Homeland Security Dep't Turns 5

Chertoff reflects on successes, challenges at Homeland Security
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2008 1:32 PM CST
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, left, speaks at a news conference with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at DHS headquarters in Washington. The department's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With the Department of Homeland Security celebrating its fifth anniversary Saturday, Secretary Michael Chertoff says six attack-free years could tempt the next US administration to make cuts in his agencies, the Christian Science Monitor reports. He said he has a "moral responsibility" to make choices he might not see bear fruit, rather than take the usual Washington approach of post-disaster recriminations.

“One thing I am sick and tired of,” Chertoff said, is federal officials taking the attitude of “‘Let's not pay attention until the disaster happens,’” then punishing perpetrators and spending “a lot of money making up for what happened.” He added, "If you are only interested in making yourself look good and benefiting yourself through applause, go to the private sector."