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"What’s going on? It’s homeland security. Welcome to the new age of knee-jerk security at any price. Well, I’ve paid, and you’ve paid, and we’ll all keep payingbut is it going to help?
"What’s going on? It’s homeland security. Welcome to the new age of knee-jerk security at any price. Well, I’ve paid, and you’ve paid, and we’ll all keep payingbut is it going to help? Have we embarked on a massive multibillion-dollar boondoggle that’s going to do nothing more than make us feel more secure? Are we paying nosebleed prices for "feel-good" measures?
"This book was painful to write. By nature, I am a problem solver. Professionally I have made my career out of solving complex problems efficiently by trying to find the right place to push hard and make a difference. Researching the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA, INS, the PATRIOT Act, and so forth, one falls into a rabbit’s hole of interdependent lameness and dysfunction. I came face to face with the realization that there are gigantic bureaucracies that exist primarily for the sole purpose of prolonging their existence, that the very structure of bureaucracy rewards inefficiency and encourages territorialism and turf warfare."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
IT’S ANOTHER CODE ORANGE DAY.
1. HOMELAND SECURITY: A CONVENIENT INVENTION.
2. A MULTITUDE OF MYTHS.
3. THE POLITICS OF HOMELAND SECURITY.
4. THE HOMELAND SECURITY SHUFFLE.
5. RUNNING FOR THE BORDER: IMMIGRATION.
6. AIRLINE INSECURITY.
7. IRRESISTIBLE F O R C E VERSUS INSCRUTABLE OBJECT.
8. THE MEDIA: DISASTER DU JOUR.
9. THE ELECTRONIC PEARL HARBOR.
10. IT, AMERICAN STYLE.
11. THE BUSINESS OF COMPUTER SECURITY.
12. THE PRICE TAG OF FEAR.
Posted January 16, 2004
I had trouble with this book from the very first page. He starts the intro. with referring to TSA as the Transportation Safety Agency. Gulp! Is this a typo? I looked at the index and there it was again! As a 40 year old, mother of two, homemaker, who actually watches the news, I could have told him TSA stands for Transportation Security Administration. Transportation Safety is still with the FAA and not part of DHL. I found more errors. Too many to mention here. 'Ignorance is dangerous' and I agree with the Author on that point, but mis-information presented as authoritative is far worse.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2003
This book was depressing to read - is homeland security really such a scam? The author makes a lot of good arguments. I'm sure some people are going to get upset about this book. Worth reading - don't write this off as a politically-motivated rant. One thing Ranum does well and right is he completely avoids partisan politics. He seems to think both parties are a bunch of idiots, in fact. In other words, this book is bang-on and right on time. -BobWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.