The Democratic Party released a policy platform document today entitled “Real Security: The Democratic Plan to Protect America and Restore Our Leadership in the World.” The document contains one section on homeland security, which contains five bullet points:
- Immediately implement the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission including securing national borders, ports, airports and mass transit systems.
- Screen 100% of containers and cargo bound for the U.S. in ships or airplanes at the point of origin and safeguard Americaâ€™s nuclear and chemical plants, and food and water supplies.
- Prevent outsourcing of critical components of our national security infrastructure — such as ports, airports and mass transit — to foreign interests that put America at risk.
- Provide firefighters, emergency medical workers, police officers, and other workers on the front lines with the training, staffing, equipment, and cutting edge technology they need.
- Protect America from biological terrorism and pandemics, including the Avian flu, by investing in
the public health infrastructure and training public health workers.
It’s difficult to comment on platitudes; four out of five of these recommendations are directionally correct, but the devil is in the details, and the report does not elaborate on any of these points. The recommendation against outsourcing of national security infrastructure is a crude, kneejerk reaction to the Dubai Ports World episode, which I think is short-sighted for the reasons that I noted in this previous post.