• Department of Homeless Security

    September 23, 2016

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    Posted in: Post-Constitution America


    Busy weekend for terrorism. Nine people stabbed in a shopping mall in Minnesota (meh), and the big one in New Jersey/New York.

    It was there Afghan American Ahmad Rahami made up a bunch of pipe bombs and pressure cooker IEDs, distributed them in four separate locations, and set off two explosions. The one detonation in New York’s Chelsea area injured 29 people.

    What We’re Told Happened

    In the 15 years since 9/11, the United States has spent trillions of dollars on security, created a new cabinet agency that memorialized an odd term of reference to America, the Department of Homeland Security, and convinced far too many Americans that they had to choose between security or freedom, safety or privacy. Along the way our air travel experience is now a form of bondage play.

    And we are watched.

    For example, the city of New York boasts it has more than 8,000 cameras pointed at Manhattan streets. The NYPD calls it the city’s “Ring of Steel.”

    Images from those cameras feed into the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center. Officers there also keep track of biological, chemical, radiation, and shot-spotter sensors (which detect gunfire), throughout the city.

    Data from the cameras and the detectors, as well as 911 calls, license plate readers, and crime databases is fed into a map-based Domain Awareness System, which analyzes information. The NYPD also has a “Dashboard” system that receives alerts on unattended packages, stolen vehicles crossing tunnels and bridges, and suspicious odors of hazardous materials.

    In addition, the Lower Manhattan Center maintains a “vehicle of interest” listing to track vehicles utilizing license plate readers, and can go back 30 days to find suspect vehicles. More than 200 license plate readers within the city triangulate information with GPS systems.

    That is a helluva lot of watching, all keeping us safe. Except it didn’t.

    What Really Happened

    What really happened is a guy built multiple explosive devices, and deployed them in public areas, without being detected. All that stuff above, plus the NSA, FBI, DHS, CIA, et al, missed him.

    No one got killed and no one was seriously injured only because of two factors: an inept terrorist and America’s homeless.

    Ahmad Rahami had a string of pipe bombs lined up along a marathon run route. One went off early (the start of the race was delayed) and the others failed to explode. If Rahami had used a command detonator triggered by the runners or himself, not a timer, and/or if all of the bombs had exploded when people were around, it would have been carnage.

    One of Rahami’s Manhattan bombs failed to go off, even after two passersby shook it out of the suitcase Rahami had hid it in. His other bomb was set on a timer and randomly no one happened to be in its kill zone went it went off.

    One is reminded of America’s other inept terrorists: the underwear bomber who couldn’t get his bomb to explode, the shoe bomber who couldn’t get his bomb to explode, and the Times Square car bomber who couldn’t get his bomb to explode. We’ll throw in the Minnesota mall guy, who failed to seriously injure anyone despite his multiple stabbings of unarmed people.

    As for the bombs planted at a New Jersey train station, they were found by two homeless guys who were looking to steal (the media now uses the word scavenge because they’re heros) the backpack one of the explosives was tucked into.

    How to Respond

    The response the day after the New York bombings was swift — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed an additional 1,000 New York State Police and National Guard people to Manhattan’s bus terminals, airports, and subway stations. The NYPD turned out in force in similar locations, with officials boasting Manhattan on the Monday after the weekend explosions had more security personnel on its streets than at any other time in New York history.

    Of course all of the previous security did not stop the bomber, and he did not target any bus terminals, airports and subway stations. Nor has any other terrorist.

    So maybe it is time for a better solution.

    The homeless guys who found the bomb at the New Jersey train station were rewarded by social services finding them a place to stay and getting them signed up for food stamps. Someone set up a GoFundMe page for the two that has raised $16,000. A kind citizen even gifted both men new backpacks, as the bomb backpack was blown up by police. They are happy guys.

    So why not deputize our army of zombie homeless into terrorist hunters? The poor dudes are out on the streets all the time in all sorts of weather anyway, and they’re always digging in trash cans. If the homeless know that free housing and food stamps await them if they can bring in some terrorist booty, well, the terrorists don’t stand a chance.

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  • Recent Comments

    • rich bauer said...


      “So why not deputize our army of zombie homeless into terrorist hunters?”

      But Peter, THAT would be a waste of money. And aren’t we already paying too many people to work for the government to keep them off the street so we can go to work knowing they are not roaming around.

      09/23/16 7:12 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      The plan may end up with lots of homeless guys fingering their competitors for dumpster delicacies as terrorists to the authorities to get better eatin’s as a reward. Didn’t Gitmo get filled up quickly with innocent guys turned over to the Americans as terrorists for a reward.

      09/23/16 8:59 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      C’mon, John, think big. Fewer terrorists, fewer homeless, more trash transferred into the hands of police to blow up, plus cranked up levels of paranoia as the media reports each found box. Win all around.

