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$3.4 billion for new DHS headquarters

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is governments at all levels building expensive monuments to itself.  From local city halls and county administration buildings to Washington DC, governments spare no expense in ensuring they have the very best in terms of buildings to house them. And, it appears, the Department of Homeland Security is not to be denied either:

Washington notables broke ground on the future home of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, symbolically starting construction on the biggest federal building project in the Washington area since the Pentagon 68 years ago.

The project will bring together more than 15,000 employees now scattered in 35 offices in the region, placing them on a 176-acre campus strewn with historic buildings in a long-neglected corner of Washington, five miles from the Capitol building.

Department leaders hope the $3.4 billion consolidation will help the department fulfill its core mission — protecting the homeland — in ways big and small.

“It will help us hold meetings,” Secretary Janet Napolitano said. “It will help us build that culture of ‘One DHS.’”

“It will help us hold meetings.” That’s the best she can come up with (I mean, with today’s technology, I guess virtual meetings are just too much work)? And when I read about her hope of building a culture of “One DHS”, I saw an image of my freedoms flitting out the window while a band play “Deutschland Uber Alles”.

By the way, the site on which this building will be built is the former site of an insane asylum.

I love irony.


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18 Responses to $3.4 billion for new DHS headquarters

  • How ’bout we just do away with DHS altogether.  It is a PROVEN loser.
    Great savings, BETTER security, LESS threat to actual…you know…Americans.
    Seems like a no-brainer to me.

  • Austerity strikes again.  /facepalm

    • Of course, the site does have history.
      St. Elizabeths Hospital was founded by the United States Congress in 1852, largely as the result of the efforts of Dorothea Dix, a pioneering advocate for people living with mental illnesses. It opened in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane.
      I guess it will live up to the zoning requirements, insane.

  • Obviously the sequesters fault.

  • Meetings?   How many meetings are there that we need to spend $3.4 billion to make them more convenient for the participants at DHS?
    As for “One DHS”, yes and ONE DHS is proving to be ONE DHS too many.    I feel neither free, nor safe as a result of your efforts you lying buffoon.

    • I see that it’s South-SouthEast of the Capitol building across the Anacostia River

  • At least, by consolidating DHS into one site, America’s enemies will be able to render it inoperable with one decisive blow.

    • Would an enemy be that foolish? DHS is one of their best assets.

      With DHS in place, a terrorist can do something one-off, and mostly symbolic and ineffective, and DHS will make sure that millions of man hours and billions of dollars are spent on measures that probably would not have stopped the original act anyway.

      If they hate us because of our freedom, I don’t see why they want to get in the way of DHS taking it away from us.

  • Detroit has plenty of unused space for a nice building…

    • And could use a $3 billion dollar investment, which they’d waste and misappropriate anyway, maybe it could be a win win.

  • “insane asylum”—-Been there!

  • Another boondoggle perhaps, but oh boy do wish I were working at this project as a contractor!  Almost guaranteed to double or triple your contract due to government change orders.  I miss those days, well as a contractor not as a taxpayer.

  • Our masters must have a new palace!

  • The building should perhaps be named Lubyanka West and a statue of “Iron Janet” placed out front.
    I especially liked the Russian joke about the original which described it as the tallest building in Moscow, since one could see Siberia from its basement.