August 28, 2011.
The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 in the second game of a day-night double header.
New York hit five home runs. Ivan Nova — in his rookie year — won his 10th straight game.
Who cares about an uneventful baseball game that took place two and a half years ago?
I promise there’s a homeland security connection here.
After spending the last few months away from homeland security concerns, I’ve been trying to reconnect with what the front burner issues are in the Enterprise (if “enterprise” is even used anymore).
I went to the White House website to look at their “Issues” page. Homeland Security is one of 23 important issues featured on the White House site.
Here’s what I found:
The headline item on the page was a video of President Obama, DHS Secretary Napolitano, and FEMA administrator Fugate talking about “on going response efforts to Hurricane Irene.”
The date of the briefing?
Yep, August 28, 2011 — the same day Curtis Granderson hit two home runs; and Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Andruw Jones each hit one.
None of those people play for the Yankees anymore. Things change. Except, it seems, on the White House homeland security issues page.
The site also features information about:
- The July 2011 Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime
- The June 2011 National Strategy for Counterterrorism
- The Administration’s success managing tornado damage in Joplin and Tuscaloosa, with a nod to DHS efforts during the BP oil spill.
- A March 2009 US-Mexico border initiative
- A May 2009 Cyberspace Policy Review
- A March 2010 Surface Transportation Security Priority Assessment
- And a reminder of the principles guiding the May 2010 National Security Strategy.
And that’s pretty much it for that web page. There are a few half-hearted efforts on the right hand side of the page to be somewhat current – like two September 2011 commemorations of the 9/11/01 attacks, and a blurb about a 2013 Canadian border initiative. But that’s about it.
It does not look like anyone at the White House cares that much about the homeland security issue page.
I realize in the scheme of things this is not a big deal. Homeland security is not a website. I appreciate how difficult it is to keep the content and the look of a website current. Homeland Security Watch looks basically the same today as it did when Beckner wrote the first post on December 2, 2005.
I can only guess why no one at the White House deems the homeland security issues page important enough to keep current. I know they have the capability to pay attention. Maybe the interest is not there.
Compare the worn-out homeland security issues site with the White House sites dealing with the economy, education, ethics, health care, urban and economic mobility– to name just a few. Those sites look like they live in the second decade of the 21st Century. Plus they have updated information (mostly).
So what gives here?
My guess is in the list of administration priorities for the second term, homeland security does not matter much.
Not because homeland security is unimportant. “The president’s highest priority is to keep the American people safe,” the issue page declares.
Perhaps the website is out of date because — for the most part — homeland security is being handled.
Compared with the messiness of the other issues on the president’s agenda, thousands of men and women engaged in homeland security work seem to be doing a more than adequate job accomplishing the core mission: keeping the American people safe.
The first spring training baseball games of the 2014 season will be played on Tuesday.
In spite of the Boston Marathon attack last year, I continue to believe the country is in good homeland security shape if there can still be time for baseball.
The Boston attack reminded us that effective homeland security does not mean complete safety or security. There remains a lot of tuning to be done in the Enterprise.
An out of date White House website might simply mean that people are busy working, not playing on the Internet.
I hope that’s the reason.