By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another great law enforcement leader is leaving Homeland Security because, under Barack Obama, there’s not much to be done, especially in immigration, where Obama is hamstringing law enforcement agents’ efforts. Yesterday, James Dinkins, the Director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced he’ll be retiring in April.
As longtime readers know, I know and am friendly with Jim. I knew this was coming for a while now, but I couldn’t say anything until he made his official announcement. But I was sad to hear it. It’s yet another instance of a good person at the Department of Homeland Security–where ICE is the largest agency–leaving under the Barack Obama administration. Jim would have made a great ICE chief, would have had the job, and could have remained at the agency almost another ten years (the mandatory retirement age for federal agents is 56, which has been increased to 57 for those who were born in 1970 or later). He is only 47, which is young for retirement even from the government, but who would want to stay at the frustrating, demoralized, bureaucratic Homeland Security under Obama, when the private sector awaits, and more things can actually be achieved there?
Jim, who is an expert at money laundering methods and how to stop it, was a career U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigation agent working investigations to stop Islamic terrorists and drug dealers from laundering money, and he was involved in many such investigations in Detroit. But, then, under the Bush-Joe Lieberman government reorganization and creation of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11, a lot of the very successful, very effective terrorism money-laundering investigations that Customs agents performed under “Operation Greenquest” were shut down, and all authority to investigate terrorism was handed over to the FBI, where it languished and not much was done. I met Jim either just before or right after 9/11, when his then-boss, then-Customs Special Agent in Charge Gary Waugh, who I’d met at the DC airport on the way back to Detroit, introduced us. I and my late father had given the Detroit Customs office some good tips on various parties we thought were money laundering on behalf of Islamic terrorists. Gary said Jim and another agent, Bruno Genrich, were his best guys on this stuff and that they were great guys–that I needed to meet them. I learned a lot from all three of them and their very effective operations in stopping Islamic terrorists in Dearbornistan and beyond. It was exhilarating to watch because it was obvious they were dedicated to their work in helping keep America safe and terrorists on the defensive. Read the rest of this entry »