July 13, 2006, - 8:53 am

Dept. of Homeland Lasorda-ty: Hey, ICE, Stop Lying

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s a Lasordid affair.
Yesterday, I reported on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) absurd weeklong waste of time and money at a Detention and Removal Operations confab in Kansas City, next week. Baseball’s Tommy Lasorda is being paid his $30-$50K fee to be the keynote speaker at a steak dinner, also costing tax payers $50 per steak. Taxpayers are paying for ICE employees to travel there to serve as full-time bartender and photog, too. And there is no real purpose for the event.

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Partying in Kansas City on Your Dime:

Homeland Security’s Tommy Lasorda, John Torres, Mikey Chertoff

(Thanks to Fred Taub of Boycott Watch for the excellent photoshop)

So, what does ICE–the federal agency that is supposed to enforce immigration laws–do? Does the agency apologize for the bad PR and cancel the conference? Do they cancel baseball’s Tommy S.? No. None of these things. Instead, predictably, they put their spin machine in overtime. Irate readers of my site (not to mention irate ICE agent readers of my site) are complaining to ICE. So ICE is denying it. They are referring all angry callers and e-mailers to Carl Rusnok, a PR honcho, whom ICE also employed to deal with my work on ICE Special Agent in Charge for Michigan/Ohio Brian Moskowitz (a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”) and his tight relationship with “former” Islamic terrorist and FBI award revokee Imad Hamad.
Rusnok and ICE are lying to my readers, claiming that Lasorda is speaking for free. But he isn’t. Technically, ICE can claim that b/c Lasorda is donating his speaking fee to charity. But do taxpayers really want $30,000-$50,000 they paid in the name of apprehending and deporting illegal aliens to Tommy Lasorda’s fave charity? Hardly. Let Tommy donate his own money, not ours. Memo to ICE mouthpiece Carl Rusnok: That’s not the definition of “free.” Check your dictionary.
And Rusnok fails to answer the other questions. Even if Lasorda is not being paid–but he is–the conference is still an incredible waste of tens of thousands of ICE money and agents, supposedly for stopping the illegal alien invasion, not a week away from it, pontificating and navel-contemplating.
Why is this conference being held? How will Detention and Removal Operations Field Office Directors–in charge of apprehending and deporting aliens and with years of experience under their belts–learn anything useful to their jobs from ICE officials, like Marcy Forman-Friedman and John Clark, who are legacy Customs agents with no immigration experience? They won’t. What will they learn about alien removal from the full-time ICE employee bartender and pics with their boss John Torres? They won’t. They will merely serve as the mannequins and mostly male supermodels in Torres’ image rehab campaign, which is what this event is all about. And your tax dollars are funding it.
Then, there is the ICE agent, who posted under the name “Agent Orange” on my site, attacking me (the lone one) and claiming, again falsely, that Lasorda is not being paid (he is). The agent posted this from ICE Headquarters in Washington, during the workday (so glad he/she’s hard at work catching illegal aliens on my website). The agent posted again from his/her home in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.
Here’s what one high-ranking ICE Agent–among many who’ve contacted me with outrage over this silly weeklong party–wrote me (I have removed some information to protect his identity):

Love your website; have been reading it for sometime and enjoy your unabashed pile-driving of this totally dysfunctional agency. After [decades] of service, both in [another law enforcement agency] and ICE, it’s refreshing to see the malfeasance brought to light.
I wanted to take the opportunity to express some of my opinions and observations regarding your recent postings, specifically the article addressing the latest dog-and-pony debacle starring Torres, Tommy “SlimFast” Lasorda, and the rest of the Clowns of Renown. Once again, here’s valuable money and time being wasted on a showboat production when it can be better utilized elsewhere. It ires me to be told that we can’t get new vehicles, upgrade our computers, incarcerate and/or remove aliens, and perform other critical functions because there’s no money. [DS: The agent describes non-working, vital communications equipment] which limits us access to several of the information and processing systems vital to effecting our mission. When we ask for a status update, all we get is the same rhetorical psycho-babble responses with no action. It’s a sad day when I can go home and access whatever I need [to communicate] with light speed but have to wire up my tin cans and string at the office so I can [communicate at work]. What irritates me further is to have these same upper management dweebs make a feeble attempt at insulting my intelligence by thinking I buy off on their BS.
If you would, please keep my name, rank, and such out of the limelight. I’m not in fear of the Beltway; I just don’t need the aggravation of hearing them gripe and threaten me because I called their hand.
Keep up the great work!
[Name Withheld]
Special Agent/ICE

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13 Responses

Even if Lasorda is donating his fee to charity- he still gets the tax benefit of the deduction- so in reality we are paying for his first class travel and up to 50K of his income tax. Swell.

