Catching Up

by Michael Walsh

I was in Farmington, Ct., much of the day yesterday, sitting in with host Jim Vicevich on his radio show, Sound Off Connecticut, on station WTIC-AM 1080. In the course of the program, we welcomed our own beloved K-Lo, who came on to discuss her recent column about Charlie Sheen and Sarah Palin, which you can listen to here.

We also discussed my New York Post column, which you can read here. My topic is the latest assault on the Fourth Amendment by the elephantine Homeland Security Department and its beloved stepchild, the TSA:

How much of your freedom are you willing to give up in the name of your personal safety?

That question is prompted by the latest news about the Transportation Security Administration, which has reportedly been contemplating expanding its controversial X-ray body-scanning program from airports to public events, mass transit and possibly even the streets where you live…

In a politically correct attempt at perfect egalitarianism, we’ve created a bureaucratic monster. And, like all bureaucracies, it really has only one imperative — not defending the homeland, but protecting itself and expanding its reach, in order to justify its $56 billion budget.

It doesn’t matter whether the administration is Republican or Democratic. It doesn’t matter who’s president. Poorly conceived and hastily created in the aftermath of 9/11, the leviathan DHS — with more than 200,000 employees, it’s the third-largest Cabinet department — is a conceptual and practical disgrace to the American tradition of ordered liberty…

The farce that is our security policy will come back to haunt us unless we shake off the PC shackles and start taking more proactive security measures.

And that starts with whom we let into our country.

Disputation and contention no doubt to follow. At least, I hope so.

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