Poor Janet Napolitano. All she wanted was to have the budget cuts halted so that we could be protected from the terrorists, but the Republicans decided to hold America hostage by not agreeing to stop the austerity measures.
Then, she had no choice but to let 10,000 illegal aliens go because DHS couldn’t afford to house them any longer. With the budget cuts, it was so unaffordable to house them that DHS has had to build new detention facilities costing millions of dollars.
And now, Napolitano has had to announce that because of the budget cuts, airports all over the country are now being delayed. Even Los Angeles International and O’Hare International in Chicago. Granted, the Associated Press reported that these big city airports routinely suffer delays, and a quick look at the FAA’s flight delay information shows everything to be normal, but I’m sure it’s different in this “post-sequestration” world. There’s only so much they can do with so little money.
The Department of Homeland Security is so broke that they’ve had to purchase only 2,700 light-armored tanks to add to their collection of 1.6 billion rounds of .40 caliber and 9mm bullets, including hollow-point ammo for sniper rifles. These 15-ton tanks, complete with gun ports on the side, will be used to patrol U.S. streets in order to keep us safe from the terrorists and Osama bin Laden’s ghost. They’d be able to buy more of these I’m sure if it weren’t for the sequester cuts.
Ok, enough with the sarcasm. If I do that for too long, it starts to feel like I’m writing for Salon.
The obvious question is, “Why would they need light-armored tanks to patrol U.S city streets?” They use these kinds of machinery in Iraq and Afghanistan where they’re faced with IED’s. I would echo what this writer over at Modern Survival Blog said:
“Why would DHS need such over-the-top vehicles on U.S. streets to withstand IEDs and mine blasts? There are rails along the perimeter windows/gun ports to help displace the impact of RPG rounds… seems a bit much for a Police/Rescue vehicle…They all have gun ports… Rescue vehicle? What are they expecting or preparing for? It is a ridiculous over-the-top display of force that is meant to intimidate and associate the DHS name and logo with ‘FEAR’. Just like all that’s happening with the TSA (under the wing of DHS), this is about normalization of a new way of American life.”
The excuse is that we now live in a “post-9/11” world. Kind of like Napolitano blaming the sequester for her “having” to release all those illegal aliens. The war on terror was a scam from the beginning just like these fake budget crises. They manufacture a problem to elicit a fear response from the people, and then offer their solution, which always involves taking away more liberties and money.