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June 6, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on June 6, 2014

The Daily Show recently aired a great segment on the consequences of the anti-vaccine movement:

All the commentary on the recently released Taliban prisoners about them being the “worst of the worst” and so hardcore, as well as the absolute fear by some to even transfer any of the prisoners from Guantanamo to the States, makes me wonder if we are really facing a group of super warriors ripped from “Game of Thrones.”  An Oberyn Martell or Gregor Clegane?  Should we be releasing prisoners who can crush skulls with their bare hands?

(I’ll only provide a link, due to the graphic nature of the video:

http://youtu.be/adPHllOqkIE)

And yes, I am being entirely facetious.

On a much more serious and somber note, today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Bellavita

June 6, 2014 @ 2:35 am

I asked my next door neighbor where he was on June 6, 1944.
“I was in 10th grade, I think,” he said.
He’s a very old man and cannot always remember.
“You were in the Marines, on an island in the Pacific,” his wife reminded him.
“Oh yes,” he said. “We were getting ready to invade Japan. A million of us were going to die during the invasion.”
He stopped talking for a moment.
“But then there was the bomb. And we didn’t have to go,” he remembered.

There are about 500 WWII veterans dying daily from a total of about 1.5 million veterans remaining.”By the 75th anniversary of D-Day, there will be practically none alive,” said a spokesman [http://thesouthern.com/news/local/d-day-vets-reflect-on-importance-of-mission/article_09a66894-1bef-5386-ad40-84cb6ef6f070.html]

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 6, 2014 @ 5:50 am

6th June ’44 D-Day, a moment of silence for those we thank for their service, valor and courage to willingly spare their own preciousness of youth, Life or limb to thwart those who sought our demise and so many today take for granted….

Thank you for your service!

God Bless you all as 9300 crosses at the cemetery at Omaha face westward towards our country, a nation besieged from within by an executive WH and administration which continues to weaken our security in every way and in its divisiveness, its intent, my calling as others for – House arrest – for suspicion in breach of faith, treason we shout…treason!

Enough is enough….the men we left behind at the “Benghazi Massacre” seeing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie, Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton leading this self-serving “Chicago-Washington-Hollywwod charade” and now, the release of terrorists with blood on their hands….

Per the Constitution of these United States of America, while the WH and AG’s office may circumvent and disregard as well as openly disrespect our Constitution, We have an obligation to stand forthright and to protect our Union even from the wicked so on this 6th June ’44 remembrance with utmost in sincerest appreciation extended to those who served and today serve each of us, this nation, recalling 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” -

In the words of 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” -

…and in the words of Frederick Douglass:

“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” -

We here on “Main Street USA” say, Enough is enough!

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

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 6, 2014 @ 7:27 am

A marine forgotten in Mexico and a US government and its People putting up with illegal entrants into the US and supporting Mexican officials, yet our Marine sits in jail in Mexico…what a travesty….Homeland Security?

June 6, 2014

Christopher,

During last Saturday’s Rose Garden news conference when President Obama announced that he’d turned over five top Taliban generals to win the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, he said, “He wasn’t forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.”

Really? Don’t say that to Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

You may recall Tahmooressi is the former U.S. Marine who has spent the last two-months in a Mexican prison for simply making a wrong turn at the border.

Because Tahmooressi had three legally registered guns in his truck at the time of his arrest (he was in the process of moving his belongings to California where he was receiving treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he’s now facing up to 21 years if convicted on gun charges in Mexico.

+ + Where’s Obama’s Concern For Tahmooressi?

Unlike Bergdahl, Tahmooressi didn’t desert. Unlike Bergdahl, he didn’t train Taliban fighters how to make bombs used to kill American soldiers. Unlike Bergdahl he didn’t send a message home saying “he was ashamed to be an American.” Instead, he heroically served two tours in Afghanistan.

Grassroots Action certainly understands the President’s lawless actions in the Bergdahl release are captivating news headlines right now, and rightly so …

Comment by Samantha Wilson

June 6, 2014 @ 10:38 am

The growing use of surveillance technology to monitor populated areas that may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks is something of which we must be aware. These data surveillance centers are great examples of how the homeland security community is applying ever-progressing technology to remain alert. These centers, now present in multiple cities across the United States, utilize closed-circuit television and other technologies, such as facial recognition software, to collect video data that gets routed to a central location, such as the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center in New York City. This center is a part of the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, also known as the Ring of Steel, that uses advanced technology to watch over the lower portion of the New York City.

