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  • Intelligence Agencies
    The US has 16(!) different agencies that handle intelligence. This includes the FBI - guess they search for terrorists when they're not tracking down kidnappers & bank robbers. Britain has TWO - MI-5 & MI-6, one for domestic & one for foreign work. No wonder we've had so many intelligence failures. Then to top it all off, we created the DHS as a sort of umbrella agency to collate info. & attempt to force the others to work together & share that info. Of course, each agency has its own turf, wants to build its little empire & will only relinquish anything if the power is pried from their cold, dead hands! We need ONE organization staffed with professionals who will be given the proper tools & listened to when they produce analyses. The country can no longer afford this Rube Goldberg mixture of agencies, turf battles, & competition for the ears of the White House.
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  • The Long Way Around The Barn
    DHS was a basically a political knee-jerk reaction to give the appearance - to both our citizens and the world - of addressing the problem with a sense of urgency. As mentioned, other governments have been managing their security and intelligence needs with considerably less resources. But, classically, our government used the same thinking in supposedly creating the solution (DHS) as it did when creating the problem (all of the other duplicate, redundant, confused-mission agencies responsible for security and intelligence). Both strategy and execution were grossly flawed while putting it in direct conflict with existing agencies and their agendas. Not a very good formula for success. Creating DHS didn't seem to accomplish much aside from the illusion of a more aligned security and intelligence community. Maybe that was the best they could do at the time but 10 years later I think it's safe to say we all expected more by now. Althought by nature it's admittedly difficult to know the true extent of successes or failures in such organizations, all indications are that we only added another layer of bureaucracy that is concerned more with politics, "theater", damage control, and not upsetting the existing power structure than it is in a clear mission or organization efficiency. Frankly, it's not that difficult to created an effective security/intelligence organization. The difficult part is getting competing organizations (and individuals) to cooperate. "We have met the enemy and he is us" Walt Kelly
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