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December 19, 2014

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 19, 2014

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:41 am

What are the benefits and costs to society of the Internet?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:42 am

WAPO has identified the fundamental flaw in the SECRET SERVICE as lack of leadership? If so, why?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:44 am

Some fundamental perturbations appear to be occurring in Hollywood due to the SONY hack! Should this be of HS concern?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:45 am

If you could distribute just one book to all DHS appointees and employees what would that book be?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:48 am

What are the implications for HS of the Senate’s torture report?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:50 am

Early on in his Administration the President created a 30 person RESILIENCE staff in the NSC! What is known of the performance of that staff?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:53 am

There is a British firm INTELLIBRIDGE that operates domestically. In essence it is a private NSC IMO! What is known about it?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:56 am

Hillary Clinton will not run for President in the 2016 Presidential elections of November 1916! And Cuban relations may end the Jeb Bush run IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 12:59 am

How should DHS adjust to the failure to be funded after February 2015?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 7:47 am

Ms. Avril Haines has been appointed Deputy National Security Advisor!

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Avril Haines

Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Incumbent
Assumed office
August 9, 2013

President
Barack Obama

Preceded by
Michael J. Morell

Personal details

Born
Avril Dannica Haines
August 29, 1969 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Political party
Democratic

Spouse(s)
David Davighi

Alma mater
University of Chicago (B.A.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Profession
Lawyer

Avril Dannica Haines (born August 29, 1969) is an American lawyer who is the current Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Haines previously served in Office of the White House Counsel as the Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2010 to 2013, before being nominated deputy director of the CIA and becoming the first woman to hold the position. Her term as CIA Deputy Director coincided with the Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present), the CIA hacking into the computers of U.S. Senate employees, and the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 7:50 am

Avril Haines new position does not require Senat confirmation!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 7:52 am

Can you name the current Advisor to the President for National Security Affairs?

The “DEEP STATE” keeps rolling along IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 7:56 am

Since the staff of the Homeland Security Council [a statutory entity] was merged into the NSC staff at the beginning of President Obama’s Administration can you find any links to books or articles discussing the success, or failures, or consequences of this merger?

The principal consequences IMO are that the so-called personnel and leaders of the DEEP STATE could not articulate any real analysis of FEDERALISM!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 19, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

Emergency Preparedness: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Interagency Assessments and Accountability for Closing Capability Gaps
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-20
GAO-15-20: Published: Dec 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2014.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 20, 2014 @ 1:26 am

The just publically released GAO report reveals FEMA neither knows or cares if other key departments and agencies can perform their roles for assigned tasks in fast-breaking natural disasters or man-made events. And FEMA has issued no guidance pursuant to PP-8 to OFAs.

And after revealing the king has no clothes GAO accepts FEMA’s claim that it has no legal authority when acting on behalf of the President to direct federal disaster activities.

Again FEMA too low in the bureaucratic food chain and the VP and his or her office should be the nation’s principal EMERGENCY MANAGER!

And who knew the NSC had issued a report critiquing FEMA’s role in Storm Sandy. Can anyone find a link?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 20, 2014 @ 8:14 am

Friday HLS free forum:

A world desperate for real leadership….with resulting lawlessness and tyrants seeking to impose their agenda and dismiss our Judeo-Christian values, our Constitution and an American which has held Hope for so, so many….an America today, void in any real leadership and so unfortunate s a result of the west’s appetite for pornography and “selfies” – a lack of discipline, now some $18 trillion in deficit, the Chicago Black community where youth are in plea for help and the “civil rights ambulance chasers” like Barry Obama and his illustrious AG, their pals, The Rev Wright and good ‘ol Al, con men at best seeking monies from Sony to be placed inside the company, all about their agenda and Not the precious Black Youth of Chicago, no, just some youth and a lawless criminal in Ferguson and documented so by video which many attempted to suppress from the viewers and who stole at a local store, intimidated a clerk and then with arrogant gait impeded traffic and then attacked a police officer reaching for his gun and like in Cambridge (MA), a White House et al seizing on the opportunity to promote and use the race card when in fact, all witnesses , not one witness a White American, not one….Who gives a damn about the high unemployment rate in Chicago’s Black community and the loss every weekend of Black youth, all the result of the lack in family values and a White House who promotes late term abortions and has not a “dime’s worth of time” for the youth of Chicago because the race card cannot be played and the agenda from the WH et al, to weaken and divide our nation just as it has given the propionate responses we see from the White House in hosting beer parties, so condescending to our police officers who daily throughout the nation respond to 911 calls, please for help no matter the pigment of skin! How dare you?

