Homeland Security Border Failure
Posted by nytexan on May 31, 2007
In a follow up to BossKitty’s post How Irresponsible! How Selfish! How Prepared? , it should not shock any of us that Homeland Security once again failed.
According to CNN, Mr. TB is Andrew Speaker a 31 year old attorney, whose father-in-law works for the CDC on TB research.
The man has been identified by multiple medical and law enforcement sources as Andrew Speaker, 31, a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia. Hospital officials have not disclosed his name.
Speaker’s father-in-law works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, an agency spokesman said Thursday.
The father-in-law, Robert C. Cooksey, is a microbiologist who has conducted research on tuberculosis for the National Center for Infectious Diseases, according to a CDC biography posted on the agency’s Web site.
Mr. Speaker was put on a no fly order list, but he still managed to fly to Europe. How is it that you get on a list but you can cross the border and fly out? Now because of the complete incompetence of Homeland Security and the CDC there is a world wide alert.
When Mr. Speaker arrived at the U.S. Canadian border, Homeland Security employees checked his passport and let him into the U.S. even though alarms went off regarding his condition. Obviously Homeland Security employees are allowed to make judgment calls instead of procedural requirements.
The CDC had alerted Customs and Border Protection authorities about the man on May 22, noting that they anticipated he might board his scheduled June 5 flight into Atlanta, the official said. Instead, Speaker took a Czech Air flight from Prague to Montreal, along with 199 other passengers and crew members, and then drove into the United States.
But the CBP also put the information out to all ports of entry, which is “routine practice,” according to the official.
Speaker’s passport was checked at the Champlain, New York, border crossing, and although it triggered an alert on the Customs and Border Protection computer system, he was still allowed in the country, a Homeland Security official told CNN.
The CBP agent who processed his entry on May 24 has been placed on administrative duties while the investigation is continuing, the official said.
Obviously Homeland Security is not any more prepared then they were for Katrina. How can we trust them to protect us from germ warfare or another attack if their employees are allowed to make judgment calls on an individual? While Bush and the GOP are so concerned that the enemy will follow us home, the events of Mr. Speaker shows everyone that our security is poor, subjective and porous. Heck of a job Chertoff.