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In Blog Post, DHS Secretary Napolitano Calls On Americans “To Live In A Constant State Of Readiness, Not A Constant State Of Fear”

June 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

In a new post today on the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Leadership Blog, Secretary Janet Napolitano asks the public “to live in a constant state of readiness, not a constant state of fear.” The post titled, “The Department’s Five Responsibilities,” summarizes a longer speech Napolitano delivered last week at the Aspen Institute. The first “Responsibility”, according to the Secretary is “Protecting the American people from terrorist threats.” Yet the people also have a responsibility there. As she writes:

“Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the founding principle of the Department and our highest priority. This is an effort where everyone–families and communities, first responders, the private sector, state and local governments, as well as the Department–must contribute. My approach is simple: direct every resource available towards prevention and preparedness, and ask Americans to live in a constant state of readiness, not a constant state of fear.”

The other four Responsibilities are: Fulfilling our mission also means securing our borders; When it comes to immigration, we need to facilitate legal immigration while we crack down on those who violate our nation’s laws; As a nation, we must develop a more urgent sense of readiness; and Finally, we must unify and mature our Department.

I think it is terrific to see Secretary Napolitano highlight the citizen’s role in the nation’s homeland security as part of the Department’s top priorities. I expect that she will continue to talk about the “constant readiness” theme in the weeks to come. Her full post can be read here.

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