Almost 14 years after 9/11, we are still struggling to ensure security for our airliners.
There appears to be a major shift in surveillance and counterterror policies on the horizon.
There is virtually no privacy left in America.
Without it, the baseline for any future legislation would have been expansive NSA power.
He may not have much choice but to go along with NSA reformers due to a condensed calendar.
The fact of the matter is that a growing number of Americans are distrustful of our government.
Today's threats differ significantly from what we faced in the immediate shadow of 9/11.
The GOP is trying to force Obama's hand on immigration by refusing to pass any Homeland Security funding bill.
Despite continued challenges, there is reason to be optimistic.
We must counter the alienation that can spur radicalism and even terrorism.