Mexican Pirates In Texas?

Welcome to Homeland Security in the age of Obama and Janet Napolitano.

Pirates plying the waves of Falcon Lake

Heavily armed Mexican freshwater pirates have been shaking down U.S. boaters on Falcon Lake, a reservoir and bass fishing haven that straddles the Rio Grande.
At least three such incidents have been reported since April 30, the latest on Sunday, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety warning issued Tuesday that linked the muggings to northern Mexico’s increasing lawlessness.

According to descriptions of the incidents, the robbers — in at least one case posing as Mexican federal law enforcement officers — searched fishermen’s boats for guns and drugs, then demanded cash at gunpoint.

One of the incidents reportedly occurred on the U.S. side of the lake.

“The robbers are believed to be members of a drug trafficking organization or members of an enforcer group linked to a drug trafficking organization who are … using AK-47s or AR-15 rifles to threaten their victims,” the DPS statement said. “They appear to be using local Mexican fishermen to operate the boats to get close to American fishermen.”

See also:
Pirates terrorize boaters on Texas lake
Cartel Pirates Sailing Falcon Lake, Tx.
Falcon Lake Pirates
DPS warning: Pirates shaking down Falcon Lake boaters
Law Enforcement Agencies Urging Caution on Falcon Lake 5/18/10
Fishermen warned of armed robberies at Falcon Lake
DPS warns about ‘pirate’ attacks on fisherman
Fishermen warned about Falcon Lake dangers
Zapata officials say U.S. side of lake is safe

Who needs secure borders anyway?

/nothing to see here, move along, don’t worry, the country is in the very best of hands


Department Of Homeland Firearms Insecurity

Brought to you by the people in charge of keeping us safe.

DHS officers lost guns in restrooms, bowling alleys, cars

In the first such accounting, Homeland Security officers lost nearly 200 weapons in bowling alleys, restrooms, unlocked cars and other unsecure areas from fall 2005 through 2008, USA TODAY’s Thomas Frank reports. At least 15 guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers.

The report, by Inspector General Richard Skinner, said most weapons were never found. They included hand guns, shotguns and military rifles.

He documented 289 missing firearms, though some were lost after Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes.

DHS has disciplined some offenders and beefed up training.

CNN writes that 179 guns — 74% of the total — were lost “because officers did not properly secure them,” the report said

Read the IG report:

DHS Controls Over Firearms

See also:
Homeland Security reports losing guns
Report: Officers lose 243 Homeland Security guns
Report tracks lost firearms at DHS
Homeland Security Lost Dozens of Guns, According to Internal Report
Homeland Security fails to secure its guns
Homeland Security Officers Lost Hundreds of Firearms
Homeland Security loses 243 guns, report says
Do DHS agents know where their guns are?
Homeland Security Agents Keep Losing Their Guns

Well hey, I feel safe, don’t you?

/don’t worry, the country is in the very best of hands

Fighting Al Qaeda With Words On Paper And TV Talking Points

A true team effort at CYA damage control if there ever was one. Nine pages of PDF and a half hour of talking later . . . are we any safer?

Remarks by the President on Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security

Briefing by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Brennan, and Press Secretary Gibbs

Summary of the White House Review of the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack

Attempted Terrorist Attack on December 25, 2009: Intelligence, Screening, and Watchlisting System Corrective Actions

Obama Orders Security Fix

President Barack Obama ordered his top intelligence chiefs Thursday to patch gaps in the way terrorism intelligence is distributed, analyzed and checked against watch lists used to identify potential attackers bound for the U.S.

It was his strongest and most detailed response to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit. “We are at war,” the president said. “We are at war with al Qaeda.”

The White House also released details on how the alleged suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, slipped through the intelligence net, used cash to purchase a one-way ticket and, carrying a bomb sewn into his underwear, boarded a Northwest Airlines flight with almost 300 passengers and crew.

A “series of human errors” included the “delayed dissemination of a finished intelligence report” that might have helped intelligence analysts connect the dots and prevent the attempted bombing, according to an unclassified version of the White House review of the attempted Christmas attack. The “finished report,” prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency, contained background on Mr. Abdulmutallab, officials said.

See also:
U.S. was more focused on al-Qaeda’s plans abroad than for homeland, report on airline bomb plot finds
Obama Releases Security Review of Attempted Bombing
White House releases intelligence review of attempted Christmas attack
Travelers react to Obama’s security review
Obama Orders Improvements in Security Policies
U.S. learned intelligence on airline attack suspect while he was en route
John Brennan: We failed on Christmas Day terrorist intelligence
What Surprised Brennan, Napolitano In Wake of Flight 253 Attack
The Daily Wrap: What We Learned About the Intelligence Failure
Factbox: Christmas Day bombing plot: Who knew what, when?

Personally, releasing nine pages of reports to the public and putting the Three Stooges on the TV to apologize and make excuses, while entertaining, doesn’t impress or reassure me and certainly does nothing to make Americans any safer. Until the government can actually keep terrorists off of commercial aircraft, it’ll still be primarily up to the flying public to stomp on the al Qaeda operatives when they try and explode their underwear. Talk is cheap, just do it.

