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  • Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern (1st Amendment about to be attacked?)

    02/21/2010 3:59:22 PM PST · by pillut48 · 98 replies · 1,988+ views
    MYWAY NEWS via Drudge Report ^ | Feb 21, 5:31 PM | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists who are U.S. citizens or live in the country legally and plot against the U.S. are just as big of a concern as international terrorists. She says that when she started as secretary a year ago, the focus was largely on international terrorists who want to harm U.S. interests. But in the past year, more of the violent extremism that has been seen overseas is showing up in the U.S. She says officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S.,...
  • Napolitano Secretly Meets with Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

    02/18/2010 8:04:41 PM PST · by Hypo · 32 replies · 1,035+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 17, 2010 | Richard Pollock
    Last month, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her senior staff privately met in Washington, D.C., with a select group of Muslim, Arab, and Sikh organizations. Among the mix were three organizations directly associated with an outlawed terrorist entity — the Muslim Brotherhood. Secretary Napolitano spent an hour and a half briefing them on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) counter-radicalization and anti-terrorist programs. The intensive briefings spanned two days (January 27 and 28) and were called by the DHS. Although there is no evidence of an exchange of classified information, this meeting was the beginning of an Obama administration...
  • During the Olympics, The Feds Will Be Reading Your Tweets – And the Blotter

    02/13/2010 7:18:08 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 72 replies · 790+ views
    Subtitle: DHS Is Monitoring Social Media and Web Sites for Terror and Disaster Info As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter. Photo: DHS Monitors Social Media Websites for Olympic Security Police patrol the area outside of the BC Place Stadium which will host the...
  • TSA to Clear 10,000 Workers for Access to Classified Intelligence

    02/12/2010 8:15:51 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies · 908+ views
    fox news ^ | 2-12-10 | fox
    The Transportation Security Administration plans to clear 10,000 workers for access to secret intelligence, Fox News has learned.
  • Is This Former Stay-at-Home Mom Our Greatest Security Threat?

    02/12/2010 6:42:56 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 6 replies · 779+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2-12-10 | Gary Bauer
    The Department of Homeland Security has a clear, if difficult, mission. It includes securing 7,500 miles of border and 9,500 miles of shoreline, and protecting 300 million Americans from the threats posed by a bold and determined jihadist enemy. But its greatest menace is a former stay at home mother of 11 and grandmother of eight from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Or so it would seem. Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, is among a group of pro-life activists upon whom a DHS “threat assessment” was performed last year. The assessment targeted the free speech rights of peaceful pro-life activists in...
  • New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year

    02/09/2010 4:43:16 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 33 replies · 655+ views
    Contra Costa Times (CA) ^ | 2/9/10 | Matt O'Brien
    The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the Department of Homeland Security. The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007. If the official estimates are correct, not since 2005 has the population of illegal immigrants been as low as it was last year. Some private researchers, however, are questioning the magnitude of the drop. # Top countries of origin for illegal immigrants in the U.S.: Mexico: 6.65...
  • Napolitano Investigating Pro-Lifers, not Terrorists!

    02/09/2010 12:40:30 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 16 replies · 638+ views
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 2/9/10 | Peter Andrew
    In keeping with Barack Obama’s administration position that pro-lifers are “radical right wing extremists” or “Right wing domestic terrorists,” Janet Napolitano is spending time investigating pro-lifers in Wisconsin instead of underwear bombers over Detroit!!! This is pure insanity Homeland Security improperly conducted a threat assessment of Wisconsin pro- and anti-abortion rights groups before an expected rally last year. The department said in a memo released last year that it destroyed or deleted all of the copies of the assessment after an internal review found it violated intelligence gathering guidelines about “protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security.”
  • Spies like us: NSA to build huge facility in Utah

    02/03/2010 12:04:15 PM PST · by LonePalm · 15 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2/3/2010 | Mathew D. LaPlante
    Hoping to protect its top-secret operations by decentralizing its massive computer hubs, the National Security Agency will build a 1-million-square-foot data center at Utah's Camp Williams. The years-in-the-making project, which may cost billions over time, got a $181 million start last week when President Obama signed a war spending bill in which Congress agreed to pay for primary construction, power access and security infrastructure. The enormous building, which will have a footprint about three times the size of the Utah State Capitol building, will be constructed on a 200-acre site near the Utah National Guard facility's runway. Congressional records show...
  • Intelligence Officials Warn Attempted Al Qaeda Attack Months Away

