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July 5, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 5, 2013

On July 5, 1987 the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a suicide attack on the Sri Lankan army.  This is seen by many as the beginning of modern suicide terrorism. According to LTTE, 378 suicide attacks were carried out by their specialized “Black Tigers” unit between 1987 and November 2008.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by John Comiskey

July 5, 2013 @ 5:24 am

The Question What is HLS is very much on my mind. Full Disclosure: the question is related to my dissertation studies.

The Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L 110-53) required DHS to conduct a quadrennial homeland security review starting in 2009. The purpose of the review was to describe threats to national security interests and outline and prioritize homeland security missions. The first review and its follow up bottom-up review stipulated that they were consistent with the 2010 National Security Strategy. DHS’ (2010a) Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: A Strategic Framework For A Secure Homeland defined homeland security as “a concerted national effort to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards where American interests, aspirations, and ways of life can thrive.” (p.13)

DHS will release the second QHSR at year’s end. The White House, I am informed will also release a new National Security Strategy. If the NSS information I innacurate, please let me know.

HLS post-9/11 was terrorism centric, although the 2002 National Security Strategy mentioned emergency management capabilities to address all hazards.

Hurricane Katrina put all-hazards in full throttle and brought EM back to the forefront. In 2009, the threat of a flu pandemic reminded us that public health was part of HLS. In 2010, Deep Water Horizon brought environmental security to our attention.

In 2012 Superstorm Sandy reaffirmed EM’s prominence. The Boston Attacks, however, reminded us that despite our best efforts and even NSA’s Big-Brother-like capabilities we cannot prevent all attacks. And ODNI warned us that water security should be on our minds too.

The QHSR we have been told (in this blog and elsewhere) will be predicated in large part on risk management and decision making and resource allocation based thereupon. (No politics?)

My dissertation lends itself to advancing the homeland security paradigm by helping to develop a common definition of HLS?

My question this morning is not what HLS is, rather what should HLS be?

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 5, 2013 @ 6:47 am

John C.! Good luck with your thesis! My answer is a short one–CIVIL SECURITY FOR OUR REPUBLIC!

Civil Security cannot exist in any democracy where the voting citizenry are consistently deprived of the information they need to make choices about their own governance. The continued effort even by the President to prevent disclosure of the basics of government operations and choices continues to mask waste, fraud, and abuse.

Now that General Clapper has admitted lying to the Senate it will be interesting to see the response to that disclosure.
RESIGNATION would seem a certain outcome but who knows. Perhaps a perjury referral from the SENATE to a largely corrupted AG?

And a FEMA that has resurrected the internal fear and authoritarian management and secrecy culture that was the hope and dream of the first Republican Director of that organization and came close to destroying it and did in fact prevent accom;oac

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 5, 2013 @ 7:01 am

CONTINUED: prevent the maintenance of the civil disaster response and recovery sector!

And Phil! A question? Is terrorism ever defined to include attacks on the uniformed armed forces of any nation-state in a systematic and organized way?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

July 5, 2013 @ 8:30 am

Bill: As you know a significant number of folks dislike nearly every use of “terrorism”, preferring alternatives such as “asymmetric warfare.” Most definitions of terrorism typically focus on violence involving non-combatants.

Title 22 of the U.S. Code, Section 2656f(d) defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.”

But asymmetric attacks on armed forces intended to terrorize non-combatants and/or influence political decisions are often lumped-and-dumped as terrorism. Certainly the Colombo government regularly referred to the Black Tigers as terrorists, even when targets were the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 5, 2013 @ 9:24 pm


?…How honored we are to have such brilliant individuals to have brought the distance in dreams and imagination to such closeness in reality for each of us able to actually see the landscape of Mars almost as if peering from our window almost breathless at what we see before us!

Such achievement…such excellence in attainment….

If only we could care enough to reach to another in firm handclasp to address our arrogant and deceitful ways, our unwillingness to repent and to Respect one another and offer dignity to another rather than senseless killing of innocent and the abusive ways of so many towards others….

God Bless each of us and our beloved Republic!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645


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