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Intelligence Agencies Dropping The Communication Ball On Terrorist Watchlists: Left of Center View

Intelligence agencies around the world really and truly miss the Cold War. They were given huge amounts of money and allowed to work in complete secrecy, all in the name of National Security. While the rest of the world has changed these agencies cling desperately to the past, sabotaging any attempt to bring them and their nefarious dealings into the information age. Their reluctance is understandable, really who wouldn't want to continue to receive unlimited funding, vague guidelines and with little or no oversight. The only time they ever seem to be accountable for their actions is when something goes horribly, horribly wrong, just as it did on September 11, 2001.

Since then the various intelligence agencies have taken their lumps for dropping the ball, not just once but numerous times. But like many white collar criminals, the wrath was well worth the reward. In exchange for a couple of minor embarrassing moments our intelligence agencies now find themselves relevant again, and with relevance comes revenue.

Every time there is an incident, as there was this past week with Mr. Explosive Underwear, there are calls for tighter regulation and co-operation between agencies. The agency heads appear before various committees and blame each other for the oversight and then retreat to their better than corporate accommodations to continue their secret agendas, vendettas or whatever it is that they are doing behind those big closed doors to keep us all safe.

So, what's the answer? How do we fix this obvious problem? How do you bring accountability and fiscal restraint to organizations whose main purpose is to operate under the radar? I have no idea, nor should I or any other member of the general public. We can't fix the problems we are unaware of and to make us all aware of the problems is to increase them.

The intelligence community has to operate in the non-politically correct, non-quota world that has been theirs since their inception. But there should be oversight, there should be rules and for goodness sake there should be regulations and restrictions that can be enforced. We, the people have given up many of our personal liberties in exchange for the illusion of safety. I know I feel violated every time I pass through airport security. We spend Billions on our security, we have the best technology in the world and yet this multi-billion dollar buffer has twice been penetrated in the past month, once by twenty-nine dollar software available at Wal-Mart and once by the aforementioned explosive undergarments. No system is fool-proof, as the fool on the airplane proved. But minimal security expectations should be met by our intelligence community, and currently only Congress has the authority to ensure that these expectations are met. Now if we could only figure out who Congress answers to...


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Intelligence Agencies Dropping The Communication Ball On Terrorist Watchlists: Right of Center View

There’s an old military term for what happened with the tighty-whitey bomber this most recent Christmas. It’s called a snafu. Funny enough, snafu started out as S.N.A.F.U. because it stood for something. Situation Normal All F’d Up. That would seem to be a pretty good description for our intelligence agencies under the current administration. While we try to make nice with places like Iran and Yemen, they plot our destruction as our intelligence agencies are blissfully ignorant of real threats in the skies over our cities.

The father of the guy who did this went to our intelligence agencies and warned them he was not right. Somehow, they didn’t seem to feel a sense of urgency about letting all the people who could stop him from getting on a plane know that he should probably not be let on a plane bound for the U.S. What the hell!?! His own dad turned him in!!! If someone is so messed up that his own father will go and tell people from another country he’s a potential terrorist, it might be a good idea to listen and take steps to keep him off the plane to Detroit. Who the hell is running things at Langley; Larry, Curly and Moe? Good God! How was this guy ever allowed near the U.S.?

All the peace, love and happiness crap coming out of Washington these days is going to be the death of us. We need intelligence agencies that have the sense to know when someone who has just come back from Yemen is booking a one-way flight to America with no luggage and is paying cash they might just be a terrorist. If their dad told you they might be a terrorist and they are booking the one-way flight with no bags and paying cash they’re probably a terrorist. If dad warns the CIA about him, for God’s sake, put him on the no-fly list! I don’t give a rat’s behind if Yemen is supposedly a partner in our anti-terrorist efforts. They have al Qaeda crawling all over their country and they should be on the list of places we pay more attention to people coming from when screening passengers.

Of course there will be the whiners who yell about “racial profiling” and claim that our security is not worth singling out certain groups of people for scrutiny. Hogwash! Let’s face it, none of the 9/11 hijackers or other would-be terrorists since then were Christians, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists. They were all Muslims. It shouldn’t be the only thing we look at but it should be one of them for screening passengers. Jihad is a Muslim idea. To ignore the influence of their religion on their actions because it ain’t PC is BS! We need to profile at some level. Otherwise we’re wasting a bunch of time on people who will never be threats that could be spent actually stopping the terrorists.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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