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Excellent long-form reporting — a year in the making — from Steven Brill1 in The Atlantic:

This is the story of the first 15 years of how we have dealt with that newfound fear—how we have confronted, sometimes heroically and sometimes irrationally, the mechanics, the politics, and the psychic challenges of the September 12 era.

Have we succeeded in toughening up what overnight became known as “homeland security”? Absolutely. But not without a series of extravagant boondoggles along the way.

  1. I’ve been a fan of Brill’s content (pun intended) for years, particularly his reporting on healthcare costs.