    02/02/2010 2:20:54 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,431+ views
    Intelligence Officials Warn Attempted Al Qaeda Attack Months Away The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress WASHINGTON -- Al Qaeda can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday. The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said. Al Qaeda is...
  • Oh So Boring! Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Sleeping during Obama’s State of the Union Speech

    01/27/2010 9:24:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 1,710+ views
    cristyli.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2010 | Cristy Li
  • Can't confirm bin Laden tape authentic: White House

    01/24/2010 12:29:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies · 753+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 24,2010 | Vicky Allen
    I can't confirm that (al Qaeda's responsibility for the attack) nor can we confirm the authenticity of the tape, but assuming that it is him, his message contains the same hollow justifications for the mass slaughter of innocents that we've heard before," David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" program. The audiotape that aired on Al Jazeera television on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of the Detroit-bound plane. A Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has been
  • Orphaned Haitian Children to Be Allowed Into U.S.

    01/18/2010 5:17:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies · 1,164+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 18, 2010 | FOXNews.com
    Orphaned children from Haiti will be allowed to enter the U.S. temporarily on a case-by-case basis to ensure they received proper care, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State announced Monday. "We are committed to doing everything we can to help reunite families in Haiti during this very difficult time," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. "While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are
  • U.S. Lets Illegal Haitians Stay

    01/16/2010 6:06:14 AM PST · by Brilliant · 31 replies · 1,217+ views
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 16, 2010 | JOEL MILLMAN
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano extended temporary amnesty to Haitians who were illegally inside the U.S. before Tuesday's earthquake, but warned that the Coast Guard would turn back any new refugees fleeing the devastation... If refugees take to the sea--the normal reaction to turmoil throughout Haiti's recent history--officials in the U.S. and other countries will have to grapple with how to deal with a new wave of immigrants, most of whom will arrive without visas. Ms. Napolitano warned that no new arrivals would get amnesty and the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities would move quickly to stop new migrants....
  • President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council of Governors

    01/11/2010 7:45:15 PM PST · by Pantera · 308 replies · 16,991+ views
    Executive Order ^ | January 11, 2010
    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS By the authority vested in me as President by theConstitution and the laws of the United States of America,including section 1822 of the National Defense AuthorizationAct of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to strengthenfurther the partnership between the Federal Government and Stategovernments to protect our Nation and its people and property,it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Council of Governors. (a) There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall consist of 10 State Governors appointed bythe President (Members), of whom no more than five shall be ofthe same political...
  • Obama Pick to Head TSA Calls Groups that are "Christian-Identity Oriented" Potential Danger - Video

    01/11/2010 6:13:38 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies · 1,028+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - Errol Southers - saying he worries about the danger posed by groups that are "Christian-Identity Oriented." He does not explain what he means by that. Southers also mentions groups that are "anti-Government," "anti-abortionist," and with a "survivalist mentality." He never mentions any concern for groups or individuals that have a strong "Muslim-identity," even though virtually ever terror attack - or attempted terror attack - has been carried out by Islamic Jihadists. And President Obama thinks someone like Southers is going to make us safer....
  • What the US knew about Al-Qaeda plot

    01/10/2010 11:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 739+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US spy agencies in recent months picked up clues pointing to an Al-Qaeda attack out of Yemen and were moving to disrupt it, but a crucial piece of information fell through the cracks. Intelligence officials describe a trail of warning signs for the botched Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner dating back to August, when the National Security Agency reportedly intercepted chatter among Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The NSA, which runs an elaborate global eavesdropping operation, heard conversations from Al-Qaeda figures describing a plot to recruit a Nigerian man for a terrorist attack, the New York...
  • What I Saw At the Napolitano "Revolution"

    01/10/2010 4:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2010 | Austin Hill
    Two terrorist attacks on American soil within les s than sixty days. Administration officials declare that “the system worked” after the Christmas day attack, only to be contradicted by the President days later. The President notes on December 29th that the Christmas day attack was carried out by merely an “isolated extremist,” but then declares on January 7 that “we are at war,” and that we must stay “one step ahead of a nimble adversary," in complete contradiction of his Homeland Security Secretary and his own previous remarks. Oh, my –how does America’s liberal media explain it all away? One...
  • DHS, Stuck in Red Tap

    01/09/2010 2:09:07 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 367+ views
    City Journal ^ | Heather Mac Donald
    If you’re wondering why the collection and analysis of counterterrorist intelligence still disappoints, a Department of Homeland Security document provides a glimpse at part of the answer. Congress requires the DHS to report annually on the privacy implications of any “data mining” activities it conducts. Data mining is a sophisticated information-analysis technique that sets computers to work sifting through electronic databases for significant patterns—the predilection of people who subscribe to Golfing to take Bermuda vacations, say. Companies and marketers constantly mine publicly available information and commercial data banks (such as credit-card records) to find new ways of understanding and enticing...
  • Democrats plot to protect Janet Napolitano

    01/08/2010 2:33:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 641+ views
    politico.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2010 | JAKE SHERMAN & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Democrats worried about protecting the homeland in wake of the Christmas Day terror plot are also working to protect one of their own: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. With at least seven congressional committees investigating the failures behind the terror plot, Democrats are carefully gaming out the testimony of Napolitano to spare her from the worst of the GOP criticism. First, they may shield her from the Senate Judiciary Committee, keeping conservative senators like Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and others from bashing her in a major public forum. She may instead appear before the Senate...
  • Dems plot to protect Napolitano

    01/08/2010 12:43:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 1,254+ views
    Dems plot to protect Napolitano By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan January 8, 2010 03:16 PM EST Democrats worried about protecting the homeland in wake of the Christmas Day terror plot are also working to protect one of their own: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. With at least seven congressional committees investigating the failures behind the terror plot, Democrats are carefully gaming out the testimony of Napolitano to spare her from the worst of the GOP criticism. First, they may shield her from the Senate Judiciary Committee, keeping conservative senators like Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)...
  • Drudge: Big Sis Wants to See Under Your Clothes

    01/07/2010 7:13:06 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 26 replies · 1,935+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | Drudge
  • Cheney: 'We’re not going to win this war through more intense airport screenings'

    01/07/2010 7:25:47 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 890+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | Robert Costa
    Liz Cheney, the founder of Keep America Safe, tells National Review Online that President Obama’s national-security remarks this afternoon, plus the press conference with John Brennan and Janet Napolitano, were “extremely troubling.” “Over the course of the last year, President Obama has taken his eye off the ball and allowed America's counterterrorism systems to erode,” says Cheney. “Brennan and Napolitano both said they were surprised to learn from the review released today that al-Qaeda in Yemen was operational. Napolitano went on to say she hadn't realized previously that al-Qaeda might use an individual to attack us. Yet, in the past...
  • Napolitano surprised by AQ determination.

    01/07/2010 3:50:01 PM PST · by Marty62 · 63 replies · 2,075+ views
    Fox news | 01/07/2009 | Marty 62
    I just heard this on Fox. Napolitano saying she was surprised by the determination of Al Qaeda. As one commentator said. It's like she hasn't read a newspaper in a decade. THE u.s. IS IN SERIOUS DANGER WITH THIS BUNCH IN CONTROL.
  • Dept. Homeland Security Inspector General Says The Department is Unable to do Its Job

    01/06/2010 7:30:18 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 34 replies · 915+ views
    The Lid/DHS/Cnsnews ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid
    The Department of Homeland Security has many roles. Two of its most important are coordinating the 22 federal agencies that make up the department ensuring coordination and cooperation and of course terrorism prevention. According to Richard L. Skinner, the Inspector General charged with monitoring the Department of Homeland Security, the National Operations Center of the DHS is unable to do its job, and the DHS spends too much time on disaster management and not enough about terrorism prevention Skinner reports that the National Operations Center, in fact, functions largely in name only, and current operations apparently have diminished its ability...
  • Obama Replaces Napolitano with Gunslinging Gilbert Arenas

    01/05/2010 4:48:03 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 1 replies · 609+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 1/5/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    WASHINGTON – As part of a slew of new and drastic airport security measures unveiled today, pResident Barack Obama made the swift move of replacing Janet Naplolitano as head of Homeland Security with the NBA’s empty pistol packing Gilbert Arenas. “When a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on Christmas Day, the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way,” the pResident said, “and that is why I have decided to take bold action and replace Mr. … I mean … Ms. Napolitano with Gilbert Arenas.”
  • DHS Plans to Catch Only 1 in 4 Travelers Committing ‘Major’ Criminal Violations

