Don’t You Feel Safer Now?

Granted, we do seem to have a firm grip on keeping three-year-olds, nuns, elderly MOH recipients and breastfeeding moms from committing acts of terrorism, thanks to Nappy Incompetano, but when it comes to staying abreast of actual terrorist plots, we seem to be a bit behind.

Mainly due to the heads of our counter-terrorism efforts residing permanently on the icy, lower left slope of the bell curve of intelligence distribution.

Such as the Director of National Intelligence, James Crlapper, who hadn’t heard a peep about the Brits arresting 12 real life, non-breastfeeding, non-Presbyterian, adult hirabi pig molesters.

Perhaps the journalist should have followed up with a question to make sure he’d at least heard about 9/11?

It’s way past time to get out the broom, sweep out those ignorant Obamarrhoids and put the adults back in charge.

Thatisall.

24 comments

  1. 1
    LC PrimEviL bloviates:

    You don’t really expect MI-6 to share information with those incompetent dorks, do you?

    It would wind up on Wikileaks, or the front page of the Spew Dork Slimes, and screw the OPSEC.

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    Emperor Misha I bloviates:

    LC PrimEviL said the following:

    You don’t really expect MI-6 to share information with those incompetent dorks, do you?

    No. But I DO expect the so-called Director of National Intelligence to be at least familiar with the terrorism-related headlines that have been splashed all over the news (heck, I think even MSNBC noticed) all over the world.

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    Mike M bloviates:

    Apparently, this wasn’t a fuck up, it was part of the program. Janet Napolitano explains it right here. There’s thousands of them working “24/7/364″ and this just happened to fall on their day off.

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    Elephant Man bloviates:

    So there won’t be any misconception that we’re unfairly criticizing the followers of Islam, I present, in the spirit of this holiday season:

    The Twelve Days of Ramadan

    (hat tip to The Blogmocracy for this “gem”) :em99:

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    LC Xystus bloviates:

    Except that Ramadan is a month

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    americanexpat bloviates:

    Response to LC PrimEviL @:

    MI6, hell. All Clapper had to do was watch the Beeb or read the Times Online. That’s what I did, and got a pretty good, timely rundown. But I guess that was a bit too advanced for our Sooper-Sekrit Spymaster to manage.

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    simonwise bloviates:

    “Except that Ramadan is a month…”

    So’s my wife’s peroids, LC Xystus..but you don’t hear me complaining!

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    0352crumb crunch bloviates:

    Wow…this is it…the U.S. officialy has the most pathetic intell system on Earth. We have next to zero human intell when compared to the rest of the world. We can’t even track people anymore unless there on a cell phone, e-mail, and twittering there GPS co-ordinates all at the same time. Thank you Clinton.

    simonwise said the following:

    So’s my wife’s peroids

    :em99: :em99: :em99: :em99: :em99: :em01: :em01: :em99:

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    0352crumb crunch said the following:

    Wow…this is it…the U.S. officialy has the most pathetic intell system on Earth. We have next to zero human intell when compared to the rest of the world. We can’t even track people anymore unless there on a cell phone, e-mail, and twittering there GPS co-ordinates all at the same time. Thank you Clinton.

    OK, let’s not go overboard. The IC overall is DAMN competent, thank you very much. Just because Clapper missed his PDB brief that day, doesn’t mean the rest of us need to be condemned!

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    Library Czar bloviates:

    And don’t forget JaNo put a program into effect where by prescreened Mexicans can breeze through customs without being searched. While millions of Americans are required to be felt up and go through porn scanners.

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    who hadn’t heard a peep about the Brits arresting 12 real life, non-breastfeeding, non-Presbyterian, adult hirabi pig molesters.

    It’s the “Winter Holiday Season” in DC ya know. Too many Beltway parties to go to for him to pay attention to such plebeian incidents as “Man Caused Disaster” Initiators getting picked up for planning to use fellow human beings for their own personal fireworks displays.

  12. 12
    0352crumb crunch bloviates:

    Response to LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @:
    Yeah I know. Just frustrated. After WWII and the all the way through the cold war the U.S. had the greatest intelligence network in human history. Now we don’t get Intel unless it comes real-time through an electronic medium, or we read about it in the news. Our human Intel has suffered badly in the last 20 years. We’re really feeling it now in Iraq and Afghanistan. We don’t know shit unless a local risks his and his family’s lives to volunteer info to us. And then we have people like Hansen, Assange and this Army PFC fagit who I won’t even give the dignity of burping his name out of my mouth, who undo millions of manhours of intel work at the tickle of their fancy. And now to top it off we have senior intel officers not being briefed on major arrests of enemy agents…and it’s on television for the whole world to see and laugh at !!!! It’s freaking embarassing. Nicki, I give major cudos to you folks for not losing your minds when shit like this happens. As frustrated as I am I can only imagine how this makes you feel. I didn’t mean to offend you or suggest that the whole community is doing a bad job. I know first hand that many more very bad things would be happening worldwide without the job our intel agencies do.

