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May 23, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 23, 2014

The 2014 hurricane season is here and NOAA is forecasting a “near-normal or below-normal season.”

As the Veterans Affairs scandal unfolds, keep in mind that department plays an important homeland security role with its role in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

 

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 23, 2014 @ 4:18 am

Time runs out for the 113th Congress. A long recess in August and early September means actual in session legislative calendar days in very very short supply. This is a Congress that lobbyists and oligarchs love and will hate to see it end. Others glad to see it go.

Probably the biggest HS decision so far was the turning of a relatively weakly administered NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM [one of the DHS and FEMA daytime jobs that has absolutely no business in DHS or a FEMA in DHS] was turned into a subsidy program totally and one that will aggravate flood losses for decades instead of helping reduce them.

The fact that the NFIP is under the oversight of a largely corrupt banking Committee structure in Congress makes laughable a program that should be driven by science not bank solvency.

A single sentence needs to be added to the NFIP statutory scheme to renew that programs mission and goals.

The sentence follows:

“While existing policies issued for improved real estate in unmapped areas [unnumbered A and/or V zones and all other zones] may continue in force only to their next renewal date only those policies issued in numbered A and V zones for which premiums continue to be paid shall continue in force and effect but only for so long as NFIP maps show those properties with improved real estate continue to be located in numbered A and/or V zones on NFIP maps in force and adopted and enforced by the community in which each is located.”

This will reform the NFIP within a decade and stem outlays from claims paid in unmapped areas.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 23, 2014 @ 4:29 am

In last weeks FFF Don Quixote posted the following link:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43537.pdf

This highly useful report has CRS struggling again with disaster policy and related issues. Raising again the question of what is US disaster policy and what should it be?

And BTW thanks Don for the comment last week and link.

I would argue and do argue that no one in the USA knows what US disaster policy is or what it should be!

A massive release under FOIA of specific outlays for disasters under the Stafford Act has just occurred covering the last decade. Perhaps this will give US a clue as to existing disaster policy is in fact after it is closely analyzed.

Again, with the Stafford Act under the oversight of the PUBLIC WORKS Committees is there any wonder at lack of oversight of how public monies are actually spent.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 23, 2014 @ 4:32 am

Anyone know how DHS is involved on the WAR ON DRUGS? Any recent analysis of how that WAR is being conducted and how that WAR impacts HS? Should DEA be moved to DHS? Why or why not?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 23, 2014 @ 4:33 am

Will we see the statutorily mandated NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS REPORT this year?

How is the QHSR going?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 23, 2014 @ 9:24 am

Laws unenforced and laws broken – a nation led by a pro-Muslim President who supports the Muslim Brotherhood and cares little for our Constitution and our laws and affords Putin w/shirt on or off, the hugh advantage to bully us in every way and bolster his relationship w/China who also sees a WH and a Congress on both sides of the aisle who also care little in their oath and pledge to our nation.

Imagine a marine in jail for 50+ days when so many illegals enter the US daily and send money back home untaxed to Mexico!

Homeland security – really – our house is not in order and whether it is Ms. Hillary or Barry Obama who stood shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie at the Benghazi Massacre….folks carry your weapons high for all lawful purpose and other than those in law enforcement we hold with such high esteem, often veterans, who choose such profession and are willing to give their Life in the line of duty to protect us, w/the real void of leadership from Barry Obama down through State and to AG and so on, we have much to be concerned about when it comes to Homeland Security and a sitting President in ongoing portrayal so obviously indifferent to the security of our beloved Republic!

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa claimed that an email he’s reviewed shows the White House decided to reach out to YouTube within hours of the Benghazi terror attack, to warn the website about the consequences of posting an anti-Islam video.

The email would suggest the White House was connecting the attack to the video almost from the outset — though their initial claim that the attack sprung out of protests over the film would later be proven false.

According to Issa, who discussed excerpts from the otherwise classified emails on Wednesday, the email was sent at 9:11 p.m. ET on Sept. 11 to the Diplomatic Security Command Center.

According to Issa, the email said: “White House is reaching out to UTube to advise ramifications of the posting of the Pastor Jon Video.”

