A bit more on the Occupy movement

I wasn’t too happy with my post about the Occupy movement last week.  In part, I think there’s a natural tension between the intelligence function of those doing homeland security/law enforcement and those exercising their constitutionally protected rights.

And then I saw a comment in this post from Homeland Security Watch.  Commenter Alan Wolfe said something that should be posted in every office in every fusion center in the country:

…law enforcement/emergency response issues does not always equal homeland security issues. I think it’s important to at least recognize that the exercise of local government, to include policing and hospital services, are the norm, while HLS (to me) is a larger coordination of efforts against an unexpected and much larger threat (natural or man-made). Not everything is HLS. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

And yet, we’ve sort of painted ourselves in a corner by declaring ourselves responsible for “all crimes / all hazards”.  I suspect part of that is due to the fact that a variety of agencies have to justify their existence a decade after 9/11 without any significant terrorist activity occurring in the ‘homeland’.

That means there’s an inclination to treat any event as one where agencies get to strut their stuff.


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