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June 13, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on June 13, 2014

Fridays that fall on the thirteenth of the month have, since at least the 19th Century, been considered unlucky in many Western countries.  There are several theories related to the origin of the superstition, including the combining of older superstitions that all Fridays and the number thirteen are ill-omens.  Double your fun.

On this day in 2011 one in a series of significant aftershocks hit Christchurch, New Zealand, already suffering from a significant February earthquake.

On this day in 2010 the Gulf Oil Spill entered its fifty-fourth day.  The release of oil from the damaged well-head continued until August.

Today strikes me as a potentially quite consequential day for terrorist activity on an arc extending from at least Abuja, Nigeria to Islamabad, Pakistan.  There is a mirror image of this arc that crosses the Euphrates just north of Baghdad.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by William R. Cumming

June 13, 2014 @ 8:05 am

I was about to post a long comment already typed on Phil’s brilliant Fox and Hedgehog post of yesterday when computer went wacko! Lost comment into the ether!

Am leaving Sunday early for a month in New England. Will have laptop!

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 13, 2014 @ 8:11 am

Does the hedgehog think? Certainly the wiley fox does.

And is DHS the hedgehog because we know it is not the Fox. Largely a one-note Charley fit, i.e. terrorism, we know that DHS leadership really does not know much about DHS programs, functions, and activities.

What is the proof? Contractors preparing substantive research and reports that DHS may read but does not know how to apply the results and recommendations.

So is any of this important? Not if not much happens impacting the DHS portfolio during the decade. But is that likely?

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 13, 2014 @ 8:12 am

DHS seems to me to be an organization operating on faith that its approach to whatever makes sense as opposed to reason and research.

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 13, 2014 @ 8:27 am

What are my above comments leading up to? Well many regulatory agencies are actually deprived from reasoned policy formulation by statute. After all let’s not confuse Congress with the facts, Mam! Its abolition of the Office of Science and Technology after the 1994 elections a prime example.

Congress also really not very supportive of GAO, CBO, and CRS.

That is why the recent CRS report DEPLOYABLE FEDERAL DISASTER ASSETS is such a stunner. For the first time in almost 40 years the public can learn by reading the report that FEMA may not only not be the SAFETY NET, but not even the most important player except when raiding the federal fisc on behalf of its States and their local governments.

Go to:

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

The report actually raises more questions and policy issues than it answers. This is also what the Senate Staff accomplished in its report on preparedness in 1976 in an effort mounted by the then permanent Joint Committee on Defense Production under Chairman William Proxmire who when discussing the merits of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 stated his worry that reckless giving away of federal funds would overshadow the real needs of preparedness of the nation for clamity.

Well the “Big One” will hit S. CA shortly after LABOR DAY 2014 providing some fun for the 2014 elections.

Comment by Samantha Wilson

June 13, 2014 @ 8:46 am

In addition to apparent threats to homeland security, such as threats of terrorism, we must also be aware of more obscure threats, such as the ability of hackers to tamper with highway signs and other pieces of infrastructure. Last month, hackers humorously changed highway construction signs to display messages such as “Godzilla attack,” and while this was seemingly harmless, the Department of Homeland Security noticed and reacted to the crime. DHS’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team advised cities and sign makers to be aware of this hazard and to take steps to reduce their vulnerability to hacking and other cyber security attacks. In this instance of hacking, the sign change caused a public safety issue, as it led to slow traffic and drivers taking photographs. However, a different message may have more severe consequences; for example, a fake message about a shooting, terrorist attack, or a natural disaster could cause panic and disorder. Hacking incidents are a current and future threat, and with the recent release of a video game called Watch Dogs that focuses on hacking into critical infrastructure networks, they may be on the rise. DHS and the homeland security community must monitor seemingly small hacking incidents, as they have an impact on homeland security.

For more information:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/06/us-usa-hacking-traffic-idUSKBN0EH2CM20140606

http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/alerts/ICS-ALERT-14-155-01A

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/06/09/watch-dogs-road-sign-hacks/

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 13, 2014 @ 11:38 am

Excellent comment Samantha! The technical crisis management communications field commonly known as EMEERGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION is very different than the counter-propaganda field called PUBLIC AFFAIRS!

Hoping the WH knows the difference as it strives to be the JIC for all events.

Comment by Brian Lozada

June 13, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

An extremist subset of al Qaeda, known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), has raided the city of Mosul in Iraq and taken over the Turkish Embassy, capturing 48 individuals, among them diplomats. By Tuesday morning, the heavily-armed terrorist group has gained full control of the city, which has a population of 1.6 million, and freed over 2,000 Iraqi prisoners. ISIS radicals have overrun police stations and captured the city’s international airport. By Wednesday, ISIS seized parts of Baiji, located north of the country’s capital, Baghdad, which houses Iraq’s largest oil refinery, thus creating a growing concern amongst the oil industry. Further, the strategic raid on Baiji makes it difficult for the Iraqi government to reinforce troops in Mosul, as the city rests on the main highway connecting Baghdad and Mosul.

ISIS is the same militant group responsible for the deaths and maiming of several U.S. troops during the Iraq War and grew in power during the Syrian Civil War, nearly doubling in size. It is currently battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its fellow radicals, and the Iraqi government, proving to be a threatening presence to the region. In addition, a great threat looms for the United States in regard to the ISIS situation because if Iraq is unable to reclaim control of its cities, then the U.S. is going to need to increase its military presence in Iraq in an effort to assist in stabilizing the country.

For more information on the ISIS conflict, see the following link:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/world/meast/iraq-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 14, 2014 @ 5:57 am

Breaking News:

The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office says 49 people died when pro-Russian separatists shot down a military transport, AP reports.

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/11773.31967.165.0/europe/eastern-europe/why-russia-is-marching-and-eastern-europe-is-afraid

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 14, 2014 @ 7:39 am

Entitled: “I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part”- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Interestingly this deceptiveness and intentional course in the void of executive White House foreign policy given this Chicago city street organizer who obviously prefers his divisive portrayals and seems to know with his accomplice, the top cop, the AG and how together their intentionally choose to circumvent our Constitution and fail in so many ways to enforce existing laws and both obviously knowing how to move villages of kids from all over South America and allow them over our borders – breaking the law – illegal in every way, carrying disease and more mouths to feed when we cannot even keep our populace fed and local food banks are having such difficulty keep their shelves stocked….

Ah….

Our Marine sitting in a Mexican jail now for over three months and we allowing illegals to come across the Mexican US border and gitmo detainees, known terrorists released, but heck who cares about the Marine sitting in jail strapped to his bed naked..Not these buffoons at the White House that’s for sure…

All US support towards the Mexican government and its People must cease immediately. Our US Marine must be delivered over the border with his possessions in tact and an “apology” letter from the Mexican government! If not, all funding of any kind from our coffers to Mexico must cease in 48 hrs per Treasury department directive per We the People here on “Main Street USA” —

While at the Benghazi Massacre and this Marine, we see our men left behind, but heck, not some traitor who is rescued after this corrupt government led by none other than Barry Obama and with his accomplices, especially the AG and Ms. Hillary who willingly stood shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie….

Well, I guess a good enough time to tell the same joke Joseph Goebbels made reference to “Two workers are halfheartedly trying to remove a paving stone…..” which in some ways truly describes this half-hearted and executive White House so hell bent on ruining our nation in every way and caring little for those who died in vain, our youth who stood in Iraq and who were killed or sit and wait for a doctor at a VA hospital some where US with their arms and legs blown off as a result of a failed US policy:

“Two workers are halfheartedly trying to remove a paving stone. A passerby watches for a while, then grabs a pickax and yanks the stone out. One worker says to the other: “Well, sure, if you use force…”

While we see senior terrorists w/blood on their hands who should have been prosecuted sent back into the embrace of their comrades who seek our demise in every way, seemingly just another bowing of this administration and kissing the ring of our enemy and remembrance of the following quote:

“I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part”- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

God Bless America!

While there is no question that Barry Obama, Hillary Clinton and even the top cop himself, the illustrious AG and he leading these charades should be held by House arrest for “breach of faith, treason” by both the Congress and US Senate and my requests to both the US Congress and Senate as a natural born citizen of these great United States of America to place these clowns under my “Citizen Tingus Arrest” have fallen to the deaf ears of an even similarly corrupt and self-serving US Congress and Senate, this ‘Chicago-Hollywood-Washington” charade reminds me of this joke told by Goebbels as the Reich Minister for this administration has permitted criminals released into our streets, senior terrorist operatives back to kill many more and to stage the planning of an even more horrific attack on our nation and our border patrol along the Mexican border – where again, this government cannot secure the release of one US Marine from a Mexican local jail – where US border patrol agents are feeding and caring for illegal entrants and only 40% of agents are on the border conducting surveillance and this WH and top cop looking the other way as we are swarmed by illegals and thousands of other who prefer to go through the expected application process, to be health certified and apply for a proper entry visa some waiting two and three years to gain entrance if chosen….

Com’on folks, while the politicians play their foolhardy self-serving charades on both sides of the aisle, American youth are dying in vain and those returning with legs and arms blown off, having to wait for care….it is obvious that this WH and administration cares little….where is Judge jeanine Pirro who should be our first and next woman President who will most assuredly handle all these corrupt politicians we have “entrusted” by precious vote to uphold the Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values and to protect and bolster our borders, to enforce existing laws….

Judge, kindly do run for the Presidency in ’16, though it would not surprise many that by then even in the short time span, the world will be even far worse off given this Obama pledge to Hussein Obama to weaken this nation and please his father’s anti-Christian and anti-colonialist pals in Kenya….What a sham and what a disgrace on the heels of the anniversary of all those whose faces were torn off by bullets and the sea of Normandy and Omaha Beach so red with our youth’s blood, sons who a moment before filled with dreams and commitment to preserve the union only to see us today besieged from within and our youth today from the Marine being held in chains for making a wrong turn in Mexico, while illegals are being permitted and now our borders even more porous and food taken from our kids mouths, many whose parents, Americans cannot even keep up with daily expenses and food and see a government now six years later bludgeoned by Obama’s sword purposely with a $17.6 trillion deficit….!