Oakland, California is implementing a similar system that uses surveillance technology. This project, called the Domain Awareness Center, is being proposed in order to monitor the city, especially Oakland’s airport and port, which are both vulnerable locations and potential targets for terrorist attacks. However, Oakland residents are protesting and calling the center a “spy machine,” as they are worried about discrimination and data mining. The implementation of this technology across the country is furthering the constant privacy versus security debate, and while I firmly believe that a person with nothing to hide should not be bothered by heightened security, others disagree. Opponents may argue that these technological systems may not be effective and reactionary in nature, citing the Boston bombings, but we must remember that the technology also enabled law enforcement officers in Boston to quickly locate the bombers. We will continue to see how data surveillance centers impact homeland security.

For more information, visit:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/tech/city-of-tomorrow-video-data-surveillance/
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/administration/counterterrorism_units.shtml

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 6, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

Suggest surveillance on all WH and Congressional offices so we can see who is allowed to visit for a fee of course.

And CRS on Deployable Federal Assets During Disasters at:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43560.pdf

Comment by Frank Gorman

June 6, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

I am deeply concerned that America has opened “Pandora’s Box” by trading five Taliban leaders for one low ranking service member, Bowe Bergdahl. There are many issues here, but the most important is not whether or not the soldier in question deserted (which I believe he did), or whether the President broke a law (I’m unsure about a law, but he definitely broke his signed word). Rather, the most important issue is we have now broken a long standing mantra of not negotiating with terrorists. We have set a very bad precedent, and it appears the terrorist Taliban is feeling empowered to kidnap American troops (See Time: http://time.com/2826534/bowe-bergdahl-taliban-captors/). Further, what about other global terror groups? Will they seek to kidnap American citizens? I imagine they too are encouraged by the Executive Branch’s poor trade of a probable Quisling for five dangerous cold blooded sworn enemies of peace and democracy.
This event contrasts greatly with the case of Colonel William Higgins, USMC, who was abducted by pro-Iranian terrorists in 1988. America did not give in to demands for his release, and he paid the ultimate price. However, the only thing his terrorist abductors gained was the ire of the US Marine Corps, and other members of our armed forces.
I fear dangerous times are ahead for Americans abroad, particularly those who were the emblem of our nation.

Comment by Brian A. Lozada

June 6, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

Since the NSA’s surveillance activity has become publicly available in the wake of the Snowden leak, the United States economy has been negatively impacted as a result. According to CNN (2014), American companies, including Cisco and IBM, reported a decline in sales in less than a year since the information was released. In addition, the cloud industry is projecting major deficits in the next five years as the risks associated with the security of private data storage continue to be a threat.

Government legislations, such as Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 28 and the USA FREEDOM Act, have since been put into effect to limit the NSA’s surveillance activity, which may be effective in providing consumers with increased confidence that their personal information is not being mined or captured. In addition, consumers must continue to be informed of the impact of NSA’s activity in an effort to bolster economic interests within the United States rather than turning to other nations.

My hope is that the lessening of the NSA activity due to this directive does not weaken or threaten the ability of the Homeland Security community to react or be prepared for a terrorist attack.

For more information, visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/04/opinion/kehl-bankston-nsa-surveillance/index.html?iref=storysearch.

Comment by Samantha Wilson

June 7, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

Frank,
You took the words right out of my mouth. Yesterday, I said to a friend, “What happened to us not negotiating with terrorists?” You make a great point.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 7, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

Unfortunately ladies and gentlemen the time has come to not only talk of the impeachment process of Barry Obama, nut to demand an investigation by the CIA and other intel operatives to release any and all communications between Barry Obama and any Muslim Brotherhood official. The Qatari relationships to the Muslim Brotherhood and to the Taliban w/even an office of the Taliban in Qatar and the release of these senior operatives will Not bode well for us and not tomorrow, but yesterday, the intelligence community must begin to start an investigation of Barry Obama and any and all associated to Obama and his cabinet to the Muslim Brotherhood for it is obvious to many that there seems to be a common thread between Barry Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood whether in Cairo or presently….

When we talk of Homeland Security and the concerns of our nation and the People of this government, No one is beyond the law and while I have said it over and over again, Barry Obama should be placed under House arrest for suspicion of breach of faith, treason at the “Benghazi Massacre” as well as in this release of these senior operatives who profess global jihad even among their own and as enemy combatants, these individuals so willing to harm another even as God watches all, well, as soon as Barry Obama avoided the law and intentionally cast the law aside making it his responsibility to confer with Congress, Barry Obama should have been placed under House arrest for the suspicion of breach of faith, treason and let the court decide whether in fact Barry Obama has been and is guilty of any such breach of faith, treason with of course the Vice President taking over the reigns of this nation.

If Barry Obama and and political party believes that their self-serving political agenda in knowing the release of these terrorists would somehow take away this despicable story of blatant lie and failures towards our brave men and women serving us in their devoted vigilance day and night, they have no idea how upset “Main Street USA” is in this release of five enemy combatants. The WH and Barry Obama have over stepped the line in the sand with We the People far too often and now Barry Obama must be escorted out of his office and Vice President Biden must fulfill the oath of the office….

As a citizen, using my Right to utilize the “Citizen Arrest” process, I have again written to Congress asking that Congress place Barry Obama under House arrest for – suspicion in breach of faith; treason and enable Congress and the intel community and the court to determine the extent of any such breach of faith at the “Benghazi Massacre” and now in the release of these five Gitmo detainees as well as the intel community commencing an immediate investigation as to any relationship which barry Obama has with the Muslim Brotherhood even before his taking office in ’08.

Gpd Bless these United States of America!

Again, the law has been circumvented and it is time to demand accountability from all those responsible to the good People of “Main Street USA” as this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade must be held responsible….

Jihad and this Holy war even towards the innocent continues and the unacceptable release of such brutes must not go without appropriate response internally by those We “entrust’ to make sure such does not happen and that the Marine across our porous Mexican border held in prison is released immediately…Another sham!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich, MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Enough is enough!

So many are devoted to our nation, its Judeo-Christian values and to our Constitution and good ‘ol Glory that such action taken must be reprimanded and action taken….

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

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 7, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

The press reports:

Allen West: “Impeach Him!”

War veteran, political commentator, and former member of the House of Representatives, Allen West has seen enough. He wrote:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense.”

He concludes:

“So I call upon the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives; Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America. The failure to do so speaks volumes.”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 7, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

“Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment,” by National Review writer Andrew McCarthy.

To this respected author, we here on “Main Street USA” point to the fact that it is indeed Barry Obama who himself brought about his own demise for believing that the American people would continually put up with this charade -

The VA scandal continues daily where our youth are constantly being compromised, but this distraction as a method of this administration has been played far too long and as Frederick Douglass stated:

“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” -

We the People on “Main Street USA” no longer whisper among us, we now shout, enough is enough….

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/11814.19.0.0/controversy-surrounds-bergdahl-swap

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 7, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

6th June ’44 D-Day, a moment of silence for those we thank for their service, valor and courage to willingly spare their own preciousness of youth, Life or limb to thwart those who sought our demise and so many today take for granted….

Comment by Stephen Swain

June 8, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

Watching that video taken from the Daily Show, I can’t help but wonder how this growing trend has the capability of disrupting National Security. On top of the issues raised by the daily show, there is a growing feeling of herd immunity in our society. Herd Immunity, also known as community immunity is when a single person feels that they do not have to get vaccinated, because the majority of the population is vaccinated. Therefore they cannot possibly get sick (see more at http://www.vaccines.gov/basics/protection/). This was already an issue with Measles from 1989-1991. Granted, there were more issues than those who believed in “herd immunity”, but it was still a significant portion of the problem (see more at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/551272_5). While more and more people start to believe in non-vaccination, for whatever reason, our nation becomes more susceptible to biological terrorism. It makes this form of terrorism easier because the terrorist does not have to worry about altering the strain of the disease because of the large portion of the population that is not vaccinated against the typical strain of the given disease.

The good news is that diseases that are prevented by vaccinations are at an all time low http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=4509399. Homeland security and public health officials must remain vigilant in the promotion of vaccinations and educate the public with the facts of becoming vaccinated. While protecting the health of US citizens, it also protects the security of the Homeland.

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 9, 2014 @ 9:16 am

Thanks for your excellent comment Stephen Swain!

And Arnold could you just post links not full videos for items of interest?

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 11, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

Hoping someone brighter than I and not in recovery from shingles will compare and contrast the CRS report I provided a link to in this thread with the extract of the 1976 Senate Committee report linked on the FAS/FEMA page. In almost 40 years FEMA and the Executive Branch have failed to identify the preparedness roles of the Executive Branch components, their authority to do so, and their current capability to do so.

Perhaps the CRS report might be usefully linked with unclassified EO 12656, as amended.

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 11, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

Another DoD official arrives to replace David Heyman as head of DHS policy shop?

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