Less than one month after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in that one decision, enacted the most sweeping rearrangement of the federal bureaucracy seen since the creation of the CIA, the National Security Council and the modern-day Department of Defense back in 1947. Looking back from the vantage point of 16 years of elapsed time, was the creation of DHS a net positive for the safety and security of the United States of America?
The answer is no. Yes, we are safer today, but DHS does not deserve the credit.
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