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Posted 29 January 2011 - 04:14 AM

I thought I would start this thread for those who visit the forum, but haven't yet figured out how screwed we are. Kind of an informal expose' on how those who are charged with protecting us are actually functioning. I will start it off by re-posting the Gray Deceiver post.


In February 1994, FBI agents arrested a 30-year veteran of the CIA named Aldrich Ames. The charge: spying for the Soviet Union. In the nine years that Ames was an active spy, he exposed more than 100 sensitive operations and revealed the name of every CIA intelligence source in the Soviet Union. At least 10 of them were executed; many others were sent to prison. Ames was paid more than $2.5 million for his efforts and was promised another $1.9 million, making him the highest-paid double agent in history, not to mention one of the most damaging.
Yet as pleased as the FBI and the CIA were to have caught and convicted Ames (he received a life sentence), disturbing signs soon began to emerge that there might be one, and possibly even more moles hiding elsewhere in various U.S. Intelligence agencies. Some secrets known to have been compromised couldn't be traced back to Ames—he simply didn't know about them.
So both the CIA and the FBI set up new mole-hunting teams and set to work looking for spies. The FBI gave the investigation the code name GRAYSUIT; each time a new suspect was identified they were given a code name with “GRAY” as a prefix. The new mole hunt dredged up two more relatively minor spies: an FBI agent named Earl Edwin Pitts and a CIA agent named Harold J. Nicholson. Both men were arrested in 1996 and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Neither arrest answered the question of who was responsible for giving the two biggest intelligence secrets to the Russians:

* The Tunnel. Someone told the Soviets about the secret eavesdropping tunnel that the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) had dug beneath the new Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. The tunnel program cost more than $100 million but never produced a single piece of useful intelligence, because the Russians were told of its existence in 1994—five years before they moved in.

* The Spy. As we told you in Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader, in 1989 the FBI was hot on the trail of a senior U.S. Diplomat named Felix Bloch, who was suspected of spying for the KGB. Someone tipped off his handler, a KGB spy named Reino Gikman. Gikman then tipped off Bloch, blowing the FBI's investigation before they could collect enough information to indict him. To date Bloch has never been charged with espionage.

Both the spy tunnel and the Bloch investigation were FBI operations, but early on the FBI concluded that the mole was more likely to be a CIA official, so that's where they focused their efforts.
For years tips had been coming in from U.S. sources in Russia, describing a spy who had a thing for “exotic dancers,” sometimes liked to be paid in diamonds, and was said to make “dead drops” (leave packages and pick up money) in Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia. None of the Russian sources knew the man's identity—as far as anyone knew at the time, the man had never revealed his real name to his handlers or even told them which intelligence agency he worked for. Apparently he'd never met with his Russian handlers, either. No one even knew what he looked like.

One of the ways intelligence agencies hunt for spies is to make what is called a “matrix.” They compile a list of all the intelligence secrets that have been betrayed, and then make a list of the people who had access to those secrets. Then, using whatever other clues they have, they try to rule suspects in or out. The FBI mole hunters used just such a matrix to narrow a list of 100 suspects down to seven and then down to just one: a CIA agent named Brian Kelley. They gave him the nickname GRAY DECEIVER.
Kelley specialized in exposing Soviet “illegals,” spies who do not pose as diplomats and thus have no diplomatic immunity if they are caught. One illegal that Kelley had uncovered was Reino Gikman, the KGB agent who tipped off Felix Bloch. Kelley was a distinguished agent—he'd been awarded five medals for his work at the CIA, including one for the Felix Bloch case. But the FBI was now convinced that he'd been a spy all along. Uncovering Gikman and then warning him about Bloch was the perfect cover—who would ever suspect that a decorated CIA officer would blow his own case?

In late 1997 the FBI arranged for Kelley to be given a new assignment: to review the Felix Bloch files to see if any clues had been missed. The real purpose of the assignment was to isolate him and keep him at CIA headquarters, making it easier for FBI mole hunters to keep an eye on him until enough evidence was collected for him to be arrested.
In the meantime, the FBI placed Kelley on round-the-clock surveillance and secretly searched his home. They also tapped his phone lines, sifted through his garbage, searched his home computer, and planted listening devices all over the house. On one occasion they even tailed him all the way to Niagra Falls, only to lose him near the Canadian border. That suggested that Kelley was “dry cleaning” --taking evasive action to lose anyone who might be following him, so he could slip over the border into Canada, presumably to meet with his Russian handlers.

It was then that the mole hunters realized just how difficult it was going to be to catch Kelley red-handed. Sure, they knew about the dry cleaning incident at the border, and they also knew that Kelley shopped at a mall where SVR operatives had been seen in the past ( the KGB was renamed the SVR after the collapse of the Soviet Union). But after all the bugging, searching, and garbage sifting, the only incriminating piece of physical evidence they were able to find was a single hand-drawn map of nearby Nottoway Park, with various times written at different locations on the map. To the mole hunters it could only be one thing: a map of various dead drops, complete with a schedule of different drop-off times. With the exception of the map, though, Kelley seemed to be an expert at erasing nearly every trace of his double life.
In fact, to the untrained eye, he didn't seem like a spy at all.

The map of dead drops (places where spies and their handlers exchange money and secret documents) that the FBI found in CIA agent Brian Kelley's home was pretty incriminating, but it wasn't enough to secure a conviction, so the Bureau decided to trick Kelley into taking a lie detector test. They arranged for him to be transferred to a “new assignment,” debriefing a non-existent Soviet defector. To be approved for the new assignment, Kelley's CIA superiors explained to him, he had to take a polygraph test.
The results of the test stunned even the seasoned FBI mole hunters—Kelley passed with flying colors. There wasn't a flicker of a guilty response anywhere on the test. Fooling a lie detector test so thoroughly takes a lot of skill. This guy was good.

