For the first time since the 9/11 terror attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow small knives and some previously prohibited sports equipment onto airplanes as carry-on items.
According to the TSA, passengers will be able to carry-on knives that are less than 2.36 inches long and less than one-half inch wide. Larger knives, and those with locking blades and molding handles, will continue to be prohibited, as will razor blades and box cutters.
TSA will also permit sports equipment such as billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs. Souvenir, novelty and toy baseball bats -- such as wiffle-ball bats -- will also be allowed.
The relaxed rules take effect April 25.
"There is something sinister in the term Homeland Security. Homeland sounds a little too like Fatherland for comfort, a place demanding unthinking loyalty. Very un-American, one might imagine, but then Americans are not as free-wheeling as they like to think they are. Most of them like rules, enforced with a brand of passive aggression all the more unsettling for being delivered with a smile as bright as it is indifferent.
They don’t even manage the smile at JFK when you hand over your passport. Well, some do. Things have lightened a little since the early post 9/11 era when any foreigner was an object of suspicion. The Orwellian technology remains, however: the fingerprint scanner and camera, adding you to some vast, churning database, and increasingly for those boarding flights in the United States, the hugely intrusive whole-body scanner. Land of the Free-ish."
"Shoppers at Walmart will soon have something other than glossy magazines and chewing gum to look at when in the checkout line: A "video message" from the Department of Homeland Security asking them to look out for "suspicious" activity and report it immediately."
Christie picks a familiar face to lead homeland security
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Gov.-elect Chris Christie plans to announce his choice as the leader of the state's homeland security effort this afternoon, tapping another former colleague from the U.S. Attorney's Office for his cabinet.
Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna will be introduced as Christie's choice to direct the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, said two officials who have been briefed on Christie's selection. McKenna is currently the chief of the criminal division at the federal prosecutor's office and was executive assistant U.S. attorney for much of Christie's time running the U.S. Attorney's Office.
As a federal prosecutor, McKenna was a key member of the team responsible for shaping the case against the Pakistani militant indicted for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
He also coordinated the interaction between the U.S. Attorney's Office and other federal agencies, including those handling counter-terrorism functions.
New York '9/11 hero police chief' jailed
He has become the first police chief in the city's history to be thrown into jail. In a hearing in White Plains, New York, Judge Stephen Robinson said he was revoking the $500,000 bail granted to Kerik, 54, who led the police under the previous administration of then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
"The government made a motion to revoke his bail. After a three-and-a-half hour hearing, the judge agreed to revoke the bail in order for him be sent to jail," Mr Hadad said. The former police chief faces 142 years in jail and fines of almost five million dollars if convicted on all the charges.
Kerik is accused of secretly accepting more than $250,000 in renovations to his apartment from a construction firm with suspected mafia ties while he was Corrections Department commissioner under Giuliani. Kerik, who pleaded guilty in a state court last year to accepting the work, is also accused of not declaring a total of $236,000 in rent he received on an luxury apartment in New York's posh Upper East Side.
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DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines
Homeland Security preps flu quarantine guidelines [commentary on CBS-obtained memo and additional info]
CLG's BREAKING NEWS and COMMENTARY
Last updated: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 23:45:10 GMT
It seems that the 9/11 commission's recommendation of an all encompassing, multi-billion dollar homeland security bureau turns out to be just as useless as their final report. According to this CNN News Video, Agencies still aren't communicating and sharing information as well as they should be as law requires.
see the full report here:
Embedded video from CNN Video
Fear mongering seems to be the aim of this video news release stating we are still very much at risk and espousing the 9/11 Shura Council's predictions of the USA's downfall. The 9/11 Shura council is what the 5 Guantanamo detainees (which includes KSM) who have confessed to their roles in the 9/11 attacks are calling themselves. What those roles are I don't know, we're not given specifics. Read more about that in Joe's recent post below.
The government should not be building predictive data-mining programs systems that attempt to figure out who among millions is a terrorist, a privacy and terrorism commission funded by Homeland Security reported Tuesday. The commission found that the technology would not work and the inevitable mistakes would be un-American.
The committee, created by the National Research Council in 2005, also expressed doubts about the effectiveness of technology designed to decide from afar whether a person had terrorist intents, saying false positives could quickly lead to privacy invasions.
"Automated identification of terrorists through data mining (or any other known methodology) is neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts," the report found. "Even in well-managed programs, such tools are likely to return significant rates of false positives, especially if the tools are highly automated."
9/11 families: Don’t let airlines off the hook
By Joe Dwinell
Monday, July 7, 2008
Senior Executive City Editor / Web
Joe Dwinell is an online and print editor assigned to the Herald's City Desk.
Families suing Massport and airlines over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks say blaming the hijackings on a collapse of national intelligence and not a failure of airport security is a legal slap in the face to victims.
A federal judge must rule this month whether airline companies can grill FBI and CIA agents over the 19 al-Qaeda hijackers, pushing the blame away from duped airport screeners.
Family members who lost loved ones argue the fault has always been on airport security, including at Logan International Airport, from where two of the hijacked jets took off. “I can’t imagine the court allowing the blame to be shifted,” said Mike Low, whose 28-year-old daughter, Sara Elizabeth Low of Boston, was a flight attendant on American Airlines [AMR] Flight 11 out of Logan.
Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of Federal District Court in Manhattan must decide if national security will now take a front seat in the last lawsuits remaining in the attacks.
White House, Candidates Plan Smooth Transfer of Power
This one come from Homeland Security themselves!- WR
by Wall Street Journal
Thursday, 03 July 2008
The Bush administration and the two major presidential campaigns are beginning an unprecedented attempt to prevent the transfer of power in January from disrupting defense and counterterrorism efforts.
The Obama and McCain campaigns are working to compile lists of potential nominees for dozens of national-security and counterterrorism positions so would-be policy makers can be vetted and confirmed as quickly as possible.
Given the inevitable gaps, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked senior Pentagon officials to be prepared to stay in their jobs for the first few months of 2009. The Obama campaign has endorsed the idea. Obama aides say the Illinois senator is considering asking Mr. Gates to stay as defense chief if he is elected.
the makers of 9/11 and the War on Terror proudly present.... Big Brother!
U.S. security chief says fingerprints not private, can be shared by governments
April 9th, 2008
By The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - The American homeland security czar says Canadians shouldn't fear plans for international sharing of biometric information like fingerprints.
Michael Chertoff says fingerprints are like footprints - "They're not particularly private."
The prospect of governments swapping the fingerprints of law-abiding citizens worries privacy advocates.
But Chertoff says officials need to make sure terrorists or criminals can't evade security by exploiting differences in Canadian and American practices.
Chertoff was in Ottawa today for a meeting with Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day on border security issues.
As of June 2009, only a passport or other acceptably secure document will be accepted at the U.S. border.
Chertoff says he's confident the countries can put in place a system of secure driver's licences before the deadline.
30/3/08 The American Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, was on an official visit to Israel from the 27th to the 29th of March, as the guest of the Ministry of Public Security, Avi Dicter. Secretary Chertoff was accompanied by his wife and senior officials of his office.
The aim of the visit was to promote the operational and technological cooperation of the State of Israel and the American Department of Homeland Security in the area of homeland security.
During his visit, Secretary Chertoff met with the Head of the Intelligence Branch in the Israel Defense Force regarding the regional situation and the coordination between the various intelligence agencies, with the Deputy Minister of Defense with whom he discussed issues of crises management during states of emergency in the home front, and with the head if the Israel Security Agency (Shabak).
The meetings were also attended by the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, Rani Falk.
New York Police State
Smile … Or Else
‘Behavior Detection Officers’ are now watching passengers’ facial expressions for signs of danger. It’s a new level of absurdity for America.
By Patti Davis
Aug. 16, 2007 - It was bound to happen. Now even a frown or grimace can get you into trouble with The Man.
“Specially trained security personnel” will be watching passengers for “micro-expressions” that will reveal treacherous agendas and insidious intentions at airports around the country. These agents, who may literally hold your fate in their hands have been given a lofty, Orwellian name: "Behavior Detection Officers."
Did anyone ever doubt that George Orwell’s prophecies in “1984” would arrive? In that novel, he wrote, “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
"I don't believe there is an Al Qaeda threat, more than likely the inside chicken hawks have another bombing planned for the US in the near future."
These are not my words but this guy speaks for me, via liveleak
MSNBC just now reported that Homeland Security's Michael Chertoff announced today that he has a "gut feeling" that Al Qaeda will attack the U.S. this summer.
Can we please get an early release of Loose Change Final Cut?
It looks like the fascists are preparing us for another false flag attack, and we need people to be educated about this so they see through it!
Saturday June 16, 2007
Gaza in the hands of Hamas, with masked militants sitting in the president's chair; the West Bank on the edge; Israeli army camps hastily assembled in the Golan Heights; a spy satellite over Iran and Syria; war with Hizbullah a hair trigger away; a scandal-plagued political class facing a total loss of public faith. At a glance, things aren't going well for Israel. But here's a puzzle: why, in the midst of such chaos and carnage, is the Israeli economy booming like it's 1999, with a roaring stock market and growth rates nearing China's?
This in from CNN:
ASHINGTON (CNN) -- New York City will be protected by a ring of devices to detect nuclear or dirty bombs before the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.
A dirty bomb is one that spreads radiation without employing a nuclear explosion.
The Department of Homeland Security hopes the circle of sensors will give warning if a bomb is transported into the city by land.
Most previous detection efforts have focused on preventing a bomb from being smuggled into the city by sea.
Under the "Securing the Cities" initiative, detectors will be placed along highways, at truck stops, in weigh stations and at other sites on the perimeter of New York, as well as locations closer to the city center, an official said. Locations will not be made public "for obvious reasons," the official said.
So-called "fusion centers" of intelligence gathering have arisen since 9/11, with the assistance of $380 million in federal funding. This WashPo article notes the quiet convergence of local policing and Homeland Security:
"But the emerging model of "intelligence-led policing" faces risks on all sides. The centers are popping up with little federal leadership and training, raising fears of overzealousness such as that associated with police "red squads" that spied on civil rights and peace activists decades ago. The centers also face practical obstacles that could limit their effectiveness, including a shortage of money, skilled analysts, and proven relationships with the FBI and Homeland Security.
Still, the centers are emerging as a key element in a sometimes chaotic new domestic intelligence infrastructure, which also includes homeland security units in local police forces and 103 FBI-led terrorism task forces, triple the number that existed before the Sept. 11 attacks."