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Monday, August 01, 2005 

Homeland InSecurity

From WorldNetDaily:
Issuing yet the latest warning of the threat of nuclear terrorism in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said there are far worse security problems facing the country than bombings of mass-transit systems.

In comments during a visit to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California this week, Chertoff said the foremost concern for the nation's security now is the threat of a larger chemical, biological or nuclear attack.
What exactly does the Homeland of Security do besides provide a figgure head (and quite the intimidating looking one at that) to tell us what impending doom we're approaching all the while encouraging us to go about our day as normal?

As long as this Department of Homeland Security ignores the fact that our backdoor is flung wide open and allowing anyone who can get across entry to our towns and cities, I'm going to refuse to call it "Homeland Security" but rather it shall be deemed the "Department of Homeland Surveilance".

Here's how a good Department of Homeland Security in a time of war (if in fact we have actually declared war yet) would behave:

1. Mail to each registered voter, in some form of newsletter style update, detailing what threats are imminent and why. Make these mailings region specific to include details on what threats face local landmarks, water/food supplies, important infrastructure. We need to know what to protect in our neighborhood regions, what to look for as defined by 'suspicious behavior', and who to call when this behavior is observed.

Wouldn't it be nice to exist as cohesive neighborhoods again? This defense is far more effective than any other, it's the one that allowed us to throw off the shackles of the British Empire 229 years ago. Many things have changed since then but the concept and cohesivness of neighborhood togetherness has not. It just goes un-utilized anymore. These are millions of eyes and ears that the Dept of Homeland Security could really use in protecton assistance.

2. This Dept needs to mail to each registered voter details on how to obtain a concealed weapon permit and which states they are recognized in. Give information on how to legally obtain guns, store them in your house, and references to safety classes in their area. You know, things all Americans were taught as kids a long time ago... time to resurrect this American attitude on guns... it's what's kept us free and any gov't institution which advises against this is suspect, not to mention unconstitutional.

Hopefully a side effect of this would be a massive wave of conceal carry ban repeals in the liberal states where CCW's are illegal. How people in these states have been brainwashed into being more scared of responsible gun owners rather than the criminals who are always going to own guns I will never figgure out.

3. I'd like to see information what to do if a nuke or biological bomb goes off in your area. How is a safe shelter built? How is food-storage maintained? What's a list of absolute necessities for the period of at least 72 hours per person...

You get my drift? I know that there is already resources out there for these types of questions but my question is, what is our Dept of Homeland Security really doing?
The DHS is very focused on interdiction, government continuity and infrastructure protection, but it has not yet prepared for civil defense, which is the protection of civilians in time of war or disaster.
Ahhh, got'cha... I see how it is.

Trackbacked to Basil's Blog - Supper 8-1-05, and Mudville Gazette's - Open Post

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