Next, they set up a “false flag” operation: an FBI agent masquerading as an SVR agent knocked on Kelley's door and warned him that he was about to be arrested for spying and needed to leave the country. The agent then handed Kelley a written escape plan and told him to be at a nearby subway station the following evening. Then the man disappeared into the night...and the FBI waited to see what Kelley would do. If he made a run for the subway station, that would in effect be an acknowledgment that he was indeed a spy—people who aren't spying for the SVR don't need help fleeing the country.
The next morning Kelley went to work as usual and reported the incident to the CIA. He even gave an accurate description of the “SVR agent” to a sketch artist. Once again the FBI was astonished by Kelley's skill under pressure. Somehow he must have detected that the SVR guy was a fake and was not taken in by the trick. He was so cool and collected that the investigators gave him a new nickname –the “Iceman.”

The FBI still lacked enough evidence to get a conviction and was running out of options. They made a last-ditch attempt at tricking Kelley into incriminating himself. On August 18, 1999, he was called into a meeting at CIA headquarters and confronted by two FBI agents who told him that they knew everything about his spying, even his SVR code name, KARAT. Kelley professed astonishment and denied everything, so the FBI agents pulled out Kelley's handwritten map. “Explain this!” one of them said.
“Where did you get my jogging map!” Kelley asked.
The interview did not go as the FBI had hoped. Kelley didn't crack—he even offered to answer questions without his lawyer present and to take another polygraph test. The agents turned him down: if Kelley could fake one lie detector test, he could fake two.
After questioning him for more than seven hours, the agents gave up. Kelley was stripped of his CIA badge and security clearances, place on paid administrative leave, and escorted out of CIA headquarters. But he wasn't arrested or charged with spying—there still wasn't enough evidence. He spent the next 18 months on leave while the FBI built a case against him. The mole hunters confronted his daughter, also a CIA employee, and told her that her father was a spy. She claimed to know nothing about her father's spying. Neither did Kelley's other children when they were confronted, nor did his colleagues and close friends when they were interviewed. No one had suspected a thing. Kelley was that good.

By the spring of 2000 the FBI had compiled a 70-page report recommending that the Justice Department change Kelley with espionage, which is punishable by death.
While the Justice Department considered the matter, the FBI expanded its search for evidence against Kelley to the former Soviet Union. They tracked down a retired KGB officer who they thought might have some knowledge of the case and lured him to the United States for a “business meeting.” Then, when the officer arrived in the United States, the FBI made its pitch—it was willing to pay him a fortune in cash if he would reveal the identity of the mole. The ex-KGB officer mad a counteroffer: he had the mole's entire case file in his possession and was willing to sell it outright to the FBI. He added that the file even contained a tape recording of a 1986 telephone conversation of the mole talking to his Russian handlers, so there was no question that the FBI would have the evidence it needed to win a conviction.

The FBI eventually agreed to buy the file for $7 million. It also agreed to help the KGB officer and his family to relocate to the United States under assumed names. The money changed hands, and in November 2000 the file slipped out of Russia and arrived at FBI headquarters. There was enough material in it to fill a small suitcase—hundreds of documents, dozens of computer disks, a cassette tape, and an envelope with the words “Don't Open This” written on it.
The FBI was convinced it finally had the evidence it needed to convict Brian Kelley on spying charges and to put him to death. All the agents had to do was read the files, listen to the recorded conversation on the tape, and build their case. They put the cassette in a tape recorder, pushed PLAY, and waited to hear Kelley's voice. Their long campaign to bring him to justice was at an end.

Or was it? It quickly became obvious that the voice the FBI heard talking to the KGB agent wasn't Brian Kelley's. Once again, the FBI agents were in awe of Kelley's abilities as a spy. Even when talking to his KGB handlers, he had had the good sense to protect his identity by having an intermediary—a “cut out,” as they're known—make his call for him.
One of the FBI agents, Michael Waguespack, recognized the voice, but couldn't place it. Meanwhile another agent, Bob King, had started reading through some of the spy's correspondence with his Russian handlers and had come across an unusual expression that sounded familiar: in two different places, the spy quoted World War II General George S. Patton telling his troops, “Let's get this over with so we can kick the $#%@ out of the purple-pissing Japanese.” Bob King remembered his supervisor in the Russian analytical unit, an agent named Robert Hanssen, repeatedly using the same quote in conversation.
“I think that's Bob Hanssen,” he told the other agents.
Waguespack knew Hanssen, too, and he went back to listen to the tape again. Sure enough—the voice was Robert Hanssen's.

It took a minute for the mole hunters to realize it (and probably longer than that for them to admit it), but they had been on the trail of the wrong man, an employee of the wrong intelligence agency, for more than three years.
Brian Kelley wasn't a master spy at all—he was an innocent man. The searches and electronic surveillance hadn't found anything because there wasn't anything to find. He passed the polygraph test because he was telling the truth. He reported the “false flag” sting to his superiors because he had nothing to hide. His jogging map really was a jogging map. The “dry cleaning” at Niagara Falls? He was there on official CIA business and the mole hunters tailing him happened to lose him in traffic. Shopping at the same mall as the SVR? A coincidence—everybody shops somewhere.
With his time in the Air Force and the CIA, Kelley had served his country with honor and distinction for 38 years, yet all he had to show for it was a 70-page FBI report to the Department of Justice Recommending that he be tried for espionage and executed.

What are the odds that a retiring KGB officer would have taken Robert Hanssen's file with him when he retired, and that the FBI would have been successful in tracking him down? Or that they would have been willing to cough up $7 million for the file? To this day, Kelley, his family, and his friends all wonder what would have become of him had the FBI been unable to get (or unwilling to pay for) Hanssen's KGB file.

