Tag Archive: Incompetence
” In the latest bout of brilliance handed down from the Transportation Security Administration, more frequent fliers and other elite passengers will soon be eligible for something called “expedited screening benefits.” Features include special screening lanes and the luxury of not having to remove your shoes and belt like a common terrorist.
OK, all of that is rather uninteresting—unless you’re the kind of person who thinks programs like the Cedar Point VIP Tour are grossly classist.* (I do.) What’s interesting about TSA Pre✓™—which launched on a small scale in 2011 but is now expanding—is that it’s nearly impossible to go directly to the website by typing in the site’s Web address—because the checkmark and trademark characters are actually part of the URL.”
- Transportation Security Administration expands Pre-Check program (charlotte.news14.com)
- Rome woman says TSA dog bit her at Atlanta airport (m.onlineathens.com)
- Rome woman says TSA dog bit her at Atlanta airport (onlineathens.com)
Delta Snipers Gary Gordon and Randy Shugart
” When I took Hillary Rodham Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya, I told her that if I had been president at the time, I would have relieved her of her post. Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.
During those hearings, I reminded Mrs. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures. I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them. I find that inexcusable.
Four months later, we are hearing that Mrs. Clinton allegedly withheld information from a counterterrorism bureau during the response. We are hearing new allegations that Special Forces wanting to respond during the attacks were told, “You can’t go” by superiors.
The secretary of state’s responsibility is to protect our diplomats. Mrs. Clinton should have been relieved of her post for denying pleas for additional security. Almost 20 years ago, President Clinton’s secretary of defense was relieved of his post for a similarly bad decision.
In early October 1993, a battle between U.S. forces and Somali militia in Mogadishu left 18 Americans soldiers dead, 80 wounded and two American helicopters shot down. Today, this is remembered as the Battle of Mogadishu or more popularly, “Black Hawk Down,” thanks to a subsequent movie of the same name.”
State Dept "Contractors" Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods
While we are comparing politicians Clinton and Aspen’s actions and noting similar incompetence displayed during American foreign policy disasters there is another similarity between the two events . This parallelism however, instead of reflecting a common theme of political incompetence , involves America and American’s at our/their finest .
” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday her department knew of one Boston bombing suspect’s trip to Russia.
However, the FBI did not know of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to a region of Russia dominated by Islamist violence, The Hill reported, because an airline misspelled his name on a flight manifesto given to the U.S. government.
“Yes, the system pinged when he was leaving the United States. By the time he returned, all investigations — the matter had been closed,” Napolitano said.”
” Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.
If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor.”
This is a bipartisan solution to illegal immigration ? What on earth is wrong with the GOP ? Spineless , panderers … Losers and destined to remain so without a backbone among them .
- Senate plan would give Napolitano the final say on border security (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Senate Plan Will Give Napolitano Final Say on Border Security and Amnesty (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Senate Plan Would Let Napolitano Trigger Citizenship for Illegals (breitbart.com)
- Senate plan would give Napolitano the final say on border security (ihatethemedia.com)
- Napolitano: ‘You’re Never Going to Seal That Border’ (pjmedia.com)
- Harry Reid On Immigration Reform: ‘This Legislation Is Going To Pass’ (huffingtonpost.com)
I was listening to Glenn Beck today, and he was reciting something he was told by one of his many confidential informants within our government, military and intelligence communities. Apparently, this informant told Beck that Hillary Clinton showed obvious signs of having been coached in counter-interrogation techniques. This would also explain why she was held out of the public domain for so long – supposedly for “medical reasons.” You might want to do a little reading on this subject:
Like we said yesterday ... an Oscar-worthy performance from the woman who would be King
Rep. Duncan Slams Hillary Clinton: “You let the consulate become a death trap”
” No epiphanies in Washington: the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the latest triumphant deal includes $2 billion of cuts for fiscal year 2013. Wow! That’s what the government of the United States borrows every 10 hours and 38 minutes. Spending two months negotiating 10 hours of savings is like driving to a supermarket three states away to save a nickel on your grocery bill.
