There are two points I want to hammer home in today’s piece. First, we all need to accept that Donald Trump is not some sort of crazy aberration in U. S. politics, but rather basically just the ghastly continuation of the authoritarianism and militarism which has characterized our insane society since we experienced a civilization-wide mental breakdown following the attacks of 9/11.
I’ve written about this ongoing cultural insanity on many occasions, but most passionately in my 2013 piece, How I Remember September 11, 2001:
In the days following the collapse, all I wanted was for the towers to be rebuilt just like before. I wanted the skyline back to what I had know since the day I came into this earth at a New York City hospital to be restored exactly as I had always known it. Career-wise, I felt I should leave Wall Street. I thought about going back to graduate school for political science, or maybe even join the newly created Department of Homeland Security (yes, the irony is not lost on me). I read a lengthy tome on Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. I was an emotional and psychological mess, and it was when I was in this state of heightened distress that my own government and the military-industrial complex took advantage of me.
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 15, 2017.
The crisis with North Korea has hit a fever pitch with both, President Trump and Kim Jong Un, exchanging words on a nearly hourly basis.
While North Korea has threatened to reduce the United States to ‘ash,’ Trump has responded by saying that the U. S. military is ‘locked and loaded’ for war.
So serious is the concern that Guam, identified by Un as an initial target should war break out, has issued a nuclear war guide to its residents:
Guam Homeland Security issued a new fact sheetFriday, which the agency says will help residents prepare for an imminent missile threat.
The information was released following this week’s threat by North Korea to launch a missile attack against Guam.
The advice includes tips such as: ‘Do not look at the flash or fireball – It can blind you’ and ‘Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.’
This post was published at shtfplan on August 11th, 2017.
Following the media’s brouhaha around President Trump’s apparent decision not to specifically call out and condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who gathered in Charlottesville this weekend, The White House has issued a statement confirmingthat the president “does not condone violence, bigotry, and hatred… from any extremist groups.”
As The Hill reports, Trump took bipartisan heat on Saturday for not directly calling out hate groups in his remarks, and for blaming “many sides” for the violence.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference from his New Jersey golf course.
“It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time,” he continued, before highlighting his administration’s accomplishments.
And so, as WaPo reports, in interviews on Sunday morning news shows, national security adviser H. R. McMaster and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert echoed the vague comments that the president made in a statement at his private golf club in New Jersey on Saturday, signaling that Trump does not plan to heed calls from fellow Republicans to bluntly confront and condemn white supremacy.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 13, 2017.
The magazine that helped the Tsarnaev brothers pull off the Boston Marathon bombing – while also purporting to teach wannabe jihadis how to ‘make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom’ – is homing in on its next target: America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
‘Inspire,’ the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine, will dedicate its next issue to America’s passenger and commuter trains. The focus on rail transportation comes at a time of great anxiety over the scarcity of resources devoted to repairing America’s vulnerable trains, which is advantageous to a group aiming to reestablish maximum relevance.
Derailments in the Bronx, Philadelphia and New York City’s Penn Station have made commuters anxious. The effort to rescue New York City’s deteriorating subway system has been one of the most closely followed stories of the summer, according to the Washington Times.
‘Issue No. 17 is headlined, ‘Train Derail Operations,’ and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.
It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundreds of deaths and injuries.
Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 12, 2017.
/ Aug 11, 2017 12:03 PM
Guam Homeland Security issued a new fact sheet Friday, which the agency says will help residents prepare for an imminent missile threat.
The information was released following this week’s threat by North Korea to launch a missile attack against Guam. The advice includes tips such as:
“Do not look at the flash or fireball – It can blind you” and “Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.”
‘Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit,’ the sheet states.
This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden.
Pragmatic top-down policy or anxious bottom-up babysitting?
Deep in the background of an AP report on the decision to replace Anthony Scaramucci with John Kelly, The Hill reports that two of President Trump’s top advisers reportedly agreed in the early days of the administration that they would not leave the United States at the same time, in order to ensure they could monitor orders coming from the White House.
The pact, revealed to The AP by an anonymous official close to Mattis and Kelly, seems to hint at the nature of the Trump administration’s internal relations.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly also agreed in the earliest weeks of Trump’s presidency that one of them should remain in the United States at all times to keep tabs on the orders rapidly emerging from the White House, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the administration’s internal dynamics.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 2, 2017.
Trump Chief Of Staff Priebus Is Out – In Biggest White House Staff Shake-Up Yet
July 28, 20175:01 PM ET
He rose from relative state-party obscurity and reached an unlikely pinnacle as the man responsible for the agenda of the president of the United States.
