Sunday, December 27, 2009

I don't believe in "Terror Watch Lists." They don't work. Just that simple.

Still yet another neglected problem from the Republicans and the Bush/Cheney Regime.

FBI Terror Watch List 'Out of Control' (click here)

June 13, 2007

8:55 AM

A terrorist watch list compiled by the FBI has apparently swelled to include more than half a million names.

Privacy and civil liberties advocates say the list is growing uncontrollably, threatening its usefulness in the war on terror.

The bureau says the number of names on its terrorist watch list is classified.

A portion of the FBI's unclassified 2008 budget request posted to the Department of Justice Web site, however, refers to "the entire watch list of 509,000 names," which is utilized by its Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force....

If Terror Watch Lists worked the people on them would most likely belong in prison and as soon as they presented to flights to civilized societies they should be arrested.

Terror Watch Lists are a 'convenience' and not a tool. They can probably intercept the most likely to try to carry out violence, but, once the list makes its way to al Qaeda or otherwise, those folks will be retired from any attempts. This man was a prime example of those that can 'slip through.'

The best and only methodology to 'airplane security' is to have 'airport security.' Heck, use the same time of measures Homeland Security uses in ports and sensitive border crossings with trucks if that helps, but, then one is talking about huge capital outlays. It doesn't make sense to do it.

The best and only methodology for airplanes is security from the time people enter the terminal passing through metal detectors, right up to being scrutinized at the ticket counter, finger prints detectors, retinal scans and then again before boarding.

What does that mean?

That means every bag, not every other, goes through scans before loading, that means no more knitting needles, scissors or liquids, unless perscription medications REQUIRED during flight. That means there are over the counter meds available from flight attendants, including, baby formula. In the case of 'special formulas' the airline should be notified ahead of time to stock same while in flight.

What it boils down to is 'the passenger gets on the plane without ANY potential for causing harm.' The needs of passengers have to be met by the airlines and all available articles that are considered dangerous 'at boarding' need to be supplied during flight.

RIGHT NOW, Terror Lists of any kind are in the hands of al Qaeda and other networks of violence and it would be foolish to believe otherwise. They are used BY COMPUTERS to pull out potential problems and that is a cost saving measure. They are 'substituted' for 'real provisions' of security when boarding airplanes and the is the long and short of it. We don't need more beaurcratic measure to 'attempt' to secure flights, we need flesh and blood people that are dedicated to securing their passengers safety to be working and ON THE GROUND to be sure everyone is as safe as they can be.

The BEST way to defeat this entire mess? Is to rid any country on Earth of the networks of violence that plague them, but, there are always going to be 'Lone Wolves." It is the human condition.

There is a VALID REASON why President Obama has an aggressive and busy agenda. It has nothing to do with politics or 2010.

It has to do with the overwhelming neglect of eight years of Republican greed.

Neglect that TRANSCENDS the Bush/Cheney Regime.

Neglect that INCLUDES our military, the treatment of our soldiers, all the way to 'procurement' and the result of crony priorities. Don't even start.

Neglect on every venue of American dynamics, be it domestic or international.

IF it weren't 'there to be done' there would be nothing 'creating' the need!

End of discussion.

Time is of the essence and there is no time to waste.

The neglect extends to decades of abuse of Republican greed, including the years of American devastation of domestic natural resources when Regan didn't know how to generate a sustainable economy EITHER.

The Epitome of American Cowardess. More Murdoch Puppets.

I apologize for including Reverend Sharpton in the picture, but, rarely does Michael Bloomberg and K"Nut"e Gingrich appear in public together for a 'photo op.'

I heard both of them on the news hour "Meet the Press." I have heard it all now.

They ranted on and on about how 'endorsing' spending on Global Climate Change agenda is a national security threat as it puts money in the hands of our enemies. That is straight out of the Murdoch News Agency. I cannot believe how extensive the lies are and how these men can't thing for themselves.

