BTW, how did a couple of nobodies crash the White House State dinner? Did the Secret Service take the night off? Did these people know the kitchen help and sneak in that way? I don’t understand how this happens in a post-9/11 world.
Millions Billions of dollars were paid out by Homeland Security for tons of items but we got little or nothing in return.
- $24 billion for the Coast Guard’s “Deepwater” program that “turned into a fiasco that has set new standards for incompetence, and triggered a Justice Department investigation”
- $2 billion loss on the SBInet “virtual fence” border program
- $1.3 billion on the US-VISIT program which was never implemented
- $600 million for border radiation scanners that don’t work
- The report also uncovered a pile of smaller abuses: “DHS purchased iPods for “data storage,” dog booties for hurricane recovery and designer rain jackets for munitions training, only to learn the iPods were lost, the booties unused and the firing range closed during rain.”
Crew has the rest of the story.
Okay, by now, everyone should have heard about the man with TB who flew to France then flew to Canada and crossed the border into the US. Our President has repeatedly told us that we are safer. Now, this is an episode of The Agency. Several things – Since SARS, why don’t we have a plan to deal with airborne diseases that could be lethal? The plan can’t be to tell all of the networks to publish a flight itinerary. Next, how does the CDC (Not the FBI or the CIA) put someone on the no fly list? Thirdly, where was the coordination between agencies that we heard so much about. Because he was on the No Fly List should he be barred from re-entering the country?
Could budget cuts have hampered the CDC’s effort?
BTW, I was suppose to be a Drinking Liberally tonight. Every time that I go I have a good time. After a week of nights and a week of days, I was beat. I’m starting to get a cold (NO, it is not TB.) More blogging this weekend.
From WaPo: The government is investigating how a globe-trotting tuberculosis patient drove back into the country even after his name was put on a no-fly list provided to border guards. The failure exposed a major gap in a system that is supposed to keep the direst of diseases from crossing borders.
But the communications breakdown at a U.S.-Canada border crossing was only one of a series of missed opportunities to catch the Atlanta man and his wife who seemed determined to elude health officials. (more…)