Past Features

September 8, 2015

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- September 8, 2015   
DHS Border Cover Up
    
I was not surprised when Chairman Johnson of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee told witnesses that the Department of Homeland Security said he could not show a map of where the border fence was because it was “law enforcement sensitive.”
Sen. Johnson: One of the charts I wanted to produce was - I wanted to lay out the border and I wanted to specify - here are the different types of fencing along the lines and I found out I can't show that because it's law enforcement sensitive. So I'll first ask Chief Vitiello why would the fencing, the quality of fencing and type of fencing and the along the border be law enforcement sensitive? I mean, that's a secret that isn't exactly secret.
    Shortly after the Johnson hearing I emailed a link to Operation B.E.E.F. to one of Sen. Johnson's assistants. She emailed me back with one word: ”Amazing”
    For years DHS has been treating Congress and the people like mushrooms: “Keep them in the dark and feed them BS.”
    Not only does the DHS not want you to know what the fence looks like, they don't want you to know what works and what doesn't.
NBC News, June 21, 2013
 
   In response to a 2009 recommendation, the agency undertook an outside analysis to measure the effect of border fencing. Last year, officials said that based on preliminary results it will take another three to five years to come up with a "credible assessment" of how well the first 670 miles of fence is working.
    Right after this NBC News report, I personally briefed the fellow in charge of border technology for DHS on a system that could assess border system effectiveness. He wasn't interested.
    I have long said --- If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.
    DHS does not want to measure border security effectiveness. Any guesses why?

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