Are Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Hopium Guzzlers who applauded his cheap speculations, fools or liars? Yesterday morning Bloomberg testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee to ask for more money and more gun laws. During his testimony “Bloomberg went on to say that since 1990, there have been more than 20 terror plots against the city.”
Bloomberg did not explain that all the terrorist attacks against New York City since 2001 came from Islamic terrorists. Bloomberg also did not explain why, if all the terrorist attacks against New York City since 2001 came from Islamic terrorists, he speculated that it was those opposed to Obama’s health scam who probably were responsible for the Times Square fireball bomb.
If all the previous attacks came from Islamic terrorists why did Hizzoner trash Obama health scam opponents as the potential murderers? Do the laws of probability and logic no longer apply? Is Bloomberg a fool or a liar?
Now Bloomberg wants to flood Manhattan with even more police cameras. Apparently the camera that mislead Bloomberg and the Nutroots to chase 40 year old white men as the potential culprits will now have company. Lots and lots of company:
“Instead, an integrated system maintains an unblinking eye, not just watching, but constantly collecting license plate numbers and video of pedestrians and drivers, as well as detecting explosives and other weapons.
An important component of the program is coordination between the police network and private businesses’ cameras, something that has not been established in Times Square, causing detectives significant extra work.
Also, a separate, but similar program called Operation Sentinel plans to log every vehicle entering Manhattan island by scanning their license plates and checking for radiation.”
An “unblinking eye” of a pernicious state Sauron is not as effective as two Vietnam Veterans, peddling their T-shirts and other wares, who abandoned their valued property in order to check out what happened and report it to authorities.
This all reminds us of an episode of the Roseanne Barr show. The neighbor’s house is plundered by thieves disguised as charity workers while the neighbor is away. Roseanne actually buys a dog statue umbrella stand from the disguised crooks. After the burglary is discovered by the now returned neighbors, the neighbors come up with an idea:
“Jerry Bowman: Thanks, thanks, but uh, Kathy sorta had this idea that we should start a neighborhood watch.
Dan: Well, I thought that’s what happened, Jer; you got robbed, and the neighborhood watched.”
The fictional Roseanne watched while a crime was committed against her neighbors but did nothing constructive. She watched. A canny Vietnam Veteran would have approached the criminals and asked for identification and verified with police that the “charity” workers were who they said they were.
Times Square in New York City is already awash with Police command centers, many police Captains, Lieutenants, and beat cops who have the “unblinking eyes” at their disposal but did nothing until the two, almost discarded, Vietnam Veterans opened up their eyes to what was going on. This is not to attack New York police. They did a fine job once they were alerted. But the cameras did nothing to help. The cameras actually hindered the investigation.
The cameras put the eye of suspicion, wildly applauded by the Nutroots, on a 40 year old white guy whose only crime was to remove his shirt in hot weather. So the answer by Mayor Bloomberg is: more cameras. Something is very wrong with this picture. Logic would tell us we need more African-American disabled Vietnam Veterans who although nearly discarded by society did more than those, expensive to purchase and maintain and monitor, gizmos and gadgets.
“What good are cameras? The debate over them is often framed as hardheaded law enforcement types versus wimpy civil libertarians. Whether the cameras actually work in practice to help solve and prevent crime generally gets ignored.
It shouldn’t. Leave aside those airy privacy concerns for the moment. Installing, maintaining and monitoring thousands of these devices, as in New York and Chicago, costs millions of dollars. Absent cameras, that money could be spent on beat cops, patrol cars, forensic equipment, jail cells, you name it.
The point of any law enforcement tool is not just to do some good but also to do some good at a reasonable cost compared with the alternatives. It’s by no means clear that surveillance cameras even come close to meeting that standard.”
Some cameras have aided in identifying criminals, but:
“A more complete assessment indicates that when it comes to preventing and solving crimes, the cameras are about as useful as a pet rock. Britain has 4 million of them, but a 2005 report by the British government found little evidence to justify the effort. Video surveillance, it said, “produced no overall effect” on crime.”