The FBI mole hunters had never suspected Robert Hanssen of spying before, but all residual doubt that he was their man disappeared when the KGB officer who sold them Hanssen's file began to interpret the file's contents.
What about that mysterious sealed envelope marked “Don't Open This”? The FBI waited until the retired KGB officer arrived to open it. The officer explained that when the spy left documents and computer discs at a dead drop, he wrapped them in two plastic garbage bags to protect them from the elements. The envelope contained one of the spy's garbage bags. The KGB officer explained that only he and the spy had touched the bag; if Hanssen was the spy (and wasn't wearing gloves when he wrapped the package), it would likely contain his fingerprints.
The agents took the bag to the lab and succeeded in lifting two fingerprints from the bag. As they expected, the prints were Hanssen's. Every piece of evidence in the KGB file pointed to him and him alone. He even had a thing for diamonds and strippers, just as Russian sources had been reporting for years.

The investigators put aside their investigation of GRAY DECEIVER, gave Hanssen the nickname GRAYDAY, and started investigating him. They arranged for Hanssen to be promoted to a new job at FBI headquarters, where he could be closely watched by hidden cameras. Then they tapped his office phone and searched his laptop computer. They couldn't bug or search his house—his wife and two of his six kids still living at home were never gone long enough-but when a house across the street from Hanssen's was put up for sale, the FBI bought it, moved in, and began watching Hanssen from there. Whenever Hanssen left home, undercover FBI agents secretly followed him.
This time, the mole hunters' work paid off: after about three months of constant surveillance, on the afternoon of February 18, 2001, Hanssen was caught red-handed leaving a package of computer discs and classified documents in a dead drop in Foxstone Park near his home in Vienna, Virginia. A payment of $50,000 in cash was retrieved from another dead drop in a nature center in Arlington, Virginia.
The evidence against Hanssen was overwhelming, and he knew it. He confessed immediately and later agreed to a plea bargain in which he was spared the death penalty in exchange for cooperating fully with the FBI investigation into his crimes.
Hanssen admitted that he'd been spying off and on for more than 20 years. He started in 1979, quit in 1981 when his wife caught him ( a devout Catholic, she made him go to confession but never turned him in ), started again in 1985, quit when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and started again in 1999. He continued spying until his arrest in 2001.

The FBI had long assumed they were hunting a master spy, someone who knew how to cover his tracks and would be very hard to catch. They formed that impression over time as they failed to collect any incriminating evidence against Kelley (other than his jogging map), even though they were certain Kelley was the spy.
But as the investigation into Hanssen continued, the mole hunters realized just how wrong they'd been. Hanssen was smart enough not to tell the Russians his real name, but he was no master spy—in fact, he could have been caught years earlier if the people around him had been paying attention and doing their jobs. Over the years Hanssen left so many clues to his spying that he practically glowed in the dark.
*He used FBI phone lines and answering machines to communicate with his KGB handlers in the 1980s.
*When the KGB paid him cash, Hanssen sometimes counted the money at work, then deposited it in a savings account in his own name, in a bank less than a block from FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
*At a time when he made less than $100,000 a year, Hanssen kept a gym bag filled with $100,000 in cash in his bedroom closet. One time he left $5,000 sitting on top of his dresser. His brother-in-law, Mark Wauck, also an FBI agent, saw the unexplained cash and reported it to his superiors, also noting that Hanssen had once talked of retiring to Poland, which was then still part of the Soviet bloc. An FBI agent retiring to a Communist country? The FBI never investigated the incident.

*The FBI, and even the KGB, had assumed that Hanssen never met with any Russian agents, but they were wrong. Hanssen launched his spying career in 1979 by walking right into the offices of a Soviet trade organization that was known to be a GRU (the military version of the KGB) front and offering his services, even though he knew the office was likely to be under surveillance. When he made his first contact with the KGB in 1985, he did so by sending a letter through the U.S. Mail to a known KGB officer who lived in Virginia. Both approaches were incredibly foolhardy, but Hanssen got away with it both times.
*In 1993 Hanssen botched an attempt to resume spying for GRU when he walked up to a GRU officer in the parking lot of the man's apartment building and tried to hand him a packet of classified documents. The officer, thinking it was an FBI sting, reported the incident to his superiors at the Russian Embassy, who lodged a formal protest with the U.S. State department. The FBI launched an investigation—which Hanssen closely followed by hacking into FBI computers—but the investigation was unsuccessful.
In 1992 Hanssen hacked into a computer to gain access to Soviet counterintelligence documents. Then, fearing he might be caught, he reported his own hacking and claimed he was testing the computer's security. His colleagues and superiors believed his story and were grateful to him for pointing out the weakness in the system. The incident was never investigated.

But perhaps the most inexplicable breach of security came in 1994, when Hanssen was transferred to an FBI post at the State Department's Office of foreign Missions. As the Justice Department later described it, Hanssen was “wholly unsupervised” by either the State Department or the FBI for the next six years. In that time he didn't receive a single job performance review. Hanssen spent much of his time out of the office visiting friends and colleagues; when he did go to the office he spent his time surfing the Internet, reading classified documents, and watching movies on his laptop. Then he resumed spying for the Russians.

*In 1997 Hanssen asked for a computer that would connect him to the FBI's Automatic Case Support System (ACS) and got it, even though his job didn't call for it. Soon after he got the computer, Hanssen was caught installing password breaker software that allowed him to hack into password-protected files. When confronted, Hanssen said he was trying to hook up a color printer. His story went unchallenged and the incident was never investigated.

*Using the ACS systems, Hanssen downloaded hundreds, of not thousands, of classified documents and gave them to the Russians. At the same time, he repeatedly scanned the FBI's files for his own name, address, and the locations of his various dead drops to check whether the FBI was onto him.

