It’s really not that radical.
When DHS was 1st formed by Bush 17 years ago, many members of Congress were concerned – incl GOP – that we were setting up a ticking time bomb for civil liberties erosion & abuse of power.
Discussing reorganization shouldn’t be out of the question. https://t.co/dLckI4UYIL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2019
Courtesy of CNN:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has frequently criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, should be eliminated.
Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives have previously called for the abolition of ICE, but her suggestion to dissolve the umbrella department that oversees numerous agencies — including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Transportation Security Administration — would significantly alter the federal structure overseeing immigration enforcement, anti-terrorism and disaster management that was created after the September 11 attacks.
Ocasio-Cortez first made the suggestion earlier this week in an interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour’s David Remnick during a discussion about whether it was possible to reform ICE rather than abolishing it, which Ocasio-Cortez said was impossible because the agency lacks adequate oversight.
“Would you get rid of Homeland Security too?” Remnick asked.
“I think so, I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious, a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did. I feel like we are at a very, it’s a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence, and in terms of being able to make the argument, that we never should’ve created DHS in the early 2000s,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
I was definitely one of those railing against the creation of DHS and the implementation of the Patriot Act.
When I first started IM I often focused on the Bush Administration’s manipulation of terror alerts as a way to keep us frightened and in support of egregious intrusions into our privacy.
In those days the formation of DHS was seen for exactly what it was, an overreaction to a crisis that it would likely not have stopped anyway, and that would put our personal data at risk for decades to come.
Remember we fought terrorism and tapped phones with legally obtained warrants just fine before the Bush Administratino created this clunky Gestapo like government agency.
We did not need it then, and we most certainly do not need it now.
The question to be asked is whether or not it is too late to put the genie back in the bottle?