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That's the Plan. Why else would the arch-outsourcerer Michael P. Jackson be moving in to run things for anti-civil-liberties lawyer Michael Chertoff?

Chertoff has no experience running a gigantic organization like this. He'll need Washington insider and revolving-door athlete Jackson to run things for him. Like he ran things at the Department of Transportation. To the benefit of his "former" employer, Lockheed.

This is the guy who wanted to outsource Nasa, and air traffic control. Guess why he's being given the job of divvying up the huge pie at HomSec?

"Big Trouble In The Homeland"

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Originally posted to cosa nostradamus on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:02 PM PST.

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  •  My understanding was that almost all... (none)
    ... Homeland Security money is spent by the states via grants. The Homeland Security Department is supposed to be giving guidelines and coordinating the states' efforts... but hasn't done much along those line-- as evidenced by the lack of security for chemical plants and ports. I wrote diaries back in September about this (#1and#2) that got zero attention.

    Of course, things may have changed since then.

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:26:47 PM PST

    •  THESE ARE NEW GUYS. (none)
      The lifelong agenda of the nominee for Deputy Secretary of Homeland Defense is outsourcing, privatizing, and logrolling HUGE govt contracts to his former and future bosses.

      His new boss, nominee Chertoff is a go-along to get-along kinda guy, with a flair for BIG headlines that get retracted a year later on page twelve, in small print. But he does make his boss look good, usually, temporarily. Two guys, just lookin' to get along in the world... On our dime.

      Fahgeddabout money to the local yokels: Loyal Repukes will get some, but the rest will now be earmarked for the big contractors who own Bushco. There's still billions sitting there since 9/11. Just waiting for two guys like this to pork it out. Watch for it.

  •  Here's what I want to privatize: (none)
    the presidency!  

    Let's buy it from the Republicans!  And then contract it out to someone we know can do the job effectively!  (joke)

  •  Ummm, scary (none)
    Do you really want 200 million plainclothed "homeland security officers" infringing on civil liberties in the name of "stopping Terrorists" ?

    I certainly don't.

    The police, the fire department, the FBI, the CIA, and yes, Homeland Security should be controlled by exceedingly accountable government entities.

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    by Jonathan4Dean on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:32:19 PM PST

  •  Any chance (none)
    this will get mentioned at Chertoff's confirmation?  Seems like if it was presented well, it could get some press.
    •  NOT WITH THE REPUKES IN CHARGE (none)
      This is the REAL biggie on their agenda: You remember all that bullshit about Big Gummint, and shrinking the Gov, and how Govt is NOT the answer? Well, this is where they were headed, all along: Dismantling our public services, taking all that lovely money out of the hands of the civil servants, and putting it DIRECTLY into the pockets of their cronies in private industry. There will be no government any more: Just tax-collectors and disbursing agents. It'll become like a bank where we just pay in, and the Corps just take out.

      We'll all still have to pay taxes, and obey laws, and go to the G for bad service: We just won't get any service. The G will still collect taxes and dole out contracts and appropriations, but it will all go to DIRECTLY to enriching their buddies, and beggaring their no-bennies, minimum-wage employees; instead of providing decent jobs & bennies for millions of civil servants, and services for the rest of us. A rising tide will no longer lift all boats. Just a few choice yachts.

      And the taxpayer won't save a dime. Just look at the finances in Iraq. Billions, just fucking GONE: No accountability at all. It'll be like paying taxes DIRECTLY to a corporation, with hired government flaks to keep you at bay.

      Look at it this way: Homeland Security is a brand new agency. They can start from scratch, and do anything they want, any way they want. It will be largest of all Federal agencies, and have the biggest budget, except for the Pentagon. And right now, it has carte blanche to violate all Federal work rules and labour laws, or simply outsource EVERYTHING. Remember the fight over that? Well, it wasn't just about screwing minorities and Democrats in civil service: It was about giving their paychecks to multinational corporations, including some actually doing the work, and spending the US taxpayer dollar, overseas.

      Write your congressmen and women, and your Senators, folks. This is the biggest boondoggle in history, unfolding right before your very eyes.
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