Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

July 18, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 18, 2014

On this day in 1995 the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat erupted.  It has continued volcanic activity ever since leaving more than half of Montserrat uninhabitable, destroying the capital city, and causing about two thirds of the population to evacuate the Caribbean island.

On this day in 1945 the Bedford Magazine fire and explosions began causing widespread damage in the Nova Scotia communities of Bedford, Halifax, and Dartmouth.

On this day in 1994 the Argentine Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires was bombed killing 85 and injuring 300.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

July 18, 2014 @ 7:28 am

On April 12, 2014 attacked by singles despite vaccination. Still lingering impacts and effects.

Away from Tidewater from June 15th to July 15th primarily in the Berkshires of western MA and Thousand Island region of NYS! Not representative of much of USA. But I can recommend!

My FFF thought! Congress is not just a joke but terrifyingly inept as is most of the MSM!

Proof? Congress does not just pretend to not know what it enacts, it does not know. I recommend several changes in THE DANCE OF LEGISLATION!

First a joint permanent Congressional Committee be established. It would be responsible for reporting on the federalism implications of each bill and resolution. Or a Federalism Office parallel to CBO!

Second, the lawsuit [yet to be filed?] Boehner v. Obama.
Neither Congress nor the MSM seems to know US history or past SCOTUS rulings. The New Deal legislation ruled UnConstitutional in the early and Middle New Deal based its decisions on UnConstitutional delegation in legislation to the President. SCOTUS reversed itself prompting some wit to state that “of course, SCOTUS follows national [federal?] election results.

Please please follow Yale Con Law prof Linda G. various periodic article in the NYTimes.

And still continuing to predict a Republican Senate in 2015!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 18, 2014 @ 7:33 am

Note Bene! As predicted here and elsewhere Immigration has moved up as an election topic for this fall.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 18, 2014 @ 7:43 am

Well the second QHSR has arrived. Please not all discussion or absence of the following topics:
1. Immigration;
2. Climate Change;
3. Permanent subsidizing of the NFIP [flood insurance];
4. Use of technology in HS including drones;
5. Unity of effort in DHS [to do what?];
6. DHS role in preventing consequences of various hazards;
7. DHS and NSC relationships;
8. DHS and DoD relationships;
9. DHS and Congressional relationships;
10. Prioritization of DHS mission and goals!

Comment by Samantha Wilson

July 18, 2014 @ 11:29 am

The United States should be well aware of and continue to monitor the environments in Ukraine and Russia. Yesterday’s passenger airplane incident is extremely frightening, and intelligence communities are holding pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine responsible for the tragedy. The U.S. homeland security community should recognize the power that the separatists are boasting and that America can also be a target for attacks. In recent days, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia, an act that can be seen as punishment; in response, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned, “We may go back to the 1980s in our relations with the states that are declaring these sanctions,” alluding to the Cold War. Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said this morning that “we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel,” and the pro-Russian separatists have now demonstrated they have the ability to kill hundreds of individuals thousands of miles in the air. Americans should be worried of similar attacks in the future. The Soviet Union was once a U.S. threat, and as days pass, Russia is transitioning from a potential future threat to a very real and current threat. The homeland security community should prepare for Russian threats from both Russia and pro-Russian Ukrainians in the very near future.

For more information:



Comment by Frank Gorman

July 18, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

On this past Wednesday, the National Review Online reported that former national deputy chief of the US Border Patrol feels that all the progress made on the United States’ southern border since 9/11 has been undone by the Obama Administration. The crisis of the national border has become a true threat to Homeland Security, and it is extremely frustrating to see the Executive and Legislative branches of our federal government so polarized that they are unable to work together toward a compromise.
Here are the threats to the Homeland:
1. Reports of Muslim prayer rugs recovered near the border – I am not implying that all Muslims are evil, but given the government’s assertion that the influx of illegal immigrants are Mexican or Central American, it begs the obvious question – isn’t it an easy opportunity for Islamic extremists to exploit the situation and move across our southern border?
2. Diseases coming across the border – Given the recent concerns about the CDC and its mishandling of anthrax and smallpox vials, are they really ready to combat an epidemic if one comes across the border? Further, are we able to handle the costs associated with the medical needs of these immigrants?
3. Civil unrest in towns unhappy with illegal aliens being housed in their towns – People have had enough; Drudge reported today that the number one problem in the opinion of Americans polled by a Gallup Poll is illegal immigration.
4. Crime – Earlier this week, an illegal alien processed and released by immigration officials was arrested for murder. I could not help but reflect on the Mariel Boat Lift from Cuba, when Castro emptied his jails and many Cuban criminals snuck in to the US among the truly oppressed Cubans.