*He also stumbled onto the FBI's investigation of Brian Kelley. Assuming that Kelley, too, was a mole, he warned the Russians about the investigation. Then he did what he could to keep the FBI focused on Kelley, so that he could continue his own spying.

In the years that Hanssen spied for the Russians, he handed over thousands of America's most important military and intelligence secrets. He revealed the identities of scores of secret Russian sources, at least three of whom were executed, and he caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to American intelligence programs. Hanssen also sold computer software to the Russians that allowed them to track CIA and FBI activities. Someone in Russia then sold it to Al-Qaeda, which may have used it to track the CIA's search for Osama Bin Laden.
Hanssen was paid $600,000 for his efforts (and promised that another $800,000 was waiting for him in a Russian bank). He is the most damaging spy in FBI history and possibly in the history of the United States.

After Hanssen's arrest, the inspector general of the Justice Department launched an investigation into how the mole hunt had gone so wrong and how Hanssen had been able to spy for so long without attracting suspicion.
In August 2003, the inspector general issued a scathing report condemning the FBI mole hunters for focusing on the CIA without seriously considering the possibility that the mole might be in the FBI, especially since most of the biggest secrets known to have been compromised had come from the FBI. (The mole hunters' explanation for how CIA agent Brian Kelley would have known so many FBI secrets: they thought he was seducing female FBI employees and selling their secrets to the Soviets.)

The inspector general's report also faulted the FBI for “decades of neglect” of its own internal security. Before Hanssen's arrest, the Bureau operated on what was effectively the honor system: in his 25-year career, Hanssen never once had to take a lie detector test or submit to a financial background investigation, which might have turned up the KGB cash he was depositing in banks near FBI headquarters in his own name.
Hanssen had virtually unlimited access to the FBI's most sensitive material—over the years he handed over thousands of original, numbered documents to the Soviets and no one had noticed they were missing. He also had unrestricted, unmonitored access to the ACS computer system, which gave him access to thousands more documents. The ACS software did have an audit feature that would have revealed Hanssen's searches for classified information or for references to himself, but the audit feature was rarely, if ever, used. Hanssen knew it and felt secure enough to conduct thousands of unauthorized and incriminating searches over the years.

*The FBI. No one involved in the Kelley/Hanssen mole hunt was disciplined or fired from the FBI, although several agents were promoted. The FBI says it has tightened security since the Hanssen arrest. The Bureau's ACS computer system was scheduled to be replaced by a new $170 million software program called Virtual Case File in 2003. As of January 2005 only 10 percent of the system was in place, and the system was so flawed that the FBI was weighing whether to scrap the entire project and start over again.

*Robert Hanssen. On July 6, 2001, Hanssen pleaded guilty to 15 counts of espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage, and conspiracy; he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was supposed to cooperate with U.S. Investigators, but he flunked a lie detector test when he was asked, “Have you told the truth?” So instead of being sent to a high-security prison, where he would have had some freedom of movement, he was assigned to a “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado, where he is confined to his soundproof 7'x12' cell for 23 hours a day.

*Bonnie Hanssen. Because she cooperated with investigators and passed a lie detector test that showed she had no knowledge of her husband's espionage after 1982, Bonnie Hanssen was allowed to collect the widow's portion of her husband's pension and to keep their three cars and family home.

*Brian Kelley. After Hanssen's arrest, Kelley was completely exonerated. He returned to the CIA and received an apology from the FBI. He did, however, lose his covert status when his identity was revealed by an investigative reporter writing a book about the Hanssen case. At last report he was still working at the CIA, teaching spy catchers how to avoid making the same mistakes that were made when he was targeted by the mole hunters.
After Kelley's identity was revealed in 2002, he went public with his concern that nothing had changed at the FBI and that the same mistakes could happen again. The mole hunters “were so overzealous, so myopic,” he told the Hartford Courant in 2002. “If these abuses happen to us, what chance does the average citizen have to protect their civil liberties?”

Uncle John's Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader by the Bathroom Readers Institute. Pages 110-112, 342-345 and 459-464.
(for links on internet corresponding to the above story, see JN Kish's post on the thread 'Spy Hunter: Gray Deceiver, A scary tale')
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 04:21 AM

Next, we have a little more recent piece. Just remember when you read this, that this is Homeland Security money at work:

Murder, extortion? No, Waterfront Commission probing theft of $2 dollar bottle of iced tea, sausage

Murder, extortion? No, Waterfront Commission probing theft of $2 dollar bottle of iced tea, sausage

BY Larry Mcshane

Friday, January 28th 2011, 4:00 AM

On the mobbed-up docks of Bayonne, the six-month probe was known as Operation Missing Link.
Its target: A suspect who swiped a $2 bottle of iced tea and used it to wash down a stolen 50-cent piece of sausage - the lost link that left a bad taste in everybody's mouth, sources told the Daily News.
An investigation of the penny-ante heist was ordered by the Waterfront Commission, the agency charged with policing the docks for mob corruption, drug smuggling and other major crimes, the sources said.
The investigation included scores of interviews over countless hours dating to last August, sources said - even though the victim was reluctant to press charges.
"It's like Capt. Queeg and the strawberries," said New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a harsh critic of the bistate commission.
"It's a $2.50 ongoing investigation."
One of the sources was more blunt: "The whole investigation is bull----. It's a waste of manpower, money and resources."
Waterfront Commission General Counsel Phoebe Soriel, while declining to address specifics, said the case was more complex than it appeared.
"While the commission does not comment on pending investigations, it takes any theft in the port seriously - especially theft involving extortion," she said without going into detail.
The reported value of the stolen goods - a handful of change - is a microfraction of the $200 billion that moves annually through the ports of New York and New Jersey.
The overkill began when the commission received an anonymous tip that someone filched the drink and the sausage from a food truck catering to dock workers.
According to two sources, the case was quickly wrapped up: The thief confessed to the crime, and the victim said an arrest was unnecessary.
The victim "didn't want to see him behind bars...just wanted him to stop," one source said.
But top commission officials, convinced its investigators mishandled the case, ordered a second probe with every possible witness reinterviewed, the sources said.
Investigators from the 58-year-old agency returned to the docks and conducted about 80 second interviews, all the while cranking out piles of paperwork, the sources said.
The commission was blasted in August 2009 - one year before the sausage investigation was launched - as home to corrupt execs barely better than the waterfront's notorious mobsters.
Officials were accused in a damning 60-page report of misusing Homeland Security money, keeping a convicted crook in business and surfing the Internet for porn.
The iced-tea-and-sausage probe - which has yet to wrap up - is considered an embarrassment among investigators and dock workers.
"They snicker about it," one of the sources said.


