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‘Big Sis’ Pushes Orwellian (1984) Lies and Tyranny

BigBrotherOriginally posted at Clash Daily

In his 1949 novel 1984, George Orwell wrote something that seems to be very applicable today, especially as it relates to the things liberals say when trying to explain away what is undeniably true. Orwell said that “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

When it comes to the power of “tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of [his] own choosing,” President Barack Obama is a pro. Responding to the NSA scandal, Barack Obama shared the opinion that “You can’t have 100% security and 100% privacy.”

While that premise may be somewhat true, it’s still amazing that when it comes to abortion Barack Obama is able to overcome every obstacle to ensure that the right to 100% privacy is always 100% secure.

In like manner, taking a few minutes off from purchasing billions of rounds of ammunition and ordering riot gear, on New York City’s political show Road to City Hall, Homeland Security Secretary/catcher of dangerous border-crossing hairdryers Janet Napolitano told Errol Louis that she thinks “people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case.”

Sounds like some “tearing and putting together” may be going on, because Janet Napolitano’s comments on the NSA controversy sound very similar to Barack Obama’s over at Ohio State. Giving the keynote address, Obama warned graduates to “reject these voices” that caution of the evils of government, saying, “Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government … or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”

Now, despite denying an Orwellian state, Janet Napolitano has done exactly what Orwell was talking about when she pointed out to Mr. Louis the various difficulties involved in “striking the right balance between security and civil liberties.”

That explanation not only supports Obama’s ongoing “tearing and putting back together” endeavor, but also explains why Big Sis allows our porous border to remain open – the DHS’s “shape of its own choosing” worries that the civil liberties of illegal aliens may be infringed upon.

Nonetheless, on Road to City HallMs. Napolitano urged Americans not to worry about government reconnaissance efforts infringing on Constitutional rights, because there are lots of protections built into a system. That’s the same system that dropped the ball when Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev came back to the United States after spending six months being trained in terrorism tactics in Chechnya.

To reinforce that built-in protections argument, Ms. Napolitano then pointed to a privacy office embedded in her own department that is “constantly reviewing our policies and procedures.”

Janet Napolitano touting protections “embedded” into a system that she’s in charge of – to keep a check on her – is sort of like Obama appointing Eric Holder to investigate why Eric Holder authorized the seizure of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private emails after accusing Rosen of being a “possible co-conspirator” in violation of the Espionage Act. It would be laughable if it weren’t so appalling.

Then, as if disrespecting Americans’ privacy is the only area where Janet stressed that, although the government is indeed going “willy-nilly and using any kind of data” they can gather, “No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather.”the government falls short, Ms. Napolitano mentioned that she felt the “federal government hasn’t done the best job keeping the public informed about how it is treating the enormous amounts of personal information that could potentially be used in intelligence gathering.”

Janet shared that “I think we need to do a better job of explaining to the American people exactly what is kept, what are the real restrictions on how — I’m just talking now for DHS, Department of Homeland Security – how we use it, how long we can keep it, how we share it, all those things.”

Then, citing certain challenges as an excuse to brazenly flout the US Constitution, Janet Napolitano denied an Orwellian state as she advanced the Orwellian state. On behalf of Barack Obama, Big Sis gently excused government intrusion into the right to privacy because of the difficulty technology poses when it comes to striking a balance between “security and privacy and other values.”

Therefore, in an effort to explain away what is undeniably true, with Orwellian proficiency Janet Napolitano has proven that with this administration it’s not so much the “100% security and 100% privacy” issue we should be worried about. Instead, it’s the Orwellian tendency for Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano to present 100% lies and 100% tyranny as 100% truth and 100% liberty.

‘Dangerous Hairdryers’ and Self-protective Cutting Shears

shootervid3-620x345-220x220Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Last year, with the authorization of Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice, after thousands of “Fast and Furious” assault rifles wreaked mayhem on both the U.S. border and inside Mexico, the Obama administration commissioned Janet ‘Big Sis’ Napolitano to do whatever was necessary to help save American lives.

Soon thereafter, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, overseen by Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security, seized 13,000 “unsafe hair dryers” from blowing their way across the border.

Apparently, Mexican drug cartels entering the U.S. to buy illegal guns and Al Qaeda operatives infiltrating American soil are not the problem.  But hairdryers that “fail to have adequate immersion protection” — now that is a huge problem.

Fully aware that nervous citizens were grappling with hairdryer immersion concerns, the DHS reassured the public that “The potentially dangerous hair dryers were identified through a nationwide targeting operation by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC).”

Well-coifed Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief. Thankfully, the government made sure that if one should decide to dry their hair in the bathtub, thanks to the efforts of attentive border agents there’s a good chance they won’t be electrocuted.

Now, a year later, after pulling the plug on a successful “dangerous hairdryer” crusade, Ms. Napolitano and company have embarked on a new venture: offering advice on how to stay alive if one is fortunate enough to have a job and a demented gunslinger decides to vent his anger in the workplace.

In an effort to save lives, the Department of Homeland Security, an agency that still hasn’t confiscated all the guns that were purposely walked across the border into Mexico, posted a government-produced video entitled “Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video.”

Excuse me, but that title just cries out for a DHS-style acronym, and is almost as ridiculous as the infamous DHS “man caused disaster” definition that the organization came up with for terrorism.

When overseeing the content of the video, Big Sis must have felt it was necessary for the narrator to explain to grown adults that an “active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people inside an occupied structure or outside in a populated area.”  What Janet forgot to mention was that “active shooters” attempt to kill people with guns.

