Now that the War on Terror is over (even if terror's war on us has only just begun), what to do with the Department of Homeland Security? The answer: use it to suppress political opposition. From a DHS report entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," via Ace of Spades HQ:
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.
A terrorist is no longer a Muslim fanatic who wants to fly a plane into a skyscraper. Now it's someone who objects to his country being eaten alive by socialist looters. Even if this new kind of terrorist doesn't plot "man-caused disasters," it represents a threat bureauweenies will take much more seriously.