Study finds DHS not focused on terrorism

Old May 29, 07, 11:28 am
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Study finds DHS not focused on terrorism

My advance apologies if this needs to go to OMNI-land; I figured I'd start here given the focus on the TSA and DHS in this forum.

Basically, the group TRAC (Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse) analyzed DHS filings in immigration courts and found that only 0.0015% of cases have anything to do with terrorism, and only 0.014% have to do with "national security violations."

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"The DHS claims it is focused on terrorism. Well that's just not true," said David Burnham, a TRAC spokesman. "Either there's no terrorism, or they're terrible at catching them. Either way it's bad for all of us."

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According to the report by TRAC, which is affiliated with Syracuse University, the results show that there is an "apparent gap between DHS rhetoric about its role in fighting terrorism and what it actually has been doing."

DHS spokesman Russ Knocke called the TRAC report "ill-conceived" and said the group "lacked a grasp of the DHS mission."
I suspect very few people at DHS themselves have a "grasp" of their mission.
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Old May 29, 07, 11:56 am
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The first priority of any bureaucracy is to perpetrate bureaucracy.
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They needed a study to determine this? Gee -- they could have asked any of us...
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They needed a study to determine this? Gee -- they could have asked any of us...
And I'd have been more than happy to accept a fat "consultant's fee" to tell them.
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Originally Posted by exerda View Post
And I'd have been more than happy to accept a fat "consultant's fee" to tell them.
Without bids, of course.
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Just say "I work for Halliburton"
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Just how did the FBI, who is tasked with investigating domestic terrorism, not make it into Homeland Security?

I guess somebody knew enough not to board a sinking ship.
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I'm surprised DHS didn't make some statement that ICE is concerned with all aspects of immigration, not just terrorism, and thus "justified" their extremely low rate of terrorism prosecutions that way.

Why are the administrative portions of immigration & customs under DoJ and the investigative/enforcement portions under DHS, anyway?
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Originally Posted by We Will Never Forget View Post
Just how did the FBI, who is tasked with investigating domestic terrorism, not make it into Homeland Security?

I guess somebody knew enough not to board a sinking ship.
The FBI wanted autonomy and not have to answer to anyone.

The Secret Service wanted the same but it didn't work out for them as well as it did the FBI.
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The DHS is focused on little or nothing, and as a result executes poorly on much or nearly everything.

When you're responsible for much, you're accountable for little. Such is DHS.
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
The DHS is focused on little or nothing, and as a result executes poorly on much or nearly everything.

When you're responsible for much, you're accountable for little. Such is DHS.
Kinda reminds me of the old saying "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." I guess we know where DHS "stands"
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