Homeland Security: Another bad 9/11 idea

Plus, the seal is silly.

Joan and I discuss the huge bureaucracy of Homeland Security — ugh, that name — and why it should be junked in AOL Defense today.

It’s not a jeremiad against the people of DHS, it’s the whole idea of fixing an inefficient bureaucracy by hammering down three more layers of bureaucracy on it. And mission creep is out of control: Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano was in New England to examine flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Unless the floods were caused by terrorists, why would she be doing that?

One of my colleagues today said: “Well, sure, we should spin FEMA out of DHS.” But if you’re going to spin off the one agency that’s supposed to deal with terrorist disasters — and remember, FEMA was originally supposed to help reconstruct us after a nuclear war — then why not spin them all off, and save $60 billion?

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