Aug 13, 2012 Political
The US Government has spent a great deal of money to give the impression that we are a secure nation. We have X-Ray machines at airports, TSA screeners who feel us up and thousands of other intrusive things that make people feel safe but provide no measurable level of actual security. In the eleven years since 9/11 no one at the airport has actually stopped a terrorist and many airports fail security tests. Not to worry though because plenty of people have been inconvenienced and embarrassed.
As a side note, the US is testing a new aircraft that will travel at hypersonic speeds. The idea is that eventually travel will be so fast that one can get from New York to London in an hour or so. How ironic is it that one would spend longer going through security than it would take to fly across the ocean?
In any event, a person has been charged with criminal trespassing because he breeched security at JFK airport. The man, Daniel Castillo, was stranded in Jamaica Bay while jet-skiing so he swam to shore, climbed over a wall and then walked across two runways and into a terminal.
Castillo went to a Delta Airlines agent who called the authorities. Castillo probably had no criminal intent and just needed help but he managed to embarrass JFK and all of Homeland Security by getting past $100 MILLION dollars in security devices including closed circuit cameras and motion sensors.
Yes, Castillo walked in undetected by an elaborate and expensive Intrusion Detection System and made it across two runways and into a terminal and was not detected until he presented himself to someone inside the building. He could probably have left the airport and they would never have known he was there.
Castillo was a person in distress and not a terrorist or he could have caused all kinds of chaos at the airport long before he was detected but being in distress is not a reason to avoid criminal charges if one embarrasses the government.
The government does not like the curtain pulled back so that everyone sees how inept it really is. It was caught with its 100 million dollar pants down so Castillo will have to suffer.
Unless of course he gets a lawyer who can effectively defend him.
Either way he will suffer the expense and time involved in the case.
And no matter what happens to him we are no safer even with the expensive gee whiz stuff government employs.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 5, 2009 Political
On June 1, a man shot two soldiers , killing one and wounding the other, in what he said was a terror attack. Police have since found that this guy had many other targets, and at this time it is still not clear if he was acting alone, as seems to be the case.
Eyewitnesses to the shooting immediately reported it to police, and authorities quickly located and arrested the suspect as he fled the scene. According to police, the suspect told the arresting officers that he had a bomb in his vehicle, but after an inspection by the police bomb squad, the only weapons police recovered from the vehicle were an SKS rifle and two pistols.
At a press conference, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas identified the suspect as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a 23-year-old African-American man who had changed his name from Carlos Leon Bledsoe after converting to Islam. In Arabic, the word mujahid is the singular form of mujahideen, and it literally means one who engages in jihad. Although Mujahid is not an uncommon Muslim name, it is quite telling that a convert to Islam would choose such a name — one who engages in jihad — to define his new identity. Muhammad was originally from Memphis, Tenn., but according to news reports was living and working in Little Rock.
What is not clear at this time is why the FBI and other law enforcement agencies were ordered by the Justice Department to “back off of” Black Muslim converts. Was this done at Hussein’s request, or AG Holder? We are not sure, because there is no “transparency” here.
However, politics have proved obstructive to all facets of counterterrorism policy. And politics may have been at play in the Muhammad case as well as in other cases involving Black Muslim converts. Several weeks ago, STRATFOR heard from sources that the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to “back off” of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts. At this point, it is unclear to us if that guidance was given by the White House or the Department of Justice, or if it was promulgated by the agencies themselves, anticipating the wishes of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
As STRATFOR has previously noted, the FBI has a culture that is very conservative and risk-averse. Many FBI supervisors are reluctant to authorize investigations that they believe may have negative blow-back on their career advancement. In light of this institutional culture, and the order to be careful in investigations relating to Black Muslim converts, it would not be at all surprising to us if a supervisor refused to authorize a full-field investigation of Muhammad that would have included surveillance of his activities. Though in practical terms, even if a full-field investigation had been authorized, due to the caution being exercised in cases related to Black Muslim converts, the case would most likely have been micromanaged to the point of inaction by the special agent in charge of the office involved or by FBI headquarters.
I have to admit, I am floored by this, because this is just asking for trouble here- you simply cannot nor should you overlook, or “back off of” any investigation of anyone, unless you are convinced of their innocence. There should be no other reason for termination of an investigation, and it seems that, coupled with the nightstick wielding Black Panthers who were “guarding” a polling place in a threatening manner, who had their charges dismissed, this begins to add up to at least favoritism for Black Muslims from the Justice Department, at best.
The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”
This was not right, but Hussein’s administration moved to dismiss all charges against these thugs and lowlifes. If this behavior over at Justice is any indication, it is no wonder that ammunition is flying off of the shelves at any store that stocks it. Concealed carry permits are up as never before, because most people know that, as good as the police try to be, they are still basically a “reactive” force, in that they can rarely act in a manner that prevents crime, they just come into the scene after the crime has happened. Oh, believe me, they would love nothing more than to prevent all crime, it just isn’t possible.
