Porous Border; Porous Security *Open Thread*

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This is partly a follow up to my previous post, “So About Those Terrorists In The Homeland… *Open Thread*,” and partly turning toward another area of our lives in this country that is unsecured. Both can be laid at the feet of President Obama, IMHO.

First to the follow up to the post about terrorists, and their ability to get into this country. Unfortunately, it is even worse than we imagined. From Fox News:

The union representing America’s immigration caseworkers warned Thursday of the “real and serious threat” that Islamic State terrorists could gain entry to the United States, either by slipping through the southern U.S. border or exploiting “loose and lax” visa policies.

Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, issued the warning in a written statement. He’s the latest to raise alarm that the Islamic State may be planning to infiltrate the U.S., though top security officials have said they see no evidence of such a plot at this stage.

Palinkas specifically alleged the administration has made it easier for terrorists to “exploit” the country’s visa policies and enter the homeland.

He complained that the administration has “widened the loophole” they could use through the asylum system, and has restricted agents from going after many of those who overstay their visas.

But wait – it gets worse, according to Palinkas:

Further, he warned that executive orders being contemplated by President Obama would “legalize visa overstays” and raise “the threat level to America even higher.” He said there is “no doubt” many are already being “targeted for radicalization.”

Palinkas’ union represents 12,000 workers with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles immigration documents.

His statement, though, also backed recent claims from lawmakers and others that ISIS is already looking at the southern border. Palinkas cited the threat that “ISIS has already or will soon slip across our porous southern border.” […]

“Our porous southern border” – chilling words from the man who oversees those very people who deal with Immigration. I don’t know about you, but that scares the bejeezus out of me, and yes, this is most definitely the direct result of President Obama’s lawlessness when it comes to Immigration.

And when ISIS is calling for “lone wolf” attacks on major areas of the USA, it makes our Swiss Cheese border even more concerting. From NBCNewYork:

Members of online message boards for the terror group ISIS are encouraging “lone wolf” attacks on Times Square and other high-profile locations around the U.S. using homemade explosives, NBC News has confirmed.

A post on an ISIS message board titled “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets” encourages readers to attack sites throughout the country, including the Crossroads of the World.

The post, first reported by online news site Vocativem which publishes globally trending stories and produces documentary-style videos for online and on-air broadcasts, includes a guide for building makeshift pipe bombs with household materials such as match heads, Christmas lights and sugar.

The forum includes images and bomb-building instructions from a 2010 edition of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire. It is allegedly the same guide used to build the explosives used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, that is just jake. Freakin’ awesome. And this is precisely what terrorism is intended to do – scare the crap out of people and make us less safe. That is the intent. Oh, and the hatred of the USA and wanting to wage jihad against us is the driving force behind that.

To digress for just a moment, and it is related, Helenk provided the link for Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s speech to Yale University on Monday. I watched the entire thing, and encourage you to do so, too, if you can. Her understanding of radical Islam and what it means to us is stellar, and she is a brilliant communicator. Here is the link to the video for your consideration.

And now to our porous security, which can be taken as the lack of same on the border, but in this instance, I am referring to the lack of security on the Healthcare.gov website. It is worse than we knew, that’s for sure. And thanks to a GAO report, we are now learning the extent of the security failures by our government. Sharyl Attkisson has the story in the Daily Signal:

Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk.

As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover-ups” masking the severity of the problems.

The findings run counter to claims by Obama administration officials who have long insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security.

The news comes in advance of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing at 11 a.m. today examining the security vulnerabilities. GAO Director of Information Security Issues Greg Wilhusen will testify. His report concludes, “Until these weaknesses are addressed, the systems and the information they contain remain at increased risk of unauthorized use, disclosure, modification, or loss.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

This is HUGE, people – and I urge you to read the rest of Attkisson’s excellent reporting on this very serious issue. It is just mind boggling the continuing massive issues this law has had on Americans, but that it has put people’s private information at risk on such a big scale is incredibly disturbing. Again, the hearing starts at 11:00 this morning. Should be mighty interesting.

Bottom line, under this Administration, we have become less safe, from our porous borders to porous security of our most privileged information. That has to change on both counts.

At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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42 Responses to “Porous Border; Porous Security *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    http://soopermexican.com/2014/09/19/awful-ebola-workers-killed-by-villagers-in-guinea-afraid-of-disease/

    this is what our troops will face along with the disease.

    thanks backtrack

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/09/17/Doctor-Govt-Tight-Lipped-on-Respiratory-Virus-May-be-From-Illegals

    the backtrack bunch not saying too much about this. Is it even being looked at?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They will call you “racist” if you even suggest such a thing. I don’t care what anyone calls me but I don’t want my grandchildren, or anyone’s grandchildren exposed to viruses or diseases brought by people who are entering this country illegally.

