It is a part of living in a fallen world. There will always be mistakes and miscues. The best trained and well-intended person makes mistakes. But when we see something happen over and over, it begins to look intentional.

So when we learn that there have been fatal errors on the part of an agency, how do we evaluate their efforts? It would seem that one or two mistakes over a vast area of responsibility would be expected. The failure, if inherent to the system, would be expected until realized and corrected. But what if it continues and there is not an expectation of a remedy?

The Washington Times reports:

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Homeland Security is leaving thousands of detention beds empty even as it voluntarily releases thousands of murderers, kidnappers and other criminals, the chief of deportations admitted to Congress on Thursday as she faced families of those killed by freed illegal immigrant convicts.

“We strive for perfect, but we are human and we fall short sometimes,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah R. Saldana told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

These are not localized failures on the part of one or two agencies; it is a failure in the system. There should be no questions as to where the breakdown has occurred. If the head wants to go in one direction, the body follows. But what is the intent?

It seems most likely that there is something else behind this. You do not make 2000 mistakes in a year. Do you? Can a company or organization really allow that many to people slip through unnoticed? How do sheriffs and police captains stop this kind of mistakes?

Once there is such volume of error, we have two choices. They are the most incompetent people alive, or they are failing on purpose.

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