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Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:38:32 am »
Now Lieberman wants to forbid any disruption to the William Lynn III and Raytheon's control of the cyber bunker death star?

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49798.html

And he is leaving the Senate?

Is Kissinger planning on dissolving the US Senate like he did with the Egyptian parliament?

very strange
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 08:42:16 am »
An industry lobbyist said the bill is just a starting point for final legislation. For example, the Senate Commerce Committee is working on supply-chain management language and will present it to the Homeland Security Committee in a month, the source said. The Senate Judiciary Committee is working on data breach text to incorporate in the bill, the lobbyist added.
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 08:33:29 pm »
I wouldn't be at all surprised to turn on the news any day now and find that Congress has been sacked by Homeland Security.

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 08:41:07 pm »
I wouldn't be at all surprised to turn on the news any day now and find that Congress has been sacked by Homeland Security.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEqg3bQJ2C0

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 09:25:01 pm »
And Rep. Harriman is leaving, too.

Probably because she was about to be busted by the NSA for lobbying to release Israeli spies on behalf of AIPAC.

They're not playing apparently.

AIPAC is losing it's two biggest shills in congress.

Can't see Liberman leading  a "color' revolution in America, except maybe from behind the scenes.


What's really strange, though, as you say is the seemingly 180 degree turn where a kill switch is created but the president is forbidden from throwing it.

This is some real ninja $hit.

Yeah, maybe, this has all been a set-up so Skynet can't legally be shut off.  Bizarre.

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 09:38:21 pm »
Correction^:  Not Rep. "Harriman", but Rep. Jane Harman.

Brain fade.

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 10:48:49 pm »
Statement by Secretary Napolitano on Senator Lieberman's Retirement
http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1295460986396.shtm
Release Date: January 19, 2011

For Immediate Release


"The very existence of the Department of Homeland Security is due in large part to Senator Lieberman. Dating back to the first days after 9/11, he has been an instrumental architect of the very way we work to keep America safe from the evolving threats we face in the 21st century. Senator Lieberman's tireless, nonpartisan efforts have truly made our country more secure, and he has my personal thanks. I wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement, and

I look forward to continuing to work with him to secure our country over the next two years."




SECURE OUR COUNTRY?

NEXT TWO YEARS?

WTF IS THIS NAZI TREASON GLOBALIST ANTI-GOVERNMENT TERROR ORGANIZATION PLANNING?
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011, 10:51:30 pm »
FLASHBACK: 2 years ago...



Lieberman says enactment of DHS authorization bill a priority
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0109/010609cdpm2.htm
By Chris Strohm
CongressDaily
January 6, 2009

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Tuesday outlined his panel's priorities for the year, including the first authorization bill for the Homeland Security Department. Lieberman indicated he would like his committee to mark up the authorization bill before congressional appropriators approve the department's annual spending bill.

That would put the time frame during the summer, as the Homeland Security spending bill is usually one of the first to pass Congress.

"I want us to begin to do a Department of Homeland Security authorization bill in much the way that the Armed Services Committee does an annual Department of Defense authorization bill as a way for this committee ... to reach some conclusions about both the resource needs of the department before the appropriators appropriate and also about policy changes that may make sense for the department," Lieberman said after a private meeting with Arizona Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, who is President-elect Obama's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department.

The department was created nearly six years ago but has never had an authorization bill, mainly because the Senate has never completed work on one.

Lieberman said he informed Napolitano of his committee's priorities during his meeting. "I think she's a superb nominee for a critically important department and, in the normal course of things, I look forward to supporting the nomination barring any unexpected events," Lieberman said.

Napolitano appears to be smoothly heading toward confirmation; no senators have publicly said they oppose her nomination. Lieberman said he would like to see the Senate vote on her nomination by Jan. 21 but noted the timing is up to Senate Democratic leaders. Lieberman said other priorities for his committee include strengthening efforts to prevent a terrorist attack in the country using weapons of mass destruction, improving rail and public transit security, reauthorizing chemical security legislation and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

"The fact is that, because of the new technological realities of our world, the U.S. government [and] U.S. industry are under constant and pervasive cyberattack," he said. "I want our committee to focus on how we're organizing that defense and what the role of the Department of Homeland Security should be in that." Lieberman said he also firmly believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be kept within the department.

He said Napolitano has not reached a decision on the matter and needs to consult with Obama. "I feel that no parts of DHS should be jettisoned," Lieberman said.