      Anyone for head lice and scabies?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No doubt abt the charge of racism. But you are so right – children should not have to be exposed to these kinds of diseases because our gov’t has decided it is politically expedient for them to let in a bunch of people without bothering to check, well, ANYTHING, never mind health.

        Ugh.

  3. HELENK3 Says:

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/illegal-alien-minors-to-cost-one-louisiana-school-district-4-million/

    Louisana is not one of the richest states to begin with, let alone taking on this extra expense

  4. cindyindie Says:

    Thanks for the great post, Cuz!

    The best quote attributed to Reagan says it all:

    “A nation without borders is not a nation”

    Amen to that!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a great quote. I understand that Judge Napolitano doesn’t believe in borders, but I don’t know why. Because truly – without them, how are we a nation? (That said, he does believe in enforcing existing laws, so there’s that…)

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    off topic

    OH YEAH I WANT ONE

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/09/19/vets-walking-almost-300-miles-demand-action-sgt-tahmooressi-networks

    good for them

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    The “job” of our government is to protect the people of this country not provide a safe haven for all the unfortunates in the world.

    The “job” of the media is to inform the public so that they can make decisions based on fact.

    How appalling is it that both entities are failing in their primary job for political reasons.

    And if the idiot Congressman from Illinois, Gutierrez, isn’t aware of it he is a UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN, elected to represent the people of his district in the STATE of Illinois. His job is not to represent the illegals. Ditto Gov. Jerry Brown in California and other idiots who don’t seem to be willing to work for the people of the United States of America!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You ain’t only kidding, sister. It just astounds me when I hear people like Gutierrez going on and on abt illegal immigrants and everything we MUST do for them. Um, NO – we don’t! Unless they are here legally, no, we don’t owe them a THING, and they sure as hell have no right DEMANDING we do anything for them.

      I came across this from the senior county supervisor in LA County. Seems not everyone is drinking the KoolAide: THE PROBLEM

      “America’s legal immigrants provide our communities with new vision and fresh energy, strengthening and enhancing our American culture and economy and securing our nation’s dominance in the global economy Illegal immigration, however, is an affront to those who have legally immigrated It has had a catastrophic economic effect on our state and county.

      The argument that illegals contribute more than they receive in government services is nonsense Illegal immigration has had a catastrophic economic impact on Los Angeles County Our bankrupt health care delivery system has become an HMO for the world and criminal illegal aliens are overwhelming our criminal justice system

      Within this County’s health care delivery system, illegals are being treated at a cost of nearly $500 million dollars a year. The cost alone to our Criminal Justice system for the 25 percent of the illegals that up the jail population exceeds 550 million dollars a year. Additionally, illegals collect over $260million in CALWORKS payments and $360 million in food stamp allocations These costs alone exceed one billion dollars annually – excluding the cost of education.

      Nearly 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid – for a total of 160,000 If incorporated into a city, it would be the 6th largest city in Los Angeles county Also, one in fifteen people in California is an illegal immigrant – costing our State $3 billion dollars annually.

      The failure to control our borders and the lack of reimbursement from the state and federal government is breaking the back of local government These costs have impacted the economy, the social fiber and the effective operation of our County.”

      Link: http://antonovich.lacounty.gov/Pages/Issues/illegal.htm

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/09/179353-term-uncovered-benghazi-testimony-huge-implications-state-dept/

    must be a clinton trait redefining words

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That was an intense part of the hearing, that’s for sure. Roskam was on FIRE, too. He really pushed that smug secretary, Star, on issues like making things up.

      Yep – sure will be interesting to see where this goes!

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    Shep Smith loves him some Jeter

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/09/dhs-snubs-obama-keeps-ban-libyans-training-pilots-u-s/

    now this is interesting. DHS looking out for the security of this country

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Abt damn time!! It was a LUDICROUS idea in the first place! Seriously – what the hell were they thinking when they came up with this?? How blatant can they possibly be? Sheesh.

