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February 5, 2016

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on February 5, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 5, 2016 @ 12:56 am

I appreciate the patience any of readers and those posting comments on threads have needed the last several weeks with blog ops. Running a blog is time intensive and not uncomplicated.

Comment by The Demise of America

February 5, 2016 @ 8:06 am

Home land Security this Friday – really? We see little Homeland Security giving everyone a good feeling that’s for sure….

Well this morning and continuing to see this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” led by Barack Hussein Obama and good ‘ol Ms. Hillary who should be indicted for her wrongs against our beloved Republic….the news is really concerning while all these clown politicians and a US Congress and Senate dominated by one party and it too so corrupted in its ways…

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Kindly See:

Russia has stepped up its military maneuvers to a level unseen since the height of the Cold War, according to a new report released by NATO Thursday.

Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary general and author of the report, noted that Moscow has conducted at least 18 large-scale exercises over the past three years, “some of which have involved more than 100,000 troops.”

Those exercises included several simulated nuclear attacks against NATO allies and partner nations, such as Sweden in March 2013.

The report was released two days after the Obama administration proposed spending $3.4 billion on its troops and training in Europe as a direct result of Russia’s recent action in the regions, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

“We haven’t had to worry about this for 25 years, and while I wish it were otherwise, now we do,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter Tuesday.

Moscow’s military adventurism has raised fears among other NATO members, most notable Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, that they could be next. The Pentagon has already increased the pace of troop rotations in and out of Europe, providing training and other advice and assistance to the region.

In Tallinn, Estonia, last June, Carter stood with his Baltic counterparts and announced that the U.S. would spread 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six of the former Soviet bloc nations.

And he promised NATO that the U.S. would contribute weapons, aircraft and forces, including commandos, for the alliance’s new rapid reaction force.

Despite such measures, a recent analysis by the RAND Corporation released earlier this week suggested that Russian tanks could overrun NATO’s current forces in the Baltic states and be in their respective capitals within 60 hours.

Signs of Russia’s military buildup are also present at sea. British Royal Navy Vice Adm. Clive Johnstone, told the defense analysis group IHS Janes that NATO has observed “a level of Russian capability that we haven’t seen before,” according to The Washington Post.

IHS James reported that Russia has recently commissioned two new types of submarines and are also modernizing several older vessels.
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Then we must look at the news this morning about refugees and terror:

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The presumed leader of the Islamic State operatives who attacked Paris in November boasted that he slipped into Europe among refugees from Syria as part of a team of dozens of militants, according to a key witness.

If true, the testimony adds urgency to a continentwide effort by security services to track down people with links to the extremist group. Authorities fear that Islamic State smuggled many of its fighters into Europe among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq in recent years, officials say.

The investigation into the Paris attacks has raised questions about Europe’s ability to screen those refugees for potential threats. At least two people involved in the Paris attacks had registered as refugees on a Greek island in the months before they surfaced in Paris.

The latest testimony, which was reported by French media Thursday, came from a woman who provided information that led French police to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian who is believed to have orchestrated the Nov. 13 killing spree in Paris that left 130 dead and hundreds injured.

The woman, who spoke under the pseudonym Sonia, accompanied Mr. Abaaoud’s cousin, Hasna Aït Boulahcen, to a hidden encampment along a highway north of Paris in the days after the attack to meet Mr. Abaaoud.

She said Mr. Abaaoud told them that he arrived in Europe without documents, among the refugees, along with 90 other operatives, including French, British, German, Iraqi and Syrian citizens, an official familiar with her testimony said. The woman testified that Mr. Abaaoud said his network had operatives in the Paris region and elsewhere in Europe, the official said.

About 50 to 60 of the operatives in Mr. Abaaoud’s network entered the European Union by sea or land through Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, according to a Western counterterrorism official. The operatives traveled from Syria through Turkey to reach the EU borders, and then spread to various countries including France, Germany, Spain and the U.K., the official said.

No other details about their movements or the time frame over which they arrived were provided.

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Unfortunately and quite apparent, America has lost its way as a sitting US President prefers talking about his ongoing dialogue in “apologizing” for America and telling us about Islam and visiting a mosque in fact which the media reports as having ties to terror!

Homeland Security – the kids in Chicago – Black on Black – youth whop really need the Oval Office’s attention and all our attention – but damn it, naw, Black Lives Matter when apparently the Civil Rights ambulance chasers are on scene and only then….

Our borders are open and no one gives a damn….and further we haven’t a clue as to who is in this country and who has a valid immigration status and not – what a shame though we give license and pay student tuition, give medical attention, etc. pay utility bills for law breakers – illegal immigrants — what a nation! None other like it as many say, you betcha!

NATO forces are so unprepared for any event – and the US military intentionally downsized by Barack Hussein Obama and you the Congress who allows he and his biased and tainted administration to do such and compromise us and you allow Ms. Hillary to fend off immediate arrest for suspicion in breach of trust – faith — How dare you?

In fact, I see everyone in the beltway backing off Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and other General Petraeus so as not to bring attention to you know who…good ‘ol Ms. Hillary — all a sham and a nation so compromised and Putin, ISIS and so many others who should not be underestimated and their intent certainly NOT to bolster American values any time soon — especially throughout the Middle East where the oven is hot and the bread is surely baking!