MarySJ on July 13, 2006 at 10:00 am

ICE can buy 60 webcams for less than $2,000 and everyone can eat their own brown-bag lunch. Debbie, please push them to cancel ICE-Fest. People need to express anger at government waste and not put up with it.

Boycott Watch on July 13, 2006 at 10:43 am

We are going to try to get one of the major networks to do a story on possible (real) ICE corruption based on some of your reports here and what we know ourselves.
We can imagine what we are going to encounter but we are going to try. I think we can all agree that it is time to get some positive action started. Words without deeds are very limited. I plead guilty myself sometimes.
If we can bring enough pressure to bear on them…

Eric on July 13, 2006 at 1:54 pm

but it’s baseball.yankee dooda.

danny on July 13, 2006 at 2:10 pm

Remember:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/05/18/MN251738.DTL
“Military waste under fire
$1 trillion missing — Bush plan targets Pentagon accounting
Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, May 18, 2003
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time because it couldn’t account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes.”
Well this time, ICE is above aboard and spending our money. Funny thing though, Congress passed the bankruptcy act, but spends willy-nilly further spending cash that does not exist. But thanks to the federal reserve, your offsprings will pay back more and more in the future to come.

KOAJaps on July 13, 2006 at 3:22 pm

The fact they have not canceled their so called ICE FEST show the arrogance of people that are supposed to take an oath of office and are supposed to be honest. It is the corruption in our Government on display. It is out of control.
What needs to happen is a total house cleaning by some outside third party agency to review the bureaucrats that screw the taxpayers for everything they are worth.
IMHO-This is caused by Political Appointments who do not have any qualifications for the job in the first place.

ScottyDog on July 13, 2006 at 7:28 pm

Why don’t they cancel Lasorda and hire Vanilla Ice at a cheaper price to do his “Ice Ice Baby” song for a cheaper price?
As an ex-government employee I’ve been to several of these and yes they are a waste of time. It’s a way for a free week off from work without getting into trouble (unless Debbie finds out!). Most people I know just went to party and drink.
I am sure Lasorda, who really is a great, entertaining speaker, is brought in for a motivation talk. I’d be much more motivated myself if I could charge that much for a speech! If they wanted a much better speaker, they would bring in Ben Stein.

The_Man on July 13, 2006 at 8:25 pm

A former Dodger’s equipment manager told me Lasorda used to bring porn stars down to the Dodger’s locker room for orgies after games in Dodger Stadium. I consider the source very reliable.
Maybe it’s some kind of motivational thing?

code7 on July 13, 2006 at 9:43 pm

Eric; were you talking about baseball or about other stories on this site and other suspected corruption your buds know about? Did you just use this thread as a convenient topic to post under since it’s about more questionable ICE behavior? Geez, you must be stupid. I bet your PhD is phoney too.

Clueless on July 14, 2006 at 4:28 am

I thought we were broke right now. We can’t even afford basic office supplies but yet we can have this conference? WTF? How are agents sacrificing in the field suppose to stomach stuff like this?

ICEAGENT on July 14, 2006 at 10:04 am

GOOD NEWS ICE AGENT
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0715immigration0715.html
Pa. town making it tough for newcomers
Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
Jul. 15, 2006 12:00 AM
HAZLETON, Pa. – Sweating heavily because of the high-wattage television lights – and, perhaps, because of the bulletproof vest he wore under his shirt – Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta proclaimed Thursday a historic day, the beginning of an organized resistance to illegal immigration.
Despite impassioned pleas from Hispanic leaders and community activists, including one who said Hazleton was on its way to becoming America’s first “Nazi city,” the council voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance targeting undocumented residents that is believed to be the toughest of its kind in the country and is being used as a model elsewhere in Pennsylvania and in Florida and California.

KOAJaps on July 15, 2006 at 4:13 am

Thanks for the post! That really is ridiculous, I hope everyone realizes what they have been doing.

Tobler Law on September 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

It has made me eat half of what I used to. ,

bxcvznmM on June 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

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