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    WASHINGTON Mar 6, 2006 (AP) The agency entrusted with protecting the U.S. homeland is having difficulty safeguarding its own headquarters, say private security guards at the complex.

    The guards have taken their concerns to Congress, describing inadequate training, failed security tests and slow or confused reactions to bomb and biological threats.

    For instance, when an envelope with suspicious powder was opened last fall at Homeland Security Department headquarters, guards said they watched in amazement as superiors carried it by the office of Secretary Michael Chertoff, took it outside and then shook it outside Chertoff's window without evacuating people nearby.

    The scare, caused by white powder that proved to be harmless, "stands as one glaring example" of the agency's security problems, said Derrick Daniels, one of the first guards to respond to the incident.

    "I had never previously been given training describing how to respond to a possible chemical attack," Daniels told The Associated Press. "I wouldn't feel safe nowhere on this compound as an officer."

    Daniels was employed until last fall by Wackenhut Services Inc., the private security firm that guards Homeland's headquarters in a residential area of Washington. The company has been criticized previously for its work at nuclear facilities and transporting nuclear weapons.

    Homeland Security officials say they have little control over Wackenhut's training of guards but plan to improve that with a new contract. The company defends its performance, saying the suspicious powder incident was overblown because the mail had already been irradiated.

    Two senators who fielded complaints from several Wackenhut employees are asking Homeland's internal watchdog, the inspector general, to investigate.

    "If the allegations brought forward by the whistleblowers are correct, they represent both a security threat and a waste of taxpayer dollars," Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote. "It would be ironic, to say the least, if DHS were unable to secure its own headquarters."
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    Wackenhut? OMFG!!!

    Thats the Wal-Mart of security... dumb fucks!

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    Sweet, sweet irony. Isn't it sad that there seems to be no perceptible difference between satire and news anymore? If this was a joke, it would be hilarious. Since it isn't, it it wrong that I find myself snickering?

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    ...when an envelope with suspicious powder was opened last fall at
    Homeland Security Department headquarters, guards said they watched
    in amazement as superiors carried it by the office of Secretary Michael
    Chertoff, took it outside and then shook it outside Chertoff's window
    without evacuating people nearby
    .
    That's almost ludicrous! What were they thinking?

    "Well, if it's dangerous, and it comes in the ventilation,
    Chertoff'll drop dead. But then, he signed on for that --
    he knew what he was in for. I say, let'im die!"

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