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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why do we have a Department of "Defense" AND a Department of "Homeland Security"?

What are we "defending" if not the "Homeland"? Why don't we just go back to defending our borders like every other country on earth?

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Albert, please try to read the question before you answer it next time. Thank you.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We don't need both - that's the Republican Idea of "Smaller Government and less spending".

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because then we wouldn't have a job for the insane Homeland Security Secretary. Actually The Department of Homeland Security started after 9/11. They are supposed to be looking after our safety against terrorists, etc. They are the ones who determine what color code we are using for the possibility of an attack. But instead we have a woman who 1) doesn't want them called terrorists, 2) seems to think that because someone doesn't agree with liberals they are more of a threat than the real terrorists. This is coming for a former governor of Arizona who sat back and allowed thousands of illegals to cross the border into her state. It seems that she is doing everything possible to make people fear their neighbors rather than terrorists who could be coming into this country by way of Mexico.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The military is prohibited by law (posse comitatus) and custom from operating inside our borders against people who are presumably citizens. That is what the police are for. The homeland security department is doing police work pertaining to terrorist activity. So, it is not as duplicative as it might look at first glance.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Perhaps you should read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States. Both fall under the powers enumerated therein as federal. Contrast this with the Departments of Education and Energy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Homeland security was made in recent years to fight against terrorism and protect against attacks from terrorism

    The department of defense works to protect us from attacks from other nations.

    You'll find that the vast majority of our wars have us dragged into them.

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  • DAR
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    1 decade ago

    Because when government fails it creates a new incompetent agency to put on top of all the rest of the incompetent agencies. It is faster and easier than actually making what they already have function efficiently.

    And then they have 'done something'.

    And it isn't their money, after all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    EXCELLENT point, especially when we already had a National Guard that could be activated by state governors.

    Instead of just using that as our Homeland Security force, we enacted a stop-loss program on "citizen" soldiers that had them doing as many tours as active-duty people so that they lost their regular jobs back home. Now that's supporting the troops baby.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You are so right no defensive minded strategy has ever won a war. We need a department of offense.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wake up man.

    The government creates more departments every day to take in our money. Do you realize that? Do you realize how bloated our government is?

    Do you realize that BO said he was going to line by line cut programs? His cuts were MINUTE compared to the amount of additional spending and programs he added --- that is simply a FACT - not partisan.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because braindead toothless neocon idiots need shampoo too?

    Source(s): Yeah! Like they're actually gonna USE the stuff! Ha!
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