He added that Napolitano will "take a very fresh look at border security and immigration enforcement generally," including controversial work site raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "I think it's fair to say that ... she's a law enforcer," Lieberman said, noting Napolitano's background as a U.S. attorney. "I think that while one can ask questions about the way in which the raids are being carried out, if the law says that employers should not employ illegal immigrants, I think you can expect this secretary -- Secretary[-designate] Napolitano -- to do whatever she can to see that that law is enforced."
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2011, 10:54:03 pm »
I think she is referring to the next two years of the (hopefully, first and last) Obama (Soetoro/Soetero) administration.

And Lieberman has two more years left on his term.

But that is pretty scary.


I though he WAS leaving sooner.  (Oh well.)

Anyway, lord knows what sort of damage these two can do in just the next two years.

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2011, 12:35:08 am »
I think she is referring to the next two years of the (hopefully, first and last) Obama (Soetoro/Soetero) administration.

And Lieberman has two more years left on his term.

But that is pretty scary.


I though he WAS leaving sooner.  (Oh well.)

Anyway, lord knows what sort of damage these two can do in just the next two years.

What are they setting up for the future?
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2011, 02:23:12 am »
What are they setting up for the future?
I don't know either for sure, but I find those statements as ominous as you do.

Whatever the politicians and bureaucrats are going to do will be synched to economic and military matters, though, which are actually a little easier to predict.

That is what I think can give us some real clues.

Major military actions require a lot of preparation and time.  Similarly financial moves, in the aggregate can often be predicted fairly consistently.  Obviously some major economic liquidations are still in the pipeline.  More wars seem to be in the pipeline to, judging by the think-tanks, like Rand (and some chatter).

False-flags and further control (such as a a cybernetic control grid) measures ARE obviously being planned.  War and further economic disintegration will be used to create the necessary "national security" justification for those measures in order to acclimate the population.

We may be only months away (at the most) from Rand's desired new war.

Depending on what happens to those Iranian ships transiting the Suez, possibly sooner.  Unless, of course their (the PTB's) plans can be thwarted.


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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2011, 03:47:50 am »
Re. potential near-term false-flags:

False Flag?: SD Navy Bases Participate in Nationwide Security Exercises 2/22-25

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=201711.0

False-Flag Alert?: Space shuttle Discovery, is to take off on its final mission

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=201697.0

BTW, one of two atomic clocks crucial to the internet is located at SD Naval Air Station which wil be closed this week for the exercise -- the other is at the Bureau of Standard in Boulder Colorado (in the corridor of the future NWO capitol -- Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction).

Last week, Port security chief officer at San Diego admits that WMD's have been caught coming into the country, FBI/DHS say it is one hundred percent certain there would be a major terrorist attack only two days later.

Laying the mental groundwork?

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2011, 03:57:54 am »
Absolute Proof CSIS is planning a coup d'etat in America
Consolidation of Power for seamless command and control takeover operations
http://csis.org/files/media/csis/pubs/080606_managingthenextdomesticcatastrophe.pdf




Managing the Next Domestic Catastrophe: Ready (or not)?

Date: June 2008

Author: Christine E. Wormuth

Kissinger's Center for Strategic and International Studies

http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/080606_managingthenextdomesticcatastrophe.pdf

Summary of Key Points, Issues, Conclusions:

Even with the vast number of government agencies in place to assure America’s safety, the federal government and the nation are not ready for the next catastrophe.  There is still a great deal of confusion over who will be in charge during a disaster and no guidelines are in place to determine and assess the capabilities that states, cities, and towns should have to ensure they are prepared for the worst.  The improvements in preparedness are evident with several additions to federal government infrastructure.  

The Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) has developed more than 200 prescripted mission assignments across 27 federal agencies to strengthen and streamline response capabilities in advance of actual events.  

The Department of Defense is creating a trained and ready Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Consequence Management force that will be able to respond rapidly during a catastrophe.  As a means to progress the movement towards better homeland security and disaster preparedness,

the Center for Strategic and International studies has made several recommendations:  

(1) merge the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council into a single organization with a single staff,

(2) establish a clear chain of command inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure that the Secretary can carry out his or her responsibility to serve as the federal government’s coordinator for incident management,

(3) state clearly that the Department of Defense will not have the lead in responding to catastrophic incidents but will be expected to play a substantial support role when needed, and

(4) create a partnership between the Office of Management and Budget and the NCS Strategic Planning Directorate to lead the development of integrated budget planning across homeland security mission areas.


