The Associated Press reports that the billions of dollars that the government program created to share information on the possibilities of terrorist attacks was completely useless. That the program improperly gathered intelligence on innocent Americans and prevented no terrorist plots.
The lengthy, bipartisan report is a scathing evaluation of what the Department of Homeland Security has held up as a crown jewel of its security efforts. The report underscores a reality of post-9/11 Washington: National security programs tend to grow, never shrink, even when their money and manpower far surpass the actual subject of terrorism. Much of this money went for ordinary local crime-fighting.
Disagreeing with the critical conclusions of the report, Homeland Security says it is outdated, inaccurate and too focused on information produced by the program, ignoring benefits to local governments from their involvement with federal intelligence officials.
Because of a convoluted grants process set up by Congress, Homeland Security officials don’t know how much they have spent in their decade-long effort to set up so-called fusion centers in every state.
That’s mostly why most military veterans are conservative; we’ve seen the government at it’s best and worst and there’s not much difference between the two. We’ve had to depend on government for our essentials in our most dire moments and it’s failed every time. We had the best equipment the government could buy and always it required duct tape and bailing wire to make it work the way it was supposed to work. We accepted that, but we don’t want the same process applied to our families.
We want our guns because we know the government won’t be there when we need them most. We’re self-reliant because we know that to depend on the government is like committing suicide. And this massive boondoggle “fusion center” is a stark example of how badly government fails when we need it most.