In wake of the deadly Navy Yards shooting on Sept. 16, the U.S. Navy, just like all branches of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense agencies (Benghazi anyone?), were quick to try and counter the firestorm of criticism and bad PR – simply by doing what our military and government does best – announcing an investigation and then following up with useless new regulations and procedures that do nothing.
Since the deadly attack that killed 13, Navy brass have come up with four new security clearance guidelines designed to prevent any sort of similar attacks at one of our military installations…but are new regulations really needed OR maybe, just maybe – barring a government shutdown of course – folks can actually start doing their jobs?
It seems it was not just Aaron Alexis’ employer, the Florida contracting firm The Experts, who did not perform due diligence on the shooter’s background check, it was the Navy itself.
Ring Around the Rosie
The new guidelines only highlight the incompetence, laziness and pass the buck attitude of the Navy officials and government workers who unwittingly allowed someone, as obviously unstable as Alexis, to slip through the cracks.
The first recommended change at the Office of Personnel Management would be to have all security clearance investigations include any available police documentation. Yes, you read that right. Only now, after the umpteenth time a crazed gunman has opened fire on a military base, has it occurred to the military to cross check civilian police records. Many in the press boasted of uncovering, within hours after the shooting, the litany of gun and violence related charges against Alexis spanning numerous states and backdating to 2004 when he shot out a neighbors tires in a fit of rage.
It boggles the mind at how this has not been standard protocol. While terrorism threats against Americans and our troops have never been higher, not cross-checking police reports for a national security clearance is as unbelievable as a preschool daycare applicant not being cross checked with the national sex offender database.
It is gross negligence to issue a security clearance to people that have prior run-ins with the law. Now some may argue, like the ACLU, that if someone is arrested but not charged, as in Alexis’ case, technically it should not be held on their record. But remember, we are talking military records and this is the unwieldy U.S. government – normal procedure is to document everything and anything – it’s called Cover Your A**. Besides, since when has the U.S. military adhered to outside rule?
Exhibit B, takes us back to 2011 when the Navy gave Alexis an honorable discharge even though his military record, properly documented of course (see above), was riddled with as many marks as a failing geometry student taking a pop quiz on isosceles triangles. Standard protocol shows that if Alexis had a neutral discharge, a flag would have been raised and his full military record would have been examined when he applied for a security clearance.
So who made the decision to classify the discharge as honorable? Were they just trying to sweep Alexis and his bad behavior under the rug, quietly push him out of the military, hoping he would just go away?
We already know this happened with Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan. The Army and the FBI ignored, for almost two years, Hasan’s extremist views, threatening and unstable behavior, as well as his unsavory communications and online associations with terror leaders. Why? Besides the dot-connecting incompetence that seems to plague our separate but equal FBI and CIA, we can only assume the Army wanted to avoid opening up a yummy can of political incorrectness.
The next two guidelines include using senior, instead of junior, personnel to review clearances, and requiring contracting companies to let the Navy know if the company is reviewing one of their employee’s security clearance. Again, not necessary if people were just doing their jobs as required.
For example, in July 2013, two months before the shooting, Alexis’s security clearance was re-run and cleared through the defense security service. Ironically, also in July, Alexis’s roommate filed a police report accusing the soon-to-be shooter of putting an unknown substance in his gas tank of his car.
If you want the job done right, do it yourself.
Then in August, just weeks before 9/11 and during the week long closure of 18 U.S. Embassiesdue to a worldwide terror threats, police were called in to investigate Alexis’ bizarre behavior while working as a contractor at the Naval base in Newport, R.I. Newport police filed a report and alerted the Naval authorities – hey this guy is nuts and he works on your base. The Navy said they would follow up, but never did.
If they had called his employer, The Experts, who also did the background check on Edward Snowden (that’s two for two!), they would have found out that Alexis was taken off the job and would have known that after the Experts interviewed his fellow employees, he was back on the job three days later.
Don’t you think a police report citing Alexis as delusional would have caused some alarm? The Experts, by the way, were finally dumped by Hewlett Packard this week.
Hewlett Packard – the government contractor, who hired the sub contractor to hire a former member of the military. It’s almost laughable. The U.S. government is so large and unwieldy, we use contractors to hire contractors. Nothing can go wrong there. It’s like a free advertisement for a small and limited government.
Now I’ve been on many military bases, have had to show proper identification and undergone the stink eye from base security. I have had to get a temporary parking pass, made sure my license, car insurance, and government identification was up to date.