Name of Researcher: Ashanti Z. Corey
Institution: Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University

Date Posted: July 23, 2008

http://homelandsecurity.tamu.edu/framework/homeland-security-overview/managing-the-next-domestic-catastrophe-ready-or-not.html/



About CSIS

In an era of ever-changing global opportunities and challenges, the Center for Strategic and Inter- national Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers. CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. Founded by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke at the height of the Cold War, CSIS was dedicated to the simple but urgent goal of finding ways for America to survive as a nation and prosper as a people. Since 1962, CSIS has grown to become one of the world’s preeminent public policy institutions. Today, CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. More than 220 full-time staff and a large network of affiliated scholars focus their expertise on defense and security; on the world’s regions and the unique challenges inherent to them; and on the issues that know no boundary in an increasingly connected world. Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn became chairman of the CSIS Board of Trustees in 1999, and John J. Hamre has led CSIS as its president and chief executive officer since 2000.


Contents
Acknowledgments iv
Executive Summary vi

1. America Unprepared 1

2. Problematic Government Relationships 15

3. Immature Processes 42

4. Anemic Implementation 64

Appendix A: Summary of Report Recommendations 83
Appendix B: BG-N Phase 4 Working Group Members 86
Appendix C: Acronyms 87
Executive Summary

America is not ready for the next catastrophe. Almost seven years have passed since the nation was attacked here at home by violent Islamist extremists who remain free and who have made clear their willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States, should they be able to acquire or build them. Almost three years have passed since Hurricane Katrina devas- tated the Gulf Coast and laid bare myriad flaws in the nation’s preparedness and response system. Simply creating the Homeland Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Northern Command was not enough to make the country prepared. There are still no detailed, government-wide plans to respond to a catastrophe. There is still considerable confusion over who will be in charge during a disaster. There are still almost no dedicated military forces on rapid alert to respond to a crisis here at home.

There are still no guidelines to determine and assess the capabilities that states, cities, and towns should have to ensure they are prepared for the worst. To be sure, a number of significant steps have been taken, and the nation is clearly more prepared than it was seven or eight years ago. There is a National Homeland Security Strategy that provides overall direction for the federal government’s homeland security policies and programs. Hundreds, if not thousands, more people focus each and every day on improving national preparedness than before the September 11 attacks.

A National Response Framework describes how the federal government will work with state, local and tribal governments as well as the private sector and nongovernmental organizations during domestic incidents. Fifteen National Planning Scenarios have been drawn up to guide government planning for catastrophes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed more than 200 prescripted mission as- signments across 27 federal agencies to strengthen and streamline response capabilities in advance of actual events. The Department of Defense is creating a trained and ready Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Consequence Management force that will be able to respond rapidly during a catastrophe, and the National Guard has almost completed its development of 17 CBRNE Emergency Response Forces spread around the country to help bridge the gap between the immediate response to a crisis and the arrival of more extensive federal capabilities.

Although significant progress has been made in the past several years– with many achievements extremely hard-won, through the tireless work of senior leaders and public servants across the government—what ultimately matters to the American public is not how far we have come but how far away we still are from being prepared for the next catastrophe. The task of readying America to face the threats of the post–September 11 era is an enormous one and poses a fundamental challenge for the next President.

Preventing, protecting against, preparing for, and responding to a domestic catastrophe are basic tasks of government at all levels. Unfortunately, today’s efforts to provide homeland security, particularly at the federal level, are not unlike the governmental equivalent of a children’s soccer game. One can see a tremendous amount of activity under way and considerable energy on the field, but the movements are often not very well coordinated. Players tend to huddle around the ball—in this case, whatever happens to be the crisis or headline issue of the day—and follow it wherever it goes, even if in doing so they neglect their assigned positions. In such an environment, it is not impossible to score a goal, but that outcome is usually due more to luck than to skill. Given that this is not a competition the nation can afford to lose, what can be done to improve America’s odds?

The key for the next Administration will be to bring order to the relationships, processes, and implementation of its homeland security system. Which organizations at the federal, state, and local level will perform what roles, who is the lead official at each level of the response, and how do all the players work together as a team? What processes should guide how stakeholders interact and ensure that everyone is working toward the same goals? What plans are needed to prepare the government to deal effectively with future catastrophes, and how should government at all levels decide what it needs so that it can execute those plans? Finally, how can the government translate its strategies and plans into trained and ready capabilities on the ground that can be deployed effectively in accordance with comprehensive, integrated plans developed in advance of a specific catastrophe?

