Domestic Terror

Is the chance of a domestic terror attack unlikely?  Will it be a thing of the past?

Most of the terrorist attacks in this country have mostly been from homegrown terrorists….and not all have been zealots…..more than our Fearless leader wants to admit have been Right wing nutcases…..sadly whether you believe it or not our President is not helping the situation………….

Politics quickly eclipsed horror after Robert Bowers allegedly gunned down 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October. The shooting, the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history, almost immediately became intertwined with Donald Trump’s divisive presidency. While the president appropriately condemned a “wicked act of murder” and anti-Semitism in general, he also quickly veered toward his own domestic political agenda, telling reporters that the shooting was not related to permissive gun laws and, in fact, “if they had some kind of a protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation, but they didn’t. And he was able to do things that unfortunately he shouldn’t have been able to do.”

Progressive Jews in Pittsburgh expressed their anger at the president, circulating a petition asking him not to visit the city because he had failed to condemn white nationalism and had targeted minorities in general. Trump then, of course, tweeted against the “Fake News” media for how they were covering the story.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/right-wing-terrorism-trump-rhetoric.html

Trump’s Department Of Homeland Security has decided that since there are NO domestic terrorists they will shutdown the department that tries to isolate and stop any attacks on the Homeland……..

The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism—including white supremacist terrorism—is growing.

In the wake of this move, officials said the number of analytic reports produced by DHS about domestic terrorism, including the threat from white supremacists, has dropped significantly. People in and close to the department said this has generated significant concern at headquarters.

“It’s especially problematic given the growth in right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism we are seeing in the U.S. and abroad,” one former intelligence official told The Daily Beast.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/homeland-security-disbands-domestic-terror-intelligence-unit

Maybe this was a duplication of effort…if so then it needs to go….but that is about the only reason I can think of right now……

I know I feel so much safer with Trump in the lead…(that is sarcasm)….how about you?

The Day America Was Attacked

Nope…….. has little do with Pearl Harbor and December of 1941.

Today, Saturday the 21 July, we will celebrate the attack on the US Mainland……as the Gap Band sang…..”Drop A Bomb On Me”……

I know the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and that is the only time America was attacked……well that is a falsehood in all its glory……but then falsehoods are all the rage these days.

The attack occurred on 21 July….100 years ago today…..the Germans attacked the mainland US……..(Do I have your attention now?)

Over 3,000 miles from the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front, where many hundreds of thousands had already died, residents of Orleans, Mass., were enjoying a typical summer morning on July 21, 1918, waiting for the fog to lift off the shore. Then suddenly, a German U-156 submarine broke the surface and brought World War I home. Orleans became the only part of the United States to be shelled by the enemy. For a brief moment, “over there” had become “over here,” the AP reports. Just after 10:30am, the heavy thump of something hitting land signaled the first attack on American soil in 100 years. Nobody was killed and the shells fired at the town landed in a marsh, but a tugboat was badly damaged and three of the four barges it was towing sank.

“I don’t know if it was the first shot or the sound of my feet hitting the floor,” the late Ruben Hopkins, then a 22-year-old guard at Orleans’ lifesaving station No. 40, recalled in a recording. “I was out of my bunk up there in seconds flat.” The submarine escaped as American bombers and flying boats attacked. To this day, it remains a mystery why such an advanced submarine would attack a target that had no real value. While instilling fear in the American public by attacking shipping was a tactic, going so close to shore seemed an undue risk. One theory is that the sub had hoped to cut the underwater communications cable that ran from Orleans to France. A commemoration is planned for Saturday afternoon on Nauset Beach to mark the 100th anniversary.

And now you know more than the average American about the history of their country.

Have a good day….be well, be safe….chuq

Pick And Choose The Intel

Our intel agencies have a plethora of analysts…none of which insert politics into their reports….they only give facts and analyses….that is until we elected a clown as president.

He wants the intel to reflect his words and policies…he does not think that facts are needed before implementing policy….his now infamous immigration ban is one of these times……

A new source of friction has emerged between President Trump and US intelligence officials, this time over his travel ban. A report out of an office in the Department of Homeland Security challenges Trump’s assertion that blocking travelers from seven Mulsim-majority countries will make the nation any safer, reports the AP. The report concludes that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” per the Wall Street Journal. A White House spokesman, however, dismissed the report as shoddy and politically motivated, and said the president is awaiting a more complete one that is “driven by data and intelligence and not politics,” says spokesman Michael Short.

A spokesman for the DHS acknowledged the authenticity of the report by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, but characterized it as “commentary,” adding, “It is clear on its face that it is an incomplete product that fails to find evidence of terrorism by simply refusing to look at all the available evidence.” With his initial travel ban blocked by federal courts, Trump has promised to issue a revised order next week. And it does appear that a different intel assessment is in the works: Earlier this week, CNN quoted a senior White House official who said the DHS and the Justice Department “are working on an intelligence report that will demonstrate that the security threat for these seven countries is substantial.” The Journal is skeptical. It found that of 180 people charged with “jihadist terrorism-related crimes” in the US, only 11 were from the seven nations in question (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia).

This whole issue is the result of a person that refuses to listen before he speaks or acts……NOT the way to drive policy!

The malignant toads in his camp will illustrate their hatred and bigotry under some bullshit of a cautionary tale of what will happen….none of which is accurate!

