Will Wonders Never Cease?
CNN and UPI have just reported that an alert and noisy Florida garbage collector happened upon a Secret Service log showing details of the President's security (schedule, route, location within the motorcade, etc.) during the course of Mr. Bush's visit yesterday. Fortunately, the finder was a well meaning citizen, and not a terrorist bent on striking the homeland and killing our leaders. But, what if the finder had been a terrorist? This is but the latest example of the laxity with which the Department of Homeland Security (yes, the Secret Service is part of the Department of Homeland Security now) treats highly sensitive information that would be immensely valuable to terrorists. If the department can't get easy things right like holding on to highly sensitive information, how can it be trusted with the far more difficult task of securing our borders, airports, seaports, mass transit systems, and critical infrastructure assets? As I've said many times before, it takes more to secure the homeland than a department called "Homeland Security."