Did I undergo a background check or have my car searched? No. But, just like our current members of the military, I am assumed to be have been vetted. How can the military assume all contractors are vetted? Oh, that’s right, they are depending on a broken down security clearance system.
Do we need to change the procedures to get on a base or beef up security? Officials, lawmakers and the public are up in arms about how to increase security at military bases, trying to reignite a push for new gun control measures. Funny thing though, all the guns on a military base are locked up. Soldiers are not allowed to carry weapons on base – training exercises are the exception – but guys are not wandering around with AR-15’s.
But maybe they should be, I’d certainly feel safer. What if we let senior ranking soldiers carry weapons – men who already go through years of weapons and security training – actually create a “guns welcome” zone where it makes sense. I bet a shooter would think twice before attempting a similar massacre.
Over the past decade years, psychos or terrorists have slipped through the cracks and committed mass murders due to a number of reasons, political correctness (Fort Hood), failure of the mental health system (Virginia Tech), and bad parenting skills (Newtown Shooting) to name a few.
But to know that our Department of Defense has been unable to defend and protect its own U.S. military installations because they can’t see a parade of red flags waving two inches from it’s own face is depressing.
Oh, did I mention the fourth and most important new security clearance guideline: an examination of the entire security clearance system. Ya think? -LC
For the average American, Starbucks was still on the corner September 12th, 2001.
When suicide bombers start gracing the covers of our national magazines and terrorist fashionistas wearing burkas are kicking off high-end fashion campaigns just for their “cool factor,” I guess I should not be surprised that September 11th is starting to become just another day in history for the American people.
The coverage of the Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is starting to lose steam in the eyes of the public. Did it start with the New York Times not so subtly stripping the front page of any 9/11 coverage on last year’s anniversary? And then obnoxiously letting an editorial columnist explain to its loyal sheep in not so many words: it’s time to forget?
It certainly ended with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “does it really matter?” attitude about last year’s 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. And what about the already forgotten U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, colleague Sean Smith and ex-Navy Seals Ty Woods, and Glen Doherty?
It seems the White House believes that the death of Osama bin Laden will cover revenge and justice for all the victims killed on 9/11; past, present and future. Jihad against America and the western world stopped existing under President Obama, don’tcha know.
Even the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, in its latest public relations drive, has Hollywood’s New Yorker Robert De Niro politely directing us to remember – but just for one day. Literally. The slogan: “Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever.” The most horrifying attack in history on American soil and we should just sit back and take a day. All while the heart of ground zero has been reduced to a must-see destination for tourists, day after day milling around like worker bees trying to capture one iota of what a New York City resident felt that day.read full article at TheBlaze.com
“I believe in a country where education not hip-hop hoop dreams are the norm. I believe in a country where black women are not called bitches and hoes and fathers actually stay around to raise their children. I believe in a country where drug gangs don’t shoot each other with illegal guns and little kids can play in their front yard without fear. I believe in a day where liberal activists and unions do not sell out a race for political strategy. I believe in a day where personal responsibility and not the blame game is the mantra for every black child.” – said Fictitious African American leader.
While watching the major networks cover the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, it suddenly hit me — President Obama’s message of “hope & change” is back again. We haven’t seen this Obama since the campaign, his supporters are eating it up like fresh baked cherry pie, and if he stays with this, it may actually allow him to escape his presidency unscathed.
Although Obama has been unable to convince most conservative Americans that there is any “hope” left for his second term or that any of the so-called “change” he has inflicted upon us is for our own good — our first black president has slipped back to what always worked for him — standing at the pulpit of America passionately giving motivational sermons to the masses. So what if our economy still sucks and our foreign policy is laughable — that man can give a good speech, by golly.
The irony is, in what should have been his greatest speech of all time, (although CNN gushingly disagrees with me) he has sadly regurgitated his typical “racial” talking points about nothing, as do most prominent liberal African American leaders of today, and presented no solutions to the plight of poverty, violence, unemployment, family breakdown, and education within the black community.
