After the terror attacks of September 2001 the U.S. government realized that it had done far to little to secure the nations airports, harbors and
rails systems. The Department of Homeland Security was created and more than 4.5 billion dollars was spent to put in place monitoring equipment used
to detect explosives, firearms, and biological or nuclear materials. Now, nearly four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. government has a new
problem. Much of the screening and monitoring equipment used is either totally ineffective or too unreliable to be used. The Dept. of Homeland
security has announced that it plans to spend up to $7 billion to replace the ineffective equipment. This only serves to underscore what many people
have long believed, that the security responses to 9/11 were just knee jerk reactions and not real solutions. The government acknowledges some
missteps were taken when acquiring the security and screening equipment but maintains that no single device will compromise it's multi-layered
In its effort to create a virtual shield around America, the Department of Homeland Security now plans to spend billions of dollars more - perhaps as
much as $7 billion more in coming years, according to government estimates.
Although some changes are being made because of technology that has emerged in the past couple of years, many are planned because devices currently in
use have done little to improve security, according to a review of agency documents and interviews with federal officials and outside experts.
"Everyone was standing in line with their silver bullets to make us more secure after Sept. 11," said Randall Larsen, a retired air force colonel and
former government adviser on scientific issues. "We bought a lot of stuff off the shelf that wasn't effective."
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Despite spending billions of taxpayer dollars on security measures in the post 9/11 era America is still not doing enough to thwart potential terror
attacks. While the U.S. should never be a steel fortress completely sealed from the rest of the world, much can be done to better perform the business
of securing the people from terrorists. Those in charge of security must make better efforts to appropriately use the resources available and not
waste them on ineffective measures just to show that they are indeed doing something. We may never know of all the successes made in protecting us,
however it only takes one small failure to provide our enemies with the opportunity to strike.
A waste of money, in my opinion. If a "terrorist" wants to commit some "terroristic acts," whatever the hell THOSE are, then they will be able
to. If we want to spend money on, uh, "thwarting" these fabled "terroristic" attacks, then we should spend that money on investigation and not
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