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Homeland Insecurity
American Journalism Center ^ | June 3, 2010 | Spencer Irvine

Posted on 06/03/2010 6:04:40 AM PDT by bs9021

Homeland Insecurity

Spencer Irvine, June 3, 2010

In a forum hosted by the CATO Institute on May 25, 2010, libertarian author Ben Friedman and Ohio State University professor John Mueller argued that the American public’s panic over terrorism and homeland security has cost taxpayers trillions of wasted dollars.

Ben Friedman, author of the book Terrorizing America, claims that Americans, as “cognitive misers,” overestimate the possibility of harm from terrorism. This overestimation causes panic, which then is used by politicians to alarm the public even more. Friedman argued that “because this is [a] democracy, [the] public demand for overreaction…causes” the creation of new unneeded homeland security programs. He claimed that “one such overreaction was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which we are now stuck with.”

Friedman contends that the current system needs a mechanism which balances economic concerns with homeland security, and that “we need to build this mechanism…into the executive branch [and] we need to do it more in homeland security.” He warned of the risk of what he called “security theater” or “false security,” where there is a show of force that, he avers, solidifies American citizen’s terrorism worries. One example of this trend, stated Friedman, was the placement of National Guard troops at airports post-9/11 when many of them “were unarmed.” Rather, he suggests increasing competition between competing government agencies for homeland security funds, because “right now, they [competing government agencies] hype their vulnerability locally to gain federal grants” by increasing public panic and overreaction.

He argues that the Bush administration took “political energy from 9/11 to put it into something [Iraq]” that Friedman believed had no credence. In the end, Friedman lamented, the federal budget expands and there is no accountability due to support of congressionally-induced public panic....

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TOPICS: Education; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: cato; education; wot

1 posted on 06/03/2010 6:04:40 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021
"This overestimation causes panic"

Solution?

Open carry.

2 posted on 06/03/2010 6:10:14 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bs9021

Agree—but not for the listed reasons.

As long as we fail to identify the ENEMY all the actions taken are pointless window dressing.


3 posted on 06/03/2010 6:58:07 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: bs9021

Did they write this before or after 911?


4 posted on 06/03/2010 7:22:16 AM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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