Felony fugitive found working for DHS for 2 years
Red-faced bosses from the Department of Homeland Security are trying to explain how they failed to know that one of their employees had been a wanted fugitive for more than two years.
According to numerous news reports, Tahaya Buchanan was hired by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1995 and eventually came to work in the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta in 2007 following an agency reorganization.
That same year, the 39-year-old was indicted on a charge of second-degree insurance fraud on allegations she staged the theft of her Range Rover SUV. In January 2008, a warrant for her arrest was entered into the the National Crime Information Center system, and in July of this year, Buchanan was arrested by a traffic officer and spent a week in a Georgia jail.
And yet it wasn't until Tuesday that immigration officials discovered Buchanan had been a known fugitive.
A spokesman for the immigration service said background checks are conducted on employees before they are hired and criminal history checks are performed every 10 years. Buchanan's most recent check was conducted in 2005, before charges were brought. Agency employees are also required to report any contact they have with law enforcement officers, the spokesman said.
The DHS has become notorious for its no-fly list, which is said to be so sweeping that it includes US air marshals and even prominent US senators. The department's inability to police its own ranks is sure to provide additional fodder for critics.
Logical, in a way.
Isn't there an old saying that goes like "sometimes the best place to hide something is in full view" ??
No doubt there are also escaped murderers who've managed to get themselves jobs as prison-guards. . . .
Not surprising, sadly
The DHS is a knee-jerk mop-up of some 49 lesser agencies, or something to that tune, and is famous for its uplifting of minimum wage rent-a-cops into full blown unfirable federal agents with powers for icing. This is what the USoA entrusts its national security to, and they get the panem et circenses they deserve. A bit of a pity that the rest of the world gets to be a player in the circus and we in Europe have found to our horror that our politicians actually like dancing to that tune. Do we deserve what we get? Discuss.
So who is surprised about this sort of incompetence?
With this sort of thing so commonplace I am continually amazed there are some who would turn over something as important as health care to the demonstrably incompetent government civil service employees.