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    Response to 0352crumb crunch @:
    No worries. I’m not insulted. It does make us crazy, and the leaks create so much extra work, that it’s hard to describe. FTR, the DNI is not a bad guy. I have issues with him, but then who doesn’t. I do think a lot of the time that the PDB tries to cram too much information into a briefing. I don’t know how anyone is expected to retain it all, ya know?

    Yes, our HUMINT suffered after the Cold War ended. Luckily, we’re starting to realize that it should have never been neglected as badly as it was, and we’re beginning to rebuild. But it’s taking a while.

    Cheers!

  14. 14
    0352crumb crunch bloviates:

    In the spirit of keeping us safe, here is a strip from my favorite web comic. I have never had this experience but I know plenty of guys who have. Unfortunately it discourages most of us from flying in uniform anymore.

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    Elephant Man bloviates:

    LC Xystus said the following:

    Except that Ramadan is a month…

    Heh, I forgot about that.

    Should’ve said “The First Twelve Days of Ramadan”. :em93:

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    Response to 0352crumb crunch @:

    :em93: :em01:

    Fucking hilarious, that one!

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    DJ Allyn, ITW bloviates:

    In answer to your question — sure, I feel safe.

    I don’t go through my life being scared of what might happen. I also know that no matter how informed, or how vigilant our government is, shit is going to happen, and it is probably going to catch us by surprise.

    I have a greater chance of being killed by a Pepsi machine falling off the back of a truck on the freeway and landing in my windshield than I do being killed in a terrorist attack. We all do. I could choke on a piece of food tonight and die.

    I could go through life being scared out of my mind over all of the different possibilities of my demise — but why? The ONE thing we all have in common is that we are all going to die someday, and there is absolutely nothing we are going to be able to do to stop it.

    If that death is at the hands of a terrorist — oh well. It really isn’t any different than if a chunk of blue ice dropped out of the sky and hit me. If it happens, it happens. C’est la vie.

    We have people who work hard to try and keep these kinds of things to a minimum. Will they catch everything? Of course not. But give them credit for at least catching the things they do.

    What I find ironic is that you complain about the measures the TSA and Homeland Security are using for security, and you scream bloody murder that your privacy is being violated, yet in the next breath you complain if someone doesn’t get briefed on something that happened on the other side of the globe as if it happened next door to you.

    It is a wonder you are able to sleep at night.

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    R6 bloviates:

    What I find ironic is that you complain about the measures the TSA and Homeland Security are using for security, and you scream bloody murder that your privacy is being violated, yet in the next breath you complain if someone doesn’t get briefed on something that happened on the other side of the globe as if it happened next door to you.

    Hey deej, have I told what a fucking prick you are lately?

    No?

    deej, you’re a stupid ass prick.

    Okay, I take it back. I can’t call you a prick, that’s the best part of a man.

    deej, you are a rancid clingon on the ass hair of society. Fall off already and don’t make a toilet splash when you hit please.

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    americanexpat bloviates:

    Response to DJ Allyn, ITW @:
    Deej, here’s what I object to. Our spending appears to be geared to providing the illusion of security (“security theater” is the term I’ve heard), and ensuring that CAIR can’t successfully sue the TSA, while pigheadedly refusing to even consider the one screening measure that’s proven to work–behavioral profiling. Unfortunately, until either the gizmo or the grope can divine a person’s thoughts, its effect will be minimal, and someday a hijacker, whether a terrorist, a criminal, or a whackjob, will board a flight, unarmed, and still manage to raise havoc.

    I’m not as blase as you about “shit happening”. When it’s your time, it’s your time, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get the brakes fixed or change the battery in the smoke detector. When the reaper comes for me, I don’t want it to be for something I could have easily prevented.

    As far as the DNI goes, granted, his main job is to coordinate intelligence across numerous agencies, not to sound smart to the public when some reporter ambushes him on TV. But good G-d, is it that hard to say, “I haven’t been briefed on that yet, so I can’t comment right now. As soon as I have a clearer picture of what the British investigations have found, particularly regarding any links to the U.S., my office will provide an update”? Admitting you don’t know something doesn’t necessarily make you look like an assclown. Trying to tapdance always does.

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    DJ Allyn, ITW bloviates:

    americanexpat said the following:

    Our spending appears to be geared to providing the illusion of security (“security theater” is the term I’ve heard), and ensuring that CAIR can’t successfully sue the TSA, while pigheadedly refusing to even consider the one screening measure that’s proven to work–behavioral profiling.

    I don’t disagree. It IS security theater, and it is specifically there for us to “feel” secure. We tend to equate the amount of money we spend on something with how well it will work. (By “we” I am referring to the general public, not those of us who spend a lot of time paying attention) The larger the amount, the “safer” we are supposed to feel.

    Then there are the lobbyists for companies who design and manufacture these technological systems that will spend millions of dollars to convince our legislatures and department heads that they need to buy all of these machines to protect us from a threat of unknown proportions. Never mind that all of these machines are more fallible than just a keen look from an actual human being looking at body language for tells and/or a dog trained in sniffing out certain items.