      09/23/16 10:55 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”What really happened is a guy built multiple explosive devices, and deployed them in public areas, without being detected. All that stuff above, plus the NSA, FBI, DHS, CIA, et al, missed him.”unquote

      ummm, does anyone else see an 800lb gorilla in the room? If not, it’s teaching Rahami how to make and wire up a bomb to detonate at a certain time. Of course..he could have learned about it during those times he was in Afghanistan. insert rolling eyes smiley here.


      Meanwhile, notwithstanding having no trouble traveling multiple times to the birthplaces of TERRAH, this dude is invisible to FBI, even though his father called the FBI.. TWICE.. telling them to “keep an eye on him” Insert rolling eyes smiley here.. again.

      And then.. how fast they identified this dude as the terrahist.


      hmmmm.. I smell something fishy.

      As for homeless dudes becoming Homeless Security..


      Peter.. you missed your calling.

      However.. they might make a fool of DHS after all. Not that they don’t do a fine job of it themselves. Insert rolling eye smiley here too.

      09/23/16 10:40 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Peter- I’m a little sensitive about the issue of giving work to the homeless to ferret out terrorists since my sister and brother in law would gleefully give my name to the authorities if asked if they knew of anyone who had spoken disparingly about the Homeland. Not that they are homeless or unemployed but they’d love to see me rendered to some overseas dungeon.

      09/23/16 11:40 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      “Homeless Security”, nice. I feel safer.

      09/23/16 12:08 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      btw Peter.. great commentary here…


      Just think what Murikka could do if the USG wasn’t the most dangerous terrahist on the planet and this place wasn’t the DCOTP.

      ahh..but I digress..

      09/23/16 1:38 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Mr P.Fork, Thanks for link. I am not homeless (did do occupy for a month at Freedom Plaza) but after reading the link, should I report about PVB ? ! Educate. Thanks PVB .

      09/23/16 1:42 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said
      “…since my sister and brother in law would gleefully give my name to the authorities if asked if they knew of anyone who had spoken disparingly about the Homeland.”unquote

      If I hear that fucking word… HOMELAND… one more time I’m gonna scream till I pass out. When I heard that scumsucking bastard Bush call America the “homeland”.. I about shit a brick. I fucking DETEST that word. Hitler must have smiled though.

      09/23/16 1:43 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      chuck said…

      “Mr P.Fork, Thanks for link. I am not homeless (did do occupy for a month at Freedom Plaza) ..”

      Well bless your pea pickin heart. I guess you’re ok then. There for a while, you had me wondering. 🙂

      btw, no one has called me “Mr.” in thirty years. Even then, they called me Mr. asshole. 🙂

      09/23/16 1:48 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Mr. Is there ever sarcasm her anymore?! Whats invisible and smells like carrots? A bunny fart. Wage Peace. Smell the Onions.

      09/23/16 3:40 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Ty Sirs for your service!

      09/23/16 3:41 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Wave multiple flags!

      09/23/16 3:42 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Glad to see PVB explain complaints. I have seen many who can’t understand him. Is he a freak?

      09/23/16 3:43 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Super Freaky?

      09/23/16 3:44 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Hey Charlotte, how is the dead Husbands wifes video doing? Hands up, stop the pigs.

      09/23/16 4:07 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Have a nice day and night. Wage peace…

      09/23/16 4:07 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Years ago the DNC had a Convention for Pres in Charlotte, because it was the Banking Center for the area. Recently the DNC had a Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Pigs are Pigs.

      09/23/16 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Eliz. Warren is a Scab.

      09/23/16 4:12 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      In case there was any doubt, the homeless are not the only ones that don’t matter to the Wall Street War Party:


      09/23/16 4:45 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- The USA needs immunity for its clear crimes against soverign nations so that is why we selectively hand it out to our partners in crime. Some sovereign don’t get such a cushy deal but instead are invaded.
      My guess is that Congress will back down- you know for “national security” reasons.

      09/23/16 6:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said…

      “My guess is that Congress will back down- you know for “national security” reasons.”

      Bingo. National security for the ruling class, that is. The only reason Congress passed it is to appease the families of the 9/11 victims. Congress can say..”Hey..at least we tried. ” I mean, Obummer already said he wouldn’t sign it. And he knows Congress won’t over ride his veto. After all.. they know who butter’s their bread.
      However, I have a feeling these families aren’t going to take this laying down. I know this though. SOMEONE in Congress is going to end up having to face these families… and it ain’t gonna be pretty. I hope they collectively spit in his face, who ever it is.