This is a true HLS crisis that is being mismanaged by our government. The consequences are too great for inaction. What are your thoughts?

Comment by Brian Lozada

July 18, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

On Wednesday, the NYPD’s Director of Intelligence Analysis announced that an al Qaeda-backed propaganda magazine, Inspire, is encouraging individuals to target the US Open Tennis Championship in a terrorist-related plot. The magazine has gone as far as instructing would-be terrorists on how to make bombs and in what locations to set them; however, despite the encouragements, police are not aware of any specific threats that have been made. According to the NYPD, the biggest concern at the moment is not terrorist groups per se but individual radicals who may not be on law enforcement’s radar (CBS, 2014).

The magazine, Inspire, is an English language magazine that is published solely online and frequently includes step-by-step bomb-making instructions, which have been used by radical extremists in past attempts to carry out attacks (Anti-Defamation League, 2013). This is another example of how terrorist groups use the Internet to reach a larger target audience and influence additional followers. Terrorist propaganda that is available online must be more closely monitored to ensure not only that radical extremists cannot use it as a resource to execute their terrorist plots, but also to ensure that it is not used as a vehicle to recruit additional radicals to their cause.

For more information, see the following links:



Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 18, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

….and to no surprise given the Rev Wright long standing assertion that as long as the “Zionists” had WMD in hand, why not Tehran and Barry Obama his pal for some 20 years and of course the following delay as You have allowed Barry Obama far too much latitude and again, I reiterate, place barry Obama and his illustrious AG under House arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason! You have numerous – scandals – to do so….and again, if necessary and only within your discretion of course, the US DoD/military should step in if Congress on both sides of the aisle cannot seem to take any leadership roles and just politicize as this “Chicago-Washington-Hollywood charade” continues to do so and fails to enforce present laws and fails to fulfill the oath as sworn to…..Com’on fellas as time is precious….Reach out to We the People and begin to ask us what We feel necessary to restore our beloved Republic before these terrorists come across the border, bused in by this administration…enough is enough….

WAR looms ahead….don’t kid yourselves! A Democracy to survive must be portray a strong arsenal and in pledge to Hussein Obama and his anti-Christian and anti-colinialist pals in Kenya, it is You who have allowed Barry Obama and his illustrious AG to dismiss our borders, our Constitution and fail to enforce present laws….


BREAKING NEWS Friday, July 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended by Four Months, Diplomats Say
Iran, the United States and the five other countries negotiating over the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the negotiations, giving them more time to try to bridge a major difference over whether the country will be forced to dismantle parts of its nuclear infrastructure, according to diplomats involved in the negotiations.

The original deadline for an accord was July 20, though a temporary agreement that has been in effect since November envisioned a possible extension.
The United States and its negotiating partners — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have argued that Iran must dismantle major elements of its uranium enrichment program, and envision the restrictions going on for a decade or more. It is unclear whether, in four months, the two sides can bridge that gap.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 18, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

You know what is truly sad these days, how ignorant folks are of the lessons of history despite all this texting while driving and disrespect to family and friends when sitting down together and using gadgets w/head down instead of conversing and sharing with one another….in learning history and Biblical verse and teachings….

From 1979-1981, America was dishonored and disgraced by the “Brutes of Tehran” by holding hostages some 444 days, how humiliating for America and how short the memories….

Hamid Abutalebi shows up at the ever so corrupt UN who hates the Jews ever so and to date has never mentioned Hamas using women and children as shields…oh such hatred towards the Hebrew and how this world will again suffer so as it is certain WAR looms ahead….Abutalebi as Tehran’s new Ambassador, a thug who was personally involved in the hostage debacle….

