Okay, we've had a lot of fun
with the Department of Homeland Security's justifications
for hiring Shirlington Limousine Company, the outfit at the center of Hookergate which DHS awarded a $22 million contract to ferry its people around. But there's just one more tidbit I gotta throw out there.According
to DHS, hiring Shirlington was a good idea because in the event of a terrorist attack or other emergency, the fleet of executive limos they drive can help get top DHS officials to safety.
In bureaucrat-speak: "[the sedans] provide an additional transportation capacity in the event of a Continuity of Operations (COOP) or other emergent situation[.]"
A "COOP situation" is any event which triggers the department's "Continuity of Operations Plan." Those plans used to be for responding to a Soviet nuclear attack, but have since been adapted to handle all manner of dirty bombings, 9/11-style plane hijackings, chem-bio attacks, and other major emergencies.
So if you were worried about how DHS was keeping its operations running, don't! They're betting Shirlington Limo will provide the limos to get them to their secret bunkers before the lethal gas/crumbling buildings/terrorist bullets get them.Update
: An earlier version of this post implied the limousines belonged to Shirlington. Studying the contract, it appears DHS leases the limos directly; Shirlington merely provides the drivers.