Saturday, October 20, 2007

Chertoff's Gut Feeling "IEDs are coming to America"

"If terrorists initiated an IED campaign in America today, it could paralyze us." David Heyman, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is having problems with his "gut"...again. This time his "sour stomach" is telling him that the terrorists have a "weapon of choice" and they want to export it to America. That weapon is the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). In a report given to the Senate last month, Chertoff explained the administrations rising concerns and stated Bush will soon issue a "blueprint for countering the threat of IED's."
"we haven't waited for the paperwork . . . because my concern, frankly, is not words; it's deeds and actions." He said his department has provided $1.7 billion in grants related to the IED threat, trained workers at 16 ports and deployed thousands of new explosives detectors at airports, and plans to increase the screening of small boats and private aircraft that might carry bombers or bombs.
U.S. officials define the domestic IED threat across a wide spectrum, including a block of TNT with a remote-controlled detonator; a fertilizer bomb delivered by a car, truck or plane; and a suicide runner carrying a peroxide-based explosive. At the extreme, an IED can be enhanced into a "dirty bomb," rigged to scatter radioactive material.
"Terrorists' use of IEDs cannot be extrapolated into anything other than a major threat to this country," Supervisory Special Agent Barbara Martinez, a senior official at the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group
"National coordination of IED prevention efforts is absolutely crucial," said Lt. Shawn E. Stallworth, a Michigan State Police detective and member of the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board. The group this year called for "urgent action" to increase training in handling the threat posed by large-vehicle bombs.
Among the shortcomings identified in the report: Explosives-sniffing dogs are trained differently by various federal agencies, making collaboration between squads "difficult if not impossible." Federal agencies maintain separate databases on bomb incidents. Separately, bomb squad commanders have complained of inadequate training for responding to truck bombs. msnbc
Great...It's six years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and Bush and his cronies and finally decided to create a "blueprint" for America's preparedness. Oddly enough, Bush's blueprint came from the Justice Department via Presidential Directive, not Homeland Security. Bush's 'blueprint': More money and dogs. Ridiculous.

Defending the 'blueprint', Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General William E. Moschella said, "It's late and we wish we were two months earlier, but the bottom line is we have submitted . . . a product [to the White House] that we're very proud of."

Two months too late? Nope. More like six years, bud. I thought DHS was supposed to act as a warehousing Bureau. Weren't they supposed to 'bring all the agencies together'. To help foster an environment where all the other bureaus could transfer information to each other. If so...then why did Bush have to stop the 'bickering' and send the 'product' to the Justice Department? Homeland Security is a farce on the nation. It has created an industry of 'fear', not protection.

Chertoff...get some Alka Seltzer...and take the blue crayons away from Bush. America doesn't need HIS 'blueprint' for anything, much less our security.

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