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Homeland Security´s Future Home:
A Former Mental Hospital

Bloomberg Businessweek, by Devin Leonard

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/27/2013 2:27:20 PM

Chris Mills frequently gives tours of St. Elizabeths Hospital, a former mental institution where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is building a $4.5 billion headquarters. It’s the largest construction project in the District of Columbia since the Pentagon was completed in 1943. So there’s a lot of ground to cover. Mills prefers to chauffeur his guests around the place in a golf cart. A cheerful 55-year-old with a neatly trimmed mustache, Mills, who is managing the project for DHS, tells visitors to look out for animals. There are loads. Herds of deer, a flock of wild turkeys,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber, 7/27/2013 2:43:07 PM     (No. 9445533)

A veritable monument to useless burocracy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 7/27/2013 2:45:26 PM     (No. 9445538)

Mental hospital, expanded and upgraded.
Security doors work both ways.

Not funny is the cost.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bob913, 7/27/2013 2:55:14 PM     (No. 9445553)

We did not need "Homeland Security" before and we do not need it now. We already had many agencies looking out for the security of this country. This "Homeland Security" dept is looking for something, anything to do.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: curious1, 7/27/2013 2:56:34 PM     (No. 9445556)

$4.5 billion with a B is ridiculous! We´re broke and they pay waaay too much for a HQ when the feebs have tons of buildings they aren´t using.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/27/2013 2:57:05 PM     (No. 9445557)

Largest since the Pentagon.
FTA
"In the months after Sept. 11, the Bush administration and the U.S. Congress decided that Americans would be safer from terrorists if they combined 22 federal agencies into a single unit—including the Coast Guard, the Customs Service, the Secret Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Infrastructure Protection Center, the Federal Computer Incident Response Center, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, to name just a few."

Tailor made for someone like an Obama to be in charge of and pulling the strings. As soon as I saw them terrorizing Tea Partiers at the IRS protest I had a chill go down my spine. This was NOT in their original scope of responsibilities. Not only that but they were posing as police. We may rue the day.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/27/2013 2:58:43 PM     (No. 9445559)

If union labor is being used to build this needless white elephant,you can bet the cost overruns will push it to 6-8 billion.

All this DC area construction is to flood the union coffers,of course but it could create a boom/bust situation down the road.

HS should never have been started to begin with and was a gross over reaction to 911. I mean seriously,how many people do we need "protecting" this country on top of the military and NSA? Our #1 threat is on the do not disturb list,so what do all these people do all day?

FEMA is part of HS and you can´t find a more useless bureaucracy.These people knew NY was going to get a direct hit from SS sandy and they didn´t have a single bottle of water pre-positioned as far as I know.Storm victims were sleeping on the street while FEMA bureaucrats were staying in NY´s best hotel rooms.

Reconstruction is on hold while bureaucrats fight it out over the standards for putting new houses n stilts.No doubt the UN is demanding the reconstruction be done to satisfy diversity requirements.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 7/27/2013 3:11:01 PM     (No. 9445576)

They closed St. E´s now that we really need it?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: melanie, 7/27/2013 3:40:15 PM     (No. 9445605)

I thought the fool that shot President Reagan was incarcerated here. I had no idea it was closed. Other than Capitol Hill and the White House, where are they keeping DC´s lunatics?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tip35c, 7/27/2013 4:11:11 PM     (No. 9445633)

I don´t understand what makes it a "former" mental hospital.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: nevernaught, 7/27/2013 5:43:52 PM     (No. 9445744)

Just another type of inmates moving in. I mean if you are going to spy on and molest people what place is better suited for this crowd. Since Big Sis moved to head up a different kind of mental facility, what else is new.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 7/27/2013 6:08:37 PM     (No. 9445773)

A perfect fit.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Donttreadonme, 7/27/2013 6:29:13 PM     (No. 9445792)

But didn´t nurse Ratched leave to become head of California´s University system?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: starkness, 7/27/2013 9:20:52 PM     (No. 9445917)

I have a really good friend who spent a couple of days in St.E´s. His girlfriend and I visited him there. It was hilarious. I also had a former brother in law who was on the same ward as John Hinckley. At one time "Hinckley" was the popular name for the drug PCP on the streets of Washington. We really have entered the twilight zone.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/27/2013 9:31:12 PM     (No. 9445923)

Why does this remind me that the KGB kept political prisoners in psychiatric hospitals?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hammock, 7/27/2013 10:32:11 PM     (No. 9445966)

Interesting article, but you have to read almost to the end to find out that St. Elizabeth´s is not closed, just way reduced in size. The excessed part of the large campus is what Homeland is using.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/28/2013 5:02:12 AM     (No. 9446110)

And congress can´t find a single dime to cut? What´s this glorified building costing the taxpayers?

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