A space alien on Planet Zongo whose cable package includes “Meet The Press” could watch 10 minutes of these pseudo-cliffhangers and figure out how they always end, every time: Spending goes up, and the revenue gap widens.
This latest painstakingly negotiated bipartisan deal to restore fiscal responsibility actually includes a third of a trillion dollars in new spending. A third of a trillion! $330,000,000,000! Fancy that! In most countries, a third of a trillion would be a lot of money. But in the U.S. it’s chump change so footling it’s barely mentioned in the news reports “
Illustration By Eric Allie
- Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011′ (cnsnews.com)
- Fiscal cliff deal will add $4 trillion to US deficit, says CBO (forexlive.com)
- The Spending Cliff | Cato Institute (cg68doc.newsvine.com)
- Say What???? (bobusnr.wordpress.com)
- Obama’s Legacy: $20 Trillion in Deficits (realclearpolitics.com)
- From the Desk of Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (bewellinsurance.wordpress.com)
- Letter: Fiscal cliff settlement a joke as far as reducing debt (nj.com)
- In Fiscal Wars No Negotiation Is a Negotiating Tactic (abcnews.go.com)
- The fiscal cliff deal’s price tag: -$3.9 trillion or +$600 billion (washingtonpost.com)
- A Truly Historic Presidency (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
This is what Obama means by “sloppiness”-
** Benghazi Terrorists Were Armed By Obama
** US Benghazi SEALs Had Laser Capability and Waited Five Hours For Air Support… But It Never Came
** Obama Administration Was Warned 3 Hours Before Benghazi Attack – Did Nothing
** Ambassador Stevens Called for Help During Benghazi Attack …(But Obama Did Nothing)
** August Cable Signed By Ambassador Stevens Warned Benghazi Consulate Couldn’t Withstand ‘Coordinated Attack’
** There were four previous Islamist attacks in Benghazi this year before the 9-11 terrorist attack.
- Benghazi? Whatever! There was just some ‘sloppiness’ there, says Obama [Video] (twitchy.com)
- President Obama Comments On Benghazi (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Benghazi Fiasco Was ‘Just Some Sloppiness,’ Says Obama (pjmedia.com)
- After Three Months… Obama Says US Has a Good Idea Who Carried Out Benghazi 9-11 Terror Attacks (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks (news.yahoo.com)
- President blames Benghazi on ‘sloppiness’… (weeklystandard.com)
- Unreal… Obama Blames Benghazi 9-11 Terror Attack on “Just Some Sloppiness” (thegatewaypundit.com)
” If Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the government’s various lists weren’t ludicrous enough as is, the number of individuals harassed will be increased significantly thanks to a new list specifically for “low risk” passengers as revealed in a recently released Federal Register newsletter.
While this appears to be focused mostly on airline flights, one must wonder if such lists will also be used when the TSA invades locations outside of airports around the entirety of the United States. After all, at least one college student has been harassed, detained and interrogated when traveling via train simply for engaging in Islamic studies.
It must also be mentioned that the claims that this will increase security are simply laughable since the TSA really has no interest in security evidenced by airport employees being allowed to work without background checks and the fact that an illegal immigrant was somehow able to work as an airport security supervisor for a whopping 20 years without being caught.”
- TSA agent: ‘We laugh at your nude images, dear passengers’ (rt.com)
- Ex-TSA Agent Reveals Cruel Thing (aol.com)
- TSA Claims It Is Above Congressional Oversight (prn.fm)
- Plots We Imagine the TSA Protected Us From Today: The iPad Plot. (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
“Obama laments “the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks.”
President Barack Obama just released a statement praising Susan Rice’s service and saying he accepts “her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State.” Obama also lamented “the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks.”
Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. “
Take Note : You’ve just witnessed the first honorable action by any member of this administration in it’s entire existence . While we here view the woman with extreme distaste and consider her nothing short of incompetent we will at least be willing to acknowledge an historic ” first ” for an Obama appointee .