Many of the building blocks required to move the country toward being truly prepared to handle a catastrophe already exist in some form, but the next Administration needs to bring the pieces together, fill in the gaps, and provide the resources necessary to get the job done. If implemented, the following major recommendations –slightly condensed from their full discussion in the body of this report—would go a long way toward getting America ready to manage the next domestic catastrophe, whatever form it might take.



Recommendations

■ Merge the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council into a single organization with a single staff.

The U.S. government has artificially separated homeland security from national security. Securing the homeland is a matter of national security—and it has both domestic and international components. Dividing homeland security from national security has resulted in fractured, partial solu- tions and has greatly weakened the ability of the federal government to generate unity of effort. Merging the National Security and Homeland Security Councils and their staffs will greatly enhance the federal government’s ability to develop holistic strategies and policies, and it will ensure that the homeland security aspects of national security policy are also supported by the political and bureaucratic power of the White House.

■ Establish a clear chain of command inside DHS to ensure that the Secretary can carry out his or her responsibility to serve as the federal government’s coordinator for incident management.

The relationship between DHS and FEMA continues to be murky and confusing. If the Hurricane Katrina experience showed anything, it illustrated the perils of not having a clear understanding of who is in charge of what—both in Washington and in the field—during a catastrophe. The absence of a clear framework for the DHS-FEMA relationship has had an extremely pernicious effect on homeland security policy in the past several years and has noticeably hampered the federal government’s efforts to improve preparedness. The next Administration and Congress should work together to put into a law a clear chain of command, from the President down to the field level, for the coordination of domestic incidents.

Under this new clarified framework, the Secretary of Homeland Security will serve as the principal federal coordinator of domestic incidents as directed in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5, “Management of Domestic Incidents,” and will report directly to the President. While the FEMA Administrator should be able to advise the President directly on the subset of emergency management matters, as specified in law, the operational chain of command for the overall incident should run from the President to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and then within DHS from the Secretary to the FEMA Administrator. In the field, the DHS chain of command during an incident should extend to the 10 FEMA Regional Administrators, who would execute their responsibilities on the ground through designated “Lead Federal Coordinators,” as discussed in more detail in the following recommendation. During a catastrophe, the Lead Federal Coordinator would be the single federal official on the ground responsible for coordinating the overall federal effort with all of the other response efforts.

■ Consolidate the positions of Principal Federal Official and Federal Coordinating Officer into the single position of Lead Federal Coordinator, who would report through the FEMA Administrator to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

During and after a catastrophe, there must be one DHS official on the ground, responsible to the President and accountable for the agency’s performance. It makes no sense to have a Principal Federal Official (PFO) who reports to the Secretary of Homeland Security and lacks line authority over a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) who reports to the FEMA Administrator, particularly when the FEMA Administrator works for the Secretary and FEMA is part of DHS. The continuing existence of the PFO and FCO positions perpetuates confusion at all levels—federal, state, local—and indeed reflects the larger DHS-FEMA bureaucratic battle. It is time for this battle to end. As the relationship between DHS and FEMA is restructured, the PFO and FCO positions should be eliminated in the National Response Framework and in statute, respectively, and replaced with a single position: Lead Federal Coordinator (LFC). In practice the LFCs should typically be very senior officials in each of the 10 FEMA regional offices and they should have the authorities of the FCO as described in the Stafford Act of 1988. Ensuring that there is a single DHS senior official on the ground during a crisis—who reports through the Secretary to the President, who has the power to coordinate and distribute federal assistance (whether directly or through delegation of authority), and who already knows the state and local players—would greatly increase unity of effort.

■ State clearly that the Department of Defense will not have the lead in responding to catastrophic incidents but will be expected to play a substantial support role when needed.

The persistent debate about whether the Department of Defense (DoD) should ever lead the response to a catastrophe instead of DHS should be settled. The next Administration should restate emphatically that DHS will be the Lead Federal Coordinator during domestic incidents, but should also make clear that DoD will be expected to play a significant supporting role in catastrophes, working within the HSPD-5 framework. As outlined in the National Response Framework, the federal government should have a single, scalable framework for incident management, led by a single federal agency. The nation cannot afford to have one system for 98 percent of all events, and a different, DoD-led system for the 2 percent of events that are “high end.” At the same time, the next Administration should make very clear that DoD will no longer hold the civil support mission at arm’s length and will be expected to play a very significant supporting role in the aftermath of a catastrophic event—a role that will require that DoD resource, train, and equip its forces accordingly.

