Homeland Security Watch

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June 28, 2014

QHSR at CSIS

Filed under: Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on June 28, 2014

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On Friday, June 27 Alan Cohn, DHS Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Policy, Analysis and Risk (above at the microphone) made a presentation on the QHSR.  A panel discussion followed.  There is a video and audio version of the two hour engagement available at:

http://csis.org/event/discussion-2014-quadrennial-homeland-security-review

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 30, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

In considering DHS strategic priorities Alan and in reading the latest QHSR, I concur with you that the emerging terrorist threat to not only the US, but to neighbors globally are very much apparent and in your Quadrennial Review, I (we) see no consideration afforded to the failure of this executive WH led by Barry Obama who has intentionally, yes, intentionally failed our beloved Republic and weakened our strategic position in the Middle East, in Asia and have blown the flame out to those looking to America for hope no matter where their global location….

You talk of goods and flow of people crossing our borders, transnational border crossing and the question is raised, do you truly believe that We have much confidence in our present government and the DHS when we see 60% of our southern border agents babysitting, yes, babysitting illegal entrants who have been granted approval by the government of Mexico and the US enabling these illegal entrants when no other country would allow people to cross their border without proper medical and application process…..globally, each and every morning, there are tens of thousands who are lining up at embassies who have properly applied through a process to gain legal entry into the US often having to wait years for their applications to get processed and approved….

Today, this illustrious AG along with his pal, Barry Obama who has intentionally circumvented our Constitution in every way w/o any ramification whereby the US Congress should have placed both Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton under “House arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason” at the – Benghazi Massacre – thus, your Quadrennial review fails to truly address the fact that present laws are Not being enforced and until our laws are in fact enforced, we are destined for far many more challenges….

Countering domestic terrorism can only be done when in fact our nation can once again be respected and understood that We as a nation are serious in our approach, in our dictates, in policing our own populace as well as our – politicians – from top to bottom including from the President’s office to the AG’s office where unfortunately, it is not as much a concern of many how others in far distant shore might construe us, but more importantly how serious we take ourselves, to thwart this internal subversion prompted especially by the executive WH and the AG’s office.

You truly believe that we have any real confidence in DHS when we see you take 60% of our southern porous border agents to make thousands of pB&jelly sandwiches to care for South American youth and parents who have been allowed into this nation illegally and then placed on planes and shipped here to Massachusetts and to other states to place further burden on our local economies where the local food banks cannot even keep their shelves filled and to further burden a nation utterly in fiscal crisis, bankrupt some $18 trillion dollars….Who’s kidding who….Really!

Politics has no role when it comes to our security….no party affiliation or loyalty.

The divisive mannerisms promulgated by such an obviously law-breaking executive WH who dismisses the Constitution so readily, fails to enforce laws and creates new laws at its whim and so on and so forth has not only conveyed our weakness to those who seek our demise, but this continued politicizing and the breach of faith this administration has promoted has created real dangers, real threats and risks, yes, the changes and uncertainties are far many more in the last four years and as a result of what I and others construe as a breach of faith, treason, a failure to uphold the oath taken by those we have “entrusted” to fulfill the duties and obligations of the office elected to…WE as a nation are so weakened today and we see Germany filling the void left by the perverse and tainted perspectives of a US administration and even a US Congress who have blatantly failed us – legal and law abiding citizens of this wonderful nation.

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” -

In (1785), James Madison stated:

“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” –

You talk about sharing information and the importance thereof and you then talk about infrastructure and our resilience, well, we have seen repeated failures in sharing information whether among government agencies or global partners and we see a power grid totally exposed and little being done to assure us that our power grid can sustain a substantial attack. I say that little is truly being done….

From this Quadrennial report to the next, if this politicizing by the “Chicago-Washington-Hollywood” charade is allowed to continue by self-serving Congressional members who must enforce the checks and balances form of government our astute forefathers conveyed if this Republic is to survive, further deterioration domestically in the quality of Life and our sense of security will certainly become more and more uncertain…the interconnected nature of strong leadership and a renewed commitment to our Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values must be reestablished as an integral part of our composition.

God Bless our nation! The road ahead looks rather bleak if not even worse unless we take our borders, our laws and our principals seriously….

If those we elect cannot get the job done and wish to circumvent laws and more, then I call for the Department of Defense to step in and take over our government and a call for new elections, term limits and to introduce those who truly care about our nation and not their self-serving needs and willingness to take the 5th when Congress asks questions….

Cohesion and unity of effort, yes, however when we see from the top down such outrageous behavior, it is no wonder so many doubt the capability of DHS, the IRS, the VA and so forth, real failures….the loons or clowns as so many refer to State and their obvious inexperience as evidenced by a US Marine still naked and tied to his bed in a Mexican prison, a hero of ours left behind for making a wrong turn while this whopped administration allows criminals out of jail and terrorists with blood on their hands who should of been prosecuted rather than returned to the battle field against us for one traitor….busloads of undocumented illegals crossing the Mexican border and our brave hero left to sit in jail….another veteran left behind!

If in fact We do Not leave our men behind, well, Ms. Hillary and Barry shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie certainly politicized self-serving ways and prompted memories of Vince Foster, WH Deputy Counsel and despite inquiries….then why have the US Marines allowed our brave hero to sit in a Mexican jail for nearly 100 days…go get him fellas! It is evident of this corruptness many talk about in our own government may be a plague which must be contained and given the checks and balances of our government, there is a process which must be pressed forward and any and all from top to bottom who believe they are above the law should be held accountable, however given the failed two party system unable to fulfill their pledge in oath and to protect our Constitution and our values, it is obvious that the road ahead will be arduous in every way….

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

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 30, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

Breaking News:

President Obama says he will bypass Congress and use executive action to enact some immigration reforms and address illegal-immigration crisis at the Mexican border.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/30/obama-asks-congress-for-more-power-to-return-illegal-immigrant-children/

A White House who believes it can use its pen and phone without ramification and a Congress and constituents who continue to allow such outrageous behavior – how dare you folks allow this continuing weakening of our established procedures by a WH and AG who could give a damn about our laws and enforcing them….

….so when you talk Alan about the QHSR and what the next four years in challenges will be, the real question, will it be domestic terrorism we need to truly be concerned about, or a government who cannot adhere to the checks and balances placed before us by our forefathers to guard against possible breach of faith and in the words of Frederick Douglass, the following:

“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” -

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 30, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Breaking News:

LIVE UPDATES: Israeli forces find bodies of three kidnapped teens
Israel Air Force strikes in Gaza; rockets explode in southern Israel; Israeli forces break into homes of suspected kidnappers in Hebron; Netanyahu: Hamas is responsible and will pay; Obama strongly condemns murders, calls on sides to avoid escalation; Ban Ki-moon censures ‘heinous act;’ Vatican: killing is obstacle to peace; Peres: Israel will respond harshly; Hamas: Israeli version of events cannot be trusted; Shin Bet: Intel. insights pointed IDF to Halhul area; Gaza on high alert, braces for Israeli strike.

11:25 P.M. U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the murder of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers but called upon Israel and the Palestinians “to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.” Obama said: “I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel – who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth. From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort. As the Israeli people deal with this tragedy, they have the full support and friendship of the United States.”

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