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May 17, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 17, 2013

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 17, 2013 @ 7:16 am

In the past Native Americans have always had their tribal organizations treated as local governments under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act! Strangely this did not conform to other law of the US and in particular SCOTUS rulings. Now under the following definition FEMA will have to have face to face dealings with the over 500 federally recognized Tribal Nations:

“(6) I Indian Tribal Government – The term “Indian tribal government” means the governing body of any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist as an Indian tribe under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 479a et seq.).”

Just as Native Americans have often been deployed for fighting wildfires and employment opportunities on reservations [outside of casinos] are often limited I believe that the NATIVE AMERICANS could become a highly skilled disaster employee core for the Nation.

IN the meantime wondering how FEMA will interface with essentially over 500 new STATE governments?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 17, 2013 @ 8:09 am

Do any posters or readers know of any detailed study state by state or within states by local government of HS and EM or other Public Safety activities?

BTW when casinos are approved on Native American land why not have a 2-3% tax to fund public safety and HS and EM on that land?

And if you include Flood Plain Management at the STATE level as part of EM and/or HS studies of that funding in every STATE?

Comment by J. Fred Muggs

May 17, 2013 @ 8:37 am

The Negative Implications of Information Sharing and Options for the Future

I think the issue of information sharing is at a crossroads in homeland security. For example, over the past two weeks we have witnessed a public debate between the Boston Police Department (BPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about what information was shared and with whom. Leadership of the BPD testified at a Congressional hearing that prior to the bombings it didn’t receive information from the FBI about the two suspects. Soon after this hearing the FBI released a statement noting that information about the bombers was contained in databases that BPD personnel could have accessed at the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Boston fusion center.

From an information-sharing perspective homeland security professionals are experiencing too much of a good thing. The nation’s security leaders may wish to consider shifting the conversation from one of identifying the challenges associated with a lack of information sharing to a more discrete consideration that too much information is being shared. Simply put there is too much unknown and unhelpful noise in the security-system. Each and every day more grains prospective terrorism-related sand are being poured into the security bucket. The current and greatly desired vacuum cleaner approach to sucking up all pieces of data that someday may have a nexus to terrorism is exacerbating the oft-demonstrated inability to identify and analyze truly significant pieces of information. The post 9/11 information-sharing philosophy needs to be reconsidered with an eye toward collecting data based on specifically identified intelligence gaps and sharing information with others based on identified needs – rather than undefinable wants. Undertaking such a strategy will increase the nation’s ability to safeguard the homeland through better analysis which in turn may lead to a thoughtful alignment of homeland security resources to known or prospective risks.

I welcome your counterarguments, ridicule, and comments.

Comment by Rubin, Claire

May 17, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

HUD has a Native American program office and helps the tribes deal with housing matters after a disaster.

Some tribes have their own emergency management office, such as the Seminole tribe in FL

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 17, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

– Open the White House Doors Now – Our Kids Deserve Better – In memory of those brave 911 Patriots who were heard saying, “let’s rock ‘n roll” over Pennsylvania where terrorists had planned an attack in piercing our nation’s heart, the White House and today given the perverse and narrow minded perspective of the Obamas, the White House Doors are Closed….by Barry and Michelle Obama who may be ashamed of our America for they only wish to portray the past issues of slavery as our only important historical reference…

As far as the “Benghazi Massacre” and those we left behind to be slaughtered so and In the words of James Madison (1785): “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. But, in reality it will be an Enemy from within” –

From the words of a great champion, Frederick Douglass which best describe this half-white man and his pledge to Hussein Obama and his anti-Christian, anti-colonialist friends:

…so when it comes to the multiple AP far reach and the IRS scandal, Frederick Douglass says:

“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” –

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

God Bless our beloved Republic!

“Hold your Muskets high…for all lawful purpose” – Christopher Tingus (2012)


Comment by William R. Cumming

May 18, 2013 @ 7:57 am

Google or search on your computer for the Drudge Report! Then scroll down to the Der Spiegle link. Click and read long article on Big Data and think through some of the implications for DHS and FEMA. Remember despite my long advocacy for one there is no permanent statistical unit in FEMA or to my knowledge in DHS!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 19, 2013 @ 8:06 am

My comment above relates to the excellent J. Fred Muggs comment. Was not there once a chimp with that name on the Today Show long long ago in a galaxy far away?

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