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.
…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.