The cameras only document a crime not prevent a crime. All the tourist snaps imaginable will not prevent a terror attack. Generations later we still debate the meaning of Zapruder’s iconic horror. And every day it appears that with all the cameras in the world the almost successful, save for a malfunction, terrorist almost got away.
We Democrats, liberals, progressives, and other critics of the Bush presidency rightly excoriated Bush for his failures to prevent, after sufficient warning, the September 11, 2001 attack. Now, the Nutroots and assorted Hopium Guzzlers are content to excuse high levels of Obama boobery.
“On Tuesday, Gibbs suggested some of the blame for Shahzad’s boarding of the plane Sunday lay with the airline itself, because the company allowed him to board.
But on Wednesday, the administration announced the problem was with the rules for the government’s no-fly list.[snip]
In fact, New York City officials were reportedly annoyed by Holder’s insistence on pre-empting them by calling a press conference announcing Shahzad’s capture at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday – despite the fact the event mustered a single, sleepy print reporter.”
It’s all about publicity stunts. More cameras to sell a fake security. Publicity stunts to hide the failures and the coming election disaster for Obama. And nary a mention of what the real threat is. Nary a mention of the utter and absolute failure at snowy Christmas and in sunny May.
“Why was Faisal Shahzad permitted to board a flight for Dubai some 24 hours after investigators of the Times Square terrorism case learned he might be connected to the attempted bombing?
Though Mr. Shahzad was stopped before he could fly away, there were at least two significant lapses in the security response of the government and the airline that allowed him to come close to making his escape, officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies said on Tuesday.
First, an F.B.I. surveillance team that had found Mr. Shahzad in Connecticut lost track of him — it is not clear for how long — before he drove to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the officials said. As a result, investigators did not know he was planning to fly abroad until a final passenger list was sent to officials at the federal Customs and Border Protection agency minutes before takeoff. [snip]
That meant lost opportunities to flag him when he made a reservation and paid for his ticket in cash several hours before departure.”
The increasingly clownish Attorney General is in full Obama publicity stunt mode to hide the failures and the boobery:
“At a news conference in Washington, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that despite the break in physical surveillance, he had never been concerned that Mr. Shahzad would get away.
“I was here all yesterday and through much of last night, and was aware of the tracking that was going on,” Mr. Holder said. “And I was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him.”
Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, called the capture of the accused terrorist “a great team effort.” She added: “The law enforcement work in this case was truly exemplary.”
While the officials emphasized the successful outcome to the chase, a more detailed account, in interviews with officials who spoke of the continuing investigation mostly on condition of anonymity, gave a mixed picture.
On Sunday night, about 24 hours after the smoking Nissan Pathfinder was left on a bustling Manhattan street, investigators identified Mr. Shahzad as the buyer of the car. While the vehicle identification number had been removed from the passenger compartment, a detective found a duplicate number on the engine block.”
While many are marveling at the detective work, the facts are much more pedestrian. Armed with the easy to locate Vehicle Identification Number from the Nissan Pathfinder it was quick work to find the vehicle owner and then the emails sent to the owner by Shahzad when he purchased the SUV. It took until 12:30 p.m. on Monday to put Failsel [sic] Shahzad on the no fly list – something that should have been done immediately – not after Shahzad became the clear suspect.
Why a last minute, one way, cash transaction, no luggage, lone male, ticket purchase to a Middle Eastern country – shortly after an attempted terror bombing a few miles away, did not attract any attention from security or airline officials demonstrates the absolute failure of the fake “security” at such high “security” airport facilities is nothing less than an absolute failure on the part of the Obama boobettes. If it would have been a Tea Party member attempting to purchase a last minute one way airline ticket with cash they would have likely been Tasered.
To add insult to injury, the T.S.A. checks domestic flight passenger lists but not international flights. Perhaps they are too busy taking pictures with their cameras. Americans will be happy to note that our intrusive “security” agents did not volunteer to take tourist snaps of Faisal Shahzad at the window of his seat as the plane prepared to leave the gate.
