The reviews are in for ABC’s new reality show “Homeland Security USA,” and they are not kind. The “COPS”-like docudrama program, which follows real Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection officers and transportation security officers at their jobs, is being called little more than a recruitment video for the Homeland Security Department.
The New York Times said that the show doesn’t even touch on many issues challenging the department, such as mismanagement, privacy concerns, or corruption. Instead, “Homeland Security USA” shows Customs officers searching through a belly dancer’s skimpy outfits.
Critics say the show’sÂ substance-free exchanges, along with heart-tugging voice overs, give the impression that all is well with our nation’s security. But a quick glance at the dozens of reports releasedÂ last year by theÂ Government Accountability Office shows that’s not the case.
The most damning assessment probably comes from Slate’s review: