Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Homeland Security Not Focused on Terrorists

Terrorism represented less than 0.01% of Department of Homeland Security prosecutions over the past few years.

Bush administration claims of success fighting terrorism has been boosted by lumping a tiny number of terror cases in with routine immigration cases. A case of padding the books?

The Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse tallied the numbers. They found of the more than 814,000 people DHS charged with crimes in the last three years, only 12 faced terrorism counts. And only 114 were charged with any "national security violation."

The Bush administration has claimed that the purpose of DHS is to fight terrorism. But the charges that appear to beef up DHS's terror fighting numbers are actually old-fashioned immigration cases. (CNN)

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