    01/04/2010 5:39:19 PM PST · by jacknhoo · 10 replies · 395+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | Monday, January 04, 2010 | By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
    CNSNews.com DHS Plans to Catch Only One in Four Travelers Committing ‘Major’ Criminal Violations While Entering U.S. on International Fights in 2010 Monday, January 04, 2010 By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (CNSNews.com) - Documents produced by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that in fiscal 2010 the department is planning to catch only 26 percent of travelers committing major criminal violations while seeking to enter the United States through international airports. DHS documents also indicate that the department believes it will fail to screen against law enforcement databases 15 percent of travelers entering the United...
  • What Next? Napolitano Picks Former UN Employee to Fix U.S. Terror Security

    01/04/2010 1:09:36 PM PST · by AJKauf · 22 replies · 774+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Jan 4 | Claudia Rosett
    Uh-oh. From the Homeland Security system that “worked,” we now have word that Secretary Janet Napolitano is mobilizing a broad response to the underwear bomber. As part of this security “review,” Napolitano is dispatching her deputy, Jane Holl Lute, “on a broad international outreach effort” to review security procedures with “leaders from major international airports in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.” Who is Jane Holl Lute? Or, more precisely, what kind of hands-on experience is presumed to qualify Lute for the serious responsibility of serving as the #2 official at Homeland Security? Why, the United Nations,...
  • Key Democrats and Republicans give Napolitano vote of confidence

    01/03/2010 1:59:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 1,927+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    On the Sunday talk shows, top officials and former officials from both parties expressed strong confidence in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the aftermath of Napolitano's statement that "the system worked" in the Detroit terrorist incident. Napolitano quickly backed down from her assertion, but the controversy over her remarks fueled questions about whether she is up to the task of running the Department of Homeland Security. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, was asked if Napolitano is the right person for the job. "Yes, she is," Lieberman...
  • The Joke's On Us (Mark Steyn On Obama's KeyStone Cops Approach To Islamic Terrorism Alert)

    01/02/2010 4:24:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 42 replies · 2,876+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/02/2010 | Mark Steyn
    On Christmas Day, a gentleman from Nigeria succeeded (effortlessly) in boarding a flight to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. Pretty funny, huh? But the Pantybomber wasn’t the big joke. The real laugh was the United States government. The global hyperpower spent the next week making itself a laughingstock to the entire planet. First, the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) swung into action with a whole new range of restrictions. Against radical Yemen-trained Muslims wearing weaponized briefs? Of course not. That would be too obvious. So instead they imposed a slew of constraints against you. At Heathrow...
  • Napolitano's 'no drama' competence shows her potential [Hilarious!!!]

    01/02/2010 12:49:30 AM PST · by Enchante · 35 replies · 1,380+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 01/01/2010 | David Broder
    "It came as no surprise to anyone who knows her that Napolitano handled the incident and its aftermath with aplomb. In the years I have known her, she has managed every challenge that has come her way with the same calm command that she showed in this instance. If there is anyone in the administration who embodies President Obama's preference for quiet competence with "no drama," it is Janet Napolitano."
  • GOP Seizes on Security as Issue

    01/01/2010 4:52:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 1,001+ views
    WSJ ^ | Jan 02, 2010 | By PETER WALLSTEN
    Political furor over the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 has thrust national security back to the center of American politics, with Republicans and the White House scrambling to blame each other for intelligence lapses and present themselves to voters as tougher on terrorism. Strategists in both parties believe that terrorism and, more broadly, foreign policy could emerge in the November midterm elections and in President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign as key issues for voters who have been focused primarily on the economy. GOP opinion leaders such as former Vice President Dick Cheney have seized on the attack to...
  • Congressman Peter King: "Heads Should Roll" Over Security Failures (Video)

    01/01/2010 4:17:34 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 8 replies · 410+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/1/10 | HAP
    Congressman Peter King talks to wcbstv about security failures, and says "It would now be absolute insanity for us to be sending Guantanamo detainees, the hardest of the hard core terrorists, to Yemen... "It would be criminal negligence." (Video)
  • Obama's dangerous denial

