us even a greater target
of those who despise us for our bellicose control of the world.
department is hardly what we need. That is more of the same, and will
surely not solve our problems. It will, however, further undermine
our liberties and hasten the day of our national bankruptcy.
common sense improvement to homeland security would allow the DOD
to provide protection, not a huge, new, militarized domestic department.
We need to bring our troops home, including our Coast Guard; close
down the base in Saudi Arabia; stop expanding our presence in the
Muslim portion of the former Soviet Union; and stop taking sides in
the long, ongoing war in the Middle East.
did these few things, we would provide a lot more security and protect
our liberties a lot better than any new department ever will, and
it will cost a lot less.