No longer do we hear whispers from the pews to demand that Barry Obama, Hillary Clinton and this illustrious top AG who cares to reply when even questioned by US Congress, all to be placed under “House Arrest” for suspicion in breach of faith, treason….louder and louder, shouts of wrong doing and despite the media and its tainted ways, Americans are now clamoring for even a temporary US military coup, if necessary, to assure that no one is above the law and that our laws are adhered to and the Constitution is no longer trampled upon for each of us and every soldier is obligated to protect our nation from those even within and no matter who it may be to cause us to hang our front porch flag upside down depicting the distress of this nation!

“I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part”- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

In Frederick Douglass’ words:

“The limits of (tyrant) are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” -

Enough is enough!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Frank Gorman

June 15, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

I am posting a bit late, but please indulge me. Happy Fathers’ Day to all of you bloggers out there!
Drudge Report this morning has a link to the Daily Beast reporting that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told the US Army upon his release in 2009, “See you in New York.” They thought little of it at the time, but today, they’re concerned. I am concerned too – at the inaction of the Commander in Chief. I can not fathom why we, as a nation, would deny the request of the legitimate government in Baghdad’s request for air support.
While fellow blogger Chris Tingus’s views calling for a temporary military coup to oust Obama, I share his concern at the lack of action. If the free world stands by and allows Iraq to become an Islamist state, there is nothing good that can come of it. Our current fuel prices will seem like an absolute bargain. Iran to the rescue? How scary is that? Absolutely terrifying. We have abandoned Israel, the victims of gas attacks in Syria, the Ukraine situation, five Taliban leaders traded for a low ranking enlisted man with mental deficiencies, and traitorous ideals, Russian jest buzzing 50 miles off California, and POTUS goes golfing today, while continuing to worry about climate change, and doing nothing to support the HLS crises brewing at home and abroad. The immigration crisis is getting worse by the day, the economy is still weak, no answers for the VA, Benghazi, or ObamaCare failures!
This just in – Breitbart news reporting that IRAN is asking the US to intervene in Iraq! I sincerely hope the Democrats lose the Senate! Not that I love the Republicans, but at least they’re strong on defense of the American way of life. What this country really needs is a third party – but that is a topic for another day.
In the meantime, MR. PRESIDENT – WAKE UP and DO YOUR JOB!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 15, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

Really? Are you kidding and this fella in the WH is still at his post – arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason and let’s clean up all this mess….we must be strong and decisive in our actions, not divisive and focused on domestic issues and the pigment of a man’s skin and a media who supposedly does not want to question the first Black President while he sells us down the road….get a Life! The Middle East is to shortly even adversely affect Turkey which has been so stable and then those of you so interested in talking about past slavery issues and the underground railroad maybe underground in your basement and bunkers as many seek our demise and our borders are now so open and porous as kids are allowed to cross over in bus loads and 60%of our border agents are not assign to babysitting duties…what a sham! I don’t care what party you choose some designations towards, our country comes first, bot self-serving agendas….

By the way, when the illustrious AG is talking with the mexican government making arrangements for these buses to pass through from South America filled with kiddies and diseases, how about our Marine held naked and with chains sitting in prison? Really?

Enough is enough….blatant lies and every effort to weaken us and circumvent the Constitution and You allow this to continue…How dare You?

| BREAKING NEWS ALERT
NYTimes.com
BREAKING NEWS Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:58 PM EDT

U.S. Orders Evacuation of Many Embassy Workers From Baghdad
The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.
The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily-secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also located, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.
The exact number of people being evacuated was not clear Sunday. The embassy would remain open, a person familiar with the planning said, and much of its staff of about 5,500 would stay in Baghdad. The American government is expected to call the move a relocation, suggesting that it is a temporary precaution, the person said.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 16, 2014 @ 9:24 am

Are you kidding? Really…now we will engage Iran who has all the blood on its hands and last week we let the most expert terrorist operatives back into killing more of us – if Barry Obama cannot be held by the House for breach of faith, treason per a Congressional Action and procedure again, for suspicion in breach of faith, treason, then I plead that You Marines go into Mexico and take back our own as this administration has just given back sworn and proven enemy combatants, but cares little for our own whether at Benghazi or in Mexico!

Enough is enough….
_______________________________
Breaking News:

US weighs alliance with Iran to counter ISIS, boosts presence in Gulf

Published June 16, 2014

The Obama administration reportedly is preparing to open direct talks with Iran on possibly cooperating to counter the Sunni militant force seizing large swaths of Iraq and threatening Baghdad, weighing an unlikely alliance in the face of a common foe.

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