This should come as no surprise. It won't to John Stossel. Senate investigators have concluded after a two-year study that an initiative designed to improve intelligence sharing has done little to make the country more secure, despite as much as $1.4 billion in federal spending.
The nationwide network of offices known as "fusion centers" was established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because the federal, state and local governments were not sharing vital information. But after nine years and praise from the Department of Homeland Security, investigators found -- wait for it -- the 77 fusion centers have become pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions.
Are you surprised? I'm not. It's the federal government, after all. Wasting our money, increasing the size and cost of government, more intrusion and confusion. More ineptitude. The private sector might have done this a lot better -- and a lot cheaper. Do you want bigger government, higher taxes and more waste? If not, you know what to do in less than five weeks.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: October 4, 2012