If it was George W. Bush who so utterly failed Big Media would be acting like Greek demonstrators on a day’s rampage instead of looking for excuses:
“The reliance on airlines to check government lists has been a known problem for years. The government has long planned to take over the responsibility for matching passengers to watch lists, but the transition has taken longer than expected. The new program is still in the test phase for domestic airlines and is still months away from beginning with international carriers.”
Remember how we mocked George W. Bush and Condolezza Rice for ignoring a memorandum warning about attacks in the United States by Bin Laden? Where is the outrage about the absolute failure by Barack Obama? According to Obama lovers at the Washington Post:
The Obama administration Tuesday praised law enforcement officials who responded to and dismantled a car bomb in New York City last weekend and arrested a suspect late Monday. But the fact remained that Faisal Shahzad was allegedly able to train with terrorists in Pakistan, return to the United States to assemble a car bomb in Connecticut and park it in Times Square without anyone in the nation’s vast counterterrorism apparatus knowing anything about it. [snip]
After an aborted bombing attempt aboard a plane on Christmas Day, President Obama cited a systemic failure that allowed the suspect, a Nigerian citizen, to travel on a commercial airliner despite intelligence warnings about his possible connection to terrorism — some of which came from his parents — and allegedly with a bomb in his underwear. Like the Times Square bomb, that explosive malfunctioned.
Obama ordered a major review of watch-list procedures and failures that had also allowed the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to retain a valid U.S. visa. Officials said Tuesday that the criteria for searching and questioning individuals had been tightened since then but that the administration is still discussing whether to alter its standard of “reasonable suspicion” of terrorism connections.”
So much for “a major review” and the “systemic failure”. So many words so little results. Imagine if George W. Bush had so systemically blundered. And the blunders have been political blunders.
“They gleaned details about him from an unrelated airport screening conducted when he returned from Pakistan in February, a requirement for all passengers from certain countries instituted after the Christmas Day attempt. The requirement was eliminated this spring after the targeted countries, including Pakistan, complained.”
According to the Obama lovers at the New York Times, Shahzad had raised suspicions and questions from investigators at the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2004!
“Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.”
Of course that system is a mess too due to “interoperability among databases” problems. George W. Bush began to fix that problem but it won’t be solved until 2015. Maybe some of that “stimulus” money would have been better used for a quicker upgrade of the databases instead of additional bridges to nowhere and more cameras.
What we do know after this absolute failure of national security is that Faisal Shahzad is not a member of the Tea Party movement. He is however a “bona fide Taliban-trained agent. Shahzad was trained in an Qari Hussain run terror camp. He learned about explosives. Was he a sleeper agent? Was his marriage a sham in the same way as the many other sleeper agents who married women with speed akin to Obama’s father? Maybe someday we will get answers.
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Prepare for more terror!
Big Media will assist Obama in his continued bamboozlement publicity stunts. But terrorists see the bumbling for what it is. They are not afraid of cameras nor keystone kops national “security”. Islamic Terrorists are not appeased because Barack Obama won’t say “Islamic Terrorists”.
Prepare also for more terror alert publicity stunts and hysteria when politically expedient. It will be the Obama politics of shiny object distraction.
In Tuesday’s primary elections Reid Wilson of Hotline noted that Dimocratic voter turnout was down and Republican turnout was “up across the board”. Public Policy Polling, a firm approved of by Dimocrats, wrote that
“The turnout patterns in yesterday’s North Carolina primary election should have Democrats even more worried about what’s going to happen this fall than they were before.”
As Dimocratic turnout continues “falling off a cliff” the publicity stunts will increase. David Obey stepped away from the cliff and decided, after more than 20 successful elections, it is time for a change. Perhaps David Obey did not want to continue the bailouts once he heard that Freddie Mac wants another $10.6 billion to add to the $127 billion already received from taxpayers by Freddie/Fannie.
The once left for dead Republicans are prepared to do battle in November with a massive new network and fundraising operation. Americans, not so long ago sick to death of Republicans, are in a terror flight from Obama and his Dimocrats. So get the cameras, strike up the Big Media fluffers, it’s time for terror publicity stunts.
The Obama terror alerts are coming. The terrorists terror threats will continue.
The real terror for Obama is November, when the voters wield their own weapon of mass destruction – the vote.