May 25, 2013
‘Homeland Security USA’: The Outtakes
Posted on Jan 9, 2009
By G.W. Schulz, Center for Investigative Reporting
It would be equally false to assume that investigative journalism, which asks tough questions of the department, is intended to disrespect those who work in law enforcement or to be sympathetic of criminals who illegally move dangerous weapons in and out of the country, engage in human trafficking of sex victims or further destroy America’s inner cities with powerfully addictive drugs.
The New York Times called “Homeland Security USA” a “recruitment video,” and The Washington Post piled on, dismissing it as “a sorry excuse for a television show.”
Either way, the television medium won’t be used this time to share with the public a reality of the department’s many colossal mistakes and stumbles. So details of them remain tucked away in mile-high stacks of reports from the GAO and inspector general awaiting exposure by the more curious among us.
G.W. Schulz is working on a project at the Center for Investigative Reporting about homeland security in the United States, “America’s War Within,” which can be found here.
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