/instead of wasting everybody’s time covering your ass with damage control on the TV, spend that time killing a few al Qaeda or at least trying to disrupt their networks and plots

And You Think The TSA Sucks Now?

No unions for air safety workers

As 2009 comes to a blessed close, let us pause and give thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who placed a legislative hold on President Obama’s nomination of Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration. DeMint won’t withdraw his hold until Southers answers a simple question — does he think TSA employees should be allowed to collectively bargain with the government on workplace rules and procedures? To date, Southers has declined to give a definitive response to DeMint’s question, even though it’s importance was highlighted by the attempted Christmas Day massacre of nearly 300 people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The 23-year-old Nigerian Muslim terrorist boarded the Detroit-bound flight despite having explosives sewn into his knickers.

Southers’ silence hasn’t prevented others from greeting his nomination warmly, most notably John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees. When Southers nomination was announced by the Obama White House, Gage said “the question of bargaining rights at TSA is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when.’ We are confident that the appointment of Mr. Southers as administrator will help put that matter to bed.”

Southers’ immediate boss as TSA administrator would be Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is an enthusiastic supporter of collective bargaining for government employees in her department. When asked about this recently by DeMint during a Senate hearing, Napolitano responded “I do not think security and collective bargaining are mutually exclusive, nor do I think that collective bargaining cannot be accomplished by an agency, such as TSA, should the workers desire to be organized in such a fashion.”

These things should not have to be explained, but here are four common-sense reasons why collective bargaining would cripple the TSA:

á The TSA would lose its flexibility to move people and equipment and change protocols when it believes there is a terrorist threat to airliners.

á Collective bargaining would force TSA managers to share sensitive intelligence information with union negotiators every time new workplace procedures are needed, thus increasing the possibility of damaging leaks about those procedures.

á TSA managers would no longer be able to reward high-performing screeners or fire those unable or unwilling to perform their duties in an efficient manner. Being able to do so is critical to the TSA’s ability to defend American airline travelers against future terrorist attacks.

á Hundreds of TSA screeners would have to be diverted from the jobs they were hired to do in order to set up the negotiating infrastructure required by collective bargaining.

DeMint should keep his hold on Southers’ nomination in place until these issues are addressed in a public hearing.

See also:
DeMint blocks nomination of Obama’s TSA pick
Sen. DeMint Is Outraged That TSA Members Could Get Collective Bargaining Rights After Recent Terrorism Attempt on Airplane
Senate Democratic spokesman: Blocking of air safety chief ‘disgraceful’
Senate Majority Leader to Force Vote on Key TSA Nominee
Kristol: If Southers Matters, Recess Appoint Him
GOP Senator Says Dems Trying to Rush TSA Nominee
Sen. Harry Reid to force vote on TSA nominee
DeMint Defends Holding Up Confirmation of Erroll Southers as TSA Chief
Federal labor unions push back against senator’s TSA ‘hold’
Napolitano wants to unionize TSA employees despite safety concerns
Nomination of Southers for TSA becomes a union issue

Boy, am I sure glad I don’t need to fly regularly. I feel sorry for those of you who do.

/because, you know, TSA is so good now, you can bet they’ll be ten times better when they’re unionized with union work rules, just look at the auto industry!

Man Caused Disaster Calling

/Michael Ramirez

Homeland Security, Without the Security

Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets

In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.

The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures manual were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame.

The document shows sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials which experts say would make it easy for terrorists to duplicate.

The improperly redacted areas indicate that only 20 percent of checked bags are to be hand searched for explosives and reveal in detail the limitations of x-ray screening machines.

“This is an appalling and astounding breach of security that terrorists could easily exploit,” said Clark Kent Ervin, the former inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “The TSA should immediately convene an internal investigation and discipline those responsible.”

“This shocking breach undercuts the public’s confidence in the security procedures at our airports,” said Senator Susan Collins, R-Me., ranking Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “On the day before the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on terrorist travel, it is alarming to learn that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted its own security manual on the Internet.”

“This manual provides a road map to those who would do us harm,” said Collins. “The detailed information could help terrorists evade airport security measures.” Collins said she intended to ask the Department of Homeland Security how the breach happened, and “how it will remedy the damage that has already been done.”

A TSA spokesperson says the document posted online is an outdated version “improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly protected.”

The TSA requested the document be taken offline, but by then it had spread around the Internet and is still available today.

Hey, you may as well read it yourself, especially if you fly, you can damn well bet the ranch that al Qaeda already has a copy and is studying it closely.


See also:
Secret airport screening practices revealed in manual posted online
Unredacted TSA Manual Leaked Online
Sensitive airport screening manual spent months online
TSA posts document on airport screening procedures online
TSA launches review after online release of screening procedures
Sensitive air security doc posted in error on Net
US airport security screening processes posted online
TSA Leaks Sensitive Airport Screening Manual
TSA Breach Exposes Passenger Screening Manual
TSA mistakenly posts screening secrets
TSA Screening Manual Posted Online
Oh D’Oh They Didn’t! TSA Posts Airport Screening Manual On Web

Don’t worry, your aviation safety is in the very best of hands, don’t you think? I’m pretty sure that al Qaeda wouldn’t dream of taking advantage of this classified information windfall, that wouldn’t be fighting fair.

