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Hold Whom Accountable?

Reader comment on item: [Hesham Hedayet and] Border Agencies in Denial

Submitted by George Shapiro (United States), Oct 16, 2002 at 10:00

Given the calamitous results of relaxed vigilance practiced by the INS, it shouldn't surprise us if there actually were instances of corruption and payoffs that should be prosecuted.

However, to equate bureaucratic, institutional negligence (p.c. gone amok?) with individual employee culpability for "criminal negligence" gets us nowhere. If anyone thinks that it does, then why not just skip the INS middlemen and sue Congress right now to draw up Articles of Impeachment? As Harry S Truman said, "the buck stops here."

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