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October 9, 2015

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 9, 2015

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

October 9, 2015 @ 1:45 am

COMSEC [communications security] was fundamental to warfare, foreign policy, and what is now called Homeland Security long before the world of bytes and its arrived. Perhaps ENIGMA did help the Allies win WWII!

But now we have the extraordinary postulate that without Social Media no radical jihaddists. While I disagree with that conclusion it is increasingly put forth by the Obama Administration’ military and civilian leadership. As recently as yesterday by the FBI Director in testimony before Congress.

CENSORSHIP in the days of print media was perhaps possible. Now only by controlling the internet and social media could a nation-state impose censorship and unlikely to be effective.

Telegraphy and wire largely replace by radio as crucial to war fighting in WWII. Codes and cyphers crucial to success or cause of failures.

But may question now is how is information protected now or disinformation provided on the internet and social medias? Have these fairly recent developments created and reinforced the Tower of Babble wherein the world’s 6,000 or so languages often prohibit effective communication or continue to sow confusion and disruption and misunderstanding?

To reduce battlefield miscommunication in WWI George Marshall created something called the 5 paragraph field order. Well there be another Marshall?

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 9, 2015 @ 1:57 am

George Catlett Marshall, Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and statesman famous for his leadership roles during World War II and the Cold War. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. He was hailed as the “organizer of victory” by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II. Marshall served as the United States Army Chief of Staff during the war and as the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Marshall’s name was given to the Marshall Plan, subsequent to a commencement address he presented as Secretary of State at Harvard University in the June of 1947. The speech recommended that the Europeans collectively create their own plan for rebuilding Europe after World War II noting, “It is logical that the United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world.” The State Department developed most of the plan, and Truman was shrewd enough to let Marshall’s name be attached to it. Unlike Truman, Marshall was widely admired by members of both political parties. Marshall received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for the plan, which was aimed at the economic recovery of Western Europe after World War II.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 9, 2015 @ 2:00 am

IMO Marsha;;’s icy self-control was his outstanding leadership trait.

The struggle to find a House Speaker speaks to me as lack of self-control as being a distinguishing feature today of most American civil and military leaders. Perhaps am wrong.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 9, 2015 @ 2:07 am

Governor Haley of South Carolina has a monumental task in mobilizing the recovery in her state for her state’s citizens and residents. Wondering where flag issues in that state now rank as opposed to real problems?

Two South Carolinians in the past sought to become President before Lindsey Graham. JOHN CALHOUN and James Byrnes.

IMO watching Governor Taylor now and over next few months may well be a reprise of the movie A STAR IS BORN!

Comment by Claire Rubin

October 9, 2015 @ 9:23 am

Who is Gov. Taylor?

Comment by Vicki Campbell

October 9, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

Bill, here’s a link to a compilation of case law on the use of lethal force that I meant to give you a while ago (at least I think that’s what it is – you’ll know better than me):


Comment by William R. Cumming

October 9, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

Thanksn Vicki!

And Claire Governor Taylor is Nikki Taylor along with Governor Jindahl of Louisiana offspring of immigrants to the USA as our most of US!

Comment by Claire Rubin

October 9, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

I think it is Nikki Haley, not Taylor.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 12, 2015 @ 1:49 am

Claire! You are correct. Haley not Taylor.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 13, 2015 @ 7:05 am

Rain has continued in S. Carolina.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 13, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

So is official US policy now that Social Media is primary implement of terrorists?

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 14, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

IMO after seeing the Presidential candidates for both parties in debate the lions and tigers in the world must be licking their chops.

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