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Are we really any safer since 9/11, the original? I guess the latest terror threat from our al-Qaeda rabble rousers over in Yemen was just a false alarm and the overly cautious yet seemingly panic stricken decision by the U.S. State Department to close 19 U.S. Embassies across the Middle East bible belt is just a foreshadowing of a new Cover-Your-A** era of American security policies. As one former State Department adviser called the subtle U.S. retreat, “It’s crazy pants – you can quote me.”The other option is to admit that, over ten years after the attacks on September 11th, our government is still scrambling on the defensive to protect the American people from some unidentifiable terror threat that could happen - anywhere, anytime, or anyhow - and we’ll just be lucky if they can find a way to stop it. Sadly the tragic events that have unfolded before our weary eyes since Obama took office - from underwear bombers to Fort Hood, from Benghazi to the Boston bombing, and now to the NSA - have only shown us that blind hope is the true scripted reality we live in. Case in Point #1: People hate change. Just days before the week long shutdown of our U.S. embassies, the FBI, after an internal review, officially concluded there was nothing they could have done to prevent the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing. It seems the crux of the issue is that the FBI lost track of a so-called radicalized American who had traveled overseas to train with extremists. Why? It’s unclear, according the the FBI, if the Department of Homeland Security ever even notified them of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s return to the U.S. from Russia.
If I remember correctly - wasn’t it the lack of communication between security agencies like the FBI and the CIA that played a huge factor in our government being completely in the dark about Osama bin Laden’s plans for the September 11th attacks? Wasn’t the Department of Homeland Security actually created as an umbrella agency so that would never happen again? Good to know not much has changed at Bureau headquarters.
Case in Point #2: Can you hear me now?
Whether you think Edward Snowden is a whistleblower or a traitor, he unearthed a slew of secret spying programs aimed at both the average American citizen and our enemies (I mean friends) worldwide. It seems our invasive NSA programs are only good when we’re listening for terror bigwigs overseas. And even that is far fetched as U.S. intelligence officials last week explicitly stated “the controversial NSA programs.. played no part in detecting the initial tip.” Someone please tell me, when has any of the data collected from this ‘citizen surveillance program’ actually been used to prevent or thwart a major attack?
I would suspect that if even a sliver of data from the NSA’s PRISM program had been used to prevent or thwart an attack, President Obama and his minions would have gladly leaked that proof to calm the restless masses of Rand Paul fanatics and Tea Party people who can’t stand him. Instead, the administration, incompetently and proudly, leaks what should have been highly classified details about how they intercepted high level terrorist chatter on a Facetime conference call. Ok, so it wasn’t Facetime, but it might as well have been, because however these al-Qaeda seniors were communicating, it’s sure to be dead and buried like acid wash jeans from the 1980’s.
Case in Point #3: Deny me a river.
The most frightening realization about our U.S. security situation is the blatant fact that the Obama administration, at every turn, is in complete denial that an extremist ideology, fueled by Muslims hell bent on destroying the Western world, even exists.
According to our clueless President, U.S. security has improved ten fold since he has taken over the White House. It started with the Obama World Apology Tour and will no doubt culminate with a celebration of puppies and ice cream when America finally Ends the War and pulls out of Afghanistan in 2014. According to our Commander in Chief, al-Qaeda has been “decimated” since the death of Osama bin Laden and shaking in its boots at the thought of America’s mighty fist of fury . Problem is Mr. President, that no matter how many times you say the terrorist organization is “on the run” (at least 32 times between the Benghazi attack and the November 2012 election) it seems al-Qaeda, and top leaders like al-Zawahiri, might be hard of hearing.In fact, al-Qaeda is too busy spreading their ideology and infiltrating Muslim countries with unstable governments - like Syria - who are ripe for the picking. Oh, and in its downtime? These misunderstood criminals continue trying to perfect new methods of blowing up American citizens with weapons like undetectable explosive clothing and surgically implanted bombs. All while their representative press offices around the globe tweet daily to thousands of followers, #muslimrage. Instead, Obama and his crew try and convince us that terror attacks on our own soil (Fort Hood) are really workplace violence and that the real threat to Americans are not cool-college kids-turned-jihadists glamorized on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (Boston Bombers), but really disillusioned U.S.soldiers returning from Iraq with PTSD. Former Dept. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano gave us that gem, also in 2009, if you remember. Before the Fort Hood shooting, the FBI again admitted to mishandling information given to them, and the facts show that shooter Nidel Hasan was practically spewing his sick ideology to anyone that would listen to him. Instead military brass stuck their heads in the sand like good political lackeys do. And how about the denial from the State Department’s Clinton fall girl of the moment, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.(now National Security Advisor What?) Our administration was "so sure" that the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide, and two ex- Navy Seals in Benghazi were caused by “spontaneous demonstrations” that it was weeks before the FBI even bothered to go into Libya and investigate. And they still pretend they have no idea what the conservative media is talking about when bringing it up the subject at press conferences. Even when respected reporters working for mainstream news stations try and tell the facts about al-Qaeda’s strength, resistance and resilience - they are silenced and demeaned by the left, as CBS reporter Lara Logan was after the Benghazi attacks. (read more) Criticizing the Obama administration for underestimating the threat of groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda during a speech to her peers, Logan was accused and ridiculed by fellow journalists for only exaggerating a perceived threat due to the brutal sexual attack she experienced while reporting in Cairo during the 2011 Egyptian demonstrations. Here’s another great analogy from Logan about the ultimate goals of al-Qaeda. President Obama actually had the nerve to announce - just weeks after the Boston Bombing mind you (5 killed, 280 hurt) - “there have been no large scale terror attacks on U.S.soil since I have been in office.” Tell us Mr President, what constitutes a major terror attack? 25 people dead? 100 or 1000? Do we need to hit 500 dead, or 1000 injured? How many victims altogether? PIC: Jane Richard, Sister Of Youngest Boston Bombing Victim, Releases Inspiring First Photo Since Losing Leg (How To Help)
Tell us, Mr. President, define American soil? Last I heard, our U.S. embassies overseas are considered to be on American soil.
