Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U. S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong. Yesterday, Harrison Rudolph, a law fellow at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, wrote a very troubling article at Slate titled, DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights. Here’s some of what we learned: Decades ago, Congress mandated that federal authorities keep track of foreign nationals as they enter and leave the United States. If the government could record when every visitor stepped on and off of U. S. soil, so the thinking went, it could easily see whether a foreign national had overstayed a visa. But in June of last year, without congressional authorization, and without consulting the public, the Department of Homeland Security started scanning the faces of Americans leaving the country, too. You may have heard about new JetBlue or Delta programs that let passengers board their flights by submitting to a face recognition scan. Few realize, however, that these systems are actually the first phase of DHS’s ‘Biometric Exit’ program.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet ‘high-consequence’ scenario has ‘the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.’ According to unpublished FEMA documents obtained by Government Attic, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) database and non-profit organization, the Department of Homeland Security agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic ‘super storm’ like the one the occurred in 1859. Back then, the sun flung a giant plume of magnetized plasma out into space. The coronal mass ejection (CME), the sibling of a massive solar flare, traveled the 93 million miles between the Sun and Earth in only 17.6 hours. Today, it’s known as the Carrington Event and is remembered by the largest geomagnetic storm in the history of recorded space weather.
This post was published at shtfplan on June 22nd, 2017.
If literally not one single vote changed thanks to this horrible hacking perpetrated by Vladimir Putin and his minions, it should be dropped already. After all, with the amount of meddling the United States does in foreign countries elections, one would think they’d like to keep this quiet. It’s as if they aren’t even trying to hide their ridiculous scheme anymore. If the government and the left wants anyone to buy this snake oil, now is the time to put up the evidence. Without evidence, the election, which didn’t sway anyway, is valid. Even with evidence, that if existed would have been shown by now, the election is valid because no votes were changed. But the media is desperately trying to spin this in favor of leftists, unsurprisingly. They title articles that declare ‘Intelligence Official: Russia Hackers Targeted 21 States During The Election,’ yet once you go to read it, it’s the same nonsense as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spewed in the days following Donald Trump’s win. Blame Russia because Democrats lost, oh, and there’s no new information. Nothing has changed. There’s no new information, yet the media presents the testimony of Department of Homeland Security official Jeanette Manfra as some sort of breaking announcement. If there is any evidence that this entire situation is fake, it’s the mainstream media’s insistence on publishing the same things over and over again hoping it will somehow convince us – without any proof still, of course.
North Korea is accusing the US of seizing an official diplomatic package from a team of diplomats headed home from a UN summit on the rights of the disabled – an act it said was tantamount to ‘mugging’ its delegates, who enjoy diplomatic immunity. The North’s foreign ministry says agents from the Department of Homeland Security, along with local police, intercepted the diplomats at John F Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a day after the North released 22-year old American student Otto Warmbier, who was freed and sent back to the US in a coma, Reuters reported. The incident marks the conclusion of a brief episode of detente between the North and US that culminated in Warmbier’s release. For their part, officials at the State Department and White House have refused to confirm or deny the story, and won’t talk about it. As evidenced by Warmbier’s release, the US and North Korea appear to have opened a dialogue, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the two powers are continuing to discuss the possibility of releassing three other Americans being held by the North.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 18, 2017.
News is still murky following a coordinated terrorist attack on London Bridge this evening. Early reports indicate that as many as five terrorist shouting ‘this is for Allah’ drove a van into a crowd of people. The men emerged from the vehicle and began stabbing passers-by, killing at least two. Heavily armed security response teams have secured the landmark British bridge and investigations are pending. The attack follows a recent suicide bombing at an Aria Grande concerts catering to families. President Donald Trump, whose tough stance on immigration has led to global protests from social justice groups and world leaders alike, responded to the attacks with a call to Federal courts currently reviewing an Executive Order requiring a ban on immigration from several middle east countries until such time that the Department of Homeland Security has implemented stronger vetting procedures. The ban has been overwhelmingly rejected by courts in heavily entrenched Democratic Party strongholds, including the infamous 9th Circuit in California. We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
This post was published at shtfplan on June 3rd, 2017.