Fusion–Word Of The Day

We have added a word to the vocabulary that is a bit confusing…..FUSION.

Most people immediately think of nuclear power and such when the word is mentioned……We have Fusion food, the combining of several different cultures for a unique flavor…..then we have Fusion Jazz, to some it sounds like the musicians are all playing a different song but it is more improv than anything….and finally we have a Fusion Center.

Okay now…what is a Fusion Center?

Basically it is a program under the auspices of the Dept. of Homeland Security……

“A fusion center is a collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise and information to the center with the goal of maximizing their ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.”

Fusion centers contribute to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) through their role in receiving threat information from the federal government; analyzing that information in the context of their local environment; disseminating that information to local agencies; and gathering tips, leads, and suspicious activity reporting (SAR) from local agencies and the public. Fusion centers receive information from a variety of sources, including SAR from stakeholders within their jurisdictions, as well as federal information and intelligence. They analyze the information and develop relevant products to disseminate to their customers. These products assist homeland security partners at all levels of government to identify and address immediate and emerging threats.

Beyond serving as a focal point for information sharing, fusion centers add significant value to their customers by providing a state and local context to help enhance the national threat picture. Fusion centers provide the federal government with critical state and local information and subject matter expertise that it did not receive in the past – enabling the effective communication of locally generated threat‐related information to the federal government. Integrating and connecting these state and local resources creates a national capacity to gather, process, analyze, and share information in support of efforts to protect the country.

Now that there is a general definition and description of what these are…I shall move one…..this story is by the Future of Freedom Foundation….keep in mind it has a Libertarian tilt to their reporting….

When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. They began to be set up around the nation shortly after 9/11 as federal-state-local partnerships to better track terrorist threats. But the centers have been a world-class boondoggle from the start.

Fusion centers have sent the federally funded roundup of data on Americans’ private lives into overdrive. As the Brennan Center for Justice noted in 2012, “Until 9/11, police departments had limited authority to gather information on innocent activity, such as what people say in their houses of worship or at political meetings. Police could only examine this type of First Amendment-protected activity if there was a direct link to a suspected crime. But the attacks of 9/11 led law enforcement to turn this rule on its head.”

Source: A Billion Dollars of Federally Funded Paranoia – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Oh goodie….another government program that gets lots of cash and accomplishes little……the American way.

Terrorism: Is Bureaucracy The Answer?

There is so much being written right now about who did what and why they did it…….so I will leave that for another day….

The recent attacks in Brussels will probably have wide ranging implications….especially for travelers.  We already know that the naysayers have come out of the cesspool to blame everyone for the despicable acts of a few slimy toads……

But let’s talk about if you will be traveling any time soon.

Security will become tighter and will lead to many other problems….I fear.

Take JFK as an example…..

All of them have something to prove and in the end they prove very little…..each wants to be the “hero”……and in the end nothing is secure.

You see the problem is that since 9/11 there has been a web of agencies that seem to get in each others way and in the end very little is done to make things secure….but don’t take my word for it……

Travelers passing through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this week witnessed a show of force following the Brussels airport attack: U.S. Army soldiers in khaki camouflage bearing assault rifles, police officers in black bullet-proof vests and private security guards directing traffic in neon-yellow vests.

Source: Web of agencies at U.S. airports could hinder security overhauls | Reuters

Okay, what have we learned from the most recent attack?

The vicious attack on the Brussels airport and metro underscores the futility of focusing on the Syrian “Caliphate” as the epicenter of terrorism: as I’ve been saying in this space since 2001, the snake has no head. Both al-Qaeda and now ISIS are protean entities with a vast geographical spread, and what the Brussels attack […]

Source: Lessons of Brussels – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

I sorry to inform my readers but the acts of terrorism will not go away with the defeat of ISIS or AQ…..

Oh Boy! We Have A New Alert System

Hot dog!  We can all sleep better tonight!

With all the babble about mass shootings and terrorists delivering pizza the government has come up with a new system to warn us great unwashed about the chances of a terrorist attack…..

The Obama administration will announce a new terror alert system “in the coming days,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. Johnson said the new alert system will better inform the public about threats to the United States, but he did not provide specific details. This will be the third terror alert system put in place by the Homeland Security Department since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The much maligned color-coded system was replaced in 2011 by the National Threat Advisory System, which has never been used because it requires a “specific, credible threat” to the US in order to be activated. The plan to change the alert system was announced in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which the FBI has declared a terrorism investigation.

The new effort will include an “intermediate” step, Johnson said in announcing the new alert system during a forum with Defense One magazine. Johnson said while a specific motive has not been determined in the California shooting, the threat from home-grown radicals or those inspired by foreign groups is a growing concern in part because such attacks may not be discovered in advance. The new terror alert system, he said, better “reflects the current environment and current realities. We need a system that adequately informs the public at large … about what we are seeing, what we are doing and what we are asking the public to do about it,” Johnson said.

I need to know more…..for what I see is that this is just another lame attempt to appear as if everything is under control.

This will be the third different “alert system” that we had in place and nothing has stopped the idiots like this dude in California and his whack-out wife……where will this system be any more effective than the ones that preceded it?

I could say that I will sleep better knowing that DHS is one the job…..but that would be disingenuous because I trust NO one but myself….I definitely will not trust the media or either political party to keep me safe…

I will sleep well tonight but it has NOTHING to do with anything but the fact that I know what I am capable of doing if the event arises.

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