■ Initiate a robust dialogue on the subject of how to balance the need to enable the federal government to directly employ federal resources within a state or states during the most extreme circumstances with the constitutional rights of states.

The idea of expanding the role of the federal government during a domestic catastrophe is anathema to many in the homeland security community; but in light of the threats faced by the nation in the post–September 11 environment, it is only prudent to ensure that the country’s preparedness system includes the ability of the federal government to exercise its full authority under the law to save lives and protect property during a major disaster. It is not impossible to imagine scenarios in which state leadership is severely weakened in its ability to orchestrate an effective response effort, or others in which the state leadership is in place but the state’s capacity to execute decisions made by those leaders is severely degraded. In such instances, it may be appropriate for the federal government to exercise the authority granted to it under the Stafford Act more fully than is envisioned today.

The goal of adapting the current system is not to enable the federal government to “take over” management of a catastrophe over the objections of a state governor, but rather to develop an understanding with state governors in advance about the conditions under which the federal government might need to directly employ federal resources within a state or states in the most extreme circumstances in order to execute its responsibility to save lives and protect property. The principle of managing a crisis at the lowest level of government possible should remain a fundamental feature of the American approach to domestic emergency management. At the same time, the next Secretary of Homeland Security, with the President’s strong backing, should work closely with state governors to begin exploring how the current system could be adapted in a mutually acceptable way that balances the need to fully empower the federal government under existing law with maintenance of the constitutional right of states to self-governance during a catastrophe.

■ Conduct a Quadrennial National Security Review and create a National Security Planning Guidance.

There is growing consensus that the federal government needs a mechanism to develop an inte- grated set of national security priorities, assess trade-offs among these different priorities, and assign roles and responsibilities for these priorities across the interagency. To achieve these objectives, the next Administration should direct the National Security Council (NSC) to lead a Quadrennial National Security Review (QNSR) in the first few months of the new term. The review would engage the relevant national security agencies, focus on a select set of critical national security priorities, and produce two major documents: an integrated National Security Planning Guidance and a public National Security Strategy, both of which would include treatment of homeland security issues. The National Security Planning Guidance would elaborate on the broad priorities articulated in the QNSR; provide more specific guidance on priorities, roles, and missions; and lay out timelines for the implementation of major planning objectives. In addition, the planning guidance would be the starting point for Cabinet agencies to develop their own more detailed strategies.

■ Create a Senior Director for Strategic Planning within the merged NSC to lead interagency strategic planning efforts and oversee their implementation.

The federal government cannot develop or implement the kinds of integrated national security strategies and programs that are needed to meet the challenges of the 21st-century security environment in the absence of strong leadership and coordination at the White House level. As part of the NSC, the next President should create and empower a robust strategic planning directorate, led by a Senior Director for Strategic Planning. Rather than relying on the 1- to 2-person strategic planning offices that have sometimes been a part of the NSC organization, the next President and National Security Adviser need at least 10–15 people leading strategic planning efforts on a daily basis. This office should be responsible for leading the QNSR and developing the National Secu- rity Planning Guidance. This office also should be responsible for guiding the interagency process to develop detailed plans for responding to catastrophic events, as well as the associated effort to develop requirements for catastrophe response at the federal level that are then fed into the federal budget process.

■ Establish a robust interagency organization overseen by the NSC but housed at DHS that is responsible for the development of integrated and detailed interagency plans and for identification of specific requirements for the federal departments.

Although considerable progress has been made in 2007 and 2008, the federal government still does not have a set of detailed interagency plans associated with the 15 National Planning Sce- narios. The next Administration should establish a strong interagency organization—closely overseen by the NSC Strategic Planning Directorate but housed at DHS—that is responsible on a daily basis for developing integrated, interagency operational plans for responding to catastrophic events. These plans would be updated regularly, perhaps every year or two. Creating such plans is one of the most important steps that the federal government can take to improve national readiness, and the interagency organization should be backed strongly by the NSC, should be staffed with the best possible personnel with planning expertise, and should be high on the radar screen of the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Complementing its deliberate planning function, it should be focal point for identifying specific requirements for federal departments, which are then validated by the relevant agencies and fed into their internal resourcing systems.

