And boy, does the USCG hate this new arrangement. Under the Department of Transportation, they were a significant agency with a multi-role mandate to support maritime safety and and legitimate law enforcement. Under DHS, they’ve been marginalized and redirected against the nebulous threat of terrorists to the diminishment (in authority and budget) of their traditional roles. Personally, I don’t think anyone wants to be lumped in with TSA, which is nothing more than a massive jobs program for people who couldn’t get work as shopping mall security.
Sure. All cabinet departments are. That’s what they’re for.
The Coast Guard has always had an unusual mission of half-law enforcement, half-military. They never really comfortably fit anywhere. They were originally under the Treasury Department owing to their roots as the Revenue Cutter Service. But then they absorbed responsibility for lifesaving and lighthouses and non-revenue-related law-enforcement functions.
It didn’t particularly make sense to have them in the Department of Transportation, either. And during some periods they were temporarily transferred to the Department of the Navy when they were needed for fighting wars. So they ended up like a lot of miscellaneous agencies - dumped into the newly created DHS because they have a mission related to security and protection.
These days they’re focused more on anti-terrorism, but their overall mission hasn’t changed.
Actually, the DOT was a pretty good fit, given that one of the primary missions of the USCG was regulatory control of ships, licensed operators, and navigable waterways, analogous to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Of course, they have also had rescue and law enforcement functions (and in time of war or threat, a quasi-military fuction that caused them to occasionally be transfered to the Department of the Navy), but until the War on Drugs, and more recently, the War on Terror, those functions were transitory. Now, as a result of being moved under DHS, their primary role as a safety regulatory agency has been diminished in competition with their tasking to “fight terrorism”, however nebulous the threat.
Originally Posted by szabrocki
Is Homeland Security afraid that it will come alive? Become a terrorist from Mongolia?
Now that the GQ has been answered, I just want to point out that this has the makings of another quality movie production from the Syfy channel.
Thanks Spoiler and all. My questions have been answered.! I now claim Copyright to all movies made that have a T-Rex skeleton from Mongolia come alive after being seized by Homeland Security. OOH and become a terrorist.