At DHS a billion is peanuts E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

For a country that’s allegedly broke, we sure like to spend money on useless crap. Increasingly that spending comes in the form of no-bid contracts doled out by the Department of Homeland Security.

The truth is we’re not broke, going broke or anything like it. Federal spending is at a forty-year low. But that’s on things like food stamps, infrastructure and public safety.

When it comes to handing out taxpayer dollars to the connected it generally takes place in defense and homeland security spending. How those two things are different remains a mystery even 12 years after 9/11.

But the first rule of government spending is “why buy one when you can have two for twice the price?”

However, according to guys that make more money in one hour than most of us do in a year, we’re “broke.” That must be because the American people, particularly public employees, got caught holding the bag after they were forced to bail out JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and others right?


It’s the retired cops and nurses in Detroit collecting their golden parachute pensions (about $18,000 a year) that have sunk the economy.

Guys like Pete Peterson, Chuck Todd and Rahm Emanuel will tell you that with all the greedy, union thug cops collecting such outlandish unearned “benefits and entitlements,” we will have to sell the local library, screw grandmothers out of their social security and switch everyone over to 401k’s (that just happened to be “managed” by their friends if we’re ever to get out from under. There’s no money. Zilch. Nada. Zero, they say.

That’s why DHS spent a billion dollars (billion with a “b”) to teach the people charged with fondling the genitalia of the American traveler to be able to spot terrorists.

So how’d that work out?

It worked out about as well as the border fence- another DHS boondoggle/money hole that, while incomplete, has cost us more than $50 billion. Seems like anything that doesn’t have seven-zeros attached to it isn’t worth incoming secretary Jeh Johnson’s time.

So who are these liberal surrender monkeys that don’t understand that “the terrorists only have to be right once?” They’re probably pot smoking hippies right? Not so much.

According to NBC News: “Federal investigators have determined that a TSA program is an expensive failure. The federal government may have wasted $1 billion on a TSA program called “SPOT” that profiles people who may be “bad guys” at airports by talking to them, the Government Accountability Office reported.

Here’s a thought. If the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and all the other agencies in the so-called intelligence community couldn’t spot Mohammed Atta, do you really think it makes sense to spend a billion training the blue-shirt brigade how to be conversational intelligence analysts?

Here’s the best part, again from NBC:

The Transportation Security Administration’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program relies on training personnel to recognize indicators like fear, stress or deceptive behavior that can be used to identify persons who may pose a risk to aviation security.”
I don’t know about you but I get pretty fearful and stressed out every time a fly with my kids and I know an untrained, possibly sexually deviant TSA inspector/agent is about to grab each and every inch of their bodies.

The idiotic, billion-dollar program started in 2007 and now fields an estimated 3,000 “behavior detection officers” at 176 of the more than 450 TSA-regulated airports in the U.S., the GAO report said.

But don’t call this insider-big-government spending or an outright hustle to any of the folks getting filthy rich keeping the fear monkey fed.
Rafi Ron, CEO of New Age Security Solutions and former director of security at Israel's Ben Gurion airport, said the observational training “supplements other screening systems and procedures.”

“I think that it is an extremely important layer because otherwise we will go back to the so-called dark ages of believing that ... this is all about detecting weapons or items.”

But good luck looking for courage, leadership or even a dash of honestly from politicians in the wake of these revelations. The crooks and liars in D.C. don’t think any of this is a problem.

And if they do think it’s a problem, they think the problem is they weren’t in on the ground floor and failed to get their expected cut.
Again, from NBC News:

“Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement to NBC News that the GAO report is “concerning, particularly in light of the fact that TSA has spent almost $1 billion on the program.”

“While I believe that there is value in utilizing behavioral detection and analysis in the aviation environment, we can only support programs that are proven effective,” he said. “The terrorist threats to our aviation system require us to constantly re-evaluate and evolve our security procedure, and if this program isn't working, we need to find something that will."

Cha-ching! There’s another billion!

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he intended to question TSA Administrator John S. Pistole about the GAO report at an upcoming hearing.

"I look forward to hearing the administrator explain how the over $200 million per year currently spent on TSA’s failed behavior detection program could be put to use on proven and effective measures to enhance aviation security,” he said.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

After all, even if it’s flushing good money after bad down the toilet, at least the right people are getting the right sized envelopes, or contracts or jobs or whatever.

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Agreed, but...
written by George, November 27, 2013
As a DHS/CBP Officer, we see that money go to other agencies, money we generate in enforcing trade law, but we can't buy ammunition to qualify fully with during FY14. No new training for shotgun/M4, meaning more than 90% of the staff is only qualified with handgun.

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