Obama’s Expansion of the DHS

Obama has signed yet another executive order  this time expanding the “pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions” perpetuated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Obama’s October 26 Executive Order establishing a White House Security Partnership Council is classic fascism, or what Mussolini called corporatism — the “merger of state and corporate power.” It creates local partnerships between federal and private institutions “to address homeland security challenges.”

Collaboration between the federal government and selected“partners” – the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, community-based organizations and other “stakeholders” – will tighten government’s control of the homeland security industry. “Partnerships enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources,” Obama’s EO states.

A “steering committee” will include representatives “at the Deputy agency head level” drawn from a potpourri of federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Treasury and, importantly, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a slot created as the war on terror gained steam. The DNI replaced the Director of Central Intelligence over at the CIA and merged operations with the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council at the heart of the national security state.

Obama’s EO follows a scathing Senate report on fusion centers, the bungled joint effort between DHS and the Justice Department to supposedly streamline information sharing among federal intelligence agencies, military services, and state and local law enforcement.

While the President has been aiding and abetting Al Qaeda forces in the other half of the world the Department of Homeland Security is busy compiling data on those bible toting, gun-loving constitutionalist.  This comes on the heels of a report to the Senate on  the DHS 77 fusion centers, which the Washington Post called “pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions.”

It also comes uncomfortably close behind the expanded authority granted by the NDAA. 

The council, under the Executive Order,  will be chaired by “the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (Chair), or a designee from the National Security Staff.” The Council chair will also chair the Steering Committee.  The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism is currently John Brennan.  This office is a position that does not require Senate confirmation.  In August of 2009 Brennan described the Obama administration’s focus as being on “extremists” and not “jihadists”.   As Coptic Christian are being brutally tortured and beheaded as a part of the Arab Spring uprising and young Coptic Christians are abducted and forced into Muslim Marriages, which under Sharia Law automatically makes then Muslim and servants to their husbands, Brennan rejects to term jihadist because he believes this gives the activity a connotation connected to religion of Islam.  By expanding the role “extremists”  the shift has allowed Homeland Security to identify certain elements within the United States as threats to security without any connection to Al Qaeda, jihadists, illegal immigration or any other real criminal activity. 

IN 2010 Brennan gave a speech in Washington where he said “Hezbollah is a very interesting organization.”

He claimed it had evolved from a “purely terrorist organization” to a militia and then into an organization with members in Lebanon’s parliament and serving in Lebanon’s cabinet.

Brennan would then go on to refer to Israel’s capital city Jerusalem as “al Quds,” the name preferred by Hezbollah and its Iranian overlords.  This was a clear insult to our Israeli allies and a pat on the back to elements of radical Muslim ideology that has called for the extermination of Western Civilization. 

The report to the Senate documents spending on items that did little to help share intelligence, including gadgets such as “shirt button” cameras, $6,000 laptops and big-screen televisions. One fusion center spent $45,000 on a decked-out SUV that a city official used for commuting.

“In reality, the Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever,” the report said.

The bipartisan report, released by subcommittee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking minority member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), portrays the fusion center system as ineffective and criticizes the Department of Homeland Security for poor supervision.

President Obama has never allowed incompetence to stand in the way of his key Cabinet though.  Remember Timothy Geitner’s  failure to pay his own taxes.  He is the now 75th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


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