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What are they thinking in D.C.?

Lorenz T. Martensen

Dear Editor,

The Washington Times the morning of June 22 described some very disturbing portions of the Homeland Security legislation now in Congress.

FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, who blew the whistle on the bungling involved in the investigation of the “Twentieth Hijacker” suspect Zacarias Moussaoui, could be subject to severe retaliation. A familiar tactic of J. Edgar Hoover was reassignment of an agent to some remote outpost with a bleak career until the individual resigned, retired, or died.

The Cabinet Secretary would also have veto power over audits and/or investigations by the inspector general’s office. So what happens when another Enron executive-type in the Homeland Security Department plays fast and loose with the Homeland Security budget? Any budget of billions, without proper oversight and with no risk of audit, cold easily be subject hanky-panky to the order of millions of dollars.

If you ever wonder at just what happens to the thought processes of some Congressional members once they cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., you are not alone.

Lorenz T. Martensen

Glenwood Springs


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