Why didn’t Homeland Security know where Sanford was?

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I’ve taken a few international flights. Ok, a lot of international flights and here is one thing I know. They look at your passport. My current passport gets swiped across a bar code reader which I presume goes to a computer somewhere, checks to make sure my name is not on some “can’t travel” list or whatever. At some point, that transaction is recorded in a database so in the event any CSI agent needs to recreate my whereabouts on a particular day, it can be done. I’m almost sure they can triangulate my cell phone location, get my phone records, etc. And, if that fails, my iPhone can send GPS data attached to my latest tweet.

Homeland Security can track down a mother of four, arrest and proceed to deport her, without passion or prejudice, one month before her daughter graduates from high school, yet they can’t tell if a sitting governor used his passport to travel outside the United States? On the list of all red flags, wouldn’t that bump to the top of the list? Shouldn’t we have known a governor of a state probably has no official business outside the US borders unless he/she is on vacation or a State Department-sponsored junket? It’s like allowing the IT nerd to wander into the C-suite of a company. Just doesn’t belong there.

To not know that a sitting governor had used his passport to travel to Argentina is just someone asleep at the switch.

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2 Responses to Why didn’t Homeland Security know where Sanford was?

  1. Dogwalk Musings says:

    Did anyone think to check with them?

  2. Rufus says:

    @musing They were cited in the article, but I would think a governor with access to national security information in his state who could not be located would at least be a flag. I’m not sure how many governors we have “lost” or why, but a call should probably be on the list when a governor does go missing. Personally, I think somebody knew where he was and it was just a really bad cover-up.