      If it were me though.. I’d be targeting the LOBBYISTS for Saudi Arabia.. and I don’t mean with words.

      quote”The kingdom added another three lobbying contracts to its roster, retaining the services of former Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and former Democratic Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana as part of a $100,000 monthly contract with Squire Patton Boggs, according to documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Saudi Arabia also filed FARA paperwork this week establishing a new contract with lobbying firm SGR worth $45,000 per month, and entered into an arrangement with the Glover Park Group for an as-of-yet undisclosed sum, according to filings.”


      EX Congress bastards.. working for Lobbyist companies. In a parallel universe where citizens routinely hang their politicians for this kind of shit, these bastards would already be dead.

      09/24/16 7:34 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “EX Congress bastards.. working for Lobbyist companies.”

      They were always working for themselves.

      09/24/16 8:15 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Haven’t we reached peak security already? Shit, half the country is employed spying on the other half. Think of not only DHS, NSA et.al., police, Pentagon, FBI, CIA, fusion centers, your local MVA, but also private security companies, IT security companies, Google, Facebook (which they amusingly deny), Verizon, etc. And they all spy on each other, too, which makes it all quite droll somehow. If everyone is the potential “enemy”, it follows that you have no friends.

      Hillary wants MORE of this. Bigger, better, smarter, more Silicon Valley:


      Oh, yeah, and she says we can defeat ISIS by killing Baghdadi, the reputed mythical head of that particular snake. It’s kind of like how Obama got rid of al Qaeda by killing [the already dead] bin Laden [again]. Except, of course, we didn’t really get rid of the CIA –ooops, I mean, al Qaeda — we befriended them. Now they are our allies in the war against ISIS. Of course, one might speculate that we may have tipped our hand a bit vis a vis ISIS by not only running the whole operation so poorly that people have figured out that we created them, but also by bombing the Syrian air force so as to enable them to then overrun that exact same Syrian air field immediately after our “accidental” bombing. Getting a little sloppy there. And people are starting to ask why Israel aids their injured and buys their oil. Gosh, we may have to announce we “got” Baghdadi, but now there is a new enemy! A worse one! The ultimate enemy! Let’s call him Putin…..

      09/24/16 8:16 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      09/24/16 8:19 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      ” And people are starting to ask why Israel…”, and I ask why is Israel training U.S. Police forces?

      09/24/16 8:20 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “That is a helluva lot of watching, all keeping us safe. Except it didn’t.”

      The FBI is in charge of counter-terrorism, but they are busy investigating more important stuff like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce drama.


      09/24/16 8:28 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      BRAD PITT IS A TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      09/24/16 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      Check this out. If this story is correct (should be verifiable, given that they are talking about records the FBI released to the public regarding their interviews on the Clinton email thing), it shows that Obama not only knew about Clinton’s private email system/server, he at least sometimes used that address to communicate with her himself. The article [weirdly, it seems to me] does not bring that point up, but merely reports on the exchange where the Obama-Clinton communications came to light.

      “President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

      “In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Huma Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama [from 2014], but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

      “Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?‘ the report says.

      “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.” […]


      09/24/16 8:31 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      There have been earlier emails between the White House and State, and to the extent there has been any comment, I believe the WH has said something like “well, we didn’t know the whole story and also assumed Clinton was complying with all records laws, etc.” Yeah, bullshit.

      The pseudonym is less dramatic for me. Bill Clinton, with the tech of the era, had a “secret” FAX number to keep in touch with friends. All those people have an array of phone numbers, some for some people, some for others. There are all sorts of tricks played with credit cards and even online mail order to disguise their identities. They change all the time. I’d say Abedin was more less informed than surprised per se.

      09/24/16 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Oops, sorry, typo – that particular email from Obama to Clinton was in 2012.

      The FBI has other emails between the two using that email address, but won’t release the content because of Obama’s executive privilege or some such shit.

      09/24/16 8:35 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      So they are ALL liars. What a big surprise.

      Speaking of liars, Hillarious and the Trump Toupee are taking their show on the road. It’s the ultimate reality show: The Biggest Liar. The real losers are US.

      09/24/16 8:54 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Teri- The system -status quo- (one that works in their favor) must be preserved at any cost so yes, those running the show all are liars. They want to keep their jobs and will not “snitch”. They need to be able to scuttle between private sector and government employment easily. Cruz now supports Trump so if Trump does become POTUS Cruz will have a cushy job in his administration. Rather than being vexing or annoying to me it is just depressing knowing the desparate needs of the ruling elite.

      09/24/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      09/24/16 9:08 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      And we are worried about these clowns?


      Reportedly, this is Roger Ailes doing to generate fear in the voters’ minds. Now that AQ is our friends, we have to find another boogeyman.

      09/24/16 12:39 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      Now why in the hell would the FBI be involved in the Brad Pitt stuff? What an absurd waste of taxpayer money.

      09/24/16 2:46 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Statement by John Kiriakou on Peace.

      09/24/16 3:37 PM | Comment Link

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