Napolitano: US not overreacting to terrorism


Dave Cook
The Christian Science Monitor
September 19, 2010

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Critics who say the United States has over-reacted to the attacks of September 11, 2001 by building an overly expensive and complex antiterrorism apparatus are wrong, says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored lunch for reporters Friday in Washington, she said, “I don’t agree that this is overdrawn by any stretch.”

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Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria recently wrote that “September 11 was a shock to the American psyche and the American system. As a result, we overreacted.” Mr. Zakaria referred to a massive Washington Post series “Top Secret America,” which found that some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. They produce 50,000 reports a year – 136 a day.

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