Chris Edwards on Shutting Down the Department of Homeland Security

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Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002 by combining 22 agencies that are responsible for a vast array of activities. President George W. Bush promised that the new department would "improve efficiency without growing government" and would cut out "duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland security resources."

The president's promise of creating a lean and efficient DHS did not materialize. And to make matters worse, DHS has been guilty of widespread civil liberties violations. Chris Edwards explains why the time has come for DHS to be shut down.

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