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January 3, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on January 3, 2014

Today there is a blizzard in Boston (and nearby), a car bomb explosion in Beirut (and elsewhere), and the Fukushima nuclear power station continues in crisis.

Happy New Year.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Hopeful

January 3, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

As we head into another election year and all of the domestic debate that will bring, I am hopeful that Americans will take heed of the clear warnings coming from several directions including politicians, think tanks, and the continued overseas violence. The world is full of angry, violent, Anti-American people with intent and capacity to do physical and emotional harm. While I urge us all to even more robustly enjoy the hard fought freedoms we cherish, we all need to revisit the very basics in personal preparedness and responsibility. Namely, develop relationships that can serve as a personal safety net; save enough money for a small emergency fund to help mitigate the rough edges of life’s challenges; report suspicious activity to law enforcement; take some training to increase your skills to help others such as first aid; and regularly take time to reflect on and share your values with other people in your life. Meaningful purpose and open communication can improve life immensely.

Believing that little things can make a big difference, here’s to a safe and secure 2014!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 3, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

Agree with great comment by Hopeful!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 3, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

After over a year appears Storm Sandy response and recovery not so great!

And Governor Christie not Superman!

Are there second [and third and fourth] acts for politicians and their appointees in Washington?

Are both national parties working on an October surprise?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

January 3, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

and Governor Christie Not Superman….

….correct and neither is Barry Obama where both stood shoulder to shoulder and while all fussed about this forged relationship, there are many William who agree with you that after a year, government and its broken promises have failed many once more….

Comment by Christopher Tingus

January 3, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

Friday Free Forum – Homeland Security: I preface my comments during Free Forum with the words of Frederick Douglass:

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” –

While I have clearly reiterated that the flurry of forthcoming signed White House Executive Orders shortly after New Year’s Day, already in the cue with intent more often than not to enable this administration in its perverse ways to circumvent the Constitution, constitute the biggest threat to our beloved Republic and to Homeland Security as we are besieged from within and by this Executive White House administration who chooses what laws it will enforce and what laws it dismisses at its whim with little challenge by media and the populace itself.

It is fact that the biggest cop in the land, Eric Holder and his Asst AG had a direct dirty hand in allowing a convicted felon out of jail yesterday and it is this continued charade which has now weakened the US along with the failed Syrian and Iranian foreign policies which have met Barry Obama’s objectives in bringing the US par with other countries, intentionally stripping it as the sole superpower and while for decades it has been America who has helped to keep stability globally, no longer….War looms ahead!

A convicted felon released after crimes and aiding known terrorist recognized for the killings of many innocents and directly tied to the first Trade Center bombings:

Ex-civil rights lawyer convicted in terror case is released from prison after serving four years of 10 year sentence because she’s dying of breast cancer
‘It’s just really wonderful,’ 74-year-old Lynne Stewart said after being freed from the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, January 1
U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl signed the release order after government lawyers said Tuesday Stewart qualified for early release because she’s suffering from breast cancer

Stewart was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence in a plot to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Aiding a terrorist: Stewart, pictured right at the time, was convicted of helping blind Egyptian sheik, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahmen, left, communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence in a plot to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
She has been imprisoned since 2009 and wasn’t scheduled for release until August 2018.

Stewart, pictured in 2005, had written to the judge, saying she didn’t want to die in ‘a strange and loveless place’ and wanted to go home
A previous compassionate-release request was denied in part on the grounds that Stewart had more than 18 months to live, though the judge said he would act promptly if the Federal Bureau of Prisons agreed she had less than 18 months to live and granted a compassionate-release application.
A federal appeals court in 2012 upheld Stewart’s 10-year sentence, saying she earned it through serious crimes that she refused to acknowledge. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was fair to boost Stewart’s sentence from the two years and four months she was given in 2006.
The three-judge panel that had ordered Stewart to be resentenced said it disagreed with her claim that her sentence was ‘shockingly high.’ It accused her of exhibiting a ‘stark inability to understand the seriousness of her crimes.’

How outrageous – so many killed and so many losing limb and adversely affected for Life as innocents and….

….with crimes against the US and this individual’s amended convicted sentence at the whim of the top cop and the Executive White House….

Like many others, I do hope NSA is listening to the White House calls these days and the US military if need be, should intercede and begin to express serious concern about this government who enforces few of the laws and by Executive Order has empowered itself to afford little concern for the checks and balances imposed on those we “entrust” to govern, however with a weak and biased media/press and a rather ignorant and indifferent – selfie – populace, this nation which was so blatantly deceived by outright lie by Barry Obama and “What does it matter Clinton” at the Benghazi Massacre despite a NY Times reporter attempting to politicize, the road ahead with Barry Obama having still much time to complete his tasks to undermine our Judeo-Christian values, will continue to do so in every way….

“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)

In the words of caution conveyed to us by 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” –

I truly believe that Frederick Douglass best describes the White House tactics and methods in its oath to Hussein Obama only and his Kenyan pals, anti-colonialists and anti-Christians:

“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” -

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 4, 2014 @ 1:33 am

The federal government, in the D.D.C., and the ACLU, in the S.D.N.Y., have filed their notices of appeal in two cases, Klayman v. Obama and ACLU v. Clapper, that address the NSA’s telephony metadata program largely revealed by Snowden.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

January 4, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

Hopeful: Thanks very much. May others recognize that your hope is active, practical and entirely cognizant of profound challenges. What might our neighborhood and nation become if each of us regularly undertook the attitude and action you have advocated?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 6, 2014 @ 10:07 am

MSM blackout on implications of Fukishima for west coast environment and US food supply?

Comment by Lucy

January 6, 2014 @ 10:52 am

I’m frustrated by all of the discussion on Snowden’s hero status. And worried that the families of 9/11 victims aren’t being considered in the National Security Debate. Please consider posting this petition to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the crew and passengers of Flight 93. Recognize their heroism. And let their families know that they are not forgotten.

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