I’m shocked to discover that the government is incompetent

| October 3, 2012

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Disagreeing with the critical conclusions of the report, Homeland Security says it is outdated, inaccurate and too focused on information produced by the program, ignoring benefits to local governments from their involvement with federal intelligence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.

Category: Veterans Issues

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  1. CI says:

    Yep, here’s my shocked face…..

    This is just one facet of the overall problem. To paraphrase from the article “….programs tend to grow, never shrink, even when their money and manpower far surpass the actual subject of…..”

    Sadly, we are presented with slates of candidates each election cycle who are easily identifiable as unwilling to change the paradigm. So it simply continues unabated.

  2. 2-17 AirCav says:

    “We want our guns because we know the government won’t be there when we need them most.” Yup, that’s one reason. Another is because the government may be there.

  3. Sig says:

    A senior NCO once told me he thought it was somewhat ironic that soldiers tended to be so conservative when we spent our entire working lives in a socialist society–everyone on the same pay scale, paid housing, paid food, paid medical. I pointed out this was an EXCELLENT reason to be against those things.

  4. OWB says:

    Yep. It is a sad reality that bureaucracies tend to grow exponentially and become less efficient in the process. The trick is to find the balance between size and effectiveness – enough personnel and resources to do the job but not so many that it becomes inefficient.

    Well, it could happen! But it never will until either someone (like an executive) or something (like the appropriators of funds) withholds funds from any agency which is not serving a useful purpose or has grown too large to accomplish it’s mission.

  5. Nik says:

    Our government? Incompetent? Bullshit.

    Next you’ll be telling me there is no Santa Claus.

  6. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    I have absolutely NO COMMENT on this report!

    Don’t ask me to comment.

    I won’t do it.

    Not even once!

  7. OWB says:

    How about twice, Chief? 😉

  8. BohicaTwentyTwo says:

    I’ve never seen a “fusion cell” that was anything more than a glorified briefing room with the sole purpose of keeping senior officers away to serve rom the working joes. Actually it’s secondary purpose was to serve as a place to exile incompetent junior officers who would also get in the way.

  9. Detn8r says:

    Fusion Centers? Well, yeah they are that. Normally a very nice place to combine(fuse) coffee, dognuts and egos. I spent over 4 years working with a WMD unit. All of the money spent on the team could have went towards the civilian EMS with as much effectiveness. don’t get me wrong, we were HIGHLY trained and probably the most competent, professional unit in the business.

  10. Hondo says:

    Three words: mandatory sunset date. For every federal program. Continuation requires re-authorization in separate legislation unrelated to budgetary process.