Thursday, May 04, 2006

UH 330 Media Review No. 9

I’ve always had my doubts about the Department of Homeland Security. After all, there’s the name. Homeland Security? Smacks of the Russian “Motherland.” Smacks of the German “Fatherland.” Smacks of fascism and communism, things we red-blooded Americans are raised to hate (though communism does sound pretty good, if only it worked in reality). Sometimes I really do think the terrorists won. Shortly after September 11th, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was hastily created. Maybe it’s because I was an employee of the relatively old Department of Veterans Affairs, but I never liked that new upstart Department. It seemed redundant. It seemed like a ploy. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency still exist, those agencies which, some accuse, allowed the September 11th, 2001 attacks to occur. They’re still there, just under a new umbrella. No major shake-ups occurred. Just a new name. But it made us all feel warm and fuzzy, right?

Obviously, I never much trusted the Department of Homeland Security. And now I feel justified. CNN reports that its former spokesman was recently released on bail after being arrested for attempting to sexually solicit a 14-year-old (played by a police officer) online. A spokesman. Who regularly goes out in public to speak to, well, the public. Presumably he was occasionally the guest of honor at some school assembly. One can only marvel at the stupidity of this man. Then again, it’s not really that surprising, look at how many people Perverted Justice has nabbed.

The war on terror. That lovely little war, which seems to have only made the world a worse place, with this man as its figurehead. I scoffed when our new attorney general announced that his big focus was on pornography, but maybe now he’s a bit justified.

The story of Brian Doyle is rather disgusting. His defense attorney laments that he is “very depressed.” Cry me a river. The man wanted to screw a 14 year old girl, and we’re supposed to be concerned that he needs some Prozac? Doyle even went so far as to thank the judge and prosecutor for their guidance and understanding. Sounds like he could have used guidance long before he tried to sexually solicit a minor. Doyle’s attorney claims that Doyle wants to “face up to what has happened.” What has happened? Those are the words of a victim, not of someone who chose his fate.

The real victim? The American public. We are not protected, and with men like Doyle at the Department of Homeland Security, we can’t even really fool ourselves into thinking we’re protected.


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