Policy Paralysis and Homeland Security: A Review of Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism by Stewart Baker
Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010
December 23, 2010Gregory S. McNeal
The Department of Homeland Security is paralyzed by civil-libertarian privacy advocates, business interests, and bureaucratic turf battles. The result of this paralysis is a bias toward the status quo that is preventing the United States from protecting the homeland. According to Stewart Baker, in his must read book Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism (Hoover, 2010), this policy dynamic, combined with exponential advances in technology are key threats to U.S. national security.