” The TSA was created to replace the patchwork of private security companies that handled airport security in the pre-9/11 era. Its budget quickly ballooned: Since 2002 the number of TSA agents has risen from 16,000 to more than 50,000. Still, to a traumatized public, any amount of overreaction in the name of preventing another terrorist attack seemed acceptable.
More than a decade later, it’s time to move on. For one thing, the attention paid to terrorism in the U.S. is out of proportion to the relative threat it presents. Since 2000 the chance that the death of a U.S. resident resulted from a terrorist attack was 1 in 3.5 million, according to John Mueller and Mark Stewart of Ohio State and the University of Newcastle, respectively. Out of the 150,000 murders in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of 2010, Islamic extremism accounted for fewer than three dozen. In fact, extremist Islamic terrorism resulted in just 200 to 400 annual deaths worldwide, outside the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq—the same number, notes Mueller, that occur in bathtubs in the U.S. each year.
Yet the TSA still commands a budget of nearly $8 billion—leaving the agency with too many officers and not enough to do. The TSA’s “Top Good Catches of 2011,” reported on its blog, did include 1,200 firearms and—their top find—a single batch of C4 explosives (though that payload was discovered only on the return flight). A longer list of the TSA’s confiscations would include a G.I. Joe action doll’s 4-inch plastic rifle (“it’s a replica”) and a light saber toy. For all the face cream, breast milk, and live fish that vigilant screeners collected in airport security lines last year, the TSA didn’t spot a single terrorist trying to board an airline in the U.S. “
Illustration By Glenn McCoy
- The High Price of False Security (marginalrevolution.com)
- Airport Security Is Killing Us (amresolution.com)
- TSA turkeys butcher Americans for Thanksgiving (truthjihad.com)
- TSA/Airport Security: Killing Us On Christmas (informationliberation.com)
- Did TSA Mothball Scanners In PR Stunt? (dprogram.net)
- Solange Knowles Got Her ‘Fro Inspected By Airport Security (refinery29.com)
- The Travel Outfit That Will Let You Breeze Through Airport Security (gadling.com)
- Meet the Fearsome New Tool in Airport Security. (zedie.wordpress.com)
” The picture shows members of ‘Occupy Sandy’ – an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement – doing FEMA’s job for them. It’s an illustration of how big government has once again failed to accomplish the very task its supporters ascribe to it – taking care of people.
Indeed, FEMA has not only failed to sufficiently help east coast residents hit by the devastating hurricane – some of them were forced to go dumpster diving for food – the federal agency has in fact blocked relief efforts just as it did during Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ordered Shelter Island residents to “stop” donating goods bound for Island Park and Long Beach. It’s not that the goods, including clothing and other items, are not needed, indeed they were “gone in 48 hours” according to one volunteer – it’s the fact that FEMA refuses to relinquish power on deciding how they are distributed.
- Newspaper: FEMA orders residents to stop giving out supplies after Hurricane Sandy – It was great until they stepped in, says local woman (dprogram.net)
- Camp FEMA Update: “We Feel Like We’re In a Concentration Camp” (marketdailynews.com)
- Superstorm Sandy: FEMA Reportedly Failing To Find Temporary Housing For Storm Victims (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sandy Victim Details Mindboggling FEMA Incompetence (conservativebyte.com)
- FEMA Stops People From Sending Donated Supplies to Victims of Hurricane Sandy (federaljack.com)
- FEMA recommends Twitter to communicate about hurricane (thehill.com)
- 5440fight Exclusive: Sandy Struck Vet Denied Help by Obama’s Fema (5440fight.com)
” If Mitt Romney had lost the election solely because of Ohio, I would be lamenting his lack of a populist appeal. Or, if he had lost Florida narrowly, I might be writing about how Gary Johnson played spoiler.
Instead, I’m writing about an identity crisis.