Now, Reince Priebus is out of that job as White House chief of staff in the most significant shakeup of the rocky Trump presidency.
Trump announced on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been named as Priebus’ replacement.
This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 28 JULY 2017.
Following a lawsuit by government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Obama administration released their visitor logs (dating back to 2009), but the Trump White House announced in April that they would break with the practice.
However, as The Hill reports, CREW on Monday announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will turn over visitor logs to Trump’s property by Sept. 8 as part of ongoing litigation to the group, who in turn will make them public.
Official CREW Statement
As part of ongoing litigation brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive (NSA) and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will turn over visitor logs for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. CREW will publicly release the visitor logs upon receiving them by September 8th.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 17, 2017.
Yet another Russia story is being reported breathlessly from our nation’s finest major media outlets, this time hyperventilating over the claim that the Russians are trying to hack into U. S. nuclear infrastructure.
The New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, NBC, the Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, the Hill and numerous other outlets have pushed the idea that Russia is behind recent malicious cyber activity at several U. S. nuclear plants – so what gives?
This story appears to have broke, or was at least thrust into public attention, by the venerable New York Times with a July 6 story entitled ‘Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and FBI Say.’
Therein, Times writer Nicole Perlroth runs down a recent spate of cyber attacks on the computer networks of firms that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the U. S. and other countries, citing ‘security consultants’ and a joint report issued by the DHS and the FBI.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 12, 2017.
It may only be a matter of time before the power grid in the United States, which is far more vulnerable to hacking than most people realize, suffers from a catastrophic cyber attack. We know this, because there is already evidence that unknown hackers have been targeting companies that run power plants throughout the country. According to the FBI and Homeland Security, in May hackers made their way into computer systems related to a dozen power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas.
However, it doesn’t appear that any damage was done, and the hackers didn’t gain access to the controls for the power plants. They only infiltrated systems that were ‘limited to administrative and business networks.’ So what were these hackers going after? According to the experts, these cyber attacks may have been a dry run for a future attack that could have a far more devastating effect.
The intruders could be positioning themselves to eventually disrupt the nation’s power supply, warned the officials, who noted that a general alert was distributed to utilities a week ago. Adding to those concerns, hackers recently infiltrated an unidentified company that makes control systems for equipment used in the power industry, an attack that officials believe may be related.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 10th, 2017.
Back in December, the Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, publicly blasted the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security for repeated attempts to hack into his state’s election system. Kemp figured the attempts were nothing more than an effort to expose security flaws in state election systems so that Homeland Security could designate all election systems as “Critical Infrastructure” and seize control in a massive “federal power grab.” Here is a recap from our previous post:
Last week we noted a letter from Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, to the Department of Homeland Security questioning why someone with a DHS IP address (188.8.131.52) had attempted to hack into his state’s election database on November 15, 2016 at 8:43AM. Now, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, we learn that Georgia’s election systems were actually the target of hacking by DHS on 10 separate occasions.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U. S. Department of Homeland Security addresses.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 3, 2017.
Instead of instituting a widespread laptop ban on every US-inbound flight, the Trump administration will require nearly 200 airlines (and implicitly almost 300 airports) around the world to meet new heightened security protocols, or be barred from entry.
As The Hill reports, the U. S. is rolling out new aviation security measures for all international flights coming into the country instead of imposing a laptop ban, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday.
Passengers on U. S.-bound flights can expect to go through a more ‘extensive screening process’ beginning as soon as this summer in some areas, according to senior officials. The enhanced procedures will impact 105 countries, 180 airlines and an average of 2,000 daily flights.
‘It is time that we raise the global baseline of aviation security. We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,’ DHS Secretary John Kelly said during a security conference on Wednesday.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 28, 2017.
As bogus news pushing the divisive two-party paradigm about which puppet politician said something stupid this week fills the airwaves, very real news is taking place and conveniently getting glossed over. This very real news involves very real victims – who happen to be innocent children.
This week, a massive operation came to a head that was carried out across Southern California which swept up 238 child predators and traffickers – including clergymen attempting to buy a 6-year-old boy.
Conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force, ‘Operation Broken Heart III’ targeted offenders wanted for the sexual exploitation of children, child prostitution, sex tourism and possessing and distributing child pornography, said Deputy Chief Matt Blake of the Los Angeles Police Department, as reported by the LA Times.
The mass arrests were not made up of recluse pedophiles living in their mother’s basements either. In fact, much of the arrests involved high-profile figures throughout the community.
John Reynolds, acting special agent in charge for U. S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations said that among those arrested were entertainers, community leaders, white-collar professionals and clergy members.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 23, 2017.
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.
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jun 22, 2017.
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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.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 22, 2017.
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.