Tuesday, April 30, 2013



One wonders about the competence of America’s Department of Homeland Security after the recent pressure cooker bombs in Boston.


With more than 200,000 employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.[4] Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy.
According to the Homeland Security Research Corporation, the combined financial year 2010 state and local HLS markets, which employ more than 2.2 million first responders, totaled $16.5 billion, whereas the DHS HLS market totaled $13 billion.[5] According to the Washington Post, "DHS has given $31 billion in grants since 2003 to state and local governments for homeland security and to improve their ability to find and protect against terrorists, including $3.8 billion in 2010."[6]


Did agents take their eyes off of the ball on this one, or more specifically, off of the bomber-brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Or, were eyes ever on the two brothers to begin with?

Russia seemed to be more concerned---and to know more about these two brothers than the United States did:

 Russian authorities warned the FBI in early 2011 that suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been a follower of “radical Islam,” a revelation that raised new questions in Congress on Saturday about whether the Boston Marathon attacks that killed three and wounded more than 170 could have been prevented.


UPDATE [May 1, 2013]:


How cohesive and collaborative are local police departments, the F.B.I., C.I.A., and Homeland Security agencies?

 The answer is:

Not cohesive and collaborative enough.

Why did they fail this time?


I haven’t kept up with the cable news wonks, or the A.M. radio blowhards, so I don’t know how much conversation there has been on this horrible lack of homeland security.

Something just isn’t right.


Asked by ABC’s Dianne Sawyer if the Boston bombing reminded him of 9/11, Bush responded, “At first I was deeply concerned that there might have been an organized plot,” before adding that he thought the attack may have been “another consp” (Bush appeared to be saying the word conspiracy before he stopped himself, before continuing, “Another highly organized attack on the country and it still may be.”

While Bush almost described the bombings as a conspiracy, his wife glared at him.

Bush has made numerous statements in the past that have raised the eyebrows of those who are skeptical of the official narrative behind terrorist attacks, including a speech before the UN shortly after 9/11 during which he remarked, “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.”

The YouTube community responded to Bush’s statement by noting how his wife Laura reacted.
Look at Laura’s eyes at the exact moment he utters “another consp”. "She gets extremely wide eyed for a slightest moment. Pretty revealing,” wrote one.
“Notice how at about 0:40, when the word “consp..” came out of his mouth, his wife’s eyes got bigger for a second. She definitely reacted to what he had said, as she looked directly at him, cuing him to cut it short and choose another word,” added another.

Maybe some of the 3.4 billion dollars being spent on the new home for the Department of Homeland Security could be used to find out what went wrong:

Department leaders hope the $3.4 billion consolidation will help the department fulfill its core mission---protecting the homeland---in ways big and small.

"It will help us hold meetings," Secretary Janet Napolitano said. "It will help us build that culture of 'One DHS.'


“…protecting the homeland---in ways big and small”?


I guess you had better build that new facility lickety-split, because one big occurrence just occurred in a big way in Boston that wasn’t being monitored very well.

Perhaps in the new “culture of One DHS” future bombs won’t go off.

I’m not so sure about the ‘hold meetings” part.

Did meetings need a fancy new edifice in order to discuss and share information about the Tsarnaev brothers before they exploded their bombs during the Boston marathon?

The causes of the Boston marathon bombings should not be delayed or ignored like the causes were for September 11, 2001.

Nor should any evidence be swept under the rug or get shipped off to China!


Letter To Congress Calling For
Boston Bombing Investigation

From Si Contino
 Bucks County, Pennsylvania



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