Homeland Security Watch

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November 3, 2015

Election day

Filed under: Border Security,Climate Change,Cybersecurity,Immigration,Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Philip J. Palin on November 3, 2015

In several jurisdictions this is election day, mostly for state and local officials.  It also begins the one-year countdown for the 2016 presidential election.

Following are links to the issue-sections of five currently prominent presidential contenders.  Each of these links connect to the candidate’s position on issues this blog treats as relevant to homeland security.

Ben Carson: Among the ten policy issues on Dr. Carson’s campaign website, his commitment to keeping Gitmo open is given top tier attention.  The Second Amendment is highlighted as providing “our citizens the right to protect themselves from threats foreign or domestic.”

Hillary Clinton: Under her National Security statement are several references to HS issues (cyber, counter-terrorism, pandemics, “Keeping our homeland secure”).  Elsewhere she gives attention to climate change and energy, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, and immigration reform.

Marco Rubio: The Senator from Florida gives particular attention to defeating ISIS and ties this to lone-wolf attacks in order to “protect the homeland”.  Mr. Rubio offers, “the Second Amendment is about the American Dream”.

Bernie Sanders: Under the rubric War and Peace, Senator Sanders outlines his approach to combating terrorism.  Elsewhere he also gives considerable attention to climate change and to immigration reform. In this quick review of campaign websites, the Senator from Vermont is the only currently leading contender to address intelligence-gathering, saying, “We must not trade away our constitutional rights and civil liberties for the illusion of security”.

Donald J. Trump: Immigration has been a signature issue for Mr. Trump.  His position on the Second Amendment almost certainly has HS implications.

In the 2008 presidential campaign Senator Obama gathered an explicit Homeland Security Advisory Council and Senator McCain had an identifiable HS sub-set within his more informal campaign policy structure.  I will be surprised to see homeland security — as an organizing principle — get anything close to equal attention in the current presidential campaign.

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3 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 3, 2015 @ 8:03 am

Well We know HS and EM driven almost exclusively by reaction to events. One year to go a very short period but events could well be in the saddle by November 2016!

PREPAREDNESS requires VISION. Almost none of the above have demonstrated vision in GOVERNANCE IMO!

A very weak roster for the world’s toughest job!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 4, 2015 @ 3:13 am

Kentucky has elected a Republican for its next Governor.

Sports including horse racing mask mask for Kentucky a State that long ago caved to its extractive industries. Fly over Eastern Kentucky and you will be reminded of No-Man’s Land in WWI! Does anyone person or organization produce rankings of the States for HS and EM?

Wondering how EMT’s and other medical professions are distributed in Kentucky? Fire ?Service and Law Enforcement?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 5, 2015 @ 7:33 am

If this election [2015] is accurately analyzed the 2016 elections unlikely to be successful for the DEMS. IMO of course!

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