Safe and secure from the public eye

So how secure are you feeling lately? You should be feeling quite secure, what with all the Homeland Security money flowing d
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

So how secure are you feeling lately?

You should be feeling quite secure, what with all the Homeland Security money flowing down from Washington and with all the governmental prying into your business in the name of keeping you safe.

Huron's dipping into some federal money with the help of the Ohio Department of Public Safety to coordinate the defense of the northern border, whatever that means. Probably means what it means all over the country: Money's coming in from outside to pay for things local governments can't pay for locally.

Meanwhile, Erie County officials have decided the public's business is none of the public's business, shutting a reporter out of a meeting to talk about coordinating police and fire dispatching among the county's various public safety agencies. Security, they said.

Oh, nuts. Public officials have been shutting the local press out of the public's business for years on one pretext or another; this is just the latest excuse and it's not even original.

It's a shame the death of more than 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, is being used as the latest excuse for government shenaningans at all levels. And it's also a shame it took Osama bin Laden for, say, firefighters in middle America to get the turnout coats and up-to-date equipment they need to safely fight fires.

Meanwhile, the government knows more and more about you (and can't seem to take proper care of that knowledge, what with laptops and hard drives left lying about) and you know less and less about your government.

And it's all in the name of security that we can't help think is more than a tad bit bogus.