Read a little. Learn a lot. • Tightly-written news, views and stuff • Follow us on TwitterBe a Facebook FanTumble us!

27 Jan 2011 14:38


U.S.: Terror threat level warnings to get a functional overhaul

  • The alerts will be specific to the threat. They may recommend certain actions, or suggest   looking for specific suspicious behavior. And they will have a specified end date.
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano • Speaking on the topic of the oft-maligned terror threat level scale imposed following 9/11 (you know the one, orange=bad, red=really bad), Napolitano claimed that the future system of warning Americans about terrorism risks will be more informative. The old system, which merely stated the risk with no contextual information, was often accused of being vague and unhelpful. source

07 Jan 2011 20:31


U.S.: Some jerk sending mail bombs in D.C., Maryland

The latest one, which never got to the intended recipient, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, exploded inside of a D.C. mail facility. Two others were sent yesterday in Maryland. source

27 Dec 2010 08:03


U.S.: Will the TSA’s body scans and pat-downs continue after the holidays?

  • YES because it’s “objectively safer” or something source

30 Oct 2010 11:50


U.S., World: Terror threat: Suspicious device in UK meant to blow up plane

  • The target may have been an aircraft and had it detonated the aircraft could have been brought down. We do not believe that the perpetrators of the attack would have known the location of the device when it was planned to explode.
  • UK emergency planning committee Theresa May • Explaining the situation with the device found on a plane intercepted at a London airport yesterday. So yeah, the expected the thing to blow up. It didn’t. In other news, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano states the obvious. source

04 May 2010 10:21


Politics: Times Square incident: Sunday talk shows rife with speculation?

  • When they say it’s certainly a one-off, it’s an appropriate question to say, ‘How do you know that; was this based on real briefings?’ To me, the most basic question in journalism is, ‘How do you know that?’ They won’t always tell you, but you can gauge a lot by their response.
  • Columbia University graduate journalism Professor John Dinges • Regarding the seemingly knowledgeable responses of leaders on the Sunday talk shows about an incident that happened just the night before. Many of them – including New York Sen. Charles Schumer and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano – spoke of the incident as if they had the evidence to say it was a lone wolf incident, at a point when investigators were still working. While each claimed later that they had been briefed about the incident beforehand by authorities, it still raised a lot of questions, especially since the investigation was just beginning. source

17 Mar 2010 09:22


U.S.: Bush’s U.S./Mexico border security just got dumped for Obama’s

  • Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost effective way possible.
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano • On her decision to take $50 billion away from the controversial Bush-era Secure Border Initiative and use it to buy proven off-the-shelf technology that does the same thing. Napolitano is also freezing most other SBI money and creating a great opportunity for the right to say that she’s soft on illegal immigration. This outghta be fun. source

07 Mar 2010 12:05


U.S.: The rise of the “lone wolf” extremist hard to combat

  • We have seen an increase in the lone wolf type attacks, which, from a law enforcement and investigation perspective, are the most challenging. Why? Because by definition they’re not conspiring.
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano • Discussing “lone wolf” attacks like the ones by John Patrick Bedell (who shot two Pentagon security guards last week), Joe Stack (who flew a plane into an IRS building in February) and Johnny Lee Wicks (who was killed in a January courthouse attack after losing a case regarding his Social Security benefits). For those playing at home, that’s three “lone wolf” attacks in three months, which is problematic for law enforcement, because it’s not easy to prevent such cases. source

03 Jan 2010 23:38


Politics: Max Headroom: Brit Hume hates sexually promiscuous Buddhists

  • “Strengthen the system” Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, John Brennan, made his round on the Sunday talk shows this morning, backing up Janet Napolitano while saying that everyone would be held accountable for their jobs. David Gregory doesn’t soft-pedal when talking him, and Brennan hits him back at every beat. Properly.
  • Good Point, Bob “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer notes the reason why Napolitano got bit in the rear end last week – simply put, she tried putting a spin on an issue and failed. “It’s not lying,” he says, “but it’s not exactly the whole truth, and certainly not the whole story.” It’s the danger of the echo chamber, friends.

  • Tiger’s faith? WTF, man? On “Fox News Sunday,” Brit Hume beats on the Tiger Woods drum again, this time attacking the fact that Woods is reportedly Buddhist. He says that Woods should convert to Christianity. We say Brit’s a bigot. We also say Bill Kristol is hilarious in following him up by simply saying Tiger will win the Masters.

01 Jan 2010 19:44


Politics: Janet Napolitano resignation calls are getting louder, bipartisan

  • We should have someone who doesn’t need to go in there and learn about terrorism, learn about security. How close were these 300 people on this plane from losing their lives because homeland security broke down? Boy, it was really close.
  • New Jersey State Senate President (and former governor) Richard Codey • On his feeling regarding Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Codey feels that the former Arizona governor isn’t a good fit for the post, in that she doesn’t have a background in security. Many Republicans feel the same way (and have been criticizing her for months). Now, we don’t think it’s gotten this bad yet, but the building bipartisan support should give the Obama administration pause. source

29 Dec 2009 10:55


Politics: About taking off shoes at security checkpoints … it’s useless.

  • Another thing to thank the Underwear Bomber for – the dude helped us realize that the years of scanning our shoes through security checkpoints was complete bullshit! Know why? Our security could not actually detect the explosive plastic that Richard Reid‘s shoes were using. So, what’s worse, Janet Napolitano saying “the system worked” or the Bush Administration completely lying to everyone for seven years? You decide. source