Getting paid $800k to spy on AMTRAK train passengers

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There’s no end to what the three letter government agencies won’t do and this once again proves that there is essentially nothing an employee of the federal government can do that will get them fired or prosecuted.  Unless they’re a Republican.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration inappropriately paid an Amtrak employee more than $850,000 over 20 years to provide information on passengers who may be smuggling drugs, according a report from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.

That’s just the teaser in the Washington Times article.  Believe it or not it gets better, but first …

The DEA paid out the cash for information over a 20 year period.  The first people who should be fired are the DEA agents who approved the payments.

The OIG also released a separate report saying the DEA arranged to pay a government airport screener to act as a confidential source. The screener, however, never provided information of any value to the DEA.

20 years of payments for lousy information.  I’m willing to do the same for half that.  But really, it gets better.

“The OIG determined that over a period of 20 years, the DEA paid the Amtrak employee $854,460 as of January 2014 for information that was available at no cost to the government in violation of federal regulations relating to the use of government property, thereby wasting substantial government funds,” the OIG wrote.

It was available for free.  I’m willing to guarantee that any information I’d provide isn’t available to the government for free.  Worthless, just not available.

The AMTRAK employee was allowed to retire at full pension and the DEA agents involved were not fired either.

Your government at work.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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