/and if you don’t feel safe flying anymore, maybe you can ask Janet Napolitano for a ride to your destination in her Homeland Security clown car

In Your Face Janet, It’s A Terrorism Convention In Chicago!

Hey, Homeland Security, are you paying attention, anyone, Janet?

Islamic Supremacist Group Holds First U.S. Conference

A group committed to establishing an international Islamic empire and reportedly linked to Al Qaeda is stepping up its Western recruitment efforts by holding its first official conference in the U.S.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq’s onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has operated discreetly in the U.S. for decades.

Now, it is coming out of the shadows and openly hosting a July 19 conference entitled, “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam,” at a posh Hilton hotel in a suburb of Chicago.

Hizb ut-Tahrir insists that it does not engage in terrorism, and it is not recognized by the State Department as a known terror group.

But some terrorism experts say it may be even more dangerous than many groups that are on the terror list.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir is one of the oldest, largest indoctrinating organizations for the ideology known as jihadism,” Walid Phares, director of the Future of Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told

Phares said that Hizb ut-Tahrir, rather than training members to carry out terrorist acts like Al Qaeda, focuses instead on indoctrinating youths between ages of 9 and 18 to absorb the ideology that calls for the formation of an empire — or “khilafah” — that will rule according to Islamic law and condones any means to achieve it, including militant jihad.

Hizb ut-Tahrir often says that its indoctrination “prepares the infantry” that groups like Al Qaeda take into battle, Phares said.

“It’s like a middle school that prepares them to be recruited by the high school, which is Al Qaeda,” he said. “One would compare them to Hitler youth. … It’s an extremely dangerous organization.”

Phares said Hizb ut-Tahrir has strongholds in Western countries, including Britain, France and Spain, and clearly is looking to strengthen its base in the U.S.

“The aim of this conference is to recruit within the Muslim community in America,” he said. “The Middle East governments go after them, but in the U.S. they are protected, so having a base here is going to help their cells around the world.”

Oh look, a terrorist press release! Hello, FBI?

The Khilafah Conference 2009-America

Hizb ut Tahrir America Announces Khilafah Conference in Chicago on July 19th, 2009 Fall of Capitalism and Rise of Islam

(PRWEB) July 18, 2009 — On the occasion of the destruction of the Islamic State, Hizb ut-Tahrir America is holding a public conference on July 19, 2009. Under the title of “Fall of Capitalism and Rise of Islam,” the conference will address the era of global change. It will present Islam as a platform for an ideological alternative to replace a failing system that has failed the whole of humanity. From the midst of Africa to the cities of America, people are suffering from the failing policies that have left hundreds of millions of people in hunger and poverty. The conference will emphasize the importance of the Caliphate State (Khilafah) that will introduce a new world order based on equality, justice and the well-being of humanity.

As a religion embraced by more than 1.5 billion people, Islam is experiencing an international revival. The conference will address some aspects of the global activism for the Islamic revival worldwide.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam. It is working in the Muslim world so that the Muslim people adopt Islam as their cause in restoring the Islamic way of life through re-establishing the Khilafah (Caliphate) Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s purpose is to revive the Muslim world from its declining state, and to liberate it from man made systems and laws. It also works to remove the domination and influence of the Western states over Muslims. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a non-violent organization, and has no history of such incidents since its inception more that 55 years ago.

The conference is open to the public, Muslims and non-Muslims, and the attendance is free. There will also be a press conference immediately following the event.

The Conference is being held on Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 11:am to 5:00 pm, at the Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453.

For more information, visit the conference website at:

See also:
Islamic ‘fringe’ group set to meet in Oak Lawn
Pro-terror group to hold conference in Chicago suburb
Pro-Terror Group To Meet In Chicago Suburb
Islamic Group Linked To Al-Qaeda To Hold Conference In Chicago
Hizb ut-Tahrir America Enters Public Stage
Hizb ut-Tahrir America Conference Update: HTA Books Grand Ballroom at Chicago Area Hilton
Hizb ut-Tahrir America Launches Web Site to Promote July Conference
Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Activities in the United States
Hizb ut-Tahrir: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Interests in Central Asia
O Muslims! Eject the American political and military presence, and its intelligence agencies,
from the region, which are the real cause for the chaos and attacks

Hizb ut-Tahrir set for coup in Pakistan
Official Website of Hizb ut Tahrir
Hizb ut-Tahrir Media Office Official Website
Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation)
Hizb ut-Tahrir
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

This group is clearly tied to al Qaeda, terrorism, recruiting terrorists (middle/high school age), and radical Islamic supremacism. It’s banned in many countries worldwide. How is it even possible such a conference is being held openly in the United States?

/why do I get the feeling this wouldn’t be happening if Bush was still President?