House Passes 100% Cargo Screening

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 (Full Text PDF) today. While the bill contains many (many!) sections of interest to Long Beach includes funding for first responders, of particular concern to our local economy is Title V: ‘Strengthening The Security of Cargo Containers’. Title V contains provisions which the […]

Brits Intercept Terrorists; US Ignores Victory

Yesterday an anti-terrorist sweep by the British police forces disrupted planned attacks against trans-continental airlines. The sweep, triggered by a warning from under-cover agents, netted over 20 would-be airplane bombers under government surveillance. It is understood that terrorists intended to board flights to the US with component liquids which could […]

The Cop Said

Terrifying Things I have in My Head. There are a few of them. Like radiation detectors at borders and the Spanish Flu. Money Laundering, risky business, C.I.A. National debt, Plame Game, Red Yuan who the …. is Johnnie Ray? Oh. I once had a classmate, who was a retired NYPD […]

I’m in Long Beach

Never mind what I’m doing. I’ll tell you later. I just wanted to say that the reports of the evacuation of Houston really bother me. I wasn’t€™t connected before Katrina came thru, this just ain’t right. Wilma Skinner (pictured): “I done called for a shelter, I done called for help. […]

Patriot Act vs Comment Spam

Blogs Canada suggests an interesting way to use the Patriot Act against blog comment spam: Dear System Administrator, One of your clients is defacing my website. It appears they are using an automated instrument to place ads on my site without my permission. This is hacking and that contravenes the […]

DHS Program Puts Radio Locators on High Risk Aliens

Stephenson points me to news that DHS is forcing some asylum seekers and other high-risk aliens to wear electronic tracking bracelets. The frame presented by immigration-rights advocates is that this is creeping totalitarianism and an unacceptable attack on civil liberties by a security-obsessed Administration. While I’m (like many Democrats) am […]

RE Canadian Military Diplomatic Theory

The post Diplomacy, Bush style discusses President Bush’s diplomatic gaffe in Canada when he veered off the agreed agenda and pushed for Prime Minister Martin to sign on to the Missile Defense Shield.Launching off that discussion, I submit to you three cornerstones (IMHO) of Canadian Military Diplomacy, in reverse order […]

On Chinese Muslims at Guantanmo

I just heard a report on NPR about a group of Chinese Muslim s who have been in Guantanmo. We’ve decided that they’re no longer a threat. The Chinese government wants us to hand them over so they can try them on terrorism charges. We don’t want to hand them […]

DHS Puts January After May; WTF?

Yet more evidence that things are different when you’re at the top: January comes after May, according the DHS. GovExec.com reports that the Department of Homeland Security has released a request for proposals to build US VISIT, a next-generation immigration computer system which could be worth $10 billion to high-tech […]

I’m a Designated Special Interest

Dear Friends & Kin, I recently cut the first couple election contributions out of my checkbook… To the “DNC” and “JohnKerry.com”. Why Kerry? Because every time I hear about him he’s got an aggressive angle clearly targeted to challenge and take down the president. (As compared to say… Dick Gephardt) […]

“Are We At War? At Code Orange? Anyone?”

I was recently informed that people are actually reading this site. File that under “Things I did not expect”. Anyways, W’s written me an email to inform me that War starts soon..it says right here in TV guide (War – location TBA) Friends, That 70s Show, Reruns Of “Gulf War […]

From the Senate to HQ to You & I

A little ammendment in a appropriations bill passed by the US Senate has cut funding to the INS’s ne w special alien registration program. National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) has come under considerable scrutiny after a few of snafus and complaints by targeted communities. The program has had HREF=”http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01 […]

Guard of the Panopticon

One of the most insightful comments I’ve had about my current employer when along the lines of this: You’re the most paranoid person I know. Now you’re a professional paranoid for The Man. It’s perfect! There’s a twisted logic there that makes sense. Today I played Big Brother. I was […]

Adrenaline at the Office

Do not fuck around in a national security area. Do not stand close to a man with a gun. Never, ever walk quickly up to an armed officer and try to walk behind him on his gun side. Is this self-evident ? Do these seem like stupid things to do? […]