■ Create a partnership between the Office of Management and Budget and the NSC Strategic Planning Directorate to lead the development of integrated budget planning across homeland security mission areas.

To more fully integrate the implementation of homeland security policy, the next Administration should develop a partnership between the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the NSC Strategic Planning Directorate charged with devising a method of examining budgets across homeland security mission areas. This process should entail a front-end review of agency budget proposals in the planning stages, across mission areas and programs to identify priorities, capability gaps, overlaps, and shortfalls at the outset of the budget cycle. This partnership will require that NSC and OMB begin reviewing the agency budget plans together over the course of the summer before the President’s budget is submitted. The final budget submission to Congress could then include proposals presented not only by mission area but also by major programs that support the mission requirements. Participating NSC staff, taking the lead role, should be drawn mainly from the Strategic Planning Directorate but should also include other members of the NSC staff with deep knowledge of the particular subject matter areas. To facilitate this integrated review across mission areas, a new OMB staff group with significant policy expertise and cross-agency purview should be developed and should play a major role in the process.

■ Substantially revise the Target Capabilities List.

The federal government has directed state and local governments today to focus their preparedness investments on 37 target capabilities, but the target capability levels do not differentiate between big cities, smaller cities, small towns, and rural areas. Nor is there very clear guidance on how to measure whether state and local jurisdictions have achieved the prescribed target capability levels. The next Secretary of Homeland Security and FEMA Administrator should build on work that is just getting under way in FEMA to substantially revise the Target Capabilities List (TCL) so that desired target capabilities levels are linked to different types of jurisdictions and the guidelines provided differentiate between cities and towns around the country in terms of area, population size and density, numbers of potential high-risk targets, and other factors.

This effort should also clearly describe performance objectives for target capabilities in commonsense terms, linking those objectives to the particular needs of different sizes and types of jurisdictions. Equally important, a revised TCL will specify how progress toward those objectives will be judged. Once the objectives and evaluative measures are developed, DHS and state and local governments will have an agreed-on basis for assessing capability development, something that does not exist today. Particularly in light of the great dissatisfaction expressed by many state and local officials with the consultation process for the original TCL, published as part of the National Preparedness Guidelines, it is critically important that FEMA to adopt a truly collaborative process in undertaking this revision.

■ Reform the DHS grants program to be a flagship component of DHS that is well managed, transparent, highly credible, and tightly linked to federal priorities.

The DHS grants program and the organization within the department that administers the program will inevitably be crucial to DHS’s success in building preparedness at the state and local levels. Recognizing that the grants program and its administration contribute strongly to how DHS is viewed beyond the Beltway, the next Secretary and FEMA Administrator should make reforming the grant program a high priority. The FEMA regional offices should become in effect the front lines of the grant program process, as they are much closer to the state and local grant recipients than is DHS headquarters in Washington. Central to the reform effort should be linking the grant program more tightly to the strategic priorities outlined in policy guidance documents such as the Guidelines and a revised Target Capabilities List. Grant applications should explain how proposed investments will achieve target capability levels, grant recipients should report progress toward target capabilities using agreed-on evaluative measures contained in a revised TCL, and federal evaluations should be undertaken in addition to the self-assessment process, perhaps as a condition of grant eligibility.

■ Host a catastrophic event tabletop exercise for very senior officials early in each new Administration.

The new Administration should bring together its Cabinet officials for a tabletop exercise focused on managing a catastrophic event in the first 60 days of the new term. Such an exercise would force Cabinet officials to become familiar with their basic homeland security responsibilities and would give them all a better understanding of the scope and type of challenges the federal gov- ernment would likely face should some catastrophe occur. This kind of exercise also would help spur Cabinet Secretaries toward focusing their agencies on critical vulnerabilities early in the next Administration.

■ Reform TOPOFF to make it much closer to a “no-notice” exercise.

Because it involves extensive advance coordination, TOPOFF—the “top officials” capstone exercise—may not offer sufficient insight into the nation’s overall preparedness for catastrophic events. Only an exercise that is “no-notice,” or close to it, will provide an accurate picture of how well the federal government can coordinate its own efforts internally and work collaboratively with state and local governments as it responds to a catastrophe. Given the practical challenges associated with major field exercises, it may be useful to focus initially on holding no-notice tabletop exer- cises at the federal and state government level to test decisionmaking and coordination processes before determining whether it is possible to proceed to a full-fledged no-notice field exercise.

