There are a few small benefits that have arisen through the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, yet these are not items that could have been accomplished quite easily without the creation of this bloated agency. We can see a developing theme within that idea (as far as consolidation and increased performance) with the creation of a cabinet level position of Intelligence Director to debunk the bureaucracies that the FBI and CIA
have become. The fact remains, however, that the Department of Homeland Security serves as a tool to drive the public. This is how insane this organization has made us: I picked up a book in B&N the other week entitled something along the lines of How to Survive a Terrorist attack. The book touted on the cover that it worked with the Dept of Homeland Security. In this book they tell you to prepare for a biochemical attack by purchasing enough duct tape and plastic to seal off all of the doors and windows in your home. Excuse me, but what a joke that is. Who are you kidding (besides someone who is uneducated or very susceptible to believing whatever the government tells them to do--which very sadly accounts for a lot of people in this country)? Biochemical molecules can be fractions of micrometers in size and can permeate through the smallest of openings. Remember when Tom Ridge came out and told people to buy plastic and duct tape a while back for this very scenario? Cut me a break.
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy