In Latest Example Of Incompetence, DHS Sat On Free Liquid Explosive Detection Technology For Seven Months
The Department of Homeland Security is now planning to test Japanese technology to detect liquid explosives -- technology the Japanese handed over to the U.S. in January.
Of course, this is what we've come to expect from the dunderheads running DHS, who apparently have also debated internally for four years whether to spend money to put trace explosive detectors -- already in most U.S. airports -- into foreign airports in terminals with flights heading to the U.S.
Just think, if DHS were actually aggressively working to make the country safer -- rather than apparently fighting among itself and forming a ridiculous bureaucracy -- it could actually have made it impossible for terrorists to plan to sneak liquid explosives onto U.S.-bound airplanes at foreign terminals.
Does this make you feel safer?
Now that liquid explosives are back in the news, DHS is moving quickly on that Japanese technology, the AP reports.
Kip Hawley, assistant secretary for transportation security, said DHS is going to test the detector in six American airports. "It is very promising technology and we are extremely interested in it to help us operationally in the next several years," he said.
Japan has been using the liquid explosive detectors in its Narita International Airport in Tokyo and demonstrated the technology to U.S. officials at a conference in January, the Japanese Embassy in Washington said.
This isn't the first time this year that DHS has been shown incompetent with regard to airport security.
What has DHS done since March, when the Transportation Security Agency went an incredible 0 for 21 in finding bomb-making materials snuck onto airplanes by the GAO? What has it done since last fall, when the Associated Press reported that DHS consistently missed deadlines for such things as determining gameplans for deploying bomb-detection machines at airports?
Heck, maybe we should set the bar lower. When will DHS figure out that Indiana isn't the state with the most potential terrorist targets?
DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff was front and center on the Sunday talk shows, admitting to CNN today that DHS' "research and development effort is bogged down by bureaucracy, lack of strategic planning and failure to use money wisely" -- leading to Congress rescinding $200 million of unused R&D funds.
But Chertoff apparently didn't answer any questions about why DHS didn't move quicker this year on the Japanese technology. It certainly wasn't a lack of resources.