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In July 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report with 41 recommendations to improve the security of the United States. Each recommendation was directly tied to an institutional failure that left the country vulnerable to the attacks on September 11th. Since that time, nearly all of their 41 recommendations have been implemented in whole or in part. A key exception was the one recommendation which the 9/11 Commission believed to be among the most important but also the most difficult to realize – fixing the fragmented congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. HOMELAND CONFUSION examines the critical need for congressional reform and the security implications of inaction.
When the 9/11 Commission issued its findings in 2004, 88 separate committees and subcommittees in Congress claimed jurisdiction over Homeland Security. A decade later, the problem has only gotten worse – there are now over 100 congressional committees and subcommittees overseeing the department. The Department of Defense, with a budget ten times the size of DHS, reports to only 36 committees and subcommittees.
The film explores the importance of good congressional oversight and examines Congress’s dysfunctional relationship with the Department of Homeland Security. The film also exposes how diffused authority hinders the core mission of the department – keeping Americans safe.
HOMELAND CONFUSION features interviews with 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, as well as current and former members of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security.