September 4, 2005, - 1:19 pm

No Confidence: DHS Agents Agree Chertoff is a Failure

By Debbie Schlussel and Anonymous DHS Special Agent
While there is plenty of blame to go around regarding the Hurricaid aftermath, Homeland Security Secretary , and he must go. Watching him, this morning, on the Sunday political shows, this is doubly so. Fluent in Homeland Security Ebonics, he is a bureaucratic lawyer skilled at making up new words, like “de-water” (Ye Olde English: “drain”) and “pre-staged” (“planned”?), to make it look like he is actually doing something. But a genuine Homeland Security chief he is not. (A column to follow.)
I got this e-mail, below, Friday, from a friend who is a longtime federal agent in what is now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This agent–a very bright man, patriotic American, and principled conservative, whose views I highly respect–is right on the mark. He is one of many DHS agents who have contacted me regarding their total lack of confidence in Chertoff.
(For those DHS officials reading this and wondering: No, this agent does not work in Michigan or Ohio–the domains of Homeland Security failure, a/k/a Abu Moskowitz, ICE Special Agent “In Charge.”)
Here is the e-mail, which is must reading (Michael Garcia is the past head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement–ICE, and Julie L. Myers is his yet-to-be confirmed replacement (more on her in the upcoming Chertoff column)). . . .
I just saw Bush and Chertoff on the south lawn of the
White House, about to get on Marine One for their trip
to the Gulf Coast. With Chertoff standing beside him,
Bush said the relief efforts, thus far, are, “not
acceptable.” Well, putting a political hack and
unproven leader like Chertoff in charge of Homeland
Security is not acceptable either. Chertoff is the
department head over FEMA. IMO, the failure of FEMA
in this disaster is staggering.
I don’t work for FEMA, but even I, a person not
trained in emergency relief efforts, spent all of
about 15 minutes and came up with five significant
things they could have done to give immediate relief
for the people still in New Orleans — the basics:
water, food, sanitation, and security. How is it
these so-called expert disaster relief planners at
FEMA failed this badly? Did they not have a plan for
what happened, or did they simply not execute it?
I have been a huge Bush supporter up to now, and I
want him to see this and the Iraq war through to
completion, but his administration – specifically the
Department of Homeland Security, the department I work
for – has failed badly. I hold President Bush
responsible for putting incompetent people in charge
of these agencies.
Also, two days ago Chertoff came out with a request
for volunteers from other DHS agencies to be
“immediately deployed” to help FEMA with relief
efforts. I know a Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
employee who volunteered along with 30 others from CBP
in our city. These people are still here, awaiting
Agents like myself have it in our job description that
we can be detailed or deployed at any time for
basically any reason. I would have thought they would
have immediately sent almost all ICE [Immigration
& Customs Enforcement] agents from the
northern part of the U.S. to the Gulf Coast to
supplement the police down there. Instead, the only
thing I’ve seen is a similar kind of request for
“volunteers,” specifically from ICE, but the
volunteers must have SAIC [Special Agent In Charge]
approval, and the SAICs have
been told that “ICE business” has priority.
I hate to say it because I was never in the military,
but DHS, ICE, and CBP need some strong, proven leaders
with military background who will whip people into
shape and hold them accountable, or force them out.
Instead, President Bush gave us people like Chertoff,
[Michael] Garcia, and Julie Myers – people with no real law
enforcement experience and who have never demonstrated
they are capable of administering huge bureaucracies
like DHS and ICE. It’s apparent to me now that Bush
never saw the ICE mission as critical to the security
of this nation. And he knew all along the Secretary
of DHS has no real teeth. These have been nothing
more than patronage jobs in his eyes. In the
meantime, Chertoff et al, aka “The Incompetents,” are
transforming the good men and women of ICE and of DHS
into a pathetic bunch of Milquetoasts who are
incapable of providing the most basic protections to
the people of this nation. This is a disgrace.