Keeping track of people legally entering and leaving the United States is a formidable task. Nevertheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released figures on people who overstay their visas and other legal forms of admissions. Total overstays for 2016 stood at close to 740,000 people, of which up to 630,000 were suspected to still be in the country. *** As Statista’s Dyfed Loesche notes, Canadians and Mexicans are the biggest groups of people with non-immigrant admissions to the United States that overstayed their lawfully authorized time period. However, the DHS only counts in arrivals and departures by sea and air as stated in its report. Unlike all other countries, the overwhelming majority of visitors from Canada or Mexico enter the United States by land. “The collection of departure information in the land environment is more difficult than in the air and sea”, the DHS writes. While many Canadians or Mexicans could fly in ore arrive by boat they might leave the U. S. across the land border.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 28, 2017.
British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U. K. gave to U. S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd on Sunday that high-level classified leaks, like those over the Manchester attack in the U. K., are “borderline treason.” “I don’t know where the leak came from. But I… immediately called my counterpart in the UK…. She immediately brought this topic up. And, if it came from the United States, it’s totally unacceptable. And I don’t know why people do these kind of things, but it’s borderline, if not over the line, of treason.“
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 28, 2017.
Keeping track of people legally entering and leaving the United States is a formidable task. Nevertheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released figures on people who overstay their visas and other legal forms of admissions. Total overstays for 2016 stood at close to 740,000 people, of which up to 630,000 were suspected to still be in the country. Canadians and Mexicans are the biggest groups of people with non-immigrant admissions to the United States that overstayed their lawfully authorized time period. However, the DHS only counts in arrivals and departures by sea and air as stated in its report. Unlike all other countries, the overwhelming majority of visitors from Canada or Mexico enter the United States by land. ‘The collection of departure information in the land environment is more difficult than in the air and sea’, the DHS writes. While many Canadians or Mexicans could fly in ore arrive by boat they might leave the U. S. across the land border.
With Project Gotham Shield concluding today, which as a reminder is a joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and various other law enforcement and military agencies as a response is tested for a ‘simulated’ nuclear detonation over Manhattan, Fox 5 updates that Federal authorities are running nuclear response drills at MetLife Stadium in northern New Jersey. Homeland Security and FEMA are conducting Operation Gotham Shield. The purpose is to practice how to assess, treat and evacutate victims during a potential nuclear attack in the New York City area. The drills simulate a scenario in which a 10,000 ton improvised nuclear device goes off on the New Jersey side of teh Lincoln Tunnel. MetLife Stadium is serving as the primary response center during the multi-day drills. The New Jersey and New York emergency management organizations are also taking part. The exercize is part of several that are taking place along the Northeast Corridor. Other drills are taking place in Washington, D. C. and Albany. Federal authorities say the drills are not in response to any current events, including possible threats from North Korea. This drill follows an exercise that took place in October called Northern Lights that took place in Minnesota.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 26, 2017.
April 26th is shaping up to be a busy day. As we reported on Friday, that’s when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude. Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as “unusual.” April 26 is also when the USS Carl Vinson is expected to finally arrive off the coast of the Korean Penninsula. Now, in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional association reports that “law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.” The statement adds that emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 24, 2017.
The Trump administration recently launched a public survey on the White House’s website where participants can indicate which federal departments they believe should be eliminated. While some survey options fall in line with the traditional Republican agenda, such as cutting the Department of Energy and the National Endowment for the Arts, others appear to flout the power of the Washington D. C., establishment. The CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Pentagon, and National Security Council are also options. The survey allows users to select entire departments or bureaucracies within each department. It also features a question regarding which agencies survey participants would like to reform rather than eliminate. Most surprisingly, however, is the option to eliminate the ‘Executive Office of the President’ altogether. Users can also select smaller branches of the executive office and other agencies. Even U. S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are options under the larger umbrella of Homeland Security.
I am disappointed that the Administration of [Alaska Governor] Walker hasgiven in to the fear tactics and misinformation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration by putting forth legislation to make Alaska implement the Federal REAL ID Actand pay for it ourselves. It is my duty to set the record straight and make sure people have the facts they need to defend their rights. The Department of Administration has been reporting that if we do not agree to comply with REAL ID we will not be allowed to use our state IDs to get through TSA checkpoints or to get on base. In reality there is no existing or proposed federal law or regulation requiring ID to travel at all. A recent reply to a four-year-old Freedom of Information Act request to the DHS has shown that 77,000 people per year fly without ID, and only 2 percent who try are ever turned away. Not only that, it is the Pentagon and individual base commanders who decide what ID is required to get on base. The Department of Homeland Security does not have authority over the Pentagon. That is why the DHS instead uses fear tactics and misinformation to try and force REAL ID on the states.
