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July 4, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 4, 2014

On this day in 1776 fifty-six insurgents meeting in Philadelphia declare rebellion against their lawfully established government.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by E. Earhart

July 4, 2014 @ 7:55 am

I walked through a county courthouse square
on a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, “Your old courthouse is kinda run down”

He said, “No, it’ll do for our little town”
I said, “Your old flagpole has leaned a little bit
and that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it”

He said, “Have a seat,” and I sat down
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?”I said, “I think it is” He said, “I don’t like to brag but we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag”

You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware
and it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
sat watching it, writing ‘Say Can You See’

And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
with Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams
and it almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though

She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg
and the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag

On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through

She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home

In her own good land here she’s been abused
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land

And she’s getting threadbare and she’s wearing thin
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in
‘Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more

So we raise her up every morning, we take her down every night. We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up right. On second thought, I do like to brag ‘Cause I’m mighty proud of the Ragged Old Flag


Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 4, 2014 @ 10:09 am

Happy 4th of July!

God Bless this beloved Republic and our Judeo-Christian values and a Constitution bestowed upon us with expectation that We the People would be obliged to stand forthright on its behalf even against those from within our own government with our arms held high for all lawful purpose and to stand in unity against the Enemy from within!

In 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” –

Frederick Douglass writes:

“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;n 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” –

Kindly see: Breaking News –


Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645

Comment by Samantha Wilson

July 4, 2014 @ 10:26 am

Happy 4th of July!

The 2014 QHSR states, “Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula is currently the al-Qa’ida affiliate of the greatest concern because of its demonstrated and continuing interest in advancing plots to attack the United States, particularly against the aviation industry,” and this has shown to be true in recent days. While the homeland security community has been aware of this current and future threat, as evidenced by its inclusion in the QHSR, even more Americans became aware of this threat when DHS announced enhanced security for U.S.-bound international flights. Due to an emerging threat of terrorists developing new types of improvised explosives, this tightening of security came just a day before a threat against the airport in Uganda’s capital. The increasing threats against the U.S. and aviation security is a serious concern and demonstrates that terrorists continue to put effort toward being “one step ahead” of us. Aviation threats do not seem to be disappearing any time soon.

For more information:


Comment by Brian Lozada

July 5, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

Concerns continue to rise as more foreigners outside the Middle East are considering joining the extremist Sunni militant group, ISIS. The terrorist group, which seeks to establish its own Islamic state spanning from Syria into Iraq, campaigns for brutality through a masked mission of fighting for justice. Thousands of individuals across Europe, Syria, and Iraq are joining ISIS’s cause and are using social media to continue to recruit others by making “jihad sound cool” (Shubert & Naik, 2014). Further disturbing is the news that ISIS merchandise, including t-shirts, hoodies, and figurines, are being sold online and promoted across social media outlets to reach a larger audience of potential recruits. According to Burke (2014), it is unclear if ISIS is profiting from sales of the merchandise. While Facebook is doing due diligence to take down any sites that promote ISIS or ISIS-related items, information on the group is still readily available and easily accessible online to anyone who is interested in joining its cause.

My big concern is that the internet and social media are glorifying the ISIS movement, which will result in more individuals from Western countries joining the radical organization. Using online outlets to radicalize and recruit potential terrorists is a real threat; the articles referenced above, which were both published this week, include examples of both. The internet and social media fueled the radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers, who were responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings last year. With the recent radicalization and promotion of ISIS through online propaganda and social media sites, similar recruitment and domestic involvement could occur again, which could bring this terrorist organization’s plans even closer to home.

For more information, see the following articles:

Burke, S. (2014, June 25). Facebook looks to block ISIS clothing sales. CNN. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/meast/iraq-foreign-fighters/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Shubert, A. & Naik, B. (2014, June 24). Western-born jihadists rally to ISIS’s fight in Iraq and Syria. CNN. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/isis-facebook-merchandise/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 7, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

A Deceptive and Neglectful Executive WH continues to erode our government in every way and again, in breach of faith, treason, Barry Obama, the illustrious AG, Ms. Hillary and officials at the IRS in particular should be held accountable and quite possibly, House arrest warrants issued for charges on each for suspicion in breach of faith, treason in intentional deceptive and negligent practices in failing to fulfill the respective responsibilities of office and enforcement of specific laws and for the utter failure to stand forthright for the Constitution in protecting it as every citizen of these United States of America are – obligated – to do so –

As a natural born citizen, if You Congress cannot seem to get out of your self-serving mannerisms, well, then certainly utilize my Right as Citizen to arrest each of these members of government by House arrest in suspicion of breach of trust, treason and then let’s get to the hard drive of the reportedly corrupt IRS, the failure to send assistance to our four and other brave heros at the “Benghazi Massacre” and the list continues and continues now to see Department of Homeland Security busloads of illegal entrants to southern California, to Texas and other while 60% of our border agents are making p&j sandwiches for kids all at our expense when food pantries cannot even keep their food stocked as citizens of this country have been so torn apart by such a divisive and intentional Barry Obama and his only pledge, his pledge to Hussein Obama and his Kenyan anti-christian, anti-colonial pals to tear down this nation and bring it to par with other second and third tier countries and knowing that without a strong arsenal, Democracy will be overrun from within, never mind all that seek our demise…..

