January 6, 2006, - 11:33 am

More Clueless: New Immigration Chief’s Chosen Staff Raises Incompetence Quotient

By Debbie Schlussel
Uh-Oh. New recess-appointment ICE Princess, Julie L. Myers, doesn’t begin the job at Immigration and Customs Enforcement until Monday. But she’s already hired an even more inexperienced and incompetent side-kick/advance boy, Daniel T. Fahner (he’s been at ICE for a month, preparing for her arrival and reporting back to the Princess about the goings on). Oh, and he has cronies in high places . . . just like Julie Myers.
Myers claimed that, to overcome her absolute lack of law enforcement experience, she’d surround herself with seasoned ICE people. Not quite.
Daniel Fahner is only 30, and, until recently, was exclusively a litigation attorney at disgraced felon/lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s firm, Greenberg Traurig. Here’s his bio (the firm removed it, but thank Heaven for google’s cached files). The guy looks like he just had his Bar Mitzvah, yesterday. Her first hire . . . not a very good sign.

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(Clueless Julie Myers, Courtesy of our Friend, David Lunde)

How does a 30-year-old commercial and corporate litigator (who did some criminal defense, nice) know anything about running the most important agency when it comes to stopping illegal immigration, money-laundering and smuggling? He doesn’t.
But he does know the right people. Besides knowing fellow cronyist and new boss Ms. Julie, Fahner’s daddy, Tyrone C. Fahner, was Chairman (in 2002) of one of the world’s biggest, most high-priced law firms, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, where he is now a partner. Reading about him is revealing about the background of his son, the ICE Princess’ new courtier.
We learned that Pere Fahner, a high-priced criminal defense attorney for much of his career (and currently), also filed class-action lawsuits and owned a Porsche AND a Lexus. We learned that he was friends with then-Illinois Republican Governor Jim Thompson (of the 9/11 Commission), who appointed him Illinois Attorney General. We learned that affirmative action hiring and “diversity” is VERY important to him. Will that be the course of action at ICE? We learned that the senior Fahner was on his firm’s “government practice group.” If that’s still the case, we think he needs to quit that (hello, conflict of interest).
We learned that Daddy Fahner is friends with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joel Flaum, who–whadda coincidence!–hired Daniel Fahner as his “judicial extern” (whatever that means). We learned that Pops Fahner is also friends with the Dean of Northwestern University Law School. Guess which law school admitted and graduated Daniel Fahner?
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Unqualified Crony Myers’ Unqualified Crony Daniel Fahner

It’s official: Both Julie Myers and her new flunky are lawyers with Ph.Ds in cronyism. How that translates into stopping illegal aliens and money laundering, we’d love to know.
Who is coming to the Myers’ ICE team that has even a modicum of law enforcement experience and some minimum qualifications? We can see President Bush’s use of a recess appointment for this lightweight went to such good use. NOT.

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12 Responses

Thanks for more proof of why I will not give a penny to the Republican Party and may start voting for the Constitution Party.
George Bush intends to keep our borders wide open by appointing morons in high places.
This does not make me feel good about our country and quite frankly I am disgusted with the corruption in the Presidency and Congress.

ScottyDog on January 6, 2006 at 3:02 pm

I just don’t understand why this cronyism, so blatant, so in your face, is occurring. How did DHS become so corrupt so quickly? It is really disappointing. Disappointed in Bush, disappointed in Chertoff.

John Sobieski on January 6, 2006 at 5:55 pm

Hi Debbie,
I have grabbed a screenshot of his bio over at my entry.
I tried tracking back, but your trackback’s not working (says “Error 403: throttled”)

Digger on January 6, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Hmm, your comments system cropped out my link.
Oh well it’s at
http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/001493.html

Digger on January 6, 2006 at 5:59 pm

“It’s official: Both Julie Myers and her new flunky are lawyers with Ph.Ds in cronyism. How that translates into stopping illegal aliens and money laundering, we’d love to know”.
Without money-laundering and illegal transfer, it will be impossible to commit international terrorism.
The Justice Department has not shown any particular interesting in cracking down on ‘Hawala’ transactions. Putting more Banking regulations is not going to solve this problem.
Hawala:http://www.interpol.int/Public/FinancialCrime/MoneyLaundering/hawala/

lawman on January 6, 2006 at 9:20 pm

This is really a big step up ..
from Wash Times.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060106-125033-6150r.htm
…..In written comments to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Mrs. Myers said she supervised 170 employees and a $25 million budget as assistant secretary for export enforcement at the Commerce Department. ICE, created March 1, 2003, has a work force of nearly 22,000 and an annual budget of $4 billion. It is the second-largest law-enforcement agency in the federal government.

John Sobieski on January 6, 2006 at 10:27 pm

Debbie,
You forget to mention one other relevant connection to Fahner: Julie worked for Mayer Brown at the start of her career.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Julie_L._Myers

CBX on January 7, 2006 at 3:19 pm

We in the equality wave used to say the minorities would arrive when not just the outstanding, but also the mediocre could rise. Looks like women have arrived.

Walter E. Wallis on January 7, 2006 at 8:46 pm

John Sobieski. don’t forget the wiretaps, our potential war in Iran (http://tinyurl.com/3udux)? As well as Democrats who support these neo-cons I call them Neo-Libs who support the U.N., FEMAs removal of guns in Louisiana from families who were not affected by Katrina and the Democrats who support these neo-cons I call them Neo-Libs

KOAJaps on January 8, 2006 at 5:23 pm

KOAJaps, don’t forget crop circles, putting fluoride in the water, people pulling the tags off of mattresses, those black helicopters, Loch Ness monster, Big Foot……..

The_Man on January 8, 2006 at 7:17 pm

To Lameman; Your statement that, “without money-laundering and illegal transfer,it will be impossible to commit international (Muslin)terrorism”Yea,you like us to tie in your muslim pal’s with the illegal immigration problem. muslim hate and plans are + must be delt with on a whole different level.But you and your’s already know that and like the bluring of the two.Like it or not lawman .

danny on January 9, 2006 at 9:02 pm

This is obviously an old post but you should see this – http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/devon-and-dan
I went to high school with his now wife who is one of the most obnoxious people I have ever met.

Lisa on December 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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