    01/01/2010 7:45:57 AM PST · by rhema · 49 replies · 1,944+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Jan. 1, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security — will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: "The system worked." The attacker's concerned father had warned U.S. authorities about his son's jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers. Heck of a job, Brownie. The reason the country is uneasy about the...
  • Napolitano Draws Resignation Calls After Gaffes on Veterans, Canada (8 month old news)

    01/01/2010 8:44:22 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 39 replies · 1,297+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 4/23/09 | Catherine Herridge contributing
    The outrage continues to build over a report from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's department that warned of the danger of right-wing "extremists," and she raised eyebrows again this week when she suggested that the Sept. 11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is under fire for what critics see as a string of gaffes, with a small but vocal group of conservatives calling for her to step down. The outrage continues to build over a report from her department that warned of the danger of right-wing "extremists," and singled out returning war veterans...
  • Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack

    01/01/2010 6:36:04 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies · 3,337+ views
    Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack Democrats have joined the ranks of those calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago. Some Democrats have joined in calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago. Though the CIA and an agency under the Director of National Intelligence have been under particular scrutiny in the preliminary review of possible missteps, Napolitano so far has taken the most heat from...
  • TSA backs off subpoenas in search for leaker of widely known security directive

    12/31/2009 6:18:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,103+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped its subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to find the leaker of an airline security directive. The subpoenas were criticized by a leading journalism organization. The TSA said the investigation is "nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect."
  • War? What War?

    01/01/2010 4:38:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,407+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- Janet Napolitano -- former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security -- will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: "The system worked." The attacker's concerned father had warned U.S. authorities about his son's jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers. Heck of a job, Brownie. The reason the country is uneasy...
  • TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records

    12/31/2009 11:55:06 PM PST · by FTJM · 22 replies · 1,073+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | Robert O'Harrow Jr.
    The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show. The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers, whose nomination has been held up by GOP opponents. In the aftermath of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, calls have intensified for lawmakers to install permanent leadership at the TSA, a critical agency in enforcing airline security. Southers, a former FBI agent, has...
  • (Krauthammer:) A terrorist war Obama has denied

    12/31/2009 9:04:08 PM PST · by maggief · 44 replies · 2,630+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    Janet Napolitano -- former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security -- will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: "The system worked." The attacker's concerned father had warned U.S. authorities about his son's jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers. Heck of a job, Brownie.
  • TSA Subpoena Lifted (Against Bloggers)

    12/31/2009 6:06:38 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies · 1,191+ views
    Politico.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    The TSA announced Thursday evening that subpoenas issued against bloggers for information they published are no longer in effect. From the TSA: "TSA takes any breach in security very seriously. In light of the posting of sensitive security information on the web, TSA sought to identify where the information came from. The investigation is nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect." Earlier: A Florida based travel-writer, Chris Elliott, is readying a legal challenge to the Transportation Security Administration's efforts to force him to disclose his source for a TSA directive he published on his blog....
  • Obama summons intel chiefs for Washington talks [Hey, let's have a meeting.....}

    12/31/2009 5:51:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,301+ views
    Obama summons intel chiefs for Washington talks Photo 8:32pm EST By Jeff Mason KANEOHE, Hawaii (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday summoned U.S. intelligence chiefs to a meeting next week to discuss how to prevent a repeat of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on December 25. Seeking to quell criticism of his administration over an intelligence breakdown, Obama said he was briefed by his top advisers and would get assessments from intelligence agencies later on Thursday and study them over the weekend before returning to Washington from Hawaii. Obama had ordered an immediate review of what he...
  • Napolitano announces international airport security campaign [Let's fly around the world....]

    12/31/2009 5:42:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 749+ views
    Napolitano announces international airport security campaign By Tony Romm - 12/31/09 04:30 PM ET The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday announced it would launch a campaign next week to strengthen security screening procedures at a host of international airports. The effort is part of the White House's heightened response to a Christmas Day attempt to bomb Delta Flight 253 in Detroit, a flight that originated in Amsterdam. “As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong leading up to Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not only at our own processes, but also beyond our...
  • Heads set to roll as Obama goes on attack over failures that allowed Christmas bomber on to plane

