December 1, 2008, - 12:36 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The Department of Homeland Security apparently underwent a name change, recently. It’s now the Department of Theresa Bertucci’s Brother’s Funeral Security.
Last week, I told you how Homeland Security Blackface-Expert-with-a-GED, Theresa Bertucci, illegally and improperly pulled several of the scarce few Federal Protective Service Police from guarding federal buildings in New York, so that they could sit outside her brother’s funeral at Saint Raphael’s Church in East Meadow, New York.
The self-important Ms. Bertucci is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She well knows that it’s a complete abuse of power and authority, aside from the fact that it’s an illegal use of taxpayer funds.
Here are the shots of your federal Homeland Security dollars at work:
While federal buildings–atop terrorists’ lists of top targets–went unguarded, Theresa Bertucci improperly and illegally used your federal tax money to look important in front of family members who no doubt aren’t very impressed with this fake-it-till-ya-make it former clerical worker with little experience who now thinks she’s a cop or a Kennedy (take your pick). But Federal Protective Service Police are, by law, only permitted to guard federal buildings, not pretentious officials’ brothers’ funerals.
It’s apparently lost on Bertucci that a funeral is about remembering the deceased, not about showing off the faux-accoutrements of his sister’s power. But even if she doesn’t get that, she, at the very least, should have had a “Duh!” moment about how illegal and improper this was.
But not this GED achiever, who also didn’t have a “Duh!” moment when she gave a federal employee dressed in Blackface a “Best Original Costume Award.” And yet, she’s still there.
Bertucci has repeatedly tried to kill the Federal Protective Service and cut its personnel. Despite being rebuffed by Democrats in Congress, she succeeded anyway by cutting the pay of FPS police and agents and causing many to quit. Oh, and the ones who are left have to sit outside her brother’s funeral as some sort of accessory that shouts, “Don’t you know who I am?”
What if someone were to attack one of the buildings that these agents didn’t protect that day? There are that few FPS officers that this was the case–buildings went unguarded so that Bertucci could look important and feel special.
Would this answer suffice if people died in a terrorist attack?:
Well, I couldn’t protect that building, Sir. I was ordered to protect Deputy Assistant Secretary Bertucci’s Brothers’ funeral, instead.
It’s incredible that Bertucci is not only the Second-in-Command at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the top transition official for ICE.
Talk about poor judgment. Not just hers, but every idiot that advanced this idiot in her curiously rising career.
Oh, and by the way, Bertucci used her pull at ICE for more cronyism. That’s how her daughter, Nicole Bertucci, got hired as Freedom of Information Act Officer for Department of Homeland Security Policy (after a series of other jobs Mommy got her at the department). Hmmm . . . I wonder how a FOIA request about her mother would be complied with.
I invite my readers to contact the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security regarding this improper use of taxpayer money.
Also note that several ICE officials–who should have been spending the day you paid them to work on immigration enforcement, enforcing our immigration laws–spent the day improperly using government vehicles to attend Bertucci’s brother’s funeral.
Were illegal aliens hiding in his coffin? If not, their attendance and use of federal vehicles was entirely improper and not permitted under ICE rules.
From my sources:
Among attendees at the funeral were ICE Office of Investigation and Detention and Removal Operations senior leadership from the local area. From Federal Protective Services, Region 2 Deputy Regional Director Chris Pappas and Region 2 Threat Management Branch Chief Denis McGowan were present. Both arrived in government vehicles and were most likely on official time. Though these senior Regional managers were likely directed to appear, ethically they should have refused knowing that their attendance at the funeral using a government vehicle and on official time would be a violation of federal law.
The mandatory penalty for misuse of a government vehicle is a 30-day suspension. Title 31 of the U.S. Code, section 1349(b), states that an employee who willfully misuses or authorizes the misuse of a government vehicle shall be suspended for at least one month, and could even be fired. This is also outlined in the ICE Table of Offenses and Penalties, page 21, item K.4., among other offenses.
Exit Questions: Do you think your employer would give you a paid day off (and free limo service) to your fellow employee’s brothers’ funeral?
Do you think your employer would let you take company security officials away from company facilities to guard your brother’s funeral?
Do you really think terrorists know–or care–who Theresa Bertucci is? Do you think they’d target her brother’s funeral?
Frankly, from what I know about her, not only would terrorists be happy with her in power at Homeland Security and ICE, they’d want her to be President.
So long as Alfred E. Neuman isn’t available. (With apologies to Mr. Neuman for daring the comparison.)