And it certainly isn’t possible when your own Justice Department orders you to ignore evidence, or shelve an investigation- that’s just chickens***. There’s no other term for what has happened, and the term also applies to whoever ordered this perversion of justice. Those two soldiers may still be alive and unharmed if not for these orders.
It’s rather perverse thinking that Homeland Security put out the “Rightwing Extremist” paper, but I have yet to find one on “Black Muslims in America”- perhaps there is one, but I expect we will see the “Jewish Threat Assessment” first.
You’ll be heartened to know that America’s national security isn’t totally compromised. The FBI presumably still has carte blanche to conduct five year witchhunts against leading American Jews. On account of the acute threat that they pose, you see.
And of course it’s unfair to blame the FBI’s abject failure just on institutional culture. At least some of it probably has to do with how they’ve embraced Obama’s pre-9/11 mindset and mused about shifting agents away from counterterrorism. At least Obama hasn’t made the remaining ones our front line of defense.
This is a sad state of affairs- I feel as if I have slipped down the rabbit hole, and entered Wonderland- everything seems so surreal. In terms of common sense, we have truly lost our way. Far too many people shrug their shoulders and say “so what?” but that is not the way of this world. At least not if you want this world to make sense for your children.
There must be a single standard of justice here, and this justice must not be used as a political football. Just because someone is your color, or your religion has no bearing on his or her guilt or innocence.
All you Pi**ants on Capitol Hill got that?
Apr 15, 2009 Political
In honor of the TEA parties and since this is tax day in America, I thought I would bear my soul and let you know about my life as a right wing extremist.
I recently wrote about the Department of Homeland Security and its report on right wing extremism in the US and the threat it poses to our country. The definition it uses encompasses about anyone on the right and it throws in a smattering of hatred and a mention of Tim McVeigh for good measure. The report is unflattering to veterans and uses a lot of speculation to come to its twisted conclusions. The American Legion wants an apology and many others are upset that the government appears to be targeting the right in this country. The fact that it came out just prior to the TEA parties is no coincidence. They do not like the backlash and they are trying to make us enemies of the state.
I have given this a lot of thought and I reread the report and I have to say that yes, I am a right wing extremist.
- I served this country faithfully for 24 years with long separations from my family, long hours and low pay always putting country ahead of self so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I spent major holidays in far away places guarding the freedoms we enjoy so that others could be with their families in comfort and safety so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I pay my taxes in full and on time every year so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I love my country and am not ashamed to admit that to anyone, anywhere, so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that evil must be confronted with overwhelming force and that any enemy whether foreign or domestic must be destroyed so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe the unborn are the most vulnerable people in the world and that they must be protected from harm so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe in God and pray to him but I don’t expect others to believe as I do so long as they worship peacefully so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that the Founders knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution and that it means what it says. I do not believe it is a document that is subject to change so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that we are a nation of laws and that people who enter this country ILLEGALLY should not be rewarded for their crimes so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that an unarmed nation is a nation of slaves who serve at the whim of government so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe the Second Amendment affirms a preexisting right for individual possession and carrying of firearms and that without the Second Amendment none of the others would matter so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe the Tenth Amendment is explicit and reaffirms the limited power of government so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that my rights were endowed by my creator and that government cannot take them away so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that American citizens have a duty to resist the government when it oversteps its bounds and that our Founders made it clear that it is our duty to get rid of an oppressive government so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that America is a great country and we never have to apologize for what we do so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that America has done more to advance humankind than any other country on this planet and that we are the most generous nation in existence so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that Janet Napolitano and the rest of the DHS who compiled the report can get in line behind all the other people in line to kiss my …so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I believe that Barack Obama is a Socialist who will implement policies that are harmful to this country and that it is in America’s interests for his policies to fail. I also believe that his color is not an issue and that he is judged based solely on his merits and my values so I must be a right wing extremist.
- I would give my life defending this country even though it means saving it for people who have no interest in ever making such a sacrifice so I must be a right wing extremist.
There is no doubt about it, according to the DHS I am a right wing extremist. I would argue that I am a normal American who is proud of his country and that those who are trying to radically change it are the extremists but then that would go against the report some moron took ten minutes to compile.
Be that as it may, if having my beliefs makes me a right wing extremist then it is a title I carry with honor and dignity.
In any event, right wing extremist or not, there is not a damn thing they can do about it.
Hey Janet, while you are out scaring up boogie men why don’t you go after the real enemies of this country and leave the ones who have protected it alone?
Jan 31, 2008 Immigration
This has to be the greatest story about ILLEGALS to come out in a while. A van load of ILLEGALS ran into the back of a car in Arizona on Tuesday. Now that might not seem like much of a story except the car they hit was owned by the Department of Homeland Security.
The report states that the van was overloaded with people, there were no injuries and all 11 people in the van were turned over to immigration.
If we could just have a bunch more chance meetings like this we might be able to fix the ILLEGAL alien problem in this country.