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Homeland Security chief: No ‘specific, credible’ threat to US

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says there is no “specific, credible intelligence” of any plots against the United States like those carried out in Brussels. 

For the record, there wasn’t any before San Bernadino, 9/11, Pearl Harbor, or probably the invasion of Poland in September 1939. Generally the enemy, whether a nation – state or non government actor, tries to keep it’s plans secret. The Japanese didn’t exactly expect the US fleet to be stationed northeast of Midway Atoll either. I’ll also mention that the Germans were expecting an invasion of France in the spring of 1944. The just weren’t expecting it at Normandy.

I think you get the point.

As a precaution, the Homeland Security Department is stepping up security at major U.S. airports and rail and transit stations around the country.

In other words, lines will be longer, more nubile teen age girls will be fondled, and more adult incontinence products will be inspected by the dopes at the TSA. Security theater at it’s best.

Security officials are also reviewing whether additional screening may be necessary for air travelers coming from Belgium. Belgium is one of 38 countries whose citizens generally do not need a visa to visit the U.S.

Wouldn’t the screening be better performed in Belgium? After all, it’s far more likely that someone getting on a US bound plane from there would want to set off a bomb over the ocean than after landing.

They really do think  that we are stupid and believe that they actually serve a purpose. Sadly, in a lot of cases they are right. I’d expect to see some dimwit in a US airport proclaim that any intrusion or violation of Civil Rights is okay “If it stops one terrorist.”

Which to the best of anyone’s knowledge, TSA has yet to do.

And the circus goes on.


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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.