■ Complete and expand the existing effort to create homeland security regional hubs that leverage the resources of the FEMA regional offices.

Common sense dictates that leaders in Washington, D.C., cannot directly manage the response to a catastrophe taking place hundreds or thousands of miles away. FEMA’s recent initiatives to rein- vigorate its regional offices and make them the essential link between Washington and the field are critical and must be fully implemented. Without this connective tissue between Washington and the state and local levels, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to realize any meaningful vision of national preparedness. The FEMA regional offices should be responsible for developing regional strategies and plans, functioning as a one-stop shop for preparedness activities and the grant programs, and building on existing regional collaborative structures. To ensure that the regional offices can be fully effective, the next Administration should establish requirements making them the principal coordinators for federal agencies in the field. Finally, a very senior official in each regional office with bureaucratic, operational, and “Washington” skills should be predesignated as the Lead Federal Coordinator for each region.

■ Create regional homeland security task forces, drawn largely from existing National Guard units, to complement the regional homeland security hubs.

Creating regional homeland security task forces from existing National Guard units would provide a military complement to the FEMA regional offices. The next Secretary of Defense and Chief of the National Guard Bureau should work closely with governors and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to organize National Guard–led homeland security task forces in each region. Not only would these task forces create a focal point for regional military planning, exercising, and training, they would ensure that each region of the country has a rapid response force able to help bridge the three- to five-day gap between the immediate aftermath of an event, when local first responders are the only capabilities on the scene, and the arrival of most federal capabilities.

■ Implement and fund a strengthened version of the National Security Professional Program and fund and implement an expanded DHS professional development and education system.

The next Administration needs to beef up the requirements in the National Security Professional Program and provide additional resources for implementing Executive Order 13434, which created it. Without a workforce that has the skills and experience to operate across all the dimensions of homeland security—prevention, protection, preparedness, response, and recovery—the nation will not be able to protect itself against future catastrophes or manage them when they do happen. Rotation through different positions in the government to gain core competencies needs to be linked explicitly to eligibility for career advancement, as it was for uniformed military officers as part of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act.

Ideally, the professional development and education program envisioned in the executive order would also include opportunities for state- and local-level personnel to serve in the federal government. To support these rotational assignments and build a robust system of training and professional education, the next Administration should work with Congress to mandate that participating agencies fund a 3–5 percent personnel float. Complementing professional development at the interagency level, the next Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure that the DHS Learning and Development Strategy is appropriately funded and implemented, expand current education and development plans, and engage institutions of higher learning in a dialogue about future needs for homeland security professionals.
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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011, 08:08:02 am »

 So help me God, I will never forget the day Bush announced the formation of Homeland Security.

My heart sunk to the floor and my hair stood on end,, it was as if Adolf had just announced the formation of the Guestapo and SS..

  Nappy, shes a dominix,  she will never have enough power , even when the day comes she can encarcerate citizens for their beleifs , it will not be enough for her..Leiberman has his muppet in place, he nand his masters chose well.


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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2011, 08:51:10 pm »
#6 Senator to suddenly retire:


Jeff Bingaman to retire
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By Chris Cillizza  Updated, 4:11 p.m.

New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced his retirement today, a move that further complicates his party's efforts to hold their Senate majority in 2012. "The end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to serve," Bingaman said at an Albuquerque news conference. "It is not easy to get elected to the Senate, and it is not easy to decide to leave the Senate."

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Bingaman is the fourth Democratic (or Democratic-aligned) Senator to announce that he will not run for re-election in 2012, joining Sens. Jim Webb (Va.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.) on the sidelines. Two Republicans -- Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) -- are not running for new terms.
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« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2011, 09:17:21 pm »
Don't these guys normally go out "feet first" like popes, cardinals, and supreme court justices?

(Just to make some logical connections -- Rome, clergy.)

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Re: Is Lieberman behind a Kissinger/CSIS coup in America?
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2011, 10:16:08 pm »
Homeland Security Council? I mean, I kinda understand a "Jewish homeland" in Palestine but wouldn't any legitimate "homeland" here be something for aboriginals, who's deities gave it to them before white guys showed up and declared it "empty"?

sounds like it's getting time to start a Homeland Rifle Association


- or how about a Homeland Highway Traffic Safety Association and a Homeland Traffic Safety Board and may as well go for a Homeland Bureau of Investigation and a Homeland Aeronautics and Space Administration?

or is it really just that the word "national" is no longer sheik now that they're acting like NAZIs?