The Pathos of Politics (112-15) US Homeland Security

US Homeland Security

Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s going to be hard to get there.” This is very much the case for the Department of Homeland Security. ~ American military officer, national defense and security specialist Steve Bucci in 2014

Police departments are not the only dysfunctional law enforcement arm in the United States. The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US border patrol are riddled with corruption, including theft, bribery, and human trafficking.

The waste inside DHS is tremendous. An example illustrates. The agency spent over $430 million dollars for a secure-channel communication system that only 0.2% of its employees know how to use. 72% of DHS workers don’t even know that the channel exists. Another 25% knew of it but couldn’t find it.

For years, DHS workers have voted their own department the worst federal agency to work for. A survey found DHS people the least engaged in their work of all federal employees.

The dysfunction, turf battles, and inherent limitations in an entity that does so much are exacerbated by the fact that, in many cases, the activities DHS engages in require enormous coordination with entities embedded in other federal departments. ~ DHS official Matt Mayer

Port security is a major facet of homeland security, but you would not have much trouble shipping a weapon of mass destruction into the country, as container screening is nothing like it should be.

The electrical power grid and municipal water supplies are also easy targets for terrorism, as they are rather unprotected. Further, DHS has accomplished nothing when it comes to cybersecurity.

We have spent billions to protect against cyber-attacks, yet even White House computers have been susceptible to hacking. ~ US Senate Committee on Homeland Security in 2015

In short, the federal department responsible for America’s everyday internal security is grossly incompetent.