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Posted 29 January 2011 - 04:55 AM

Found a nice article on the subject. I'll just quote a paragraph that made me wince:

Critical Intelligence

According to Maj Gen Michael Flynn, a top intelligence officer, “decision makers in Afghanistan tend to rely on newspaper reports rather than military intelligence”. Melvin A. Goodman, a former CIA analyst with 34 years of CIA experience, says in his book Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA, that CIA directors in collusion with the executive branch have routinely politicised not only intelligence products, but also the very processes of research and analysis, and that most intelligence failures can be traced to their falsification of intelligence to suit political purposes. The predicament in which the US and coalition forces find themselves in Afghanistan is therefore hardly surprising.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security utilizing the U.S. taxpayers hard-earned money to vigorously defend the homeland:
Homeland Security Department Under Fire for Financial Abuses

According to a draft of a report to be released by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative and auditing arm of Congress, the Homeland Security Department last year wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal money. More than 10,000 Homeland Security employees are given purchase cards for expenses related to their jobs, but they are given almost no training on how to use the cards. They are given little or no supervision and the guidelines they are given for spending are different for each agency in the department.

As a result of the lax security, employees spent money irresponsibly on a shocking variety of non-emergency, non-security items. More than 2,000 sets of dog booties were purchased at a cost of $68,442 for the dogs assisting in recovery efforts along the Gulf, but officials decided not to use them and now they’re sitting in storage. The Customs and Border Protection agency bought 37 black Helly Hansen designer rain jackets ($2,500) to use in a firing range that isn’t even open when it’s raining. A golf an tennis resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia, was reserved for training 32 newly hired attorneys ($2,395) even though a federal law enforcement training center is located just a few minutes away. Three portable shower units were bought from a contractor for $71,170 for Customs and Border Protection, even though similar showers could have been purchased for a third of the price.

Customs and Border Protection bought military MRE (meals-ready-to-eat) packs over the Internet for $464,586 rather than contracting through the Pentagon, which is standard procedure. In addition, a dozen boats bought for $208,000 by Home Security employees are missing, as well as more than 107 laptop computers, 22 printers, and two GPS units worth $170,000.

After Hurricane Katrina hit last fall, the spending limit on the purchase cards was raised to $250,000 for emergencies. The department spent $435 million last year using the purchase cards—as compared to $296 million the year before, according to Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke. But, Knocke said, only a small percentage of the 1.1 million purchases were improper, and about 70 employees have been disciplined. "Comparatively, we're talking about a small number of bad apples," Knocke said. He added that his department will be creating and enforcing new spending guidelines soon that will ensure strict supervision of purchases. Violators may have their cards seized and be required to repay expenses and be disciplined. "We take very seriously our responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars," Knocke said. Sure they will, now that they’ve been caught.

By Buzzle Staff and Agencies
Published: 7/19/2006

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 03:43 PM

This is a good thread to re-visit the case of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean vs. drug smuggling illegal alien Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila. To recap, the agents shot the drug smuggling illegal alien during the course of their duties. The U.S. and Mexican governments collaborated to prosecute the AGENTS and used the drug smuggling illegal alien as the star witness against them to the point of giving him a pass that allowed him to move freely across the border which he used to continue smuggling hundreds of pounds of drugs.

Smuggler handed passafter delivering 2nd loadBorder clearance in Ramos-Compean case'reflects incompetence' or 'warped priorities'

Posted: July 25, 2007
2:50 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2011 WorldNetDaily.com

The drug smuggler who was shot at by former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean and testified against them when they were convicted in the case was issued unconditional, unescorted access to the United States during a period that included his involvement in a second drug smuggling incident, according to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R.-Calif.

He has obtained – and provided WND with – copies of Department of Homeland Security border pass cards issued to Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, the smuggler in the case, covering that period of time.

"It appears as though the U.S. Attorney's Office was so intent on getting Ramos and Compean that their judgment was totally clouded to the degree they aided and abetted a criminal who was at that point actively engaged and already involved with a drug cartel," Rohrabacher said in a statement from his office.

"Obviously, giving a free border crossing pass to a known drug smuggler either reflects total incompetence or a warped sense of prosecutorial priorities which has plagued this case from the beginning," Rohrabacher stressed.

Rohrabacher's office released today a total of six border crossing passes that had been issued Aldrete-Davila over a one-year period starting March 2005, with the final border crossing pass issued in January 2006. That pass extended border crossing privileges to March 31, 2006.

WND broke the news that DHS issued the first border pass card to Aldrete-Davila on March 16, 2005, the date that Border Patrol Agent Rene Sanchez brought Aldrete-Davila from Mexico to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, to have a bullet removed.

