On the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Homeland Security released last night a report of the findings made by the majority staffs overseeing progress made in implementing the requirements of HR1 – the first law passed by the Democratic Congress in 2007 that placed into law the remaining recommendations of the 9-11 Commission.
This new report focuses on statutory requirements in the following areas:
(1) aviation security;
(2) rail and public transportation security;
(3) port security;
(4) border security;
(5) information sharing;
(6) privacy and civil liberties;
(7) emergency response;
(9) private sector preparedness; and
(10) national security.
So how did the Administration do? Well, the report is entitled “WASTED LESSONS OF 9/11: HOW THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS IGNORED THE LAW AND SQUANDERED ITS OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER.”
It would seem from this report’s treatment that the judgment is being passed on the political leadership, not the system as a whole. The report argues that many of the missed opportunities are due to political ideology, not the competence of the 180,000 employees of the DHS enterprise.
So how will the Dems do better if they take charge in January? Look for future posts here that focus on the change anticipated from the Democrats. And since the McCain campaign is now also running on a change platform, I hope to blog about how McCain plans to do things differently, too.
In the meantime, take a look at the work of these two professional staffs and let me know what you think.
UPDATE — DHS leadership is not going to take this laying down, of course. You can read the press released they issued today right here.