The unwillingness to repent and follow God’s rules, not man’s corrupt ways, We here in the greatest nation and most charitable people who are divided by the likes of Bill Ayers, Barry Obama and others, anti-cops, anti-Americans as some in the media perceive these folks and have reported so, individuals willing in their ways to coerce and promote their agenda in manipulating, unscrupulous in their ways and an economy weakened so and tenuous that the bubble will burst and we are so, so unprepared….

The Chinese are at a tipping point and while the US markets can be so easily manipulated and are truly false indicators of the health of this nation with food banks unable to keep their shelves filled, the shirtless “Putin” soon to continue his agenda in reestablishing his dear homeland to soon pounce on his next victim seeing the weakness in a socialist at the helm of the US military and the DoD unwilling to take over the reigns as it has done with other White Houses with the Pentagon making decisions, not some Chicago city street slicker who was voted into office by the way by a White majority (twice) and who reaches to North Korea and takes them off the list of terrorists, the same aligned with Tehran and both seeking our demise and we are negotiating or are we with Tehran who by the way the Rev Wright and Barry believe “deep down in their bones” that as long as the “Zionists” as the Rev Wright talks about the Israelis, as long as the “Zionists” have WMD in hand, why Not Tehran!

….and far worse than some Sony motion picture studio and the hypocrites such as Oprah who talk about whatever is said inside is ok now, but she was one of the first to speak out against the sports franchise owner who made comment in his own home and was forced to sell his team! What a bunch of hypocrites….How dare you?

I have said repeatedly that we are unprepared for much of any disaster and certainly a “dirty bomb” and other, however what troubles so many here on “Main Street USA” is the fact that Barry Obama holds a year end news conference and instead of a press corp asking questions at random on behalf of American citizens as real journalists, the media “charade” continues….

….a list of folks in the press corps with prepared questions and the President referencing his list as those naughty and nice, but really, a bunch of loyal women to Barry willing to play along with this game which will soon bring War and much anguish to so, so many globally and this ‘Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” is allowed to play out –

Thank God for the folks in the NSA and our intel community who will not allow this Chicago city street slicker to give our entire country away to those Barry Obama supports, the Muslim Brotherhood, Castro, Tehran where he has allowed this continuation of supposed discussions affording tehran the time it needs to build not one, but many launchers and WMDs and a WH so filled with hatred towards the Israeli who are our allies and friends and far more if one read the Bible rather than the Qur’an at Barry Obama’s night stand!

The days ahead will have much adverse impact of the good people who are Muslims, Christians and Hindus and others, people with family values who are seeking a better world, though thwarted by such folks in leadership roles, tyrants in their demeanor….

God Bless us all! the road ahead, arduous and eventually much anguish for so many whether Christian, Muslim or Hindu, fellow human beings seeking only to live with their choice and not to impose on another, just families choosing their faith and peace and family….

While Hamas may now be removed from the terrorist list by the bigoted EU leadership, at some point, Hamas will later turn against the Iranian leadership and support the Germans as the power brokers in the Middle East – Yes,Germany )the Assyrians) who will dupe many and a Germanyfilling the void in leadership in the Middle East given the continued weakness in global; leadership by the Americans….

MIDDLE EAST

Speaking in his Gaza office, …
Moussa Abu Marzouk [a Palestinian
senior member of Hamas] said: “I
believe that bilateral relations between
us and the Islamic Republic of Iran
are back on track.” …

Last week, a Hamas delegation
visited Iran, long a major supplier of
military and financial aid to the group.
Hamas has been hostile toward Syrian
President Bashar Assad, who is backed
by Tehran in the three-year-old Syrian
war.

In a sign that weapons supplies
from Iran may have slowed, Hamas
used mostly locally-made long-range
rockets to attack Israeli cities in the
conflict five months ago. It launched
Iranian-produced rockets in similar
strikes in 2012.