Medical records obtained by WND document that on March 16, 2005, Dr. Winston Marne removed a large bullet fragment from Aldrete Davila's right thigh.

WND also has reported that the criminal investigation of Ramos and Compean began after the Mexican consulate contacted the U.S. Consulate in Mexico in March 2005, saying they had a Mexican national who claimed to have been shot by Border Patrol agents.

On March 4, 2005, the U.S. Consulate contacted U.S. attorney's office at the Department of Justice. The Mexican national involved was Aldrete-Davila and the Mexican Consulate's demand led to the indictment and conviction of Ramos and Compean.

The Mexican Consulate's contacts with the U.S. Consulate in Mexico appear to have preceded the issuance of the first border patrol pass by DHS by less than two weeks.

The first pass was good for "multiple entries," and was valid until April 15, 2005. The border pass was signed by DHS agent Sanchez and recorded his badge number.

Five additional border pass cards were issued to Davila subsequent to March 2005, the last one issued on Jan. 24, 2006, marked valid for "multiple entries" until March 31, 2006.

That means the final DHS border pass was issued three months after the October 2005 "second load" incident involving Aldrete-Davila with Ortiz-Hernandez.

WND also broke the news that a Nov. 21, 2005, report by DHS Special Agent Christopher Sanchez indicated the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a "knock and talk" in Clint, Texas, Oct. 23, 2005, in which they learned of Aldrete-Davila's second load.

According to the Nov. 21, 2005, DHS report, Cipriano Ernesto Ortiz-Hernandez, the occupant of 12101 Quetzal in Clint, Texas, positively identified Aldrete-Davila as the driver who dropped off 752.8 pounds of marijuana in a 1990 Chevy Astro van at Ortiz-Hernandez's home the day before.

The last DHS border pass, expiring on March 31, 2006, was valid for fully three weeks after the Ramos and Compean trial had ended.

Closing statements in the Ramos-Compean case were made on March 6, 2006, before U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso. Aldrete-Davila concluded his testimony at trial on February 23, 2006.

Rohrabacher also released documents that indicate following his March 16, 2005, surgery to have the bullet removed, Aldrete-Davila received medical treatment at the William Beaumont Medical Center that extended until October 20, 2005.

Eight medical appointments are registered for Aldrete-Davila at the William Beaumont Medical Center from March 24, 2005, until October 20, 2005.

The final border pass, expiring on March 31, 2006, then was valid for fully five months after Aldrete-Davila's medical treatment at the William Beaumont Medical Center.

The records indicate that the total "out-of-pocket" cost to the U.S. government for the medical treatment Aldrete-Davila received at the William Beaumont Medical Center was $9,100, which includes approximately $8,500 for removing the bullet and housing costs for DHS agents to guard Aldrete-Davila during trial.

The records provide no documentation for any agents guarding Aldrete-Davila on any border crossings he may have made subsequent to the end of the Ramos-Compean trial.

The records do not indicate if Aldrete-Davila used a DHS-issued border crossing pass to enter the U.S. in October 2005, driving the Astro van that brought the 752.8 pounds of marijuana to Ortiz-Hernandez's safe house in Clint, Texas.

Rohrabacher obtained copies of Aldrete-Davila's border pass cards in a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Ramos and Compean currently are serving 11- and 12-year sentences respectively in federal prison for a Feb. 17, 2005, incident in which Ramos and Compean fired their weapons at Aldrete-Davila as he fled across the Mexican border.

The incident involving Ramos and Compean began when Aldrete-Davila, entered the U.S. from Mexico illegally to smuggle into the United States a van containing 743 pounds of marijuana. This load is commonly referred to as "the first load" Aldrete-Davila smuggled into the United States in the Ramos-Compean case.

Read more: Smuggler handed pass after delivering 2nd load http://www.wnd.com/?...0#ixzz1CYMjyMBh

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:09 PM

Here's a coupla more gems from the Bush era:

Homeland official arrested in online sex sting

Clark Kent Ervin, Homeland Security Official Who Exposed Waste and Incompetence, Rewarded with Termination by Bush
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:19 PM

Now that Obama is large and in charge, I'm sure things are running much better at the ole' DHS ..... oh, wait:

Obama administration security lapses: incompetence or willful ignorance?

DHS/NSA/TSA/Obama admin. attempts to deflect their own incompetence by targeting bloggers

Shahzad on Terror Watch List Since 1999?!
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:53 PM

Now we have a Federal probe on executive denial, or lack of truth in disclosure. Caught with his pants down but no lib will admit it.


This was ordered at the top.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:00 PM

Should be called the "Cartel/Holder" scandal. Gringos give guns to "La Famillia" for free. They got the best tactical stuff he could send.

The Third war, and they are arming the special forces with guns for drugs

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:51 PM


Report: Cook Co. Homeland Security program a waste

By Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Mike Quigley are calling for a criminal probe of a now-defunct Homeland Security program in Cook County that was blasted by federal inspectors for mismanagement.

The Republican and Democrat spoke about problems with "Project Shield" on Monday, the same day a report was released by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The $45 million program aimed to equip police departments with cameras in squad cars that were capable of sending live video. But investigators say "millions of tax dollars may have been wasted on equipment that does not perform as intended."

Kirk and Quigley sent a letter to the FBI Monday calling for an investigation.

