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Homeland Insecurity

Posted by Joshua Price on September 17, 2007

In another stunning example of Michael Chertoff’s inability to effectively head the Department of Homeland Security, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking Chertoff for a “detailed explanation” as to why the department “concealed problems with its ability to share information about potential terrorists,” according to an article in The Washington Times today.

The article goes on to say:

Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa said department administrators kept information from federal investigators that showed “problems that hinder our ability to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.” He said Homeland Security officials failed to provide accurate information to the department’s own Office of Inspector General on system flaws that gave terrorists access to immigration benefits.

Here is the background of the story:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) former chief counsel Dea Carpenter removed references to information-sharing failures from an internal report requested by Inspector General Richard L. Skinner.

Her letter also was copied to former acting Director Robert Cowan and other USCIS officials, who were working on responses to questions given to them by Mr. Grassley’s office and Mr. Skinner. Mr. Skinner had begun a probe into USCIS information-sharing shortcomings last year.

Mr. Grassley asked the secretary to “ensure that USCIS provides a complete, detailed explanation to the [inspector general] and to me of which agencies” refuse to share information.

The letter noted a reference by Mrs. Carpenter in which she warned other USCIS officials that information in the original draft would open the agency to criticism.

“We better be ready to provide evidence and name names because this type of statement is the height of the post-9/11 criticisms,” Mrs. Carpenter stated in her original draft.

The Office of the Inspector General never saw the information contained in Mrs. Carpenter’s original drafts.

This is really unbelievable. I am glad to see that a department that is charged with helping protect us here at home has employees that are more interested in saving their butts rather than admitting mistakes and correcting them. Unfortunately, this brings to mind that old saying, “They (terrorists) only have to be right once; we have to be right every time.”

Chertoff is not a leader of a department. He needs to be fired ans sent back to wherever he came from. Actually, we better not send him back to where he came from. I believe he was a lawyer in the Justice Department before this position. There’s the problem right there: We have a lawyer running the Department of Homeland Security.

I am sure there are many good men and women working at the DHS, but we are quickly finding out that it’s just another example of Washington bureaucracy. I’m tired the Washington answer for everything–including our survival as a nation: more departments, less effectiveness.

Call me overly cynical but I have virtually no confidence in our leaders in Washington, in both parties, to protect us from the Islamofascists and the invasion we are experiencing from the illegals.

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