Federal Building Security a Failure: Homeland Security a Failure

Live bomb components were smuggled into Federal Building bathrooms and assembled in four minutes or under, in some instances only 27 seconds were needed. Total security failure! Ten undisclosed federal buildings in four cities were penetrated. Federal building security is a failure. Homeland Security is a failure. All ten buildings could have been blown apart.

Homeland Security

Of the 10 Level IV facilities we penetrated, 8 were government-owned, 2 were leased, and included offices of a U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, as well as agencies such as the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice, “according to a preliminary report from the GAO. Levil IV facilities are defined as having more than 450 employees and “a high volume of public contact.”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said they were able to get liquid explosives and detonators inside these buildings:

Inside the buildings, investigators assembled the bombs, carried them in a briefcase and “walked freely around several floors,” according to a statement the GAO will make at a Senate hearing Wednesday morning. A copy of the statement was provided to USA TODAY.

Read Mark Goldstein’s report, titled “Preliminary Results Show Federal Protective Service’s Ability to Protect Federal Facilities is Hampered by Weaknesses in Its Contract Security Guard Program.”

Note that this operation was successful in a Homeland Security facility.

The responsibility for the security of federal buildings lies with the Federal Protective Service (FPS). Just listening to a FOX report this moment and a comment was made that there might be no way to “secure” anything when guards are being paid only $10.00 an hour. Where is the management? Isn’t there a supervisor over these guards who is paid to constantly review the safety procedures within these federal buildings? I do not buy the excuse that a person “not paid enough” can get by with “not doing enough.” Pay the supervisors and have plenty of them. We’ve been though this before. Doesn’t 9-11-01 mean anything anymore?