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May 10, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 10, 2013

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

In the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge inposes a pattern, and falsifies,
For the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been. We are only undeceived
Of that which, deceiving, could no longer harm.

T.S. Eliot, East Coker

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2013 @ 7:03 am

Spring 2013 may well be the great deceiver but time will tell!

Did you ever wonder how many statutes have introductory Findings Section in which the Congress expresses their belief in the greater purposes of a statute? This precatory information has long been ruled as not in fact being anything with statutory effect or mandates or authorization. Thus, sort of like a blog the wild blue yonder. And often outdated and almost never updated by Congress. Well let’s take the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act as an example:

“Sec. 101. Congressional Findings and Declarations (42 U.S.C. 5121)
(a) The Congress hereby finds and declares that –
(1) because disasters often cause loss of life, human suffering, loss of income, and property loss and damage; and
(2) because disasters often disrupt the normal functioning of governments and communities, and adversely affect individuals and families with great severity; special measures, designed to assist the efforts of the affected States in expediting the rendering of aid, assistance, and emergency services, and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of devastated areas, are necessary.
(b) It is the intent of the Congress, by this Act, to provide an orderly and continuing means of assistance by the Federal Government to State and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to alleviate the suffering and damage which result from such disasters by –
(1) revising and broadening the scope of existing disaster relief programs;
(2) encouraging the development of comprehensive disaster preparedness and assistance plans, programs, capabilities, and organizations by the States and by local governments;
(3) achieving greater coordination and responsiveness of disaster preparedness and relief programs;
(4) encouraging individuals, States, and local governments to protect themselves by obtaining insurance coverage to supplement or replace governmental assistance;
(5) encouraging hazard mitigation measures to reduce losses from disasters, including development of land use and construction regulations; and
(6) providing Federal assistance programs for both public and private losses sustained in disasters.”

Do you think the statute as delivered and administered includes the above as its goals and purposes? Some maybe but not all!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2013 @ 7:15 am

And in passing I had a call from a GAO staffer discussing the recently issued report on duplication and overlaps in federal programs, functions, and activities. That staffer as had the team preparing the report had concluded that departments, and in particular DHS could not produce detailed analysis or budget or staff for their programs, functions, and activities, nor delegations, and thus concluded that no repeat NO effective administrator of their assigned missions, goal, and mandates could be accomplished and certainly performance could not be reviewed.

As I have concluded long ago a bureacrat with a paycheck, but no phone, or computer or inbox is a very satsified one. Harsh perhaps but my guess is that 20% of the bureacrats produce almost 100% of the work. Many don’t interface with the public and their jobs consist of washing the internal laundry of the department or agency which may or may not impact the public. So the question always arises what should be getting accomplished by the departments and agencies, and do they in fact accomplish those missions and goals, and if not why not?

And its becoming apparent the FBI may have missed one in Boston!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 10, 2013 @ 7:22 am

Preface: Open the White House Doors Now – Our Kids deserve better!

…as it seems our temporary guests who have exclaimed their shame for America and who were ‘entrusted” to uphold our Judeo-Christian values and our Constitution and who both prefer to go on late night television and hold select parties at the WH to depict their eloquence in shak’n their booty…further promoting their lack of intent, their self-indulgent ways and as portrayed in their blatant lies spewed forth and a breach of faith, treason when leaving our brave patriots behind at the ‘Benghazi Massacre” for We do not leave anyone behind….

My Friday’s Free Forum brief comment is entitled and so directed:

“O faithless and perverse generation” –

As one of my champions, Frederick Douglass said and from my perspective clearly describes Barry Obama and his tainted WH:

“Find out just what People will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them: and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” –


in the words of Samuel Adams (1775):

‘No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they be easily subdued, when knowledge is wide spread and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when people are unwisely ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without Aid of foreign invaders” –

Open the White House Doors Now – Our Kids Deserve better!

Don’t kid yourselves in your self-indulgent ways, for Germany is quickly filling the void left by a much weakened America in so many ways led by a “Chicago city street slicker” and nothing more, a half-white man whose pledge to Hussein Obama and his Kenyan anti-Christian and anti-colonialist pals and to Bill Ayers and to the Rev Wright where from the pulpit, Barry Obama sat for twenty (20) years to hear how Tehran can surely have WMD in hand as long as the “Zionist” has same in hand and as we have seen, a WH administration with no intent to thwart these “Brutes of Tehran” and to bow to other sovereign King and make apology for America –

God Bless America and We now see a well prepared and organized fast deployment german army on the march with its intent in doctrine to continue manufacturing weapons and other en route to the Middle east where it is forging a new “Confederate of Middle East States” to enslave these nation into allies with War looming ahead once again…

House arrest in suspicion in breach of faith, treason I shout towards this Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton contrary to their oath in pledge to our nation and our Judeo-Chrustian values….’What’s the difference” Hillary Clinton asks, well, when you both willingly stand shoulder to shoulder and lie so, well, it truly makes a difference!

