Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stopped Clock Has Correct Time

Well, suddenly we get a glimse of the truth from the Old York Times (Thanks Mike S.) The undercurrent of corruption in the Department of Homeland Security and it's sub-agencies suddenly gets some excellent exposure. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/us/27border.html) The Times did an interesting, though error filled, article on corruption on the border. (The faults are in certain details of little interest to those outside DHS and don't affect the important theme.) The important theme being that Hispanics hired by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in both the U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations are easily for sale to the narcotrafficantes from Mexico. The underlying theme is that locally hired Hispanics, both native born and naturalized , are selling out at record numbers. Frighteningly, the Times is only scratching the surface. The land borders with Mexico throughly corrupt and the management of CBP makes no effort to stop it. There view is that is corrupt individuals, not the system. However, through local hiring, favoritism to Hispanics, and no proactive policies, such as routine polygraphs, monitoring of the work of Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers, and kowtowing to local and Mexican politicians more interested in border crossing wait times that stopping corruption and smuggling, CBP has created the perfect storm for both ineffectiveness and tolerating corruption. While CBP management never refuses to cooperate in corruption investigations, it never takes proactive steps to stop or punish it.

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