Government Loses Track of Terrorism Suspects It Already Caught

Reason 24/7ReasonIf there is such a thing as strong evidence for the saying, "never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence," it is that eternally gobsmacking institution known as government. Well, except that government is pretty damned malicious, too. But right now, let's focus on the incompetence part. In particular, on the special skill it takes to identify and apprehend terrorism suspects, persuade them to cooperate and participate in a witness protection program, and then ... lose them. Really, lose, as in "where are my car keys?" except that instead of the fob for the Ford Explorer, you're poking through the sofa cushions for people you believe to be homicidal psychopaths.

From Bloomberg:

The U.S. Marshals Service was unable to find two former participants in the federal witness protection program who were known or suspected terrorists, according to an inspector general’s report.

The Justice Department’s inspector general identified “significant issues concerning national security” in a review of the handling of terrorists admitted into the program, according to the report released today.

“We found significant deficiencies in the handling of known or suspected terrorists,” according to the report by Michael E. Horowitz, the department’s inspector general.

Included in the reported deficiencies were lax monitoring of individuals in the program -- something that included the inability to find two former participants in the program.

U.S. authorities have placed suspects in the program in lieu of prosecution as a way to gather intelligence and information about possible terrorists or plots.

Fortunately, according to the usual unnamed Justice Department official, "federal investigators have since accounted for the two individuals, both of whom left the program and the country." Umm ... Except, that's like saying, "oh yeah, I know where my car keys are. The guys who stole the Explorer have them!"

What're the chances that Eric Holder accidentally subpoenaed the Associated Press's phone records while trying to order Chinese takeout?

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You lose.

    But hey, at least you forced everyone to think of about the volleyball game.

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    Iceman was hot,

  • John||

    The most comically homoerotic film ever made.

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    Seriously Farncisco, call Kenny Loggins, because you're in the Danger Zone.

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    Trading liberty for....something.

  • WomSom||

    Dude makes a ll kinds of crazy sense. WOw.

  • prolefeed||

    Did they "lose" the suspects as in, "we released them from the program and then lost records of that release" or "they skipped out of the country, and we didn't notice for quite a while"?

  • Marshall Gill||

    This is merely another article, straight from the "government fucks everything it touches" folder.

    All you need is a little template, fill in the blanks and you have your article. Government sucks? My dogs could write this shit. Show me one single instance of government efficiency! Semi-efficiency? How about a single instance of not pissing money away? Now THAT would be an article!

    They can't keep track of ________. The Department of _________ has it's head buried up to it's ankles in it's own ass. Mendacious bureaucrats bungle the _________ and under estimate the budget by ______000%. Partisans from the _____ side of the aisle claim that the ________ are politicizing the issue. Nothing else happens.

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    has it's head buried up to it's ankles in it's own ass

    *gin and tonic spurt out nose*

    That's some funny shit. YOU SLAY ME!

  • Almanian!||

    This is what happens when sequestration is on the table. Hope you Rethuglitarians are happy.

  • John C. Randolph||

    But only the government should have guns because they're going to keep us safe and shit.


  • WomSom||

    I say roll that beautiful bean footage.

  • CatoTheElder||

    The bozos lost thousands of "assault weapons" in Fast 'n Furious.

    They only lost two terrorists.

    At this point, what difference does it make?


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