Nov. 27, 2002
The Daschle Democrats (bowing to pressure from their union
constituency) resisted passing the Homeland Security bill prior to the
election because President George W. Bush demanded wide authority to
fire or transfer employees in the new 22-agency bureaucracy. In the
lame duck session, Congress is hastily passing the bill.
But I'm confused. If Bush is so eager to have the right to fire
government employees, why hasn't he fired anyone for the many pre-9/11
and post 9/11 mistakes? Mistakes is actually a euphemism for grievous
lapses of duty or violations of the law, some of which were fatal to
Where is the outrage and why hasn't anybody been fired for
granting U.S. citizenship to a Middle Eastern male who was a member of
the Hezbollah terrorist group, was on terrorist watch lists, and was
under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force? Just
putting a couple of federal employees on administrative leave isn't
enough; it sounds like the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service)
is just holding them on the payroll until the bad publicity blows over.
Why hasn't anybody been fired for granting U.S. citizenship to
African-embassy-bombing conspirator Khalid Abu al Dahab after his
fraudulent marriages to Americans? Ditto for granting U.S. citizenship
to 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator El Sayyid A. Nosair who
also married to avoid deportation?
Why hasn't anybody been fired for releasing sniper suspect John
Lee Malvo into the U.S. population even though the law mandated his
deportation as one who entered our country illegally as a stowaway?
Why hasn't anybody been fired for changing Malvo's status from the
accurate designation given him by the U.S. Border Patrol?
Why hasn't INS Director James Ziglar been fired after his office
admitted to writer Michelle Malkin that Malvo's release "followed
standard procedure," and she cited numerous cases of criminal illegal
aliens set free who then committed more crimes? Ziglar is scheduled to
leave voluntarily at the end of the year, more than 15 months after
9/11, but he shouldn't be allowed to circle the wagons and cover up the
fatal results of bad policies.
Why is the government conducting an investigation of Border Patrol
agent Keith Olson, the one who got Malvo's fingerprints, which were the
key to identifying him as one of the snipers who traveled the country
on a killing rampage? Why, instead of going after the INS bureaucrats
responsible for the Malvo mistake, is the government criticizing Border
Patrol agent Daryl Schermerhorn for appearing on Bill O'Reilly's
television program and telling the truth that "it's nothing new for the
INS to release criminals on the streets and for them to commit murder."
Why wasn't anybody fired when INS mailed visas to two of the 9/11
hijackers, Mohammed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi, on March 5, 2002, six
months after they died in their attack on the World Trade Center?
President Bush said he was "pretty hot" about that, but he wasn't hot
enough to fire anybody.
Why hasn't anybody been fired for granting visas, after 9/11, to
79 people whose names were on an FBI watch list? Why does the Bush
Administration allow the State Department to maintain its ridiculous
policy that a history of advocating terrorism is not sufficient to deny
an alien a visa?
Why is the President selecting to head the new Homeland Security
agency a man (Tom Ridge) who said that "the last thing we want to do is
militarize the borders"? The overwhelming majority of Americans,
including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, want U.S. troops to guard
our borders against illegal aliens and illegal drugs rather than
foreign borders on the other side of the world.
Why was the State Department official in charge of issuing visas,
Mary Ryan, given a $15,000 "outstanding performance" award for the
period that included 9/11? The General Accounting Office reported that
13 of the 19 hijackers were given visas without ever seeing a U.S.
consular official, and independent experts said that at least 15 of the
19 highackers should have been denied visas based on existing law.
The Homeland Security bill creates a vast new bureaucracy but does
nothing to plug the gaping holes in our border security. It contains
non-germane sections such as protecting the drug companies from
lawsuits by autistic children based on mercury-containing vaccines, but
doesn't even repeal the Ted Kennedy's Visa Lottery program which admits
50,000 mostly-non-Western aliens a year and puts them on the
If it is true that INS is overwhelmed with massive numbers of
immigrant applications, then homeland security demands that we put a
moratorium on immigration until the INS catches up. Likewise for the
numbers of visa applications at the State Department.
The FBI warning that Al Qaeda terrorists might be planning
"spectacular attacks" inside the United States is the result of our
government closing its eyes and waving the bad guys in. It's hard to
see that anyone in Washington is really serious about homeland