Monday, August 29, 2011

9/11, Ten Years After: The Costs of Security — Has All the Spending Paid Off?

At LAT, "Is Homeland Security spending paying off?":
A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, federal and state governments are spending about $75 billion a year on domestic security, setting up sophisticated radio networks, upgrading emergency medical response equipment, installing surveillance cameras and bombproof walls, and outfitting airport screeners to detect an ever-evolving list of mobile explosives.

But how effective has that 10-year spending spree been?

"The number of people worldwide who are killed by Muslim-type terrorists, Al Qaeda wannabes, is maybe a few hundred outside of war zones. It's basically the same number of people who die drowning in the bathtub each year," said John Mueller, an Ohio State University professor who has written extensively about the balance between threat and expenditures in fighting terrorism.

"So if your chance of being killed by a terrorist in the United States is 1 in 3.5 million, the question is, how much do you want to spend to get that down to 1 in 4.5 million?" he said.
More at that top link.

John Mueller's a progressive who basically opposed the Iraq war, and was wrong about public support for the deployment. I don't trust him on homeland security issues and the war on terror.

Anyway, the Times is running a series on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I'll have more, with some of my own commentary and analysis.


Dr Anthony said...

There is no price for security and freedom...

Dr Anthony

salvage said...

John Mueller's a progressive who basically opposed the Iraq war,

And what a triumph it was! Iraq is a flourishing democracy at peace with itself and neighbours.

Can you believe those pinko Saddam lovers who said the "U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land"?

And they still can't admit they're wrong! What a bunch of clueless idiots, one glance at the headlines from Iraq tells the tale:

And can you believe that it totally paid for itself? This cakewalk didn't cost the American taxpayer a dime.