The Department of Homeland Security's growing pains are massive. The Senate report on the underpants fiasco is like a madlibs from the 9/11 commission report -- only this time we actually have a DNI and NCTC replacing the CIA and the FBI.

We have neither fully embraced nor fully rejected torture and indefinite detention. In other words, when, as is inevitable, we get hit again with an (actual) terrorist attack, we have nothing to show for a decade of CT sturm und drang, no policy consensus to fall back on.

What will we do?

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