    We don’t have to be specific in our scrutiny of people. Sure, little old white ladies aren’t usually in the habit of hijacking planes, but there is always a first. Just having people stop and answer a few questions — engaging them in conversation — is all it really takes to determine whether anyone is a threat or not. If everyone goes through the metal detector after that, then it all should be golden. Every plane should have an air marshal or two on board for any other problems that might arise.

    americanexpat said the following:

    I’m not as blase as you about “shit happening”. When it’s your time, it’s your time, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get the brakes fixed or change the battery in the smoke detector. When the reaper comes for me, I don’t want it to be for something I could have easily prevented.

    And that prevention should be just that — prevention. You shouldn’t have to go out of your way to try an wipe out would-be terrorists on the other side of the globe. Nor should you have to cower in your house wondering if today is the day that someone is going to take a pot shot at you in a shopping mall.

    I got rear-ended on the freeway a couple of weeks ago. Traffic had completely stopped and so did I. I was probably sitting there in the same spot for a good thirty seconds minding my own business when this woman slammed into the back at me doing sixty. (she was too busy texting to see that the cars in front of her had stopped)

    Shit happens. No amount of prevention is going to stop it. There are strict laws prohibiting texting while driving. Yet I still got rear-ended. Her insurance company fell all over themselves to get me to take a $16,000 “pain and suffering” settlement (I injured my wrist when the radio flew out of the dash) and another $18,000 for my 2002 VW Passat (even with the CNG conversion kit, it STILL was only worth $6500 blue book). I told Misha the other day that I am negotiation with a guy to buy this 2006 Dodge Magnum police package car with the 5.7 Hemi in it with some of the money I just got. That means I will have TWO former cop cars — my 2006 P71 and the 2006 Hemi Magnum.

    But I digress.

    americanexpat said the following:

    Admitting you don’t know something doesn’t necessarily make you look like an assclown. Trying to tapdance always does.

    That is the problem with our instant media culture. We expect our intelligence to be all-knowing all of the time and if a microphone is stuck in front of someone’s face, we expect instant answers.

    We already know what the response would have been if the guy had said, “I don’t know yet”. The critics would have been all over him for NOT knowing, and he would still be the assclown. Perhaps the best response would be, “I am not prepared to discuss this publicly at the moment due to some sensitive information.”

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    0352crumb crunch bloviates:

    DJ Allyn, ITW said the following:

    Just having people stop and answer a few questions — engaging them in conversation — is all it really takes to determine whether anyone is a threat or not.

    Not disagreeing with you at all, but I have heard first hand accounts of AQI smiling and waving at marines at a checkpoint, even passing out kabobs, before detonating the stack of mortar shells in the trunk. If we are going to take this approach then the TSA “agents” we have now need to be scraped and people with real training on how to profile need to take their place.

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    americanexpat bloviates:

    Response to 0352crumb crunch @:
    You’re right about the need for real training, but remember the context in which the AQI hirabis were operating. They were on turf they knew well and in a larger society where they knew how to blend in. Would they know how to behave as calmly and naturally if they were in a security line at LAX or DFW, where they’re out of their element? Maybe, but very probably not. Even the 9/11 hijackers, some of whom had lived in the West for years and were supposedly the pick of the litter among AQ terrorists, raised lots of red flags that were not picked up on at the time. Picking up those cues and tells is what TSA should be about.

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    0352crumb crunch bloviates:

    Your right about an operative not being able to act as camly and naturally at a securty line. But proximity negates skill and you are assuming that the security line itself isn’t the target. TSA needs undercovers in an airport trained in profiling…similar to the way that grocery stores have loss prevention officers. We need a whole rethink of our security mentality in America. Technology has replaced human interaction in so many areas of our lives. Profiling and observing is an easy skill to learn, most of us apply the fundamentals of it every day. I took a “combat hunter” class during my pre-deployment workup in 2009. Part of the class was an FBI profiling session. Its amazing how much can be learned just by watching the subtle ticks of human behavior. We started the class by watching a video of a female body bomber who detonated herself in a government bulding (I have since forgotten which country). The whole incident was on film from many differnt angles because of the sucurity cameras. The first time we watched it we had no breifing about what we were about to see and although we were suspicious given the nature of what we were learning, we were just as surprised to see her pull the detonator out of her blowse as the rest of the people in the lobby, most of whom were killed or seriuosly injured. We then broke down the video in a play by play lead by the instructors and were taught the signs to look for that once we knew they were there, were so painfully obvious that it angered us. After a dozen or so excercises like this, we were able to pick out the perpetrators of these acts before they were able to commit them. Not only that but we were able to pick out who else was involved on some of the clearer videos. The cameramen, handlers, and what have you (these were all big operations even though only one person usually carried out the attack). Sometimes we noticed them a few seconds before it happened, sometimes long before it happened. Either way if we had been present in the real life events we could have stopped all of them. The total length of this portion of the class was about a week, and it drastically improved our combat survivability. To this day I don’t look at people the same way. Body language is one the largest ways humans communicate, and like any other language it can be learned fairly easily. To a well trained person, someone walking into an airport with a bomb strapped to their cock, or just the intent to cause some ruckus will be screaming ,”stop me I’m a dousche bag”! It’s an easy enough system to learn that anyone from a mall cop or person taking a self defense class, all the way up to road cops and airport security can learn it.

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