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How Safe Are We?

Homeland Security Since 9/11
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano offers an insightful analysis of American security at home and a prescription for the future.

Created in the wake of the greatest tragedy to occur on US soil, the Department of Homeland Security was handed a sweeping mandate: make America safer. It would encompass intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, oversee natural disasters, commercial aviation, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism, among others. From 2009-2013, Janet Napolitano ran DHS and oversaw 22 federal agencies with 230,000 employees. 

In How Safe Are We?, Napolitano pulls no punches, reckoning with the critics who call it Frankenstein's Monster of government run amok and taking a hard look at the challenges we'll be facing in the future. But ultimately, she argues that the huge, multifaceted department is vital to our nation's security. An agency that's part terrorism prevention, part intelligence agency, part law enforcement, public safety, and disaster recovery makes for an odd combination for the protocol-driven, tradition-bound Washington, DC, culture. But, she says, it has made us more safe, secure, and resilient.

Napolitano not only answers the titular question but grapples with how these security efforts have changed our country and society. Where are the failures that leave us vulnerable, and what has our trillion-dollar investment yielded over the last 15 years? And why haven't we had another massive terrorist attack in the US since September 11, 2001? 

In our current political climate, where Donald Trump has politicized nearly every aspect of the department, Napolitano's clarifying, bold vision is needed now more than ever.

©2019 Janet Napolitano (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Janet Napolitano has distilled a lifetime of service in How Safe Are We?. Her thinking is clear and her vision for the future is expansive. The message of this book could not be more timely." (George Stephanopoulos)

"A measured, thoughtful analysis.... A clear-eyed, rational examination of a government office that plays a key and often misunderstood role in the lives of all Americans." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A smart, strategic, and impactful book on the security of America. The compelling narrative weaves together Janet's incredible life experience with her insightful commentary on some of the biggest issues we face today - from cybersecurity to immigration, to natural disasters. And this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make sense of which threats are real and which are dangerous political theater." (Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of health and human services)

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There were a lot of words but didn't say anything. She said that is you advocate for local or state government instead of federal government you can be seen as right wing extremist. WTF?

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