Tighten the notches on your belt for the geopolitical and economy is far more unstable than you even know and War looms head!

…and one wonders why so many are looking at Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump! Both far from what we expect, yet better than what we have in the Oval Office for sure….

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Quin

February 5, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

Bill,

Thought you might like this over at Recovery Diva. Remember this?

Apparently my little blog post started the ball rolling on the disaster deductible. Fun story on how that went down lol.

https://recoverydiva.com/2016/01/30/smarter-disaster-management/

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/20/2016-00997/establishing-a-deductible-for-femas-public-assistance-program

Comment by Tom Russo

February 5, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

I read the brief by “Demise” took a look at Diva and whether its the failures of Katrina, the breaches of 23 dams in the historic flooding of SC or HLS today…it seems to point to ineffective governance at all levels. And yet, we watch candidates and the promise of better is not apparent unless the choice is extreme.

So Demise what’s the link to the Rand report on Soviet, Oops…Russian expansionism?

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 6, 2016 @ 9:48 am

Thanks to those commenting.

On another blog I have posted comments suggesting Russia in Syria is start of long term trend of Russia playing in MARE NOSTRUM. I have suggested the US reoccupy the closed SAC base in Tripoli before the Russians reopen it.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 6, 2016 @ 10:04 am

And Quinn I actually posted a comment on this blog referring to the RECOVERY DIVA posting of you 2013 blog on this blog. Apparently lost somehow.

I never was the principal lawyer for the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 [Public Law 93-288] nor the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act which amends the DRA, and supplements it but on a number of occasions I was asked my opinion on it. And review its changes by Public Law 107-337 and other later amendments. The informal legislative history of the DRA and Flood Disaster protection Act of 1973 I left in the HUD library. Formal legislative histories of course are maintained by the American Law Section of LOC even when not enacted into positive law [a technical term]!

But given 20 years in the FEMA GC’s office I obviously had some familiarity with that history and wrote the first implementing regs for the DRA. I arrived at HUD July 1st, 1974.

Byt even though long arguing the DRA and the FDPA should be construed together as their respective legislative histories indicate, I missed a huge issue. That issue was what was the primary purpose of those two statutes and in particular as construed together?

In a major study now underway by Dr. Len Shabman, PhD, for the organization Resources for the Future, I have had to update my knowledge and memory. I have concluded tyhat the primary purpose of those two statutes was to reduce federal disaster outlays. Perhaps effort of the new FEMA 1979-1983 to make 75-25 a mandatory split which failed [75% became a base not a ceiling] was the apogee of this interpretation.

I suggest you update and re-post here and on the Recovery Diva blog you wonderful 2013 post and comments.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 7, 2016 @ 7:04 am

Listened carefully to the debate of certain Republican candidates last night [2/6/2016] and Homeland Security mentioned and Bush indicated various hurricane crises reason he was experienced as a decision maker.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 7, 2016 @ 7:06 am

And Chris Christie said that his position as US Attorney after 9/11/2001 and leadership in Storm Sandy response and recovery reasons he was an experienced leader.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 7, 2016 @ 7:12 am

I have e-mailed Quinn’s mention of a proposed rule change creating a disaster deductible sometime in futuro to a number of persons and organizations. Public Assistance nominally is administered as a grant to the States or federally recognized tribes with subgrantees other types of local government.

IMO enforcement of the 25% State share would be a superior approach but subgrantees might well be given incentives to reduce deductibles.

Perhaps Congressional oversight on what exactly is meant by RECOVERY and what needs to be accomplished. Also Preparedness, Protection, Prevention and Mitigation? N.B. Some of these terms do have statutory definitions whatever their merits.

Comment by Korea

February 8, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

With urgency in priority and serious concern, while eyes are upon ISIS, apparently the Pentagon reporting that Korea has launched – something – into orbit and in fact if reporting verifies such…maybe not for today, however sooner than later, we best be prepared to assure every American that our electric grid is no longer vulnerable!

Also, a informed look at China which many point to a less than 6% growth rate and assuredly will paint at least another nominal recession stepping forward!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by A Concerned Citizen

February 8, 2016 @ 3:44 pm

With urgency in priority and serious concern, while eyes are upon ISIS, apparently the Pentagon reporting that Korea has launched – something – into orbit and in fact if reporting verifies such…maybe not for today, however sooner than later, we best be prepared to assure every American that our electric grid is no longer vulnerable!

Also, a informed look at China which many point to a less than 6% growth rate and assuredly will paint at least another nominal recession stepping forward!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 9, 2016 @ 6:56 am

The federal budget for FY 2017 will be sent by the President to Congress today. It is the last proposed budget by the Obama Administration.

IMO it will largely be discarded by the Congress. Why? The Republicans in the House and Senate have their own ideas for the Fiscal Year [FY] beginning October 1st, 2016!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 10, 2016 @ 12:52 am

Apparently at least $9 billion for cybersecurity in the President’s 2017 budget submission.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 10, 2016 @ 7:58 am

The New Hampshire Primary may be a straw in the wind or a 2×4 in a tornado but only time will tell!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Apparently FEMA has undergone its 50th major reorganization since established in 1979. Any details? There once was a Table of Succession for FEMA then DHS does anyone have current version?

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