The humiliation for America is quite clear for anyone of my more educated and enlightened fellow citizens who know history and the importance of lessons learned….

Interestingly there was a teenager long ago in the Bible who did not have a IPhone and whose lessons we can learn from him in dealing with the Iranian regime of thugs and who disgrace the richness and wonderful Persian people and all that their ancestors contributed to humanity long ago….

Much like today in America, devoid of any leadership, King Saul failed Israel in his shameful lack of faith and courage and it was not until King David saw the cowering of fear before the Philistine warrior (1Samuel 17:24) “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid” —

Standing up for the honor of this nation has been replaced by a Congress on both sides of the aisle who have allowed the “reproach” of so many nations, the disrespect and lack of fear of red lines said to be drawn in the sand, the failure to arrest those perpetrators of the “Benghazi Massacre” where We did leave our brave warriors behind just as this administration and We the People with billions pouring into Mexico leave a brave US soldier naked and tied to a bed in a Mexican jail for making a wrong turn while busloads and busloads of illegal immigrants – law breakers – no matter their age – pass his jail daily and this administration and the Mexican government look the other way…How dare you?

I bet King David would have other ideas as does the Israeli leadership today who will no longer tolerate hundreds and hundreds and thousands of missiles and projectiles tossed over into Israel with intent to kill Hebrew!

There is no David-like leadership from the top down as this executive WH made it quite clear that “apology” after “apology” and the bowing to terrorist sponsored governments would be the tenure of its theme and to weaken us internally, divisiveness and the pigment of skin would be the tools of the craftsman Obama seeking to do what You have enabled him to do with a nearly $18 trillion deficit and soaring by the minute….

The shameful cowardice of Congress and this self-serving politicking, well, You have allowed this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” to continue….Yes, You who have not called for Barry Obama and his illustrious AG House arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason….

Dumbfounded by the lack of willingness among men and women who supposed feel so much love and respect for our beloved Republic and few words or actions to thwart this intentional dismantling of America just as Barry Obama has pledged to his Father, Hussein Obama and his Kenyan pals….

in fact it was David who understood that leadership must be established and in verse 29 states, “The Lord that delivered me out of the law of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine” –

David showed that there was a living God in Israel and in verses (45-46) w/David confronting Goliath, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and will I smite thee and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” –

While this executive WH fooled you so with its promise of transparency and other empty political promises to enable Barry Obama to serve another, my question when it comes to Homeland Security and these open borders and no one medically documented or processed via application and the law, is there truly a DAVID AMONG US TODAY WHO WILL STAND TALL AND FORTHRIGHT FOR OUR BELOVED REPUBLIC AND OUR CONSTITUTION AND LAWS, obviously Not and the dishonor Tehran subjected American long ago continues and continues and now with an obvious sympathizer towards these “Brutes of Tehran” – the weakness of our nation is seen globally and those seeking our demise are making great strides and again like 100 years ago with WWI and a number of decades ago, WWII, enemies see our weakness and unfortunately folks, unless our laws and borders are protected and enforced, the enemies grow bolder and bolder and there is no one to fight for the honor of God or our nation so be prepared for far much more anguish than food banks having difficulty keeping food on their shelves and take a page from Israel when watching Hamas dig its tunnels and toss its rockets overhead with intent yo kill for David still reigns as the Israeli citizen WILL fight for the honor of God and the State of Israel despite the apparent corruption which abounds from the WH to the UN!

During WWII we had 6,768 naval vessels and today, some 285 aging ships….and in 1900, 31% of world production derived from US and today, less than 17%! 72% of steel production came from the US in 1945, today less than 6% — and a projected budget deficit by 2015, $19.6 trillion!