Make no mistake, the GOP faces serious challenges going forward. This wasn’t “just a loss.” “
- What’s Next for the GOP? (cato-at-liberty.org)
- Liberarians Not Ready to Make Nice with Romney and the GOP (reason.com)
- TWO ESTABLISHMENT MODERATES IN A ROW HAVE LOST: The GOP needs modernization, not moderation…. (pjmedia.com)
- ‡ Re-Making the GOP (tightwind.net)
- State GOP leaders say some soul- (and vote-) searching is needed (members.jacksonville.com)
” Republicans held Congressional hearings yesterday on the disaster at the Benghazi Consulate that killed four Americans. If the Republicans did not control Congress, these hearings would never have happened.
These hearings exposed the shocking truth, not the propaganda the Obama Regime wanted us to believe. What is the truth about Benghazi?
The truth is the Obama Regime lied. The truth is Benghazi was the result of Obama policies in the Middle East. The truth is the Obama Regime, instead of acting like America is a superpower, tried instead to appease savages.
The truth is the Obama Regime knew within hours this was a terrorist attack. Even as they deliberately lied to the American people, they knew what was really behind the attack. They blamed the attack on the actions of a filmmaker and decried the freedom that makes America great.
At the time they knew they were sitting on a time bomb. The truth is the boots on the ground warned the political appointees of the Obama Regime that help was needed. They told Washington more security was needed. They protested the withdrawal of security and support personnel.”
” The former head of a Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya tells CBS News that in spite of multiple pleas from himself and other U.S. security officials on the ground for “more, not less” security personnel, the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
Lt. Col. Andy Wood will appear this week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
Speaking to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Wood said when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August – about a month before the assault in Benghazi – he felt, “like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.”
He said other staffers approached him with their concerns when the reduction in security personnel was announced.
“They asked if we were safe,” he told Attkisson. “They asked… what was going to happen, and I could only answer that what we were being told is that they’re working on it – they’ll get us more (security personnel), but I never saw that.” “
“Bombshell: The Obama State Department withdrew a 16 member special forces team from Benghazi one month before the deadly attacks on 9-11. Lt. Col. Andy Wood was the leader of the 16 member special forces team whose job it was to protect US personnel in Libya. His team’s mission ended in August a month before the deadly Al-Qaeda attack on 9-11. A six member mobile security team was also withdrawn around the same time. This was despite the fact that there were over a dozen attacks in the country this year. Lt. Col. Wood was subpoenaed to appear at a House committee hearing this coming week. Wood told CBS News it was unbelievable to him that the State Department withdrew security when they did because of the 13 security incidents before 9-11.”
“Washington is notorious for dropping news it doesn’t want scrutinized too closely on the last day of the work week. So last Friday was a convenient time for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to release a statement about the Obama Administration’s conflicting accounts of the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
The ODNI statement appears intentionally vague on exactly what it knew when and who was told. It does little to address concerns that the President’s senior supporters seemed more concerned about minimizing criticism of the White House than addressing the threat of transnational terrorism.
The question remains: Why did senior officials issue contradictory and wrong accounts of what happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi?”
U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.
The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.”
” U.S. officials issued alerts and ordered security precautions in neighboring Egypt ahead of protests and violence on Sept. 11,
but largely overlooked the possibility of trouble at other diplomatic postings in the
The State Department chose to maintain only limited security in Benghazi, Libya, despite months of sporadic attacks there on U.S. and other Western missions. ”
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“The consulate in Benghazi was an interim facility, with only a standard door lock for security, and worse, Ambassador Stevens was traveling with only a light security detail, rather than in the heavily armed convoys our diplomats in the region usually employ. The attack on the
Benghazi was no mere target of opportunity spurred by reaction to the “Innocence of Muslims” film; the film is just a pretext. The
killing of Amb. Stevens was a premeditated hit , planned and carried out as retaliation for the
recent drone strike that killed the number two Al Qaida operative in Afghanistan recently. “
“According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.”
” Of the submarine activity, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), member of the Senate Armed Services.Committee, said, “It’s a confounding situation arising
from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests,
whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.” “