Friday, December 5, 2008

Tell Me It Ain't So: “Homeland Security USA,” Reality TV Over the Top

The N.Y Times blogs reports some news that is stranger than fiction.  To compete with the "Real Housewives of Orange County" (and Atlanta?), ABC will premiere in January "Homeland Security USA," a reality show produced with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Watch in the comfort of your living rooms Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Transportation Security Administration, and the Coast Guard in action.

The premiere episode reportedly is entitled "This is Your Car on Drugs," whereviewers will see the Los Angeles International Airport and the arrival of a young "voluptuous" woman from Switzerland "with no working papers but a suitcase full of titillating surprises!"

Will we see raids a la New Bedford, Postville, etc. in later episodes? Will any new President-Elect Obama appointees make special guest appearances?  I guess that we will have to wait and see.


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I hope there is an episode where an alien is caught lying at an asylum interview, or an immigration attorney is caught coaching his client to lie about some element of the client's immigration claim.

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Dec 5, 2008 10:19:05 AM

Ever hear of 'Cops' or the many other programs which cooperate with military and law enforcement agencies? These shows haven't been novel for a long time. What's the difference here? There are reasons to be against some of these programs but what makes this latest example 'stranger than fiction'? If done well, such a show can educate the public on what the agency actually does and I'm sure the agencies looks at it as a way to polish their image and recruit. Isn't it a good thing for the public to see what ICE or any law enforcement agency does? Especially if you're one of those people who thinks they are the Gestapo and are inherently evil--don't you want the public to be outraged by what they do so they will demand a stop to the raids if raids are such an act of terrorism?

Posted by: Jack | Dec 5, 2008 7:53:46 PM

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