A Look Back at the Monstrosity Known as the Department of Homeland Security

Guillermo Jimenez
Traces of Reality
July 21, 2013

 

U.S. Department of Homeland StupidityThe Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity recently re-posted an article penned by Dr. Paul titled “The Homeland Security Monstrosity,” written well over a decade ago now, way back in November of 2002.

The day the Senate passed the bill establishing DHS, the Congressman had this to say:

“Congress spent just a few short hours last week voting to create the biggest new federal bureaucracy since World War II, not that the media or even most members of Congress paid much attention to the process. Yet our most basic freedoms as Americans – privacy in our homes, persons, and possessions; confidentiality in our financial and medical affairs; openness in our conversations, telephone, and internet use; unfettered travel; indeed the basic freedom not to be monitored as we go through our daily lives – have been dramatically changed.”

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“The list of dangerous and unconstitutional powers granted to the new Homeland Security department is lengthy. Warrantless searches, forced vaccinations of whole communities, federal neighborhood snitch programs, federal information databases, and a sinister new ‘Information Awareness Office’ at the Pentagon that uses military intelligence to spy on domestic citizens are just a few of the troubling aspects of the new legislation.”

In 2002, The Department of Homeland Security, with a budget of $3 billion and 170,000 employees, was created with little resistance, the country still freshly “shocked and awed” by the events of September 11th the previous year.  Now, in 2013, many of the prescient warnings of DHS’s potential to significantly harm civil liberties have become realities.  Yet, the agency today has grown even larger in size and scope—employing over 240,000 people and enjoying a budget 20 times the original amount.

The comic book villain, Osama Bin Laden, is dead, and yet the “war on terror” persists.  Al-Qaeda is no longer an enemy, as the United States’ allegiance to Syrian “rebels” demonstrates, yet your freedoms must continue to be waived (along with tiny American flags) to protect you from the evil-doers.

The logic is incomprehensible.

How big does Leviathan need to be before we collectively recognize the monster for what it is?  How much of our liberty must be taken before we all realize it’s gone?