"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

March 17, 2006

Republicans, the party of homeland security (excerpt, emphasis added):

A majority of agencies received low marks from a congressional committee Thursday on their level of compliance with a federal computer system security act, but there's growing criticism that the law is ineffective.

The 24 agencies graded by the House Government Reform Committee for their compliance with the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act fell largely in either the lowest or highest categories, with the government earning an overall grade of D+, the same mark as last year.

Eight agencies received Fs: the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, State and Veterans Affairs.

Another five agencies received Ds: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Justice and Treasury.

Five agencies were awarded A+ grades: the Agency for International Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Labor Department, Office of Personnel Management and Social Security Administration....

Yep, that's right, Department of Homeland Security received an "F" for security. Sheesh. Can it possibly get any worse?

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