Bush’s DHS should be eliminated and it’s duty turned over to the FBI..
Briefly put, he wants to DIC the American people.
Here is the article from the Charleston Gazette:
June 16, 2010 TSA exercise joins Ohio, W.Va. responders
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Niles (left) and coxswain Barry Cliborn ease their 25-foot response boat into the main channel of the Ohio River from the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam at Gallipolis Ferry during Wednesday’s TSA exercise.
By Rick Steelhammer GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. — More than 300 law enforcement and military personnel swept through a 100-mile stretch of the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, familiarizing themselves with the area’s industrial infrastructure and learning how other agencies respond to emergencies.
The Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) exercise involved brief visual inspections of power and chemical plants, rail and riverboat terminals, lock and dam complexes and natural gas pipelines from New Haven in Mason County to Russell, Ky. The Kanawha River from Point Pleasant to the John Amos power plant near St. Albans also was covered.
VIPR team members used helicopters, emergency vehicles, reconnaissance aircraft, Coast Guard patrol boats and watercraft from the Divisions of Natural Resources in West Virginia and Ohio to conduct the exercise.
Mobile command centers from the Transportation Security Administration, the West Virginia Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Ohio Highway Patrol were set up at the Robert C. Byrd Lock and Dam complex at Gallipolis Ferry to coordinate communications and collect data from the field.
“This is my biggest VIPR ever,” said Michael Cleveland, federal security director for TSA operations in West Virginia. “Today we’re pulling in people and resources from both Ohio and West Virginia, and borrowing federal air marshals from Pittsburgh. We wanted to get as many key players together as possible to have a visible presence and let people know we’re out here. It can be a deterrent.”
TSA security officers are stationed at all West Virginia airports with commercial service, while TSA inspectors check cargo at airports and other transportation facilities. A total of 124 TSA employees are stationed in West Virginia.
Smaller-scale VIPR exercises are held at Yeager Airport and other transportation facilities on numerous occasions throughout the year.
“If you’re looking at domestic planning for terrorist issues, you have to look at the Ohio Valley,
with its coal and its chemical and power plants and other resources,” said Lt. Dick Grau of the Ohio Highway Patrol. “There are 53 agencies out here today, learning how they can pool their resources and share information and communications.”
Grau said the Ohio and West Virginia mobile command centers were successfully merging their communication and data gathering operations on Wednesday.
“The networking of people in all the different agencies is probably as important as anything that’s happening here today,” Grau said. “Knowing what each of us brings to the table, and being able to match names with faces is invaluable.”
In addition to using three helicopters for aerial inspection, the exercise made use of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s camera-equipped Cessna Caravan, which is capable of transmitting close-up, detailed real-time images of objects on the ground taken from more than five miles away.
Color and thermal images of power plants and other key infrastructure items were beamed back to the command center at Gallipolis Ferry from more than 15 miles away.
A 25-foot response boat from the Barboursville Coast Guard station piloted by coxswain Barry Cliborn was among watercraft taking part in the exercise.
“We have three of these in the Port of Huntington, which covers about 430 miles of river from Portsmouth to Marietta,” he said. “When we patrol, we do everything from checking boater safety and reporting visible pollution to making sure the power plants and fuel depots are secure.”
The aluminum patrol boats, powered by twin 25-horsepower outboards, carry a crew of three and can reach speeds of more than 50 miles per hour.
Although a desktop exercise involving a response to runaway barges on the Ohio River was held during a morning session at Wednesday’s VIPR event, the drill involved no accident or attack scenario.
“Getting all the different people in the two states together to make contacts and connections was a big part of this VIPR,” said James Fotenos, a public affairs manager for TSA.
Agencies taking part in the exercise included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Air Marshal Service, FBI, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio Highway Patrol, West Virginia State Police, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus Fire Division’s bomb squad, Columbus Regional Airport Authority Public Safety Department canine teams, Ohio National Guard, West Virginia National Guard, West Virginia Division of Transportation, and West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Several nongovernment entities also took part in the exercise, including American Electric Power, Marathon Petroleum, CSX railroad police, Norfolk Southern railroad police, El Paso Pipeline, Duke Energy and Sunoco.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.
Watch a show called Flashpoint. It idolizes this sh*t.
Sounds like a wannabe Gestapo agency, to me:
Hmmmm VIPR.... amazing Li’l Janet baby always struck me as a bit snakey.... so I guess the name fits.
Never has a president sought and obtained so much power over American citizens, and never has a president shown such a proclivity to abuse it.
At least two of these, leaving the train and cars entering and leaving Brownsville, I would have sat there and told them “get a warrant”.
The Brown Shirts??? May be!
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Bush and Obama- two sides of the same coin. It took Obama for me to see how truly awful Bush was, and vice versa, if that makes any sense.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
Expand Posse Comitatus to include ALL armed federal law enforcement personnel, and define WHERE each may go.
The individual states may then choose to either search or not search everywhere else.
Wikipedia: The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits members of the Army and Air Force from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain law and order on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
(BTW - I heard an interesting theory that the States’ National Guard troops are deliberately being kept out of the country, FAR AWAY, under the President’s control, deliberately in order to ensure that no states can resist the federal government when TSHTF.)
My, what an interesting acronym for a government agency. Sounds so ... threatening, so badassed.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about governmental agency acronyms that spell words, it’s to be very wary.
Who’s going to round up this bunch when they exceed their authority? You know it’s inevitable. Arguably, they already have, right out of the gate.
Last year, we were staying at a hotel in Gettysburg (a 90-min. drive from DC) during the off-season where the VIPR was having an extensive meeting and VIPR personnel filled the hotel. Folks, I had never heard of this agency. You would not believe the gorgeous fleets of brand-new SUVs and pick-ups these government employees drive. They filled the parking lot. There was not a smile on the faces of any of these men (mostly-very few women) even though I have a bunch of cute little kids who were awed by their uniforms and equipment. It was SCARY to me, very chilling.
What you are saying has very serious repercussions for the citizens of the USA. There is the factor that citizens under the guise of government are being pitted against citizens who just want to have normal activities. I think of the photos of the rise of Nazis and Hitler in Germany. However. the more dangerous and fundamental thing in a society is when the citizens themselves do not see and have no remorse about using or being part of the power of government to badger and even hurt others. This is not crime remedy but government strong arming it’s citizens. If our elected officials, leaving out those condoning such acts of government, would get serious about what is happening they should act now.