      Good for DHS – gives me a little hope…

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/09/19/obamas-difficult-life/

    I did not think that mooch could be this stupid. every day she gets worse.
    she is talking to sick kids at St Jude’s Hospital about HER hard life in the white house

  12. HELENK3 Says:

    http://newsdaily.com/2014/09/19/sophia-loren-italys-national-icon-turns-80-with-book-of-memoirs/

    this should be an interesting “get away” read

  13. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/18/Obamacare-creator-die-75

    WOW according to this guy I should have died last week

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Since we were talking abt the Senate vote at the previous post, I though you would appreciate what Sen. Paul said abt arming Syrian rebels: http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/18/rand-paul-implores-senate-dont-arm-feckless-rebels-in-syria/

    • cindyindie Says:

      Cuz—May I mention that Rand Paul is yet another Baylor boy(!!)…..in fact, he was a member of the secret, yet prestigious fraternity known as The Noze Brotherhood.
      The Noze ran around campus, wearing the fake glasses with mustaches and noses…..satirizing and mocking uptight campus jocks and other unwitting victims. They were hilarious to watch!
      Anyway, it endeared Rand to me when I read that he had been a member of The Noze! ( and Noze members were usually in the top percentage of their classes and had high IQ’s)

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Wow, I didn’t know that, Cuz’n! How funny that he was in that group, too. I have no doubt he has a high IQ – so of course he went to Baylor, right? 🙂

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you might find this interesting:

    Members of Congress Call for Federal Judge Accused of Assaulting His Wife to Step Down

    Alabama federal judge Mark E. Fuller has been asked to step down by both of his state’s senators following domestic violences charges filed against him by his wife. The pressure on Fuller comes as several people, including 16 female senators, have called for changes in the way the National Football League handles its series of domestic violence issues, and multiple players are facing allegations of related crimes.

    more: http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/09/members-of-congress-call-for-federal-judge-accused-of-assaulting-his-wife-to-step-down/380474/

    Good heavens does the congress actually think that a “Federal Judge” should be held to as high a standard as a football player? I guess wonders will never cease.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wait, WHAT?? A judge is being held to the same standards as football players? How abt the LAW??? If his wife had filed numerous charges against him, how in the world was he still on the bench? That alone speaks volumes abt how seriously domestic violence is treated in this country (it is getting better, but we still have a long way to go…).

      Thanks for this!

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just because it made me feel good:

    Toddler Rushes to Hug His Military Mom as She Returns from Afghanistan

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh I love this, Marge! Thank you so much! 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You are most welcome. It warmed my heart and I knew it would do the same for all the lovely people here. I am so grateful for all that is shared with me that I like to return the favor.

        Isn’t he a cutie? And if ever a look said love it was the one the parents exchanged when talking about how long they have been apart. I hope that doesn’t change. It’s difficult to keep a relationship going when spending so much time apart. My parents managed for a long time but in the end, they were strangers and there was no relationship to save. I hope these two lovely young people manage, if not for their own sakes but for the adorable little boy.

        Boys, unless drugged to the eyeballs for the crime of acting like little boys are a handful and need both parents. As do little girls – they just don’t become as big a handful until later on – then they make up for it. Or such was my observation and experience with two boys and a girl.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          He absolutely is adorable. How hard it must have been for him to not have both parents at home at the same time for a while. What a little trooper he is, though!

          And I hope they make it, too. I can only imagine how stressful their lives are, how hard to balance the demands of being in the military and trying to have a family (like so many military families). Having them BOTH be in the service has got to be tough, but hopefully, they will make it.

          LOL abt boys and being a handful. I don’t know, my grandnephew, while energetic, has always been pretty even keeled. His younger sister, while very funny, is a TOTAL handful. You literally cannot take your eyes off her for a SECOND. I hear you, though!

          Thanks again – loved it. And I have a couple of videos in my upcoming post I hope you like!

        • foxyladi14 Says:

          amen

  17. HELENK3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/200227-interceptor-cellphone-towers-discovered-near-white-house-and-senate/

    Now this is very curious indeed

    interceptor cell phone towers near white house and senate

  18. HELENK3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/200212-family-of-benghazi-victim-sues-cia-and-state-department/

    family of Benghazi victim sues CIA and State dept.
    maybe the only way the public gets any info on what happened

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      How long before some court decides that these people don’t have “standing” or some such crap. And the public only gets info when the MSM deicdes to report. Which if it might damage a liberal is something they seem to be adverse to doing.

      Pardon my cynicism but I’ve seen too much to be anything but cynical these days.

      I love this country with all my heart – it’s government and media, not so much!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I saw that they were suing – I hope all the families do. The only thing I thought was that they were asking for FAR too little, IMHO.

        And Marge, I completely understand the cynicism…

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      good

  19. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/09/michelle-o-americans-take-for-granted-how-much-barack-has-improved-the-us-barf-alert/

    there is a difference between wishing and hoping and reality

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