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August 7, 2015

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on August 7, 2015

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

August 7, 2015 @ 6:42 am

My new weekly graphic of interest to may but which may have or may not have a relationship to HS and EM [for better minds than mine to analyze and discuss]:


Comment by William R. Cumming

August 7, 2015 @ 6:57 am

Electrical storm here interrupted the signal from DISH so did not here the full debate of the Titular TEN or the pre-debate by the remainder candidates.

I did watch an earlier FORUM with the Republican candidates minus the DONALD.

Why do I mention this?

Screening for SPECIFIC TERMS such as HS, and EM, and Terrorism.

Almost none so far.

Dominating these efforts seems IMMIGRATION both legal and illegal may as I predicted long long ago [before the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections be a driver on who gets elected or rather who does not!

But absent reform is it true that most illegal immigration is no longer sourced by the States of Mexico?

And Asian immigration policy and issues completely ignored?

And yes I believe IMMIGRATION a Homeland Security issue but not one of the top three in the formation originally of DHS.

Any good links or open source analysis of the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1882 or its demise?

Pew Foundation reports Asian Immigration both legal and illegal not the main source of immigrants and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Culturally seems to me and could be wrong but Asians now considered white as are white Hispanics.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 8, 2015 @ 5:04 am

Asians are very much welcomed with their family orientation and zest for Life and educating their young – ambitious, competitive and achievement oriented! Very much an asset to our country….Bravo!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 8, 2015 @ 5:09 am

Report: China Set to Provide Iran
With Fighter Jets in $1 Billion Deal
Jerusalem Post | August 6

It appears that Iran is beginning to reap the fruits of its nuclear deal with the world powers.

According to a report in the Taiwanese press, China is set to provide the Islamic Republic with 24 J-10 fighter jets [worth $1 billion].

In exchange, Iran will permit China access to its largest oilfield for the next 20 years. …

The J-10 is a single-engine aircraft that has a flight range of 2,900 kilometers. Iran is believed to be interested in procuring the jet in order to defend its skies as well as to attack targets throughout the Persian Gulf. …
He’s Back: Ahmadinejad Launches
Political Campaign

Arutz Sheva | August 4

Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign in hopes of returning to power in February’s parliamentary elections, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday.

The report noted that while many former allies have turned on Ahmadinejad, and two of his former vice presidents have been jailed for corruption, he is believed to command strong support in the countryside, and could be seen by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a counterbalance to reformers who have tried to reverse Ahmadinejad’s confrontational legacy since the election of
President Hassan Rouhani.

At a gathering of his supporters Thursday, Ahmadinejad broke two years of silence, vowing to “redefine revolutionary ideals” laid out by the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, according to AP.

“God willing, victory and a very bright future
awaits us. However, there will be bumps and
satanic obstacles in our path,” he was quoted as
having told some 400 supporters in Tehran. “One
should not forget that the U.S. is our enemy.” …

Many conservatives and hardliners turned on Ahmadinejad in the latter years of his rule, but they could come to see him as a much-needed ally, fearing a repeat of the landslide victory in the 2000 elections by reformists committed to transforming the Islamic republic into a Western-style democracy, noted AP. …

In February, Ahmadinejad launched an official website, as well as a Google+ page and an account on Instagram, in a signal that he was planning a return to politics. …

Comment by Christopher Tingus

August 8, 2015 @ 5:28 am

Ah…another demonstration of just how many more illegal entrants are being permitted access to the US when others are waiting in line properly applying for – legal entry – to America!

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Friday, August 7, 2015

The country saw another surge of illegal immigrant families crossing the border in July, a top Homeland Security official told a federal court late Thursday as the administration begged a judge not to forbid detention of new migrant mothers and children.

Deputy Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello said the number of illegal immigrant families captured at the border rose in July, bucking a trend and worrying officials who had been expecting the number of families to drop as the heat increases in late summer, just as the number of unaccompanied minors does.

Indeed, the administration warned that Central American parents may actually be enticed to bring their children on the perilous journey north, realizing that they can use their kids as shields to get themselves released from detention. That, in turn, could mean more even children being forced to make the trip up.

“Specifically, the proposed remedies could heighten the risk of another urge in illegal migration across out Southwest border by Central American families, including by incentivizing adults to bring children with them on their dangerous journey as a means to avoid detention and gain access to the interior of the United States,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said in papers filed Thursday, just ahead of a midnight deadline.

The case is the latest test of Homeland Security, which finds itself tugged on one side by immigrant-rights advocates who protest most enforcement measures, and on the other side by congressional Republicans who demand stricter enforcement across the board.

Judge Gee last month sided with the advocates, issuing a far-reaching ruling that the government is violating a two-decade-old agreement governing how to treat illegal immigrant children. Among the problems Judge Gee identified were the fact that children traveling with their parents were held more than five days in custody, and that the detention facilities they were held in were guarded and secure, and lighted 24 hours a day.

The judge gave the administration time to argue its case, but now Judge Gee must decide whether to impose her proposed solution, which could have the effect of essentially shutting down detention of illegal immigrant families by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mr. Vitiello said if the ICE family detention centers are shut down, it will mean illegal immigrants languish longer at Border Patrol facilities, which aren’t set up for longer-term holding, and it would distract agents from their chief job of trying to catch new border crosses.

“This would greatly impact our operational capacity and our ability to secure the borders while facilitating lawful trade and travel,” the deputy chief said in an affidavit filed with the court.

The filing was one signal that President Obama intends to fight Judge Gee’s ruling.

Immigration-rights advocates are likely to be angered by the move. In the two weeks since her initial ruling, Democratic leaders in Congress had called on the administration to comply with Judge Gee’s proposal and end detention of families.

“This court ruling is a chance for the U.S. government to put a definitive end to its harmful and illegal family detention policy,” Clara Long, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said after Judge Gee’s ruling.

Judge Gee found the conditions the families were kept in to be unacceptable, and in violation of the so-called Flores agreement, reached in 1997. She said having locked doors, lights on 24 hours a day, and temperature spikes were all conditions that broke that agreement.

The administration argues the Flores agreement applied only to unaccompanied minors, not to children traveling with parents. And officials said the facilities have to be secure, and the lights have to be kept on, partly for the detainees’ safety.

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 12, 2015 @ 8:59 am

Perhaps useful for some of my NOSTRODAMUS-like analysis.

Following up on the comments on China by Chris check out this paper:


And my take on the Chinese currency devaluation?

Most currency devaluations run from 10-30% of the currency value before devaluation so if this is in reality the future expect the following:

1. Cashing in once currency devalued by Chinese of Chinese holdings of US bonds.

2. The end of the Petro-dollar as China devaluation ends and Chinese again pegs the currency.

3. The destruction of the oil/gas world economy by lower prices and econic havoc in Saudi Arabia and perhaps overthrow of House of Saud.

4. A new great depression in the USA lasting several years.

5. Further destruction of the sinews of governance at all levels of government in the USA.

6. The destruction of the Democratic and Republican parties even before 2028 Presidential election when I predicted party realignment that started in the 1992 Election completed.

7. Neither house in Congress returned to the DEMS in 2016 election.

8. The increase flow of Chinese students [largely sons and daughters of the PLA and CCP and Chinese oligarchs] to the USA!

Have fun commenting or even contradicting!

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