Homeland Security Scams

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A direct consequence of the War on Terror launched after the attacks of September 11, 2001 is an awareness of the need for homeland security. This war is being used to justify a huge expansion of government powers and spending, but funds allocated for homeland security are often for programs far removed from anything that might be termed "defense" or "security." In Homeland Security Scams, James T. Bennett shows that this government spending is doing very little to make us safer, but a great deal to make us ...

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Overview

A direct consequence of the War on Terror launched after the attacks of September 11, 2001 is an awareness of the need for homeland security. This war is being used to justify a huge expansion of government powers and spending, but funds allocated for homeland security are often for programs far removed from anything that might be termed "defense" or "security." In Homeland Security Scams, James T. Bennett shows that this government spending is doing very little to make us safer, but a great deal to make us poorer, less free, and more dependent on the federal government.

Regardless of the color of the "security alert" issued by the Homeland Security czar, the spending light is always green as pork barrel dollars are showered on programs of dubious worth. Lobbyists lobby for homeland security grants and contracts; corporations and state and local governments are becoming ever more dependent on federal subsidies; the vested interest in prolonging and intensifying the concern about homeland security increases; and lobbyists press for ever more money. As Bennett makes clear, with government money comes government control. Law enforcement and emergency response agencies at all levels of government are being effectively "nationalized." Police power is being concentrated, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) envisions a "surveillance" state that the East German State Police under Communism would have envied.

In this hard-hitting critique, Bennett argues that all the spending and surveillance will not win the War on Terror or preserve us from natural disasters. The foe cannot be beaten (we're having trouble even finding the enemy), cannot surrender, and still has awesome powers to lay waste to American cities and citizens. He argues that we should view terrorism as just one of many other serious threats to individuals and to nations. More sternly, he warns that the War on Terror is also a War on Privacy and a War on Liberty.

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"Don't read this book if you want to feel complacent believing that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is using your tax money responsibly to protect your safety. But there is genuine comfort to be found in Professor Bennett's expos of Homeland Security facts and foibles. Bennett's entertaining and powerfully written book may motivate a more informed public to demand changes that will reduce not only the threat of terrorism, and also the threat of our own irresponsible government."
--Dwight Lee, Ramsey Professor of Economics and Private Enterprise, Terry College, University of Georgia

"Bennett deserves congratulations for a book that exposes the high price we are paying for allowing the policical process to run wild." --George C. Leef, Regulation: The Cato Review of Business and Government

"Bennett's book shows us exactly how politics works these days, and that is what should truly frighten us."--Regulation, Fall 2006

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765803344
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/13/2006
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Bennett is professor of economics at George Mason University. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Labor Research and a prolific author.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : pork has a new name 1
2 Born to spend wild : the messy birth of the department of homeland security 9
3 Wastin' away again in homeland securityville 49
4 (Expensive) scenes from a twenty-first-century bureaucracy 89
5 Life (and lost liberties) during wartime 125
6 Mr. Orwell - and Stephen King - call your offices 153
7 Is big government back in the saddle? 199
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