Issa said this email is “troubling” because it “contradicts” White House claims that the faulty storyline on the video was drawn from the intelligence community’s talking points.

The congressman also said “the email shows the White House had hurried to settle on a false narrative — one at odds with the conclusions reached by those on the ground — before Americans were even out of harm’s way or the intelligence community had made an impartial examination of available evidence.”

Issa, who wants the administration to declassify the email, discussed its contents as a House select committee prepares to launch its investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks and their aftermath. Ahead of that committee’s work, Issa has subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to appear before his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next week.

Issa has questions about this email, as well as a previously released email showing the White House held a “prep call” after the attack with then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice in which it pushed the video storyline. The White House has claimed that call pertained to protests elsewhere in the region.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Issa’s Democratic counterpart on the oversight committee and a newly chosen member of the select committee, blasted Issa for discussing the YouTube-related email.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 25, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

This September 11th will mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11/011!

Congress will just have returned from a long recess.

Assuming no major attack by terrorists between now and then domestically in the USA how should this passage of time be viewed not with respect to threats but with respect to vulnerabilities?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 26, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

God Bless America, its devout and charitable and good People and to all those who serve us in the past and present who have stood and stand with pride and honor, bravery and the willingness to sacrifice Life if necessary to preserve our beloved Republic!

While my international oil and gas and infrastructure development company spans the continents and now as a senior still so intrigued by humanity quest to achieve, to accomplish, to lend a helping hand to the next generation, let us Not forget that Democracy must have strong arsenal to protect itself for so many of Lucifer’s soldiers who seek our demise!

Thank you and all who have served and serve today not only in the American Armed forces, however from country to country prepared to challenge those who seek to take freedom and individuality and most importantly hope from good People everywhere!

We must keep the American spirit very much in the forefront despite our own “entrusted” politicians from the WH to the AG and to both sides of the Congressional aisle who as we saw Ms. Hillary and Barry Obama standing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie to the American people as well as many in the Middle East and elsewhere at the “Benghazi Massacre” for self-serving political purpose while our men left behind to be slaughtered looking to the skies as the American flag cast its shadow of doubt as they fired from the roof on an organized terrorist plot, good ‘ol Glory flying of the embassy at Benghazi and no response in the skies again supporting just why many of our front porch American flags are upside down depicting failed policies, a willingness to bend to our adversaries as well as failure to uphold laws and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, as a natural born and proud US citizen, now an elder, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress from both those domestically as well as internationally from those who sense American unwillingness to stand w/strength….

On this Memorial Day 2014, while we recall cherished memories of Loved one who have passed and convey our sincerest appreciation to all who have given Life or limb to protect Democracy, let us not forget to reference how As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.

On this Memorial Day in 2014, let us Not forget just how appreciative and how charitable we the American people are and a day when we can reference the 500 car loads of food and far much more shipped to France, Italy and to Europe after World War II….Bravo!

Let’s continue the spirit and help now those among us here in America who because of this continued failed economy and a US administration hell bent on its focus on issues affecting the pigment of skin despite America voting twice for this sad administration whose only agenda seems to be in promoting divisiveness and so perverse and narrow in perspective seeking to bring harm on those willing to stand and speak out against so many of these scandals, so adverse to our nation, while Putin and his KGB Putinites strike deals with China and India, blackmail the Europeans because of their energy requirements and not only is the Ukraine, but the islands of Japan and now Taiwan easy prey for China….

Kindly see:

The 1947 U.S.-to-Europe or American Friendship Train collected foodstuffs from American donors for transport to the people of France and Italy.

Contemporaneous with the Marshall Plan, it provided desperately needed assistance in the aftermath of World War II, but was primarily a token gesture of goodwill, with stops across the U.S. ending at New York City, where it was received with a ticker tape parade prior to shipment to Europe.”

God Bless this great nation! To those who have stood up and protected our Constitution, so easily scoffed aside by this present WH administration and this seemingly corrupt AG’s office as referenced by so many….we are very worrisome here on “Main Street USA” that again War looms ahead and We are so, so unprepared….

Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
chris.tingus@gmail.com

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