“There are many indications that
… relations have been resumed in the
proper way, as in the past,” Abu Marzouk
said, without elaborating. …
On Sunday, a spokesman for
Hamas’s armed wing cautioned there
could be a “new explosion” with Israel
unless reconstruction [of Gaza houses
destroyed during Israel’s Operation
Protective Edge] was speeded up. …

141 Dead in Massacre
at Pakistan School
USA TODAY | December 17
Taliban gunmen stormed a military run
school in Peshawar on Tuesday

“Zechariah prophesies of a violent
takeover of half of Jerusalem led by the
Palestinians, which is why it is likely
that Hamas will eventually grab hold of
the West Bank. Its leadership there will
most likely be needed to orchestrate
an attempt of the takeover of East
Jerusalem.”

—Trumpet Daily, August 25

“Iran has been designated a state
sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State
Department since 1984. The State Department’s
archives of ‘Country Reports
on Terrorism’ consistently condemn
Iran as ‘the most active state sponsor
of terrorism.’”

—theTrumpet.com, August 8
Move at UN Will Lead
to Hamas Takeover in
West Bank

JERUSALEM POST | December 18
The unilateral move by the Palestinian’s
at the UN on Wednesday
will lead to Hamas taking over the
West Bank, [Israeli] Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday
evening while lighting candles for the
third night of Hanukkah at his office.
“[Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud] Abbas thinks that by taking
unilateral steps he threatens us; he
doesn’t understand that their result
will be Hamas taking over the West
Bank,” Netanyahu said.

We will never allow this and will
never accept unilateral diktats. We
will always protect our security.”
Jordan formally submitted to the
United Nations Security Council on
Wednesday a draft resolution calling
for peace between Israel and the Palestinians
within one year

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 20, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

The 2014 Annual National Preparedness Report was issued dated March 2014 and publically made available in September.

Are there any links or analysis available on the Annual Report?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 20, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

….and these deaths, the blood of our brave are the direct result of Barry Obama, the illustrious AG and their pal, good ‘ol Al…their divisiveness, spewing bias and provoking such acts against innocent and those in the likes of Bill Ayers and all the other radicals who have been pals with this Chicago city street slicker from long ago – a dissident and in pledge to anti-Christian, anti-Colonialists as his Father, Hussein Obama and his kenyan pals….How dare you?

Our brave police officers in every city and community including those in Ferguson who confront “criminal” who steals from stores, intimidates storekeeper and impedes traffic flow and subsequently attacks a police officer, how dare you? Police officers, our first responders come to those who call 911 and see no pigment of skin, but these deceivers among us who were “entrusted” by precious vote only to see such diverse and outright lies….lies….

How dare you?

DEVELOPING: Two New York City police officer were shot and killed Saturday after they were shot by a gunman as they sat inside a patrol car.

The attack took place in Brooklyn at around 3 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.

“The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” a high-ranking police official told the Daily News.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Fox News that two officers were shot in the incident and were immediately moved to a nearby hospital. Police later told The Associated Press that both officers died from their injuries..

The New York Post reported that both officers were shot in the head at point-blank range.

“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post.

The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.

The suspect then fled to a nearby subway station before he shot and killed himself.

The shooting comes at a time when police in New York and nationwide have been criticized by some over the circumstances surrounding the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man who was stopped by police for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Demonstrators around the country have protests since a grand jury decided on Dec. 3 not to indict the officer involved in Garner’s death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Several New York officers were assaulted during demonstrations, including one that drew thousands to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the decision not to indict the officer in Garner’s death. Just days ago, Lynch suggesting police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.

The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 20, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

Police: Two NYC Cops Shot Dead, Retribution for Garner, Brown Deaths
Police: Two NYC Cops Shot Dead, Retribution for Garner, Brown Deaths
(AP)

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon,just hours after posting Instagram messages suggesting the shootings would be retribution for the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown at the hands of police.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 20, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

Where is the White House response – four hours later – I recall the White House in expedient response to a local Cambridge Police Department and t ferguson and so forth!

