What about National Security?

Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer

Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The death of Osama Bin Laden has brought a new record height of increased security for America. With citizens rejoicing over his death, they are forgetting the possibility of retaliation from Al Qaeda. This increase of heightened security means more officials will be seen anywhere and every.

Although both parties, Democratic and Republican, wanted an increase of national security after the death of Osama Bin Laden, Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary disagrees.

“We continue to review on an ongoing basis all material seized during the operation, as well as new intel that may be coming in and I stand ready to issue an alert should intel or information emerge that warrants it under the new advisory system,” said Napolitano.

Other national newspapers also agree with Napolitano by reminding people that airport security has not increased, and happens to be exactly the same before Osama Bin Laden was killed.

“The war on terrorism goes on. [The] airport securities remain unchanged —take your shoes off and ditch the shampoo. Expect more security at major events. And the tax burden related to security won’t abate anytime soon,” states Dallas News.

Yet security has not increased, the head of the National Security Industry’s, General Mike Hayden, “Osama bin Laden has at his disposal the wealth of a $3 trillion a year telecommunications industry that he can rely on,” the news wires quote Hayden as saying in the TV interview. “We are behind the curve in keeping up with the global telecommunications revolution.”

Others within the White House believe that there needs to be an increase in the national security with the death of Osama Bin Laden. Senator Susan Collins, Rep. from Maine, was questioning the lack of concentration of security.

“I’m wondering why we’re not increasing the threat level,” Collins said. “It seems to me that until a further assessment is conducted of the intelligence, including a full exploitation of the material and data seized at the compound at which Osama bin Laden was living, that it would be prudent to increase the threat level … to acknowledge that we are in a situation where we are at risk.”

A statement from the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was released by the White House after Osama Bin Laden stating; “In my nearly 50 years in intelligence, never have I seen a more remarkable example of focused integration, seamless collaboration, and sheer professional magnificence as was demonstrated by the Intelligence Community in the ultimate demise of Osama bin Laden…God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.”


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