As far as Putin, well folks, Central and Eastern Europe know the tragic history of Russian invasion and you can bet they tremble especially when they see the US turn its back so while these may be dark days, recall history and Central and Eastern Europe will continue to push Germany and the former German Defense Minister who will take the torch from Merkel and forge a real unification against Putin! While Putin has longed to reunited the ‘ol Soviet Union, he overstepped his bounds and understanding he knows Russian history w/some 14 million civilians dying on the Eastern front during WWII and some 11 million were Soviets! Remember that 75% of Moscow was destroyed with hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed in 1812 with Napoleon’s reach….and with this knowledge, Putin knows he must secure as much a buffer between other nations and little here understand that the Ukraine which was to join NATO, only some 300 miles from Moscow!

While we have opened our borders here in the US to everyone including criminals and quite possibly terrorists as our laws are tossed aside, Putin knows better and must keep the Europeans as far away from his country as possible and of course while Europeans so dependent on energy are in fact acting timid towards shirtless Putin, this, too will change and shortly. Germany and the Vatican will change all this….as Central and Eastern Europe saw the US fail to protect Georgia in ’08 and it is no place top be found during this Ukrainian scenario and America’s word under the failed leadership of Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton, never to be trusted or relied upon….Germany will eventually fill the void!

God help us!

“Main Street USA”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 19, 2014 @ 4:48 am

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves
July 21, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm

Coming Soon
There will be a live webcast of this event.

Event Speakers

The P5+1 and Iran have been negotiating since last January under a six-month deadline to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement. Please join us for this meeting, scheduled one day after that deadline, to address the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown.

What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward? The meeting will feature discussion of the new Middle East Program monograph by Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and director of international security studies at the Wilson Center.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Event Speakers List:

Robert S. Litwak // Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies

Mitchell Reiss //
President, Washington College; and former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 19, 2014 @ 4:53 am

Why Israel Launched a Ground War in Gaza

As published on Politico

Jul 18, 2014
By Aaron David Miller

After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. But why, you say? War, what’s it good for? Israel’s Iron Dome has kept the home front safe; Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire offer has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the political high ground; and there’s a big risk of losing it if Israel charges into Gaza and ends up killing many more Palestinian civilians. Which it inevitably will. And what’s more, why do the Israelis believe that a ground war will lead to a better outcome than the last one in 2008/9? Hamas still ended up with more lethal, precise and long-range high trajectory weapons.

All true. But despite the risks, the logic—political, psychological and strategic—favored a significant intervention. Here’s why Bibi did it.

1. The military clock

These conflicts have military clocks and diplomatic clocks. And the former was ticking down much faster than the latter. The longer this inconclusive war dragged on, the greater the odds that the stronger party—Israel—would act to change the balance. Hamas is unlikely to agree to a cease-fire without conditions that Israel can’t accept. Sure, Iron Dome has ensured that there were almost no Israeli casualties from Hamas’ rocket attacks. But Netanyahu can’t allow a new status quo in which Israel is subjected to the uncertainties, disruptions and potential casualties of what had become daily rocket attacks, however inaccurate. The responsibility of a government is to guarantee not just security but normalcy. And life isn’t normal today, however inured Israelis have become to it. Moreover, sooner or later Hamas was bound to get lucky. Its missiles, or some terrorists tunneling out of Gaza, would succeed in killing a significant number of Israelis. And if that happened, the clamor on Netanyahu’s right would become a deafening roar. So Bibi had to act now.

2. The rockets didn’t stop

Accurate or not, Hamas has plenty of high trajectory weapons still to be fired. And the fact that they can still launch with impunity after the pounding the Israeli air force has delivered tells you two things. One, Hamas has developed an underground infrastructure that allows launches seemingly impervious to degrading by air; and two, the only way to deal with the threat is to go in and destroy as much of this infrastructure as possible. Sure, two or four years from now, Hamas might restore its arsenal. That’s an important concern, but it doesn’t deal with the reality of now. You want the rockets stopped? Either you put boots on the ground or Hamas agrees to do it.

