It's time for the Department of Homeland Security to focus and return to its primary mission: defending the homeland. Not from illegal immigrants, smugglers, or drug dealers. While all those are all important missions, DHS was established to defend the homeland … from terrorists, not from global warming. The future of the war on terror is not a cyber war, an intelligence war or a climate war. The attacks in Paris and Brussels prove that the war on terror is a good old fashioned shooting war with bad guys who simply want to kill us.
Once again, we are fighting last year's terrorist practice and not concentrating on the future evolution – or de-evolution of the terrorist threat. The attacks in Brussels were a throwback to the 1970s and 1980s when terrorism was simple, direct, and uncomplicated. Find a large group of unprotected victims and kill them using automatic weapons and explosives.
And while the TSA does a fine job protecting the airlines from potential bombers and little old ladies, strategically placed armed Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the lobbies and on the perimeters of airports will do more to prevent terrorism inside an airport lobby than confiscating a 4-ounce bottle of shampoo.