DHS: The Series

Question: What is the Department of Homeland Security good for? (Other than not rescuing victims of a catastrophic hurricane)

Answer: Bilking old ladies and churches of $5.5 million.

That's how much money Hollywood producer/con artist Joseph Medawar extracted over a two year period from would-be investors in his fictional (and I mean that literally) television drama, "DHS: The Series" -- a show that he claimed enjoyed the personal support of President Bush. You can read the sorry details in the L.A. Times story here.

Now it doesn't take much to put one over grandma -- even College Republicans have mastered that particular art -- but it requires a special talent to con a politician like, say, Republican House member Dana Rohrabacher who "put Medawar in touch with at least five other members of Congress, including Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), who was then head of the White House's Homeland Security Advisory Council." Ouch!

Rohrbacher can, however, find consolation in the fact that he shares the illustrious company of the Boston Globe, NPR, and the US News and World Report -- all of whom seem to need a little help in the fact-checking department.

For the definitive set of DHS-related links check out the always intrepid Boing Boing, which also offers this colorful synopsis of the exciting but sadly equally fake trailer (video here):

- Voice Over: Bush's declaration on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001. "The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war."
- Innocent American children frolic carelessly through ominous blue daisy fields.
- Dirka-dirka terrorists!
- Agents with furrowed brows peer into cellphones
- Dirka-dirka terrorists!
- DHS helicopters zoom, DHS SUVs vroom, DHS guns boom

America's secret weapon: furrowed brows.

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