3. No cease-fire in time

Egypt tried and failed, however insincerely, to get Hamas to agree to a cease-fire. Qatar stuck its nose out, too. But this isn’t just about finding the right mediator. Yes, it’s true that Egypt’s relations have been bad with Hamas ever since the military threw out the Muslim Brotherhood president and elected one of its own. But it’s the substance of what is required for the deal that’s the real problem. Hamas needs to present an image of victory. And Israel is equally determined to deny that image. Hamas wants the border with Egypt opened, salaries for its government workers paid and the release of the 50-plus Hamas guys whom Israel picked up in their recent sweeps of the West Bank. Given enough time—and enough punishment in Gaza—maybe a deal might be worked out. But right now we have a big game of Middle East chicken: Israel will not start negotiating with Hamas and make the terrorist group a winner any more than Hamas will capitulate without a fundamental improvement in economic life for Gaza. Looking around, it’s hard to see who can put this deal together. Qatar’s too close to Hamas; the United States has influence with Israel but not Hamas. The Turks have a rocky relationship with Israel. Israel doesn’t trust the United Nations. And even Egypt would probably like to see Hamas weakened further. So from the Israeli perspective, war-war looked like a better bet than jaw-jaw.

4. Costly but not necessarily ineffective

Dealing with Hamas rockets have never been an either/or situation. An air and a ground campaign can work together in concert. And Israel’s ground incursion has the potential to severely—though not mortally—retard Hamas’ capacity. This need not involve a permanent reoccupation of Gaza and the toppling of the Hamas government. That would take months. If that’s where Israel is headed, good luck—Gaza’s an enclave of 1.7 million angry Palestinians twice the size of Washington, D.C. The smarter move would be to destroy as much of the rocket infrastructure as possible, as quickly as possible, and get the hell out.

This article was first published on Politico.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 19, 2014 @ 6:35 am

I (We) shout, “House arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason!”

We have little confidence this Friday in Homeland Security as an agency who permits convicted criminals to roam our streets let go from jail and now undocumented and law breaking illegals, no matter their age, to roam among us, a fact that no other nation would permit! Our brave Marine, stripped naked and tied to a Mexican jail prison bed still remains imprisoned while this demented executive WH has looked the other way along with their Mexican counterparts to allow illegals to enter Mexico and the US:

Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton along with his illustrious AG should be held by House arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason! W/a budget deficit now reaching to $18 trillion and a far weakened America under the deception of leadership evidently void and utilizing the pigment of skin and divisiveness in every way, this once great nation is in much peril!

Barry Obama et al have besmirched us in every way and have intentionally duped the ignorant among us and in the words of Frederick Douglass who explains this executive WH who bows to other sovereign King:

“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” – Frederick Douglass

….and 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 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” –

War looms ahead!

God Bless America….

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 20, 2014 @ 7:35 am

Pro-Russian Rebel Commander: ‘We Did Warn You — Do Not Fly in Our Sky’


Your Grandmother as well as your disciplined KGB training taught you: ?????????? ????? ???????, ? ??????????? ?????????:

One hangs the thief that steals 3 kopecks, and honours the one that steals 50 kopecks.

To you and your false bravado whether shirtless or not – your incestuous accolades among you for such a despicable act among you – for you and your likes have stolen the lives of those on flight MH17!

How dare you? What cowards…boys with toys! Killing innocent women and children….outright murders and all in God’s witness!

As a very, very proud American citizen, disgruntled by this clown in the White House and a citizen who shouts out, demands that our US Marines march across the border to a Mexican jail and take back our brave warrior tied naked to a bed at a Mexican jail while bus load after bus load of illegals, no matter their age, law-breakers pass by his jail cell daily welcomed by this lawless, perverse and tainted US Wh executive administration and Barry Obama….

…. who along with his illustrious AG and Ms. Hillary should all be under House arrest for not only breach if faith, treason, but for their failed honor in sworn oath to uphold and enforce the laws of these United States of America as well the Constitution, it is obvious that this Chicago city street slicker and nothing more, so infatuated by the pigment of a man’s skin in this 21st century and in keeping with his sworn pledge to Hussein Obama and his Kenyan pals, anti-Christians and anti-colonialists seeking in every way to diminish America’s prominence in every way, willingly bowing and kissing the ring of other sovereign nation has afforded you a renewed vigor to fantasize of a rekindling of old central and eastern European relationships, however Vladimir my boy, look over your shoulder for the outright murder of these wonderful innocent human beings has awakened a sleeping giant and soon the baton from Merkel will be tossed to a fellow you know, the former German Defense Secretary and that’s where your real problems begin….

