My friend the Cato Institute’s Gene Healy thinks the answer is yes and details his reasoning here.
Mission creep seems to be a burgeoning problem at DHS, which last month announced the launch of “a new smartphone app designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.”
A Homeland Security spokesman claimed that “with one touch, they can be sending us an email about suspicious activity or calling us and letting us know where someone might be.”
What is your definition of “homeland security”? What, if anything, does it exclude?
In a speech at Oxford University last November, Johnson envisioned an eventual end to the war on terror: “We must not accept the current conflict, and all that it entails, as the new normal.”
But the agency he seeks to lead depends on normalizing an atmosphere of permanent emergency. Instead of hoping he’ll “fix” that, we’d do better to abolish his job.