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Tom Ridge Resigns

Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:27 am

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RE: Tom Ridge Resigns

Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:11 am

I just like the fact that he fumbled the question about the effectiveness of the color coded threat system when it was posed. He truly could not endorse it's effectiveness and circumvented the question by saying something along the lines of "oh the terrorists know it is place and it is keeping us safe". As far as I'm concerned the Dept. of Homeland Security is a superficial department contrived to secure the publics feelings more than their safety. Ridge's performance today only confirmed my thoughts.
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RE: Tom Ridge Resigns

Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:29 am

I just like the fact that he fumbled the question about the effectiveness of the color coded threat system when it was posed. He truly could not endorse it's effectiveness and circumvented the question by saying something along the lines of "oh the terrorists know it is place and it is keeping us safe". As far as I'm concerned the Dept. of Homeland Security is a superficial department contrived to secure the publics feelings more than their safety. Ridge's performance today only confirmed my thoughts.

A case can be made for the way Homeland Security consolidated functions formerly performed by a wide variety of agencies. Centralized control can bring about improved performance, though that's not a given. Unfortunately for Ridge, he will be remembered mainly for the color-coded warning system, which has become something of a joke.
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RE: Tom Ridge Resigns

Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:49 am

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

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