….in fact, while my fellow Americans for the most part have yet to understand the theme of this White House best described by Frederick Douglass:

“Find out just what People will submit to, and You have found the exact amount of 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 tyrant(s) are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” –

Vladimir my boy, you recall the Motherland’s saying, ???? ??????? ?? ????????.
“A goose is not a pig’s friend” well, while Americans continue to allow their borders and laws to be absconded with by this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” – look over your shoulder because as a result of this mass murder of innocent human beings, each among us all as God’s children and yes, despite your alignment with China end even India, as the baton is passed from Merkel to none other than Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Vladimir you will have much to be concerned with as the central and eastern European capitals, much like the Israelis see a clearly weakened US as a result of a gullible US populace of obviously empty political rhetoric and while the Germans (Assyrians) have been manufacturing and distributing billions and billions in weapons throughout the Middle East in nurturing a New Confederate of Middle East States as allies to Germany who will shortly be called to bring peace talks in the Middle East only to dupe many, Vladimir, dismiss your ideas of restoring the ‘ol Soviet Union and help to alter the course of a War looming ahead and truly be a leader in the 21st century, not another stooge on the global political sphere as we see here with this US executive WH et al who care little for our history and the necessity that We are a strong arsenal among nations leading forward and thwarting the dreams of boys who seek to use their guns against the most innocent such as Hamas for instance, cowards who hide behind the skirts of women and the cries of little children….

God Bless us all!

Christopher Tingus
‘Main Street USA”
Po Box 1612
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 20, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

According to some blogs drunken Ukraiian soldiers shot down the passenger plan! See Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 1:14 am

Did you know that the Ukraine is larger than Poland?

What crisis could cause the President to recall Congress from it long August/September recess?

Control of the Senate in 2015 may be foreshadowed by Tuesday primaries.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 1:48 am

What Public Law of the 113th Congress now wrapping up was the most important for HS and EM?

H.R.307 : Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] (introduced 1/18/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Veterans’ Affairs; Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 113-5 [GPO: Text, PDF]

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 1:50 am

For text of Public Laws go to Thomas.loc.gov

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 1:52 am

I would be interested in any links if they exist to published analysis of Public Law 113-5!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

CRS staff informs me no CRS analysis of P.L. 113-5!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

Perhaps DHS and HHS coordination should be added to my list of QHSR topics in my comment at 228199!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 21, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

Anyone know of the whereabouts of the statutorily mandated Annual Preparedness Report?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 22, 2014 @ 2:04 am


Thank goodness we still have some motivated human beings working together in close collaborative effort to enable us to reach out beyond the horizon and far past all thus dysfunctional mannerism whereby humanity suffers unwarranted anguish and is stymied by the corruptness of tyrants!

“The richness and abundance which God has created is certainly within our firm grasp if we can somehow get out of the way of ourselves and tear down the stonewalls previous generations have bequeathed to us….God Bless us all!”
Christopher Tingus – 1969

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 22, 2014 @ 7:02 am

Homeland Security? A government we can trust…I as well as many others, think not! Enough of barry Obama’s pen and executive orders….

Enough of this WH anti-Christian administration so hell bent on weakening our Judeo-Christian values..I (We) shout “Arrest Barry Obama and his illustrious AG for – suspicion in breach of faith, treason!”

Here on “Main Street USA”, enough is enough and We demand a – House arrest and a do nothing Congress to get its act together now….

Breaking News:

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.

“Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government – the government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer,” the president told a gathering in the White House.

The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.

This administration believes gay rights trump everyone else’s rights – including religious rights.
“If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith – then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith,” Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.

He said the president’s order forces employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. “This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior,” Sprigg said.

“The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace – including religious liberty.”

A group of prominent religious leaders, including Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor at Saddleback Church, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to include a religious exemption.

