Originally Posted by kreed
Where is the message and banner suppose to show up
because it does not show up during or at login
How are you logging in?? If you mean you're logging in at the console (X windows/Gnome/KDE/whatever), you won't get it. The login banner is displayed for network connections, like telnet. You may be able to configure your display manager (kdm/gdm) to display a message after login on the console, and you could also write a script to display a window with the banner after login, and have it run on login.
SSH uses a banner option in the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file, and you *CAN* have it use the /etc/issue file, or have a different one that's displayed for SSH, while the system one is displayed for telnet.
Update: Since I knew I did this before on the console, you can go into the GDM or KDM configuration tools, and set a "welcome" message (banner), to be displayed after GUI login. A bit dated, but still should give you an idea:
In KDM, I *THINK* you can do it through the GUI as well.