Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Frances Townsend Rails Against Congress & DHS Hacks

Frances Townsend continued her speaking tour. Last week she served on a panel in Washington, while this week she spoke in Denver to a supply chain management group. Homeland Security Today reported on the panel's comments:

Taking the politics out of homeland security (HS), educating and inspiring the public and finding competent professionals to staff the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should be the primary goals of the next president, according to veteran HS experts.

On Friday, Oct. 3, Frances Fragos Townsend, former White House counterterrorism and HS advisor, Jerome Hauer, former director of New York City's Department of Emergency Management, and PJ Crowley, director of HS for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, addressed a panel titled "Beyond Duct Tape and Color Codes" on the future of HS.

What kind of DHS hack is on vacation as a Category 4 hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast? After returning to Washington, this same hack jumped on a plane to Saudi Arabia as hospital patients were plucked from dead hospitals, where they spent days suffering in a toxic gumbo. After delivering a letter to the Saudi Monarchy, this hack returned to write a "robust" investigative report.

Frances Townsend is that hack. Her Lessons Learned analysis omitted the hospital with the largest patient death toll post landfall. LifeCare Hospital had 24 patient deaths. A competent professional would've mentioned this fact. The Carlyle Group, LifeCare's owner, must be grateful for Fran's silence. It helps their risk management efforts. Next up on the rubber chicken circuit? A panel on the future of Al Qaeda on 10-10.

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