Created under George W Bush as a direct response to the 911 attacks, it was meant to catch terrorists and prevent acts of terrorism from occurring on US soil. The reality has been that there aren't enough terrorists to keep the third largest cabinet department with 200,000 employees busy. IMO it's a huge waste of money considering their scope of work and job duties are mirror not just by one other govermental agency but several, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Armed Forces Intelligence, Office of Inspector General, & INS. Homeland Security are doing jobs like busting illegal Chinese massage parlors. Something usually relegated to local police departments and a sign that they really have nothing of consequence related to catching terrorists in America to do. Honestly, what exactly do 200,000 Homeland Security employees do when the 100 terrorist suspects are rounded up and deported? They just waste more money we don't have. Is it time to eliminate this cabinet department filled with 200,000 overpaid bureaucrats which frankly has no track record nor achievements to justify their existence? Are we just being manipulated by fear to justify their existence regarless of what little they contribute to the safety of this country? Why do we pay for so many redundancies in intelligence gathering when our economy and country is fast dropping rungs in economic prosperity and standards of living?