• Fixing oversight. With 108 Congressional committees, subcommittees and commissions watching over DHS, there’s a chaotic system in place that often leads to policies that make Americans less safe.
Many lawmakers realize the stakes.
“America can’t win the battle for hearts and minds in the Muslim world by apologizing and by banning terms like ‘war on terror’ and ‘radical Islam.’ Such self-flagellation only encourages our enemies,” explained Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a May 4 speech. “Humbled by the lessons of 9/11, and reminded of their value just this weekend in Times Square, today we reaffirm that our nation must never again be caught off guard.”
The Times Square attempt was stopped because an alert citizen saw suspicious activity and notified police, who took the threat seriously and acted quickly. But let’s not forget that the suspect was able to board an airplane (after buying his one-way ticket with cash) and was actually back from the gate before federal agents arrived to detain him.
That’s too close for comfort. DHS should focus on gathering more intelligence and finding better ways to share it with local law enforcement and foreign partners. Information may be our nation’s best weapon against terrorism.
A false sense of complacency led to thousands of deaths and the destruction of the World Trade Center. But if our government remains focused and takes the correct steps, it can keep Americans safe.