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August 23, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on August 23, 2013

On this date in 1996 Osama bin Laden published a statement declaring war on the United States.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 23, 2013 @ 5:59 am

“When the US leadership retreats from the world chaos fills the vacuum.”
Adam Kinzinger.

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:35 am

Can disaster outlays be reduced by statutory or policy or administrative changes, and if so how?

Can the NFIP [National Flood Insurance Program] be made more effective by statutory, policy or administrative changes, and if so how?

Readers of my writings know I have given the answer YES to both of the above but they continue to be ineffective federal programs for reasons I have often discussed.

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:37 am

Noting that many recent post SANDY reports discuss Climate Change and its impacts this Century why does DHS and FEMA continue to have NO climatologist on board as policy advisor to the leadership?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:38 am

With the impending Republican takeover of the US Senate [Nate Silver calls it an even chance] should the Banking Committees and Public Works Committees continue to set domestic disaster and flood insurance policy?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:39 am

Has the failure of the Homeland Security permanent committees to pass legislation helped or hurt Homeland Security in the USA?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:43 am

Since DHS was created principally to deal with the following:
(1) WMD proliferation, prevention and response;

(2) CIP [Critical Infrastructure Protection and cyber security]; and

(3) collection, processing, dissemination of domestic INTEL while protecting privacy, civil rights and civil liberties;

Why are there no accurate report cards on these missions for DHS after a decade of effort?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:46 am

The DoD has published new guidance on the Posse Commitatus Act and indicated that restrictions on usage of the Active Duty Armed Forces no longer apply whenever military operations are impacted is this a direct threat to civil control of the military and a step towards an important decline in democracy in the USA even as a military and military industrial complex faces a decline in funding and foreign wars?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:47 am

Does the militarization of DHS indicate a confession of the weakness of past and present appointees in accomplishing the DHS missions and goals?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:49 am

The DHS dialectic is that too many Congressional Committees impact the programs, functions, and activities of DHS! Is this true and has any study of the actual oversight of Congress of DHS programs, functions, and activities been accomplished by an government organization, think tank, or MSM?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:50 am

Why does DHS continue to rank near the bottom of good places to work studies?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:51 am

Should all of DHS be a uniformed service? Carry guns and badges?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:52 am

Does any person or organization in DHS have a role in civil riots and disorders?
N.B. The terms “riot” and “civil disorder” are defined in the US Code!

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:54 am

Has HHS and CDC and other health organizations become more effective and efficient in dealing with issues and events like the ANTHRAX ATTACKS of fall 2001 since that event? How is this documented in any open source material?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:57 am

Has the merger of the HOMELAND SECURITY COUNCIL staff with the NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL staff into the NSS under President Obama been a correct policy decision?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:57 am

What is the domestic civil crisis chain of command?
And if one does not exist why not?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 6:59 am

What are the barriers to effective and efficient programs, functions, and activities of DHS caused by federalism policies including those buried in various DHS statutes and Executive Orders it administers?

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 7:03 am

Since the enactment of Public Law 875 of the 81st Congress [the Disaster Relief Act of 1950] Indian Tribes had to go through the STATES to get disaster relief. This contradicted other federal policies including court decisions on the Nations of Native Americans. This policy was recent changed in the Amended Stafford Act to comport with other federal law.
This meant that FEMA now has to deal not just with the STATES but over 500 federally recognized tribes. How is FEMA doing with this change?

A fool perhaps can ask more questions than a wise man [or woman] can answer?

Comment by Rubin, Claire

August 23, 2013 @ 7:13 am

Bill- one issue at a time , please.

Re climatologist at FEMA — NOAA has them and FEMA can consult with them.


Comment by William R. Cumming

August 23, 2013 @ 7:41 am

Actually relations between FEMA and NOAA are chilly. NOAA is largely a scientific agency culturally and FEMA abhors hard or soft science. As always IMO of course!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 24, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

Kerry’s decision appalling!


Egyptian aid must continue….despite a perverse and anti-American presidency who should be held by House arrest as well as Ms. Hillary for their blatant lies at the “Benghazi Massacre” – questioning and lie detector should be applied to both….Our US military and the homeland security deserve loyal Americans to our beloved Republic and ‘ol Glory….

I have been writing about the evolving Middle East and we must help the moderate and wonderful people of Egypt and other Middle East nations and to those burning downing Christian churches, take a look over your shoulder for maybe America has certainly been hood winked and considerably weakened by Barry Obama’s pledge to Hussein Obama and his anti-Chriustian and anti-colonialist Kenyan pals, however it is Germany who will stun you as it has stunned the world as astute military strategists as in 1890, 1914, 1939 and today and as an American like so many here on “Main Street USA” in obligation to our Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values, it is time that we turn to our own US military leadership and NSA to convey the confidence that the White House and State are being monitored in their every move….

We are in great peril and the paralysis of those we have “entrusted” to serve the community in political post, you shall be held accountable by God for he is witness to all these deceitful ways….

“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” –
James Madison (1785).

Germany is on the march with its well trained fast deployment army and billions and billions in arms shipments throughout the Middle East in nurturing allies to Germany which is filling the void in an intentionally weakened America and while Tehran sets site on Africa, to the “Brutes of Tehran” – I concur with you, it is Not America you must be concerned with when you have the White and John McCain supporting the Muslim Brotherhood w/billions in support and a deranged Congress playing partisan politics and could give a damn as to anything other than their own election which again prompts me to demand term limits, however to Tehran, even with your nuclear weapon in hand, Germany will knock on your door shortly for America is broke and has not heart to stand with strong arsenal for Democracy!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

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August 25, 2013 @ 6:54 am


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August 25, 2013 @ 6:57 am


Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 25, 2013 @ 7:05 am

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