Posted by: nhfalcon | January 11, 2010

Just Another Random Monday v.1.11.10

* – 100 quotes every geek should know.

* – At first I couldn’t believe this guy couldn’t find a job. I mean, I thought it was pretty obvious. Then I saw what he wasn’t willing to do in spite of his, ah, “God-given talent.”

Hey, buddy – pride doesn’t put food on the table.

* – my sincerest condolences to VP Biden.

* – want another reason as to why we shouldn’t try KSM & Co. in a civilian court?

How about $400 – $600 million reasons?

* – can somebody please explain to me exactly how the fuck the “Crotch Bomber” is an “alleged suspect,” how the fuck he gets a trial in civilian court, and how the fuck he’s even allowed to enter a “not guilty” plea?

Are you fucking kidding me?!

Now, allow me to throw a couple of quotes at you regarding the whole “shock” thing that people like President Obama and his counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, say you should be feeling in regards to the system allowing Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab to board Northwest Flight 253 onChristmas Day, 2009:

“At regular intervals Dee would aggregate the RFIs (requests for information) and input them into various databases to see what information was available on each topic. Incredibly, the multitude of government databases were not (were referring to 1998) – and still are not (are referring to 2008) – linked. Therefore, finding key and essential information is still like a game of go-fish: you have to ask the “right” system or you’ll never get the information that may make the difference between mission success and mission failure.” Pete Blaber, The Mission, The Men, and Me

“The officers in charge weren’t motivating the enlisted men (note: that’s a euphimism for airline executives and their security personnel. You know, the people who are supposed to be keeping bombers off of the airlines you and I fly on), and it showed. An example? You want an example? Okay. Your safety depends on the security guards who man the metal detectors and X-ray machines, right? Right. And how much are those people paid? Minimum wage.

So how do you motivate them? I’d give them a big fat bonus for every piece of contraband they discover. But that solution is too simple for most airlines. What they do is yell and scream. So, what you get is a security guard who doesn’t give a rusty fuck whether I’m carrying an attache’ case full of papers or an attache’ case full of grenades.” Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell 

It has been said many times by those in a position to know that all the intelligence the United States needs to keep itself safe is gathered on a daily basis. The information is there. The problem is getting it to the people who can do some thing with it or about it. There are many intelligence-gathering agencies in the U.S. federal government (CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, DEA, INS, etc., etc., etc…) and they are all in competition with each other for federal budget dollars. As a result, they guard the intelligence they gather jealously, national security be damned. It’s not about national security – it’s about being able to claim that some vital piece of info was gathered by my agency, and therefore my agency deserves a bigger budget instead of your agency.

Petty? Yes. But it is what it is, and it’s been that way for a long, long time. It shouldn’t shock you. The ten-year period Blaber was referring to is a drop in the bucket. Blaber, by the way, was a commanding officer of Delta Force. The RFIs he was asking for in the quote above were in regards to Delta’s first tasking in coming up with a plan to capture or kill Usama bin Laden.

I give you the Marcinko quote because of the current administration’s reaction to the Flight 253 debacle – let’s bring in more technology. Full-body scanners and more restrictions on what can and cannot be brought on board a plane and all the machines that supposedly can detect explosives and WMD material and so forth. Bottom line? Technology don’t mean shit if the people manning it don’t give a fuck, and if they’re poorly trained, poorly motivated, and/or poorly compensated, they won’t give a fuck.

Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell was written in 1994, but obviously not much has changed in the past fifteen years. Marcinko is uniquely qualified to talk about security and counterterror. He was the founder and first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six, the U.S. Navy’ equivalent of Delta Force. After he left Six, Marcinko commanded Red Cell, a special unit of former members of Six created by a Navy admiral to test Navy security by pretending to be terrorists and launching mock raids on various Navy installations. Even though those installations knew they were coming (something that wouldn’t happen in the real world), Red Cell always won.

Here endeth the lesson.

* – I’m not sure if this article from a recent edition of Newsweek is intended to be a fantasy, a comedy, or both.

* – gee, imagine my disappointment. 🙂

* – as opposed to the Left’s disappointment (which I find I can bear with great fortitude 🙂 ).

* – hey, yeah, whatever did happen to that whole “transparency” thing?

* – as much as $9.5 million of your tax dollars, via the stimulus bill, went to 14 zip codes in Virginia that were either actually in other states or…

wait for it…

didn’t even exist!

* – another great example of “if a Republican had said this…”

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Responses

  1. Easy to find fake zip codes down here when the outgoing governor is also the DNC chair. Coincidence? I think not.


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