The DHS or Department of Homeland Security was put in place way back in the early 2000’s after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then we have spend hundreds of billions of dollars on defense and Homeland Security. The DHS has over 200,000 employees and that is just to keep us safer.
Do you feel any safer? Ask yourself that question. Are we as citizens any safer? Many people believe we are. Many people believe we are not. Just how many people have been captured and the threat stopped before we even knew about it? That would be a nice number to find out. Is the system working or not?
The Boston Marathon Bombings prove that there still can be terrorist activities that go undetected. The system might be working because the suspects were on the watch list. The list is called TIDE. TIDE stands for Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment. The last name of the suspect was misspelled and that is what led him to be able to travel from Boston to Russia and other places without setting off a red flag. During this time he was radicalized. When he came back to the U.S. it is believed he was wanting to do harm to as many Americans as possible.
So it all comes back to how safe do we really feel? If something as simple as a misspelling of a name can allow the terrorists to get away with such bad acts then there is a major flaw in the system. I am sure there are ways for the computer systems to check every possible spellings to keep an eye on that. Also, when the suspect left the U.S. he waited 6 months before coming back into the U.S. and his red flag had expired. Hopefully we can come up with a foolproof system that works and we are safer in the future.