And please, Mr. President, can you describe the term successful? It seems that your administration had nothing to do with the fact that would-be martyr Umar Abdulmutallab, directed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, failed to detonate his underwear bomb on a Northwest flight Christmas Day 2009. You know the same AQAP who caused the massive embassy shut down last week. Some might consider it successful that the Transportation Security Administration arm of the government has now spent billions of dollars on body scanning equipment for airports around the country, which if the latest terror rumors are true, will be obsolete by the next attack anyway.
It was also not law enforcement who prevented the explosion of a car bomb planted by Taliban directed terrorist Faisal Shahzad in New York City’s Times Square in 2010. Again the bomb itself, failed to detonate and it was actually street vendors who alerted the police. I guess success is in the eye of the beholder.
Now, I’m sure our brave law enforcement agents are working around the clock to keep us safe, and yes they have foiled dozens of terror plots since both Obama has been in office. But like our military overseas, they find success in spite of the blind culture that has permeated the White House and a president who is unable to see clearly the unyielding threats of destruction that al-Qaeda is waging on the west.
So back to the original question...are we really any safer since 9/11, the original? It seems pretty rhetorical now doesn’t it? - LCoriginal article published on theblaze.com
While over 800,000 war veterans are still forced to fill out over 600 pieces of paperwork to claim basic VA benefits and our male combat veterans are being diagnosed with vaginal cancer (more on that later)
, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found it imperative late last month to appease our left wing President and announce that the DOD will “move quickly” on enacting benefits for same-sex marriage couples in the military. What boggles the mind is that in the wake of billions of forced defense cuts that will, to quote our own leaders in Washington, “gut the world’s greatest military,” the Pentagon has already admitted they are unable to estimate the costs of the changes they are moving quickly to enact.
It’s all because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to scrap the Defense of Marriage Act from the books, making same-sex marriage a federally recognized institution. Now I personally think we have more important things to worry about than same-sex marriage– al-Qaeda anyone?–and I’m sure my conservative readers will have something to say about that. But for now I will just focus on the effect post-DOMA implementations will undoubtedly have on the hundreds of thousands of veterans, many with severe injuries, who have been fighting to receive basic care and provisions under the current military benefits system.
There are an estimated 17,000 servicemembers and their same-sex partners who would be affected by the roll out expected by this October, quite a small amount compared to the overall size of the military, but not such small potatoes when thousands of our combat vets are already on a two year wait – and that’s a good day – in the VA healthcare system.
What’s even more ironic is that while enacting new benefits for same-sex couples has become the latest priority for an already bloated military system, the military norm is to ALWAYS postdate new benefits so that current soldiers get screwed out of them.click to read more
I say BRAVO to CVS, Walgreens, Stop & Shop Won't Sell Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Issue. "Many people feel that the photo the editors chose makes Tsarnaev look like a smoldering teen heartthrob and not the accused murderer and terrorist that he is. " and now many retail chains like CVS and Walgreens are boycotting the issue alltogether after much public outrage. But not everyone agrees. This is another article I read in favor of the controversial Rolling Stone cover titled: Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover Is Brilliant. As I read throgh the article last night about the controversy that prompted me to post I do agree with the authors main point of "depicting a terrorist as sweet and handsome rather than ugly and terrifying, Rolling Stone has subverted our expectations and hinted at a larger truth." - but my beef is not with the content of the article - it is the way it is being promoted. And although Rolling Stone has been known to publish meaty journalistic pieces in the past it is not the norm, it is primarily an entertainment magazine, and their cover is normally used to reflect an entertainment slant. I believe its all about selling magazines and the controversy it would ignite. In fact- you could say it does a disservice to the reporter who wrote the article as many will undoubtable boycott the magazine all together before reading the piece. Once again it's all about shock value and good PR. I think watching the aftermath of the Boston Bombing for 2 days straight on TV was shock value enough. If you are not well versed in the theat of terrorism by now - its origins, ideology and the successful recruitment tools used against the 18-24 male sect worldwide, - will this article really make a difference? Here's a link to my fav Greg Gutfeld and take on the issue which I think sums it up very nicely. Rolling Stone Piece -- in 50 Seconds
Worst Employee of the Decade on the U.S. Payroll
Nidal Hasan has proven himself to be the worst employee to come out of the U.S in the past decade. The so-called radicalized U.S. Army psychologist shot 13 service members dead, including an unborn child, and wounded 32 more at the Fort Hood Texas military base back in 2009. Many count the crime as the first real terrorist attack since 9/11, but the White House and the Pentagon have continued to fight that it be labeled “workplace violence” despite numerous connections to radical Islam.
