What it is: Established in reaction to the events of September 11, 2001, by something called the "PATRIOT" Act, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is an umbrella agency encompassing the host of previously established government agencies to collect and coordinate data on the general citizenry. Combines the data to research people, including all electronic communications, including cell phones and email, and finances. Occurs with a Bush Administration initiative for the Internal Revenue Service to lower the radar to steal money from more and more small people to help fund the government’s wars; possibly this will be used also to fund the operation and expansion of this U.S. Department of Homeland Security, creating a perpetual incentive to sic the IRS on a greater portion of the general population.
Especially because it will do this without warrant – hence conducting illegal searches under the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment -- people are concerned that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s data mining operations may be used for political reasons to silence dissent. Perhaps the silence about the planning demise of the South Capitol Mall testifies to the likelihood of this, for it’s like people are afraid to discuss it.
At $460 billion (and counting), with 250,000 (hired summer 2006) employees, (1 monitor per 1,200 citizens, to snoop without warrant through everyone’s electronic communications at the whim of God-Knows-Who or What, this new vast net against the general public is somehow seen as more important in stopping people from flying plans into buildings then securing aircraft cockpit and providing for electronically recommandeering any such hijacked aircraft.
People tell me that the government does not permit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to answer subpoenas, even from defendants potentially facing prison.