posted on Oct, 20 2011 @ 11:29 AM
reply to post by Kevincredible
It would be very interesting to get a cost benefit analysis of what we spend on homeland security, including TSA and the number of "terrorist"
actions that have actually been stopped.
Lets factor in some value for time lost/productivity in checkpoints, security lines based on average wage.
Lets get those numbers, which is in the hundreds of $billions and lay them against the worse case scenario, factoring in the number of deaths that
would have occurred would the terrorists actually been successful had they not been stopped and see what the price/life is. Lets take that and make
the citizens of the country make a decision as to whether or not it is worth the investment.
We make decisions regarding public safety of the same order every day that have calculated loss of life within them. We don't for example have
25/hr speed limits everywhere even though road deaths are substantial, nor ban gas water heaters despite the fact that they are a cause of fires.
Many more examples where as a society we make decisions when those decisions are guaranteed to cost lives.
How many lives are we saving for the money spent "to make us safer" by the implementation of DHS and the TSA?
Lets not forget that freedom from warrantless searches, routine violations of privacy that occur everyday are priceless.
The homeland security infrastructure is merely an extension of the military industrial complex. As entrenched, as pervasive and it will as
difficult to dismantle.