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Following are responses from an FCW.com poll question that asked (beginning April 13): Should the Office of Homeland Security be replaced by a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security?

I am not in favor of homeland security becoming a Cabinet post. I truly believe this responsibility could be placed with the Defense Department. It is not necessary to form another mechanism within the government. Possibly, this responsibility could be under the watch of the Marines.

Instead of wanting to dissolve this branch, possibly build it up by adding the homeland security position under it. Government of the people and for the people is a necessity. But to overburden it by adding on continuously is not government for the people.

John Regan Department of Veterans Affairs

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If it becomes Cabinet level, it will be another huge, never-ending funnel, sucking up money. It will do more of nothing, as it is doing now. In six months, it has done nothing more than present a chart that made little sense to anyone. It was easy to see it was done by a politician.

Frank Virginia Civilian, retired Defense Department, Army

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We do not need another Cabinet-level department. Please start making the Immigration and Naturalization Service do its job! This homeland security movement sounds like a national police force. If the airlines would do their job and the immigration laws weren't so lax, we wouldn't have so many of these security lapses. Start cracking the whip at the lazy government administrators and workers!

Joe Petrusaitis Mayor Hamilton, Mont.

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Before giving homeland security a Cabinet seat, I would like to actually see some benefits to having the department. I really question if this department would be better served being an appendage of the FBI or the CIA.

I believe it is more important to find better ways of sharing the information and intelligence gained through fewer departments than creating another department that only increases the compartmentalization of information.

Sept. 11 was a good example of how better information sharing between government departments could have decreased the loss of life and property.

Rod Farrimond Weider Nutrition International Inc.

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