August 29, 2011

A Security Turf War?

This is, as we know, a security oriented blog, and as such, there is no way we cannot link this interesting New York Post Op Ed by Stewart Baker, a former mucky muck at the Department of Homeland Security.

What’s the best way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11? By returning to the mindset of Sept. 10, apparently. At least that’s the message delivered by the Associated Press and a chorus of blogs hyperventilating about the NYPD’s antiterror tactics.

I spent what felt like the better part of a day reading the long AP article and the commentary, thinking that surely there must be a scandal in there somewhere.


When you’re done, you find that the New York Policy Department is uniquely determined to find terrorists before they strike. To do that, the NYPD is willing to go far outside its borders — to London, to Jerusalem, even to New Jersey.

It partners with counterterror analysts at the CIA. It looks for leads in places where terrorists have been found before — in immigrant communities and in mosques, for example — and it doesn’t give terrorists a haven where they know the cops can’t go. It takes advantage of its diversity by asking its officers to hang out in communities where they blend in. It recruits street sources wherever it can find them. It maps the neighborhoods it’s most concerned about.

Shocked yet?

Me neither.

So what gives? How come we’re getting this story, at this length, at this time?

What gives? How come? Read on.

Mr. Baker’s explanation most definitely sounds about right, given the territorialism over teamwork mentality of government agencies and the general state of the liberal media, which seems increasingly to be a general state of anti-United States.

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2 Responses to “A Security Turf War?”

  1. The Gray Monk Says:

    C’mon, Mrs Wolf. No government department or agency ever works with another, they exist in a state of perpetual isolation. To share information or knowledge is to surrender power, and no bureaucrat ever does that willingly. Actually it sometimes works to the citizens advantage - if you can keep them focussed on NOT sharing anything, the average citizen can get on with his business safe and secure in the knowledge that the bureaucrats won’t have time to interfere …

  2. Mrs Wolf Says:

    Gray Monk

    LOL. If only they would decline to share with one another on more useful issues (from private citizens’ POVs, at least), especially in a law/rule/regulation smothered, over-managed place like NY! :-)