As Hasan was arrested shortly after his alleged pre-meditated infidel attack, our employee of the decade is still getting paid the big bucks to rot in jail while awaiting his trial. The total cash he has accumulated so far in the name of Allah – a whopping $278,000 buck-a-roos – or in liberal terms – the equivalent of 55,600 Starbucks Latte’s – double shot of course. Keep in mind, that’s does not including his free healthcare and living expenses.
Yet ironically, Obama’s workplace related classification for the Fort Hood attacks have prevented the living victims and families of those killed from collecting any sort of combat benefits befitting to a soldier wounded or killed in the line of duty. That also includes denying them benefits similar to those given to the victims and families of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack.
On the third anniversary of the attack the 148 victims and family members filed suit seeking 750 million dollars in damages, naming in it, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta claiming gross negligence, among other claims. Their ultimate goal is to try and change the workplace categorization to terrorist attack.READ MORE at TheBLAZE.com
Tonight, I made my TV Debut as Lipstick Conservative
I was lucky enough to be invited to be a guest on conservative Radio and TV host Andrew Wilkow's new prime time show Wilkow! on TheBlaze TV. Sitting next to me is the smart and extremely hospitible Dr. Tom Borelli, a Senior Fellow at FreedomWorks.
I was definitely nervous, but practice makes perfect!
TheBlaze is actually the revamped name for the original "Glenn Beck Network." which has now launched a TV channel. (ch. 157 for Cablevision in NY)
Here are some pictures snapped by my Tom's lovely wife Deneen! (also with FreedomWorks and frequent news commentator) Check out my hair!!?!
The big question - Do you know my original TV debut?
I'll give you a hint: it involved greenbacks and a yellow taxi.
I was watching the cult classic movie "Super Troopers" last night with my husband to see if we could recognize any filming locations from our home town in the Hudson Valley where it was shot.
During one of the scenes the guys are getting stoned watching a "Johnny Chimpo" cartoon. The movie was shot in 1999. The cartoon is complete with Arab writings and talks about the Taliban - the defeat of western civilization and obeying the Taliban warlord.
Talk about the foreshadowing of 9/11. CREEPY!!
First it was CBS’s declaration that Vietnam, not Korea, is now the new forgotten war.
CBS apologizes for offending veterans after using the wreckage of a US B-52 Bomber shot down in 1972 as a prop on the Amazing Race while filming in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Amazing Race cluelessly paraded their contestants on national television in front of the fuselage ridden crash site of an American B-52 bomber shot down in Hanoi during the war. Thenetwork apology
read something like this, “Whoops – our bad – our production crews are all under thirty and tragically hip! They just forgot thatAmerican veterans
who served in Vietnam may still be alive. I mean it was so long ago.” Ok, that wasn’t it exactly, but you probably get the picture.
Now, the newest diss against our uniformed men and women comes from a St. Louis liberal columnist (Bill McClellan
) who is proposing a new and innovative way to help President Obama rid the country of our $16-trillion debt – get rid of the Honor Guard
at military funerals. Oh, wait, the writer does have one standard exemption to the rule – if you happen to be killed in combat, then you’re worthy enough for an honorable nod from the government. The rest of the military? Ahh, not so much. Veterans wounded in combat? Fuhgett about it – heal up and use your GI Bill – that’ll set the record straight.Read the conclusion of my article here....
God Bless the thousands of Patriot Guard Riders who have supported and protected brokenhearted military families being assaulted in their darkest hour by hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church