This thread isn't about a wall separating Mexico or policy concerning immigration. Do you remember 9/11? How about the argument that Bush wasn't responsible. How about no one was fired from any law enforcement, no sharing of information. Here we go again, like Katrina, this is a time bomb waiting to go off.
"breaches and incompetence.
Most troubling is the revelation that starting in January 2005, most USCIS investigators were blocked from accessing important types of national-security and law-enforcement information, including terrorist watch lists, that they needed to determine whether an applicant should be denied.
a gateway to two dozen law-enforcement and intelligence agencies -- resulted in "a system that rewards criminals and facilitates the movement of terrorists" which Mr. Maxwell believes to be "incapable of ensuring the security of our homeland."
In other cases, officials failed to match photos and fingerprints on applications; in Texas, officials developed an "auto-adjudication" system in which no official would physically examine an application for signs of fraud.
The problem isn't just for applicants for entry; it is also an inability to investigate immigration officials who have potentially committed criminal acts or espionage.
Then there were mind-boggling instances of incompetence, including parties, vacations and other rewards for officials who processed applications quickly. The entire system is built to facilitate speedy approval of applications, not to scrutinize with care, Mr. Maxwell said.
Troublingly, Homeland Security officials have tried to shut Mr. Maxwell up. "These same officials actually ordered me to ignore national security vulnerabilities I identified, even though my job was to address them."
This story is not finished. Officials who want Mr. Maxwell to keep quiet are trying to cover up their own incompetence. With sunshine as our best disinfectant, it's time to examine what went wrong and why, and who is responsible. "
I don't have the latest link, but files are now missing and Mr. Maxwell is being harrased. Now, I am sure that this department has been a mess for many years before George Bush took office. What is outrageous is knowing that there is a problem in today's terrorist environment and to neglect it and cover it up is just another day at the office for this administration.