False flag watch is now active. A general alert is out for something major in the near or immediate future. Hopefully, it is just another false alarm, instead of another false flag. Either way, and danger is at hand. Given all that is going on in the world, it is downright eerie to discover that the federal government is once again staging mock disasters that draw disturbing parallels with current world events. In just a few days, during April 24-26th, Operation Gotham Shield will commence. It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a ‘simulated’ nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.
This post was published at shtfplan on April 20th, 2017.
Earlier this year a Trump draft executive order on foreign worker visas was leaked to the press and revealed the administration’s intention to craft legislation prioritizing ‘the interests of American workers and – to the maximum degree possible – the jobs, wages, and well-being of those workers.’ That executive order was never issued, but it appears that some of the ideas it contained are now winding their way through the Trump administration. With the press overly focused on “Russian hacking,” while also eagerly trying to put out the Susan Rice fire, they completely missed rules changes implemented by the Department of Homeland Security taking direct aim at tech companies and their excessive use of the H-1B program. Per The Hill: Without fanfare, the Department of Homeland Security’s U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday issued a policy memo that would make it harder for companies to fill computer programmer positions with workers on H-1B visas. The memo stated that being a computer programmer is no longer sufficient to qualify as a ‘specialty occupation.’ The agency followed up Monday by announcing that it would begin to crack down on H-1B visa abuses by conducting targeted site visits to companies with a high proportion of high-skilled visas in their workforce.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 7, 2017.
According to a document submitted to a Senate subcommittee, illegal immigration is rapidly diminishing along the southern border. The report was intended to be given to the senate before a hearing with John Kelly, the new Homeland Security secretary. However, it was leaked early to the Associated Press on Tuesday. The report claims that the number of apprehensions along the border fell to a 17 year low in March, which suggests that far fewer people are trying to illegally enter the United States. 12,500 people were caught in March, compared to 43,000 in December.
For those who are skeptical about North Korea’s capabilities, there is an excellent article presented by The Hill, entitled How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans.’ The article is authored by none other than R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and a former analyst with the CIA. Although the President is moving forward with his agenda, he has hit a ‘stall’ in these first two months just on repealing Obamacare: The Republican Party has been the stall, refusing to give him the necessary votes and impetus to overcome it. As mentioned in previous articles, it will take the President at least 6 months before his actions and effectiveness can be assessed. Six months is a long time. In the meantime, the U. S. continues to emplace measures such as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense) being deployed to South Korea. China and Russia view it as an aggressive measure and a threat rather than a defensive strategy to protect South Korea and Japan. This is partially correct. The important thing to consider here is that North Koreans and their leader are starting to become more irate regarding the deployment of THAAD, the ongoing military exercises of U. S. and South Korean troops in the latter’s nation, and the demand by Japan for a first strike initiative to occur.
This post was published at shtfplan on March 31st, 2017.
The narrative of the “Russian hacking” of the US elections has been thrown for a loop following a report the Obama administration blocked FBI Director James Comey’s attempts to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s alleged campaign to influence the U. S. presidential election, Newsweek reports citing two unidentified sources with knowledge of the matter. According to Newsweek, Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about a Russian “interference” campaign during a meeting in the White House’s situation room in June or July 2016, well before the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence accused the Russian government of tampering with the U. S. election in an October 7 statement, the same day as Wikileaks started released the hacked Podesta emails, and the same day that the Trump’s “grab her by the pussy” recording emerged.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 29, 2017.
A little over 4 years ago Obama infamously mocked Governor Mitt Romney for his assertion that Russia was America’s number one geopolitical foe… “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaeda’s a threat. Because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America you said ‘Russia’. The 1980’s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.“ …and while it was a very ‘cute’ line, 4 short years later Democrats are now the ones progressing the relentless narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin is behind pretty much every international dispute or cyberhacking plot known to man. But while most dismissed the left’s rhetoric as just a bunch of sore losers letting off steam in the wake of a stunning defeat in November, rather than subsiding, the left’s rhetoric seems to be escalating with several lawmakers, with no proof whatsoever mind you, looking to officially label Russia’s alleged meddling as a “act of war.” Per The Hill: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N. J.) most recently accused Russia of engaging in warfare. ‘I think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of war on our fundamental democratic principles,’ Coleman said during a hearing this week at the House Homeland Security Committee.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 26, 2017.