Look around and as the quality of Life is so compromised and laws so broken, an AG who refuses to enforce the laws on the books, no wonder there are hundreds of millions of guns held by US citizens who see much more clearly just what our forefathers warned us of the Enemy from within….We are besieged from outside and from within by law breakers and those We have “entrusted” by precious vote frown and turn their cheeks towards us and the LAW!

There are thousands, tens of thousands of individuals who have been certified healthy, filled out proper application and wait daily to secure a visa to this country and they are sent to the back of the bus…how divisive an administration who has made the pigment of skin an issue when in fact, more and more have become enslaved by a government and a nearly $18 trillion bankrupt government at that….

Our borders and our security has never been so compromised….

How dare you?

God Bless us all!

Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich, MA 02645 USA
skype: christopher.tingus

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 8, 2014 @ 5:53 am

Submitted fyi – Christopher Tingus, Harwich

According to the Pentagon, the rapid growth of China’s military spending reflects its increasing assertiveness in the region. According to Beijing, US military spending is the real issue. What are the facts?

It has become an annual ritual. Recently, the US Department of Defense (DoD) usually released its report to Congress on China’s “military and security developments.” As before, the release of the report was followed by Beijing’s comment that it overstated the “so-called Chinese military threat.”

In the US, the Pentagon report is touted by the media as another reminder of China’s military assertiveness. In this narrative, China’s” military spending is soaring, whereas in the West austerity policies are forcing drastic cuts. In the mainland, a parallel debate tends to focus on the ulterior motives of the US pivot to Asia.

But how valid is the narrative?

China’s spending growing fast in relative terms

As far as the Pentagon is concerned, China is pursuing a long-term, comprehensive military modernization, which seeks to boost its military capabilities in short-duration, high-intensity regional contingencies. A central aspect in the modernization, so it is argued, is preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait, and contingencies in the South and East China Seas.
More recently, the Pentagon has stressed China’s military investments “for a range of missions beyond China’s coast,” including sea lane security, counter-piracy, peacekeeping, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Today, China and the US, the world’s two largest military powers, operate in intimate regional proximity.

According to data by the international research firm SIPRI, US military spending declined by 7.8 percent in real terms in 2013. Almost half of the fall is accounted for by the reduction of overseas military operations, mainly in Afghanistan and Iraq. Meanwhile, China’s spending increased by 7.4 percent in real terms in the past year.

In terms of relative growth, then, Chinese expenditures increased more than US spending shrank. And yet, despite heightened tensions in the region, the data suggests that there have been no trend changes in Chinese military spending. Instead, the latter represents a long-term policy of rising military investment in line with economic growth.

US spending overwhelming in absolute terms

Now, let’s move from relative percentage points to absolute figures. In these terms, US military spending took a $44 billion nominal fall in 2013, to $640 billion. Meanwhile, Chinese expenditures grew to $188 billion, according to SIPRI. In terms of absolute growth, then, Chinese military expenditures represent less than 30 percent of those by the US.

Global military expenditures exceeded $1.7 trillion in 2013. Nevertheless, US military expenditures remain about the same as the next nine nations’ military expenditures—that is, the combined military spending of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, Germany, Japan, India and South Korea altogether.
Indeed. China’s military spending as a share of its economy is 2 percent; only half of that of the US (3.8%)—lower than in Germany, the UK, or France.

As share of the economy, Chinese military spending also lower than in many of its regional peers, including South Korea (2.8%), Cambodia (2.5%) and Vietnam (2.3%)—not to speak of regional heavy-spenders such as North Korea (25-33%), Myanmar (4.5%), and Singapore (3.4%).

But even these figures portray a flawed picture. Just as we understand living standards on the basis of the GDP relative to the population, military spending should be understood on a per capita basis.

In 2012, America’s population amounted to 314 million. So, America spent more than 2 billion in military expenditures per capita. In contrast, China’s population is over four times larger, about 1.35 billion in 2012. Consequently, its comparable figure was $140 million. On a per capita basis, then, Chinese military spending is barely 7 percent relative to that in the United States.

The bottom line
Compared to China, the relative growth of US military spending is stagnating, but its absolute military might remains overwhelming.

On a per capita basis, America continues to invest in its military some 15 times more than China.

In view of global spending, US military expenditures account for 37 percent of the world total, even though American GDP is barely 22 percent of the world economy. In contrast, China invests in military spending as much as its share of the world economy would lead us to expect—about 11 percent.

Since its economic reforms, China has pursued military modernization. This effort has been a reflection of its rapid economic growth. In contrast, America’s military expenditures continue to be hugely disproportionate relative to its role in the world.

The secret of China’s growing military might is in the size of its population, not in its military assertiveness. In turn, the staying power of the US military is not in the size of its economy or its population, but in the massive military commitments, which are unsustainable.

What is not needed is a still new US rearmament program that former Vice President Cheney has advocated, but increasing defense co-operation between major advanced and large emerging economies—especially between Washington and Beijing.

The original version was published by the South China Morning Post on June 30, 2013

– See more at: http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2014/07/whos-the-big-spender-military-spending-from-beijing-to-the-pentagon/#sthash.qmfuvOdT.dpuf

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 8, 2014 @ 10:20 am

How dare you? Already nearly $18 trillion in debt – Arrest these bandits who fail to fulfill the duties and obligations of their elected office….

Suspicion in breach of faith, treason!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
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