Kirk says there was "gross incompetence" and it appears criminal activity was possible.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:26 AM

I have come to the hard realization that we are finished as a country. Looking at the news is like watching a modern day version of "Idiocracy" unfold right before your very eyes. It is very sadening to walk around and realize that almost nobody understands where we have come from, where we are going and the dangers that we face. It's like looking around and seeing a bunch of walking corpses, only they don't know they are dead yet. Decades of Communist brainwashing have finaly destroyed the minds of Americans. We are a people who have forgotten our history, we do not understand our Constitution and we have turned our backs on God and the worst part is we don't even care. I am just waiting for the bomb to hit. Sometimes I welcome it so that we may cleanse our ranks and have a new beginning, a fresh start.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:39 PM

"Idiocracy" is a great way to put it.
That's what you get with a system that rewards incompetence in an effort to destroy the evidence of corruption.
Do they actually expect a corrupt department to keep good and accurate financial records of their "activity".
And uses this as an excuse not to investigate said departments.
Don't you wish you could do this with YOUR checkbook?
Every day it's a bigger disaster than the one before it. Pretty soon, it'll be a trillion a month in deficit spending. All for the children!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:20 AM

I have come to the hard realization that we are finished as a country. Looking at the news is like watching a modern day version of "Idiocracy" unfold right before your very eyes. It is very sadening to walk around and realize that almost nobody understands where we have come from, where we are going and the dangers that we face. It's like looking around and seeing a bunch of walking corpses, only they don't know they are dead yet. Decades of Communist brainwashing have finaly destroyed the minds of Americans. We are a people who have forgotten our history, we do not understand our Constitution and we have turned our backs on God and the worst part is we don't even care. I am just waiting for the bomb to hit. Sometimes I welcome it so that we may cleanse our ranks and have a new beginning, a fresh start.

The "cleansing" you speak of is one day coming. It's biblical and can be found in Ezekiel 38 -- 39. We must be a 'watchman' as commanded in Ezekiel 33.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

For a lack of a more accurate topic to put this under, I placed it here. This video which stumbled upon today plays on my suspicions of the Republican party being infiltrated and that both parties are a USSA apparatchik. The elections are a farce and it's all a sideshow. Two wings of the same bird. You get to go out every two years and have your fun thinking you're making a change amongst the same structure that is counting your votes, though.

Video link: What If?

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

U.S. nuclear bomb facility shut after security breach

According to the article, 3 geriatrics were able to cut through 3 fences, wander around the most secure nuclear facility in the country, get right next to the most sensitive building and tag it with blood before getting rounded up. hmmmmm... not really too shocking when you also find out that we have outsourced the security of this facility to the same company that just messed up the London Olympics security.
Yup....we are on top of things.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

Great catch, Pizzaman!

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:56 AM

I have come to the hard realization that we are finished as a country. Looking at the news is like watching a modern day version of "Idiocracy" unfold right before your very eyes. It is very sadening to walk around and realize that almost nobody understands where we have come from, where we are going and the dangers that we face. It's like looking around and seeing a bunch of walking corpses, only they don't know they are dead yet. Decades of Communist brainwashing have finaly destroyed the minds of Americans. We are a people who have forgotten our history, we do not understand our Constitution and we have turned our backs on God and the worst part is we don't even care. I am just waiting for the bomb to hit. Sometimes I welcome it so that we may cleanse our ranks and have a new beginning, a fresh start.

I have been almost afraid to vocalize this thought, but it happens on an almost daily basis. I can't stand this slow-motion suicide, it feels like my soul is under constant attack. The way things are now, nobody knows who the enemy is, they can't see what is wrong, they can't see the injustice, the sin, anything. Every institution is corrupted, every good thing has been turned bad. I walk this world and see brainwashed, braindead zombies searching for their next fix. Their blindness is what is killing this nation. Sometimes I just wish the enemy would strike and they could see the truth about this universe we're living in. At least then they would see the truth and could pick sides, I would take cold, hard reality any day over fuzzy fantasy.

And then I remember that when the real strike comes, when the final attack comes, it will be so horrific, so brutal, so violent in its totality, that I should not wish for it to come at all. And I end up in a type of limbo, hating the spiritual disease and death that is rotting this nation, and simultaneously dreading the day of reckoning that is coming for the pain that it will cause. My father thinks there will be some more major wakeup calls; he simply can't believe that God would drop the hammer on some people. I tell him there has been warning after warning. But it is ultimately in God's hands; he is the ultimate arbiter of the passage of time. It's all been foretold, it's all been written thousands of years ago that the love of many would grow cold. Touch fire and you will burn. Gravity will pull you down. Destroy every Christian institution, sin without regard, and disrespect God and a terrible storm will come upon us with such great fury we will only be able to bow our heads and humbly ask for mercy from his perfect and punishing judgment.

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I can only hope I didn't get you guys thinking this way. I say that because I believe the same. The only difference is that I started saying it about a year ago. It comes off as a real downer so I wasn't surprised at 99% of the responses being crickets chirping. I was ahead of the curve. I know the end game as well and have come to understand just how bad it is. I also know we're past the point of no return now and that the disease must run its course. I hate it with a passion but know that at this point only our faith in God will keep us safe from what was written to come. Nothing will stop it but Him. The irony of this for me is that I will see my country on the news, under full force attack -- in the country I escaped to. God bless and hang in there. People better wake up and familiarize themselves with Ezeikiel 38 - 39, and do as commanded in in Ezeikiel 33. That IS us and there is no escaping it. He's coming soon.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:26 PM

Sometimes I think there are worse things than getting bombed, which would be to be sucked in rather than kicked out, into this "culture" of permanent wine like intoxication, sealing people to lifestyles of such addictions or intoxications, without their ability to turn back. It is a soul collecting act by the materialists, because the luciferans cannot accept software corrections and redo, so to speak, of our constitutions. It wants a body, a material, it can lock in for itself. I find myself in position of being a person of other interest too. Some are because they are manipulable, others because they are not. It's a giant sucking sound to the East that I feel, and Moscow is like its vortex epicenter. Even a religion like Islam practices this kind of stuff, with all its "all inclusive" "big tent" loopholes that makes them inclusive of Christians, Jews, communism, nazism, in some of the creepiest ways. They say they do not reject us and they are tolerant... sure, just like a demon after death is intent on dragging one to the clutches of hell itself, this world of hoarding of souls, where women do not give birth but absorb the energies of men in many strange ways.