“In a concrete way, religious organizations will lose financial funding that allows them to serve others in the national interest due to their organizational identity,” they wrote. “When the capacity of religious organizations is limited, the common good suffers.”

Not surprising, the president’s executive order was warmly welcomed by left-wing organizations like Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“Religious groups have no right to accept taxpayer money and engage in rank forms of discrimination,” said executive director Barry Lynn. “Faith-based groups that tap the public purse should play by the same rules as everyone else and not expect special treatment.”

But that’s really not the point. This is about the federal government bullying religious groups that hold viewpoints it deems inappropriate.

As I wrote in my new book, “God Less America,” this administration believes gay rights trump everyone else’s rights – including religious rights.

Vice President Joe Biden went so far as to declare as much during a speech to international gay rights activists.

“I don’t care what your culture is,” he said in remarks covered by Associated Press. “Inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”

That explains why a Christian baker in Colorado was ordered by a state commission to undergo re-education training after he declined to participate in a gay wedding celebration.

That explains why a Christian photographer in New Mexico was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to photograph a gay wedding ceremony.

That explains why Democratic lawmakers in multiple states tried to shut down Chick-fil-A because of the owner’s privately held beliefs about traditional marriage.

And I as detail in “God Less America,” that explains why Billy Graham – “America’s pastor” – was subjected to an Internal Revenue Service audit after he supported a traditional marriage amendment in North Carolina.

The Obama administration and its militant cronies want to tell Christians whom to hire, how to run their business and how to think.

And now the president has decreed that any religious group that holds viewpoints divergent from the LGBT agenda is not worthy of federal tax dollars.

Last month, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told a gathering at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights that it was their responsibility to sway theological thinking on the LGBT issue.

“For the faith community, how can we reinforce to religious groups that God loves all the children of his creation equally?” she asked the crowd.

“Change will come,” she went on to say. “It’s already coming.”

Indeed, it has. And it appears the president has decided to “reinforce” the government’s theology on Christians by using his pen and phone.

And woe be to any Christian American who refuses to comply.

Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. addressed the issues at hand in an essay titled, “Are Christian Colleges Free to be Christian?”

“There are people who are willing to use whatever means necessary to force religious institutions to conform to the new sexual morality,” he wrote. “Any individual or institution that refuses to comply will have to face the consequences.”

So what is the next logical step in the government’s systematic effort to marginalize Christianity? Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, suggests to me that churches might want to play close attention to their tax-exempt status.

“The problem with this executive order is that it paves the way for the next one – which could withhold the tax-exempt status or broadcast licenses for religious organizations holding biblical beliefs with which the administration disagrees,” Jeffress told me.

The Obama administration seems hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda.

Comment by Stephen Swain

July 23, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

There are a lot of things going on in today’s world that have potential to shape history immediately by starting a conflict. Over the past week we have seen growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and a passenger airplane struck down by a militant separatist group. Both of which have caused outrage from certain communities. The United States holds an interesting stance compared to the rest of the world because many countries want to hear what the United States has to say about any incident that occurs. While other countries and movements may not act on the opinions of the United States, the United States may gain some enemies from those who the viewpoint challenges.
Enemies of the United States always have the agenda to try to hurt us on our Homeland. During times like this Homeland Security officials must remain vigilant in discovering threats from not only from known aggressors, but also from new enemies made by our current opinions on different situations. If the President decides to send in armed forces to either of these areas to try to resolve the conflict, there is even more of a chance of our Homeland’s security being compromised.
Additionally, we are moving into Hurricane Season here on the East Coast of the United States. As someone who lives in a coastal town that was effected by Hurricane Sandy and works in the same town where the most coastal damage took place, we are still recovering. Additionally, there is still no after action report for the state of New Jersey. While this was one of the worst storms ever to affect the United States, it certainly will not be the last one. It is important for Homeland Security officials to be able to review what happened during Hurricane Sandy to discover what strengths and weaknesses response and recovery efforts had, and how they can improve on the processes for the next event.
All in all, maintaining an all-hazards approach to Homeland Security is essential, even though some issues may be more pressing than others. It is when we let our guard down in one area, that something in that area will affect us.

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