    12/31/2009 4:06:29 PM PST · by Schnucki · 98 replies · 3,009+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 31, 2009
    Heads are set to roll in the U.S. intelligence community as an angry Barack Obama fends off criticism over the attempted bombing of a passenger plane on Christmas Day. Publicly the White House is standing by the top spymaster in the U.S., intelligence chief Admiral Dennis Blair. The four-star admiral, who is responsible for coordinating intelligence gathering between 16 agencies, has the full confidence of the president, aides are insisting. But speculation was rife that Blair or Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano could be forced to resign after Mr Obama said on Tuesday there had been a systemic failure by...
  • Union contradicts Napolitano (Baghdad Butch lies on CNN)

    12/31/2009 8:53:07 AM PST · by milwguy · 13 replies · 703+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 12/30/2009 | matt negrin
    The pilots’ union at American Airlines said Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration didn’t warn flight crews appropriately during the terrorist attempt on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas, Dow Jones reports. The union, the Allied Pilots Association, wrote to American Airlines that “some pilots were left out of the loop” when TSA told some airlines to notify only pilots on inbound transatlantic flights, Dow Jones said. “The TSA should have mandated that information about this security event be passed on to all airborne flights,” the APA wrote. The letter seems contradict Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s comments that the...
  • Good News: Horrific Homeland Security Secretary Could Become Supreme Court Justice from Hell

    12/31/2009 11:48:40 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1,143+ views
    Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s radio show earlier this month, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd surprised the popular host by saying he believes President Obama could very well nominate Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for the Supreme Court next time a vacancy comes up. I know what you’re thinking. “That has to be a joke, right?” Sadly, I’m afraid it is not: TODD: And not a negative. On a – at the next Supreme Court opening, I betcha she gets the call… INGRAHAM (amazed): Why? TODD: Personally, he likes her probably more than any other cabinet secretary outside of [Robert]...
  • Who Will Be Responsible for the American Dead?

    12/30/2009 3:04:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 606+ views
    Frontpage mag ^ | 12/30/09 | David Horowitz
    Two Guantanamo terrorists released in November were behind the Christmas Day attack in Detroit. Our security agencies ignored their own security measures and their own intelligence — including warnings from the terrorist’s father that his son was involved with terrorists. The chief of our Department of Homeland Security is preoccupied with covering her ass, and conferring citizenship rights on enemy combatants. Instead of throwing the enemy in the darkest possible dungeon and extracting information on the next terrorist attack, both she and her president are referring to him as an “alleged” bomber and helping him to lawyer up because after...
  • Kyl bashes Napolitano over jet scare

    12/30/2009 4:38:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 832+ views
    PHOENIX — Sen. Jon Kyl said he doesn't "feel totally safe'' with Janet Napolitano at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, given that agency's handling of the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner. At a press conference Tuesday, Kyl and fellow Sen. John McCain, both Republicans, detailed what they said was a breakdown of security that allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab not only to board the plane but to be carrying explosives. Kyl said it was bad enough that the Nigerian got on the plane in the first place given what should have been warning signals. But in...
  • Byron York: Is There a 'Double Standard' for Obama in Terrorism Case?

    12/30/2009 11:23:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies · 1,748+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Byron York
    Some Obama defenders are sending around new articles from the Huffington Post and the Politico arguing that President Obama is being subjected to a double standard of criticism for his handling of the Detroit terrorism incident.In "Obama takes the heat President Bush did not," the Politico's Josh Gerstein writes that when shoe-bomber Richard Reid struck on December 22, 2001, "it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks…and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate." Now, Gerstein continues, despite "striking" similarities...
  • Fallout of Obama’s Failure to Detect Underwear Bomber Grows

    12/30/2009 3:19:57 PM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies · 934+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-30-09 | Mike's America
    Obama seems to care more about his golf game than he does about keeping Americans safe!Let's set the table. First, a reminder of what Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (dubbed "Janet Incompetano" by Mark Steyn) said in a March interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel titled "Away from the Politics of Fear": SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In...
  • Obama: Let's Unionize TSA

    12/30/2009 10:35:04 AM PST · by jazminerose · 16 replies · 784+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 12/30/09 | Joy Tiz
    It seems that among the many tribulations faced by our president was the matter of finding time away from the golf course to fill top positions in two federal agencies responsible for keeping terrorists off of airplanes. As in all important national security matters, Obama dithered for months before nominating prospective heads of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Customs and Border Protection Agency. Our senate has been far too preoccupied with its abominable health crimes legislation to bother itself with national security; an issue liberals never take seriously. Eight months into his administration, Obama at last got around...