House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has finally gotten an answer to his question about DHS’s approach to cargo screening mandates. And while he probably won’t like it, DHS has it right – and Congress, and both presidential campaigns, should pay attention to what Secretary Chertoff wrote.

At a time when the nation is gripped by a financial crisis created by lax regulation and Congressional requirements enacted with no clue about long term economic effects, Congress should take another look at the devastating impact of a security-delusion mandate known as “100% cargo

The position DHS has laid out in its letter to Bennie Thompson is based on the reality of the world we live in – not the fantasy world called Congressional meddling. And what the country needs right now is a
healthy dose of reality.

David Olive focuses his blogging primarily on the “business of homeland security” — the interaction of the private sector with the Department of Homeland Security and other national security agencies. Read More