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
By Gregory S. McNeal
December 23, 2010
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.