Open the White House Doors Now! the kids and nephews and nieces, their classmate and friends of those who shouted, ‘let’s rock ‘n roll” on 911 and thwarted an attack by terrorists to pierce the heart of our nation, Our White House, to destroy it, in essence to close its doors to our valued history far more than this perverted sense of slavery issues and divisiveness as this administration theme and shame of our nation which Michelle holds for our brave Patriots and history of this great nation and its Judeo-Christian values…

Open the White House Doors Now – Our Kids’ House and they Deserve better!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
– Open the White house Doors Now – Our Kids Deserve better –
PO Box 1612
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2013 @ 2:06 am

And now the effort to divert blame from the FBI has started with leak that the Russians could have should have told US more about Boston Bombers!

Comment by HGRATTAN

May 11, 2013 @ 6:14 am


I am watching the Boston post mortem mostly from the sidelines. I am very much otherwise engaged with work as it should be (or just the way I want it).

In the way of the briefest of commentary. The FBI has a rule book (rule books actually) about what it can and cannot do. Counterterrorism does not occur in the abstract. CT is about doing things some of which democracies decry/lament/expressly prohibit.

No quick fix here although I do like to cite Mark Lowenthal’s “It government and especially in intelligence” we assent to a degree of ambiguity.

See: http://www.amazon.com/Intelligence-From-Secrets-Policy-Edition/dp/1608716759/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368270822&sr=8-1&keywords=Mark+Lowenthal

My apologies for mostly watching this one (an important one too, from the sidelines)

Comment by HGRATTAN

May 11, 2013 @ 6:16 am


not It government we assent to

In government we assent to

*I wish I could edit these posts post hoc.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 11, 2013 @ 7:03 am

From the February 26, 1993 Twin Towers parking garage bombing and 911 and with the add’l billions spent on Homeland Security and the lessons we should have learned, why does this nation have any such failures in communicating and reporting w/one another….

….trying to protect one’ own agency turf or any other reason is not good enough and while many dedicated folks committed to our beloved Republic’s security have thwarted many more planned attacks and incidents than one knows and kudos to these men and women as well as the men and women first responders I witnessed in prepared and organized response here in Boston during the 117th Marathon bombing which injured more than 200, killed and took one or more limbs from other folks…and we are still playing so fool hearty with blame games…get your act together or get out!

First, let’s get the White House Doors Open for our Kids deserve better and will soon begin to visit Washington DC w/classmates… The White House is apparently open to invited only rappers afforded secret service protection as our temporary eight year guests, the Obamas seem to budget White House parties w/secret service, yet the kids, nephews, nieces, friends and classmates of our brave Americans who thwarted the planned piercing attack to the heart of this nation – OUR WHITE HOUSE – their kids and their friends and so on and so forth are shut out of their own White House!

Wake up! Stop your partisan ways for far too many have given their Life and many are willing to compromise their Life daily as we saw First Responders running to the assistance of those needing help..not asking whether they were Arab, Black, White, illegal immigrant or “whatever” as the youngsters today over use….

Get a grip on yourselves and see the self-serving ways as we saw at the “Benghazi Massacre” which I consider breach in faith, treason, a criminal act by both Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton, yet the fact of the matter is that whenever there is a calamity, a situation, as a senior citizen, what’s with this society which cannot take responsibility for their own decisions, the ramifications which result from one’s actions….why is everyone passing the buck, while terrorism becomes more and more rampant as the corruptness of societies and governments are so self-indulgent….

The question I have in mind, “Why bother to have an oath taken when one is “entrusted” by precious vote to uphold our Constitution and our Judeo-Chrustian values as it seems to me that when our forefathers fled the English King and all his imposed taxes and fees much like what we see today with this ever imposing government in its manipulative and deceitful ways, evidently even willing as Barry Obama and Ms. Hillary knowing there was no video link to the “Benghazi Massacre” but willing to outright utter the untruth to the parents of those brave Patriots when replying to what happened, this absurd and blatant lie about some flick the reason for an attack on our lock and key embassy….how immoral and I don’t give a damn about your supposed political affiliations….it is very evident to me that we have little true representation from our elected government representations and more the reason to hold these “beltway thieves” so immersed in their me-me Life, while so, so many others have stood forthright with our values and Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values and damn it, OPEN THE WHITE HOUSE DOORS NOW for our nation’s valued history is far more than the slavery issues and divisiveness Barry and Michelle Obama in their perverse and limited perspectives promote….