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10 Responses

Bigo Deb! My Jewish Jewel of America! Apparently Homeland Security is based solely on imprisoning Americans and not supporting us. Here is another story from the World Net Daily News:
Clinton, Bush slashed spending on levees
For 10 years, preventive maintenance was cut
[Edited by Debbie for length and offensive comments toward Christians]

KOAJaps on September 4, 2005 at 7:32 pm

i’m not proud of my president right now.Idon’t live in a 3rd. world country.and the time it took to help is somthing I don’t want to hear what if it was a real attack .it does not take america ….forget it shame.shame.shame danny

danny on September 4, 2005 at 8:59 pm

To KOAJaps.lots of wind you have.

danny on September 4, 2005 at 9:20 pm

King of All Lunatics, have you lost your tin foil hat, again?
If you are serious (which I doubt) about this loony theory about some leaders wanting to bring on the rapture, please show me some credible evidence to support this. How many people are you talking about? Who are these people?
I am a Christian, and the great majority of Christians I know are huge Israel supporters. In my whole life I have never heard one single Christian mention they don’t want Middle Peace because it would interrupt the rapture. Not one single solitary person, ever. And I sure don’t want to see anything happen to the Lovely Debbie, you moron.

The_Man on September 5, 2005 at 1:11 am

“The_Man”: I agree with you. I did not see the offensive comments about Christians at the end of KOAJaps’ post, and I certainly disagree with them. I have tremendous respect for Christians, and I am editing his post, as I write this.

Debbie Schlussel on September 5, 2005 at 7:46 am

No problem, Debbie. You didn’t have to remove them as I didn’t feel offended, I just thought they were extremely stupid. But thanks, regardless, for your concern.
I think most of the King’s post are, uh, entertaining at least. There might even be a few fringe nuts as the King mentioned even though I’ve never heard of the ones he mentioned. I’d still be interested in some info., if it can be produced, about people holding these positions making policy decisions.
I and most true Christians really do have tremendous respect for people of the Jewish faith and Israel.
Luv ya Deb, and I’ll gird up my loins for ya if anyone tries anything with you.

The_Man on September 5, 2005 at 11:32 am

Nobody could possibly be more incompetent than Mayor Nagin and the inept Governor Kathleen Blanco.
On Wednesday, Governor Blanco found the time to go on Larry King and brag to the world that they were just going to “ignore” looters.
Meanwhile Mayor Nagin has all the time in the world to scream obscenities at the Federal Government…..while hundreds of school buses sit vacant—-buses that could have been used to evacuate victims before the storm hit.
Back to today, and it gets worse: Now Mayor Nagin wants to reward N.O. police officers who’ve walked off the job……by giving ’em all free trips to Las Vegas.
Read it and weep:

glamchild on September 5, 2005 at 6:30 pm

I am not stereotyping all Christians. What I’m saying is, there are some who are extremists and the same who make policy. I got nothing against Christians and Christ himself criticized the extremists, when the rich gave to the church out of pride and the poor woman gave from the heart. But I can’t stand it when these religious kooks beesmirch others in the name of God and oppress others. I visited a fundamentalist church and their service were involved in politicking. Fine. The church can do what they please. But when they criticize someone because they’re Catholic, then something is awry. Again, I am not criticizing the good Christians as there are many, but the few that are there and the few who make policy based on their interpretation of what they think the Bible is saying is dangerous, IMHO.
You know what’s funny though? In the Jewelry District in Downtown Los Angeles, Jews and Muslims party. They have a great time together. Does that mean that all Muslims are evil? Nope. But there are some who are and they are a detriment to society.

KOAJaps on September 6, 2005 at 1:07 am

So far the hurricane investigation has discovered that FEMA director Michael Brown delayed calling Chertoff for five hours when the disaster hit.Before these putz’s get too far into their orchestrated excuses and Chertoff denies owning a tv,they also need to be reminded not to try and emulate Sidney Greenstreet in ‘The Maltese Falcon’ as The Fatman who already owns the quote,”Somebody has to take the fall.”

jaywilton on September 8, 2005 at 2:09 pm

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