Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem on Homeland Security And Her Home: 'From Inside DHS It was Logical. From My Kitchen? It sucked'

April 11, 2016

One of the benefits of hosting a podcast is getting to use it shamelessly when you're book comes out. And my book, Security Mom, and UnClassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home came out Tuesday. I am thrilled with all the support I've been getting. I thought I would take the time here to explain what the book is about and why I wrote it. 

The truth is, I wrote it only after I had left government-- Homeland Security on the state and government level-- and I realized how much I had evolved. I had come to realize that a security apparatus that only focused on stopping bad things form happening was on a fool's errand and that my profession has been complicit in propagating this notion of "never again." A notion that evolved out of 9/11, and made us believe that any vulnerabilities were a sign of failure. That idea-- never again-- anyone who looked at it realistically knew it was never going to happen in a nation like ours. Instead, what if we judge our nation on how well it builds and develops resiliency? In the Homeland, and one home at a time?
Essentially, what if we accepted-- as citizens, and certainly as parents-- that something had happened?
But I didn't know how to write THAT book. I know how to write the book about Homeland Security 101, and Terrorism 101 (mostly because this band of Homeland Security experts and counter terrorism in a way that either made people freak out or tune out. There seemed to be no language that was going to engage people. And then I got an email from my cousin Karen.
>>To hear more about Juliette's book and why she wrote it, click on the audio link above. For more information about her book Security Mom: Am Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and You're Home

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