They say these things in the face of FACTS otherwise:

YEMEN (click here) - The top leader of rebels in Sa’adah, northern Yemen, Abdul Malik al-Houthi has died after he was seriously injured in an air strike two weeks ago, military and independent sources said Sunday.

Various and concurrent sources from Sa’adah said Sunday that Abdul Malik al-Houthi was buried on Saturday in al-Malahaid area, west of Sa’adah.

He was buried next to the house of Ahmed al-Hadawi, who is very close to al-Houthi family, military and the concurrent independent sources said....

One would think the 'fall of the Karzai government' would be enough evidence to the outcomes of abandoned Western support, but, nooooo....these bozos actually will say ANYTHING to be partisan among their constituents.

Yemen Says It Foiled Al-Qaeda Attack on U.K. Embassy Last Week (click here)

December 24, 2009, 10:04 AM EST

By Henry Meyer

Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda planned to carry out a suicide attack on the U.K. Embassy in the Yemeni capital that was foiled last week by security forces, the Defense Ministry’s newspaper reported.

Eight al-Qaeda militants strapped with explosive belts intended to storm the embassy in Sana’a after a twin car bomb attack on the building, the Yemeni ministry’s 26 September newspaper cited unidentified security officials as saying today. The operation, to be carried out by a terrorist cell based in Arhab, northeast of the capital, was in its final stages of operation, the newspaper said....

How long has the USA worked with the Islamic/Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East to bring about peace? How long and how much have we invested in attempting to secure our country away from the propaganda of radicals in these nations? What is the ONE premise everyone knows it true about the 'security of al Qaeda' in these nations? IT IS DEPENDENT UPON POVERTY.

The extremist networks have nothing to offer these people except poverty and the five pillars of Islam. In hopelessness, the people abide by the 'rule of man' in these countries because the governments are helpless to do anything about it.


Because as long as impoverishment can assist people to survive, ie: Somali pirates, Hezbollah and the list goes on, the governments will 'allow' them to exist because they have no alternative for their people. As the 'networks of violence' grow in strength by 'dependency issues' alone they take over the culture and they grow in numbers. The government then becomes overwhelmed with corruption and the result are countries completely dysfunctional.

What do we know goes hand in hand with poverty? Besides networks of violence? What results from poverty due to the ravages of natural resources, including diamonds and all that mess, is ENVIRONMENTAL degradation. What does environmental degradation cause? Oh, is that what the issue is? Yes, indeed, human induced global wamring because the biotic content of nations are devastated and the carbon sinks disappear.

There are some very basic truths here and Knute Gingrich and Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch's political ambitions are not served by them.



The fact of the matter is that people STARVE due to environmental degradation was well. Ever study 'what happened to the Mayans?' The more devastation to the land less productive it is and THAT is one of the reasons Plantation Farms are out of the question. One species plantations succumb to Climate Change and the land is left barren and eroding.

These countries, the ones that sustain al Qaeda and the Brotherhood and Hamas are some of the most environmentally devastated nations on Earth. What results is starvation and drought and then the NGOs are faced with hauling food to the people because the governments are unable to sustain their lands and therefore the people.

If you want to talk about 'dangers to the USA and Western national security,' we can talk about how STUPID, completely STUPID the USA Republicans are in their worship of money, their greed and the way they treat Murdoch as god.

The Republicans are nothing short of pathetic, a danger to the USA national security and they need to be dealt with and not given a spot light on Meet the Press.

A reason to say awake until Midnight.

...A blue moon - the second full moon in a calendar month (click title to entry - thank you) - occurs only every 2½ years on average. This month, full moons occur on December 2 and December 31.

An astronomer, David Reneke, from Australasian Science magazine, said it was rare for the event to land on New Year's Eve, and it would not happen again until 2028.

''While everyone's celebrating they should also take a moment and look up into the night sky,'' Mr Reneke said.

But the moon will not turn blue - if anything, Mr Reneke said it could turn red when viewed from cities because of the filter effect of smoke from fireworks....