Thursday, January 10, 2008

What Do You Have To Do To Get Fired Around Here?

There are days when nothing bothers me. There are days when a few things bother me, but I calm down and deal with it, usually by losing my ever-loving mind for a few minutes.

TODAY is a day where everything bugs me.

In a world where we are told that if we don't fix things like the FISA program--a program that was never broken in the first place--we might get "hit" again by the terrorists, you see THIS story:

WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. Poor supervision of the program also allowed one agent to steal $25,000, the audit said.

In at least one case, a wiretap used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation "was halted due to untimely payment," the audit found. FISA wiretaps are used in the government's most sensitive and secretive criminal investigations, and allow eavesdropping on suspected terrorists or spies.em>

Are you pissed off yet? Because here's the kicker:

"We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," according to the audit by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.

That's right--we "so desperately need" to take away privacy rights in this country, we're willing to do whatever the government tells us. Don't worry, they say. Everything's fine. So long as you let us do whatever we want, the terrorists won't hit us. And after we've given up those rights, we're told we need to give immunity to the companies who were helping when they weren't supposed to be helping.

NOW we find out they weren't doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. In fact, they were quick to pull the plug when the money wasn't paid to them in a timely fashion. And the people responsible for doing this? Incompetent.

The result? Lost evidence.

Why does FBI Director Mueller still have a job? Can someone answer a question for me--what do you have to do to get fired from your goddamned job these days?

Blogging at work is not the answer.

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