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Dec 13, 2012


Stewart, interesting take from you, as always. There is more to this story than the bureaucratic angle. One wonders how it will play it out, what civil society will say, and what Congress may do.

Mr. Baker you are right about the absurd concern that the NCTC should get data that DHS already has. DHS is quickly becoming the number one threat to homeland security, but there is more to the story than just a failure to recognize the importance of sharing information. The heart of the threat DHS poses to other agencies and the country stems from a criminally negligent attitude towards personnel practices. The James Woosley story should have launched a major investigation and review of past personnel practices within ICE and USCIS and challenged DHS overall human resources policies. It hasn't. I recommend reading or re-reading Peter Early's Comrade J it beautifully captures a corrupt national security bureaucracy which collapses upon itself. You can argue tech, law, policy whatever you like, and you often do it very well, but personnel is the orphan in Washington policy debates that everyone seems to ignore.

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