An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials.

Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.

The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top dollar that have proliferated in Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The department’s terrorism intelligence arm, for example, has cycled through six directors during the Obama administration, decimating morale and contributing to months-long delays in releasing intelligence reports, according to interviews and government reports.

A parade of high-level departures, on top of other factors, has meanwhile helped slow the rollout of key cybersecurity initiatives, including a program aimed at blocking malicious software before it can infiltrate civilian government computers, former officials say.

With the country facing a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border in recent months, the pair of DHS agencies responsible for tackling this problem have been hindered by turnover of top officials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for instance, has had six commissioners under President Obama, four of them in a caretaker role because they were not confirmed by the Senate.

And at the Transportation Security Administration, a DHS agency created after 9/11 to enhance airport security, the hemorrhaging of both senior and junior personnel has “had a tremendous effect,’’ said Kenneth Kasprisin, a former acting TSA head who left the agency in May.

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I believe it.  It happened to me while working for a government agency dealing with juveniles.  The corruption and the morale were horrendous. 

Government inefficiency, ineptitude is apparent when competent people discover working there is little more than paper pushing.  The ones that stay, the incompetent, lazy, unable to get a job outside the typical bureaucratic government, will have stay in the job until they DIE!.

The TSA has been little more than a joke, since its inception.  Inconveniencing air travelers, without any effective programs or actions.  Visiting an a airport shows a large number of uniformed TSA agents, standing around like ants, doing nothing.  But, at peak periods, there is inadequate staffing resulting in long wait times.

The schedules of departing and arriving flights is CLEARLY KNOWN, but the brilliant TSA organization, apparently cannot conceive of scheduling staff to match demand!

THE PURPOSE OF THE DHS......WAS AND IS TO BE USED AS BARACK OBASTARDS'  PRIVATE ARMY TO BE USED AGAINST AMERICANS AFTER OBASTARD DECLARES MARTIAL LAW !!!!!!....AND BEGINS THE ROUND-UP , ARREST AND INCARCERATION/INTERNMENT  OF AMERICANS INTO FEMA CAMPS !!!!!....WHY DO YOU THINK OBASTARD HAS BEEN "MILITARIZING AND ARMING ALL GOV'T AGENCIES AND POLICE DEPT'S ALL OVER AMERICA !!!!!!.......WHY DID DHS BUY "BILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF HOLLOW POINT AMMO" WHY WERE FEMA CAMPS BUILT ALL OVER AMERICA !!!!!!!.......WAKE UP PEOPLE !!!!!...THE OVERTHROW OF AMERICA IS ALREADY HAPPENING !!!!!!!!!111....AND OBASTARD CONTINUES TO DESTROY OUR MILITARY WITH ONGING "PURGES/FIRINGS" OF GOOD GENERALS AND REPLACING THEM WITH HIS ANTI-AMERICAN "STOOGES/LAP DOGS/FLUNKIES" !!!!!!.......AND NOW HE'S SENDING OUR TROOPS TO AFRICA TO BE INFECTED WITH EBOLA VIRUS SO THAT THEY CAN BRING THE DISEASE BACK TO AMERICA SO AS TO CAUSE A "PANDEMIC"....THEN OBASTARD CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW AND ATTEMPT TO USURP TOTAL AND COMPLETE  POWER IN AMERICA---  AND A CORRUPT/LAWLESS AND COMPLICIT CONGRESS IS LETTING IT ALL HAPPEN !!!!!!!!!1

Amen! Ditto! You Betcha', in my opinion you are correct.  Premature, but forward thinking!  "But, it does not effect me!' "Some one else will do it!" And this to will pass!  Bumper Stickers have all the answers to Social Ills!  

No wonder I don't trust or respect the Federal government. They are the most un-altruistic entity I know of except maybe ISIS.

President Bush created the Dept. of Homeland Security for one reason, to act as a mediator between the FBI and the CIA, seems the two agencies refused to work together and share information, so Bush created the DHS. Yes they were intended to be a bunch of paper pushers.

Obama uses it ,like most government agencies, to place his pals to reward them for their services to him while campaigning. They have no experience in Security, but  when did that ever stop Obama. His administration doesn't want anyone who might think for them selves, take your orders from Valerie Jarrett and shut up.

I can't remember the government website I was looking at several years ago but this website listed, from best to worst, the government agencies that had the best/worst working environment with emphasis on morale, Border Protection / ICE were (are) all the way at the bottom, the absolute worst agencies to work for.

Corrupt Socialists like Obama & the Democrats use this Federal Program to bypass other agencies and use as a weapon to ignore protecting the border & homeland!  This agency needs to be disbanded along with many others. WON'T happen under the Democrats in Power.

DHS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN CREATED , THEY ARE USELESS .
IT does not work and never did it should never been created .It is nothing but a Taxpayer draining Joke.Abolish the DHS .

The Rats are jumping a sinking ship. I love it when liberals start leaving the biggest rat of them all.and we all know who that is.

The lies and corruption make working for any government agency something most people can NOT stomach.  Never will.  They exist to do wrong and they continue to do so.

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GOP Activist Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Lost Emails
Found Dead — Apparent Suicide By Black Plastic Bag Republican activist Peter Smith was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The hotel staff found Smith with a black plastic bag on his head. He was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

UPDATE: Mueller and Congressional investigators have interviewed Smith’s acquaintances several times. Our sources say there is much more to this story.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Smith’s body was found by a hotel clerk in the Aspen Suites hotel, located across the street from the Mayo Clinic, according to a Rochester Police Department report. An associate of Mr. Smith said that he had recently visited the clinic. A representative for the facility wouldn’t confirm if Mr. Smith was a patient.

Mr. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts…

…The police report said Mr. Smith was found by a hotel clerk with a plastic bag around his head attached tightly with black rubber bands. Mr. Smith “left documentation on why he committed suicide, medical records, his written obituary, and life insurance” on a table in his room, the report said.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested After Trying To Hire
A Hit Man On Twitter To Kill ICE Agents For $500

A 33-year-old lefty from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday after offering anyone on Twitter $500 to kill ICE agents.

Ziobrowski also expressed his desire to slit John McCain’s throat in several tweets.

FOX News reported:

A Massachusetts man was arrested in New York on Thursday after trying to hire a hit man on Twitter to kill ICE agents for $500 and sharing his desire to slit the throat of Sen. John McCain, federal officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, from Cambridge, Mass. was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat and injure another person for the alleged Twitter posts this year.

Federal officials said Ziobrowski tweeted a murder for hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for $500, and repeatedly tweeted his desire to slit the throat of McCain, R-Ariz.

“The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “There is a difference between public debate and putting others in fear of their lives.”

Federal officials said Ziobrowski in March started tweeting threatening messages against federal agents that work for ICE.

On July 2, the 33-year-old allegedly tweeted: “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills ICE agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this lets make this work.”

The Justice Department released a statement on the arrest of Ziobrowski:

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