Then again, there is a time when jewlry is of no value, when the prostitute finaly admits and tells men that she really is miserable and not that great, and, yet, the men still ask her to be what she was. It is complete folly and unsoberiety.

I was listening to some old music from dead french singers, and it appears to me of all the fraud in there, just someone repeating some old story but in cute ways, "easy come, easy go", as Queen would sing it. It is silly how people will dump all their attention and money into such thing, betrayed by the memory of lullabies sung then earnestly by their mothers to sooth them to peace and sleep.

To make sense of it all, to shy away from obtuseness and try to figure, say, a probability problem, a story in the Bible, and things of that nature are true leadership issues that folks will have to start valuing instead of this false leadership which is following the demands of a solicitor, because our "leaders" are not good guides at all, they only solicit and demand impulsivity and compliance to their suicide and corruption. Instead of using science to make sense of it, they use it to go gamble, to make "good look" products. It's completely insane.

It is interesting that we live as inheritors of a nuclear age, that some might have thoughts of looking good by applying such weapons as foolish "youngened" versions of Napoleon, and that while some of us have the strength and maturity to manage wealth, profit and moments of insanity of drunkeness, knowing we have a way to return to sobriety with a thread bringing us back to the path of sanity when walking astray in a forest hunting, others do not have it all. They have no Bible fundamentals, no knowledge of history and no recollection of ever having been put in such situations of survival. And day in and day out, our mad courts have lawyers and judges who keep telling us we cannot spank, that we should not make children understanding of all this etc... It's like the mad father in the Lord of the RIng who won't relinquish power because he believes that all is lost "by circumstances" as a cover for his mismanagement and incapacity to find a way to heal his wounded son, trying to burn it alive in a grotesque munchausen syndrome ceremony of self pity and narcissism. Tolkien had a keen view of how a corrupt right wing establishment can behave that way and find ways to yield to the horrors of Hitler or what not.

In any case, it takes a steady soul and a dullness in the head these days to not wish to participate, ironically, in current follies. Last but not least, we now know that irrevocable views of insanity in a nuclear age means cynicism and annihilation. It's only a matter of time.

And the manner of this folly? It is like an old man who has empirical statiscal knowledge, wisdom and experience of what might be dangerous or not, and that was the intuition of the Founding Fathers, and it was a good one. It did not explain everything, nor did it elucidate and made sense, it was an experience based "tradition". The like of Pascal, Fermat and DeCartes started thinking that everything could be counted and explained better, and it was a good thing, but they were influenced by gamblers who only wanted quick answers. And, frankly, some things cannot be readily analytically solved and require empirical datas and generations upon generations of trial and errors. To dump this data in the trash in favor of hopes of Cartesian precise explanations is a big exercise in aristocratic luxury and an exageration of a utilitarian salvation at the expense of other fundamentals. So, enters the communists who say we the old ones cannot prove it, that they are scientific... but, oh, it does not matter to them if they fail and yet solicit again and again, because they claim their stuff was misunderstood or misapplied. You see, we have to be condemned for not bringing them assurances, but they have to sit on a throne of made believe assuredness and drunkeness in hypocrisy. They demand that "women" ask us questions, but they have to provide no explanations, just giving them a pattern of entrapment and telling them how good the money they are making for them, in true prostituting fashion.

It is ironic that same pimps from same areas are frightened by their own hidden stupidity and that they are desperate to collect souls and datas for their own benefits, now and then, when sobriety hit them, if they are lucky.

This is this "youth" filled with "rights of free-college" mentality which keeps claiming it does not have to try but it can be given the reigns to rule, without wisdom, that is destroying this country. This worship of "youthful" reckless thinking across all age groups is a big fraud. Obama promises them, but then can only allot funds for his own friends' school work such as Solyndra, but the rest will be paupers who will have been drawn in hopes that they too would benefit from such free education money, when it was not to be the case at all.

It's going to be really really bad when the veil comes off. THere are many traps ahead against the recovery too, because they will not let go that easy either.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:36 AM

Let me first apologize for not inserting the links into the story titles like I usually do; the forum doesn't seem to want to give me that option anymore. Or, any other options, for that matter. I can only paste text. Anyway, here are five stories from the past two days. I will put my comments in parentheses.

Man Dodges JFK Airport Security By…Swimming?
(If he hadn't told them, they STILL wouldn't know. Good to know the front door is barricaded while the back door is off the hinges.)

Rep. Ted Poe Sounds Alarm After Murders by Illegals Who Were Blocked From Deportation by Home Countries
(If I read that correctly, if one is here illegally and has been arrested for a crime and if their country of origin refuses to take them back, no matter the crime they will be let loose on our streets again. So, if a country sends an asset here and that asset gets nabbed, all that is necessary to 'reset' that asset is to decline possession of said asset. Could we make it any easier for our foes?)

Report: Russian Nuclear Attack Sub Patrolled Waters Off Gulf for a Month…Undetected
(Really....do I need to comment?)

Harass morass at DHS: Complaints jump in Janet era
(Here is a quote from one of the attorneys involved that gets to the meat of the matter: “Instead of investigating terrorists, look at the time and resources they spent to quell some discrimination complaint. Why in the world would they do that?”)

HANDRAHAN: Executive branch porn problem Bureaucrats risk national security breaches
(Two lines from this one just slapped me in the face when I read them: "Russians must be celebrating. During the Cold War, they had to train and deploy real female agents. Today, Americans come freely to honey pots directly from the Pentagon’s missile-defense system.")
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