National Security, Needles,
By Alan Lidstone
May 19 2006
We are currently having a national debate about alleged collection
by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the phone records of
tens of millions of Americans representing billions of telephone
calls with the calling and answering numbers and length of the
The Administration has put forth hints (but no details) that
the NSA will be able to predict terrorist acts.
This is from the Administration that admits:
(1) There are somewhere twelve to twenty million people in the
country illegally and we don't know who or where they are.
(2) After 9/11, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS),
now part of Homeland Security, admitted they had no idea what
happened to more than 1,000,000 foreign visitors that overstayed
their visas. Bear in mind, the INS had photos, fingerprints,
and last known addresses.
(3) The Administration created a Transportation Security Agency
to inspect every passenger traveling by commercial air and applying
a security fee for every leg of a flight, while stating there
was no need to inspect the cargo going in the airplane holds.
(4) The Administration says there is no need or technology available
for employers to verify identity and social security numbers
when hiring employees. Perhaps they should talk to the banking
industry that can conduct a fairly comprehensive credit, employment,
residence and date and place of birth check in less than 3 minutes.
If Wal-Mart can track every individual merchandise pallet worldwide
that they buy, they ought to be able to determine the alien or
citizen status of new employees.
(5) It was reported by CNN on 5/18/06 that the Social Security
Administration has in excess of 8,000,000 invalid W-2s showing
names, address, and employer information. The Administration
is willing to process billions of telephone calls, but is incapable
of assessing millions of known instances of illegal immigrant
status or potential identity theft.
(6) One of the initial suggestions to tighten border security
is to assign 6,000 National Guard personnel to border security,
stating it is no imposition on the Guard role. The Administration
is considering sending 6,000 National Guardsmen for two-week
periods, which means they will be sending a total of 152,000
National Guard personnel to watch the border.
(7) The fiasco on port security continues with Congress and the
Administration saying individuals who fly must pay for the TSA
security costs, while business who transport thousands of twenty
and forty-foot cargo containers can't afford to pay the security
costs, and the Administration cant afford to pay the security
costs, so there is no need to inspect cargo containers.
There appears to be a deliberate refusal to apply existing immigration
laws to the flood of illegal aliens. Apparently, the overwhelming
lure of cheap labor, along with increased profits and political
contributions is enough to for the leadership of the Administration
and Congress to say "NOT MY YOB". While many members
of Congress are currently talking the tough approach to border
security, no one is talking about actually funding and paying
While the NSA efforts may help find a needle in the Terrorist
haystack, The USA would do far better to take care of the myriad
of haystacks in items (1) through (7) above that are being patently
I am requesting that the Administration and Congress spend more
effort to improve the real status of homeland security. This
requires the Administration to inform all appropriate Members
of Congress (not just three close friends of the Administration).
I also recommend that spending less time handing out tax cuts
to their supporters will put us in much better shape to really
improve homeland security.
Venice, FL - USA
About: Alan Lidstone is a freelance writer. He and his wife,
Barbara write about the RV lifestyle for a number of RV publications
and also write and publish Roads 'n Toads - RVing in FLorida.
Alan is a retired systems engineer and Naval Reservist.
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