Folks more so today must be held accountable for their actions and their failure in keeping with their pledge by oath to serve and protect our country and understand that We do Not leave any of our brave Patriots behind! Both Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama said the “buck stops” with them…then in breach of faith, treason, they should be held by House arrest for suspicion of breach of faith, treason and their actions are criminal for our soldiers were promised by oath to be protected and they were Not! Even the perpetrators have been known to walk freely and sip their drinks at the local hotel and are permitted freedom while our brave Patriots were so willingly left behind….

Neither Barry Obama or Ms. Hillary are above the law! By not holding any and all accountable for their actions, for their breach of faith, you are further weakening our core in values which we have been so proud of and stand at attention and salute ‘ol Glory in Love of our country and most charitable People….

There have always been very bad folks around and today, no exception. A Democracy must have a strong arsenal and its People holding their muskets high…for all lawful purpose.

As Samuel Adams said in (1775):

“No People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they be easily subdued, when knowledge i wide spread and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are unwisely ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without Aid of foreign invaders” –

Many seek our demise! Don’t kid yourself and take Freedom for granted….

We have existing gun laws in place which are not enforced. We have existing immigration laws, unenforced. there is no excuse for such incompetent ways…technology today can surely be directed to assure that those who come to this nation and issued any visa for example, are kept in check. there is no fairness to the many who line up in embassies far distant each and every day to secure a US visa and often wait two or more years, while just in the last three weeks, migrant workers from Mexico have been coming in increased numbers, not to return as they normally do to family in Mexico, but to stay in hopes of securing amnesty…Why? Other law abiding folks are waiting in their country and Respect our immigration laws seemingly more than our own officials as well as madame DHS Secretary and how dare she leave criminals to the streets to play along with Barry Obama’s sequester charade….

Enough is enough!

Let’s start by Opening the White House Doors Now as our Kids Deserve better and while Michelle Obama and Barry Obama tell us of how they lack pride for our nation and we see them in their eloquence on late night television and at the White House party last week swaying their hips so and promote late term abortion, having obvious little respect for Life as we saw our men left behind so easily at the “Benghazi Massacre”…well folks, from a senior citizen’s perspective and having talked to survivors of World War I, WW II, Vietnam and Korea and the Gulf wars…wake up! It is Not ok that a US Navy aircraft carrier was redirected away from the Gulf region because of lack of funding while We allow Barry Obama to send billions to the Islamic Brotherhood in cairo who profess such hatred to us and others….seeking to undermine even the good people of the Middle East and manipulate so in causing further regional instability….

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
Cape Cod, MA USA

Comment by Dan O'Connor

May 11, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

Perhaps off the beaten path a bit but I was thinking of homeland security within a metaphorical context and came up with thinking of homeland security missions within the framework of the classical elements.


If you think about it, we spend a lot of our mission, money, mandates, and machination on them.

Earth/food, population, de forestation, geography, minerals, etc.

Fire/energy, oil, natural gas, coal, solar etc.

Air/climate change, pollution, weather, quality of life etc.

Water/finite, global strife, life sustaining, trafficable, etc.

The homeland security idea for me is how these “elements” all interact, interface, initiate with and summarily suppress one another. They also need one another to perform its designated function. No one “element” alone can exist without the other.

I’m not sure if quintessence is technology, humanism, dynamism, globalization, terrorism or the interface of people with their environment, but there’s something there. Perhaps it is the spiritual theology of a beginning and an end or entropy or something but in terms of a metaphor, it has a place.

The four Aristotelian elements and alchemy work here too, because we spend an awful lot of time looking for the right or best combinations, specific recipes and compounds to thwart a variety of threats, risks, and future activities. It has an intelligence fusion or synthesis theme for me.

Since its open mike Friday (Sat)… I figured, why not?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

Thanks HGrattan and Dan!

And Chris T. you might read Maureen Dowd’s Op-Ed in todya’s Sunday NYTimes!

Also discussion of Chinese post-earthquake and social media in today’s NYTimes.

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