Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DHS Has Not Been Giving Sufficient Info To TSA...

...one of its own agencies, to be able to properly vet airport employees to determine if they are linked to terrorism. Thus TSA was unable to identify 73 people who are suspected of or actually have links to terrorism (more here) who work at U.S. airports.

DHS is truly one of the most useless federal departments to have ever been created. It is no wonder that its some of its employees suffer from the worst morale in government service (more on that here) and no wonder that agencies under it such as TSA and ICE seemingly do little more than flounder about in their daily business.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

2 comments:

B said...

BBBButttt....


I thought that DHS was put in place to prevent the separations of departments that led to the dropping of the ball before 9-11.....

Or something like that....

Glenn B said...

I don't think it was so much separation of departments about which they were worried but more likely the separation of duties that were similar between various agencies (which maybe is the same thing you meant but said in another way). Another thing they wanted to resolve was the almost complete ineptness of the I&NS inspections and investigations. So they threw U.S. Customs Investigations under the bus and combined them with I&NS investigations under BICE (the Bureau of Immigration and Customs, later renamed ICE {Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which included an investigative branch} and even later HSI {Homeland Security Investigations} for the investigative branch). In fact, Congress abolished the I&NS by an act of Congress, after 9/11. They did not do likewise for the Customs Service, they just melded Customs with Immigration in a move that forever degraded one of the oldest services in the history of the United States of America (and I do not mean the I&NS).

Even though I worked for Customs at the time of 911, I can say this without prejudice because I had previously worked for the I&NS and worked in conjunction with I&NS while with Customs Office of Investigations: Customs had inspection and investigative agencies that were in the stars as compared to the same divisions for I&NS which were basically lower down the pipe than in the toilet (and that is in the greater part due to their inept management than to their agents but many of them were inept as well because of a hiring method by which they hired and promoted by time in grade regardless of your previous work experience with the government - thus a supervisory floor cleaner at maybe a GS7 level could qualify as an Immigration Agent at the GS9 level if he met time in grade requirements and needed no investigative experience for that new position). The Customs Office of Investigation was the premiere agency investigating money laundering and also had many successful anti-terrorist investigations. That all changed after 9/11 and after Tom Ridge, the first secretary of DHS gave almost all of the former Customs Office of Investigation powers to the FBI.

Whatever the reason though, it was a knee jerk move by a fairly inept presidential administration and almost totally inept Congress, to make the move to create DHS, abolish I&NS, combine Customs Office of Investigations with I&NS Investigations and several other agencies in ICE and also to put Customs Inspections, I&NS Inspections, the Border Patrol and other agencies into CBP (Customs and Border Protection). I could rant on forever on what a fucked up move that was by Bush and his cronies and thus the reason that ICE consistently has had employee morale among the worst of any government agencies but I am retired now. Of course, Obama has only made it all much worse and yes, I definitely needed to add that because he is about the stupidest asshole ever to be one of our presidents in my opinion. It's all been political correctness or in other words just what the politicians thought that the sheeple among us wanted.

All the best,
Glenn B

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