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Gene Healy: Abolish the Department of Homeland Security

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More than three months after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her departure, President Obama finally nominated her replacement, former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson. From its inception, DHS has operated as something akin to a federal Department of Dystopia, encouraging the proliferation of surveillance cameras, armed personnel carriers and police drones across Main Street America with some $35 billion in Homeland Security grants. Instead of confirming Johnson, writes Gene Healy, the Senate should simply abolish the Department of Homeland Security.