This outright assassination of two of this nation’s best, members of the NYPD is a direct result of this ongoing divisiveness spewed by a lawless White House and AG who has made every gesture to divide than unify a community where We all here on “Main Street USA” Respect and care for one another and are proud of our individuality as well as commitment together to one another and see no bias, ni pigment of skin, but rather fellow human beings….

God Bless these two wonderful police officers and their commitment to the community….and to their families and to the NYPD, sincerest condolences….it is so hard to fathom that such individuals walk among us who commit such dastardly acts….

God Bless us all!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 21, 2014 @ 8:09 am

Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Ramos had served with the New York City Police Department for two years.

Commissioner William J. Bratton
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 22, 2014 @ 9:41 am

Chris! Baltimore Police Chief says killer had no gang-related ties.

Comment by Joe Citizen

December 24, 2014 @ 10:34 am

….an interesting article:

Last week I faced a tough decision.

I was chosen to receive an award by the Iranian Women’s Organization, but found out the gala would be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The hotel is the same one that came under scrutiny over the past year as its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, imposed strict Shariah, or Islamic Law, on his people.

I wholeheartedly wanted to accept the award, which ironically was for “enhancing the image of women,” but felt conflicted about going into the hotel, after spending so many years covering the brutal application of Shariah law in different parts of the world.

How could I accept such an honor in the Sultan’s ballroom knowing that while we would be sipping champagne, women in Brunei still risked getting stoned to death?

I could have backed out and boycotted the hotel, as many others have, some silently and others from the picket lines. But accepting the award would present me with a unique opportunity to walk along the iconic red carpet at its entrance and to condemn Shariah law from inside the hotel.

And that is ultimately what I chose to do.

How could I accept such an honor in the Sultan’s ballroom knowing that while we would be sipping champagne, women in Brunei still risked getting stoned to death?
In my acceptance speech, I called out the Sultan, Shariah law and any other dictators or extremist groups trying to suppress and deny human rights to others. Some of the attendees knew about the boycott. Others were hearing it for the first time. But all stood up and applauded in support.

Here is an excerpt:

“As parents in Africa struggle with whether to send their young daughters to school for fear that they should be kidnapped or raped; As women in Iran bravely took off their hijabs to pose for pictures on Facebook to then get acid thrown in their faces; As the women of Egypt took to Tahrir Square to show the world that they no longer accept a male-dominated society and were then told to go back to the kitchen; As the women of Saudi Arabia fight to do nothing more than drive and go out alone; And let’s not forget that as we sit here in this hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei, only months ago protests and boycotts led by celebrities such as Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres reminded us that while there’s an argument to be made about supporting the employees and local economy of the hotel, we cannot and will not forget the citizens of that country or any others where Shariah law has been implemented, stripping its citizens of basic human rights.”

Some call it courage. I disagree. What I did at the hotel was fulfill my responsibility as a journalist, as a woman, as someone who has the platform and freedom to educate and raise awareness.

As the child of parents who left Iran before the Islamic Revolution never to return, I grew up sharply aware of the opportunities available to me in this country, particularly as a female.

I would watch in horror as the mullahs transformed the land my parents called home, ruthlessly stripping Iranians of basic rights, all in the name of their brand of Islam. Listening intently at the dinner table to family members discussing the political and social developments in Iran, I knew from a very young age I was blessed to live in America.

ISIS, Brunei, the Iranian regime… their victims have one thing in common: they’re human. It is now more crucial than ever to use pen or protest to keep these stories in the media and public spotlight.

The women of the Iranian Women’s Organization said they were not aware of the hotel’s ownership or the recent public criticism, but they have already said that they are looking for a new venue for next year’s gala.

Lisa Daftari is a Fox News contributor specializing in Middle Eastern affairs.

Comment by Joe Citizen

December 24, 2014 @ 10:37 am

as a follow up, apparently in studying ancient Persia, women were in fact wearing the pants as we read:

“Recent works on the role of women in ancient Persia show great participation by women in all facets of life, indicating not only their autonomy and independence, but the existence of an equal social system which accepted the authority and independence of women. The fortification tablets at the Ruins of Persepolis also reveals that men and women were represented in identical professions and that they received equal payments as skilled laborers and that gender was not a criterion at all (unlike our modern world). New mothers and pregnant women even received wages far above those of their male co-workers as gratitude.”

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