Naturally, because the government objects to honest Americans citizens being armed and able to defend themselves, the DHS was forced to get creative when suggesting lifesaving options that should have also included: When making a business call, instead of looking for the donuts and coffee or scoping out the location of the bathroom, be on the lookout for an escape route and never sit with your back to the door.

On behalf of Barack Obama’s December 2012 “Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience” initiative, the deliberate tone of the narrator also suggests intuitive things like scurrying under a desk or conference room table; shutting off lights; closing blinds; trying not to sneeze or cough; and cell phone deactivation. The video also suggests locking and/or barricading oneself in an office; running for the stairwell; stepping over dead coworkers; and putting your hands in the air with fingers spread apart while passing the SWAT team on the way out of the building under siege.

According to the video, for lack of a legal firearm or a place to hide, victims have a better chance of survival if they attempt to “overpower the shooter with whatever means are available.”

DHS forgot to mention that Office Retaliation Options, or OROs, could also include even more creative defensive measures such as: Jamming chewing gum into the barrel of the gun; stapling the shooter’s feet to the floor; bludgeoning the aggressor with a fire extinguisher; asphyxiating the assailant with a baseball-size wad of Post-Its; using a letter opener as a stabbing implement; or better yet, slicing an assailant to ribbons with the pair of scissors depicted in the video being pulled from a disorganized desk drawer by a quick-thinking office worker under fire.

A word of caution for jujutsu experts defending themselves for the first time with office-supply-quality cutting shears: Just make sure the blades are not in the gunman’s jugular with your hand still on the handles.  Why? Because the video advises that when the cops arrive those wielding sharp objects must “Put down any items [and] immediately raise [their] hands,” lest they survive the gunman but lose their lives to an overenthusiastic first responder.

In the end, between Ms. Napolitano’s successful “dangerous hairdryer” endeavor last year and the lifesaving instructions for using scissors against an angry, gun-wielding former coworker on a rampage this year, the Department of Homeland Security’s information campaign is destined to save lives.

In the meantime, in the near future a taxpayer-funded “Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video Part. II” may be warranted to address a situation where a gunman attacks, oh, let’s say a beauty parlor. In that case, someone will need to provide step-by-step self-defense “options” for a hair stylist with only a “dangerous hairdryer” handy and no assault scissors within reach.

The myth that the border can’t be secured – American Thinker – July 5, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Why does the left perpetually offer the excuse that what is necessary and right can’t be done? Liberals famously make lame excuses to explain away personal responsibility and defend defeat.

Take for instance the liberal mantra, “Kids have sex anyway might as well hand out condoms.” The left is of the belief that those divinely bestowed with a free will are powerless to control natural impulse. Human beings are reduced to beasts, devoid of ability to choose right from wrong.  Thus, in liberal land, lack of a standard fosters the promotion of mediocre expectations and accomplishes the goal of excusing failure.

How about another all time favorite? “Drug addicts are going to shoot up anyway, why not provide junkies with clean needles?”  Which poses the question:  Why not supply the drugs?

Isn’t this the same crew that believes Mahmoud has the self-control to refrain from lobbing a nuke at Israel? Wouldn’t society benefit more from setting standards and having confidence in individual strength and ability to overcome weakness of character?

Guess not, because the pervasive ideology of liberal excuse-making now poses a direct threat to national security.  Liberals can’t help it.  Rather than commit to doing what is right, the left starts from a position of limitation and allows weakness to be a policy guide.

Take for example, Homeland Security Secretary and left-wing excuse maker, Janet Napolitano.  At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Napolitano might as well have said, “They’re gonna do it anyway so what’s the use?”

The esteemed secretary addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on “Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach.”  However, Big Sis’ wishy-washy commentary included everything but “secure,” “smart,” “law,” or “enforcement.”

Janet, who heads a department “whose agency is charged with securing America’s borders,” made an abstinence-doesn’t-work apology and publicly acquiesced to failure before an effort to secure the border has even been made.  When it comes to open borders, gun runners, and drug traffickers, as well as illegal aliens streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, the languid opinion of America’s very own Big Sis is, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”

Janet brilliantly expressed liberal excuse-making, saying “It’s a big border.   It’s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border. It’s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border.”

Once again, liberals downgrade the power of determination when solving a problem. In the process, the left’s voice grants vagabonds the wherewithal to illegally cross the “roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world,” while denying the world’s most potent nation possesses the ability to enforce restraint.

This is the same group who extends “choices” to people they perceive as amoeba-like and incapable of making conscientious choices, i.e., clean needles and child-sized condoms.   The hope of the left is to deliver “change” to the larger global community.  Yet world-changers continue to maintain that destitute people streaming, on foot, through the desert is a state of affairs America is powerless to control.

Napolitano should do what comes naturally and raise the white flag of surrender.  Big Sis should suggest instituting a free condom/clean needle distribution program on the border, to accommodate criminals who the Homeland Security Secretary anticipates will cross over anyway.

Little Miss “No-Fly List” – American Thinker – June 28, 2010



Originally posted at American Thinker blog

It is comforting to know that even though registered sex offenders may show up at your door wearing Census 2010 credentials, at least Americans can rest easy in the knowledge that, if flying, Homeland Security is profiling potential terrorists like six-year old Alyssa Thomas.

Little Miss “no-fly list” Alyssa found out she was under Big Sis and DHS surveillance when she and parents, Doctor and Mrs. Thomas, boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Cleveland to Minneapolis.

The ticket agent at Hopkins Airport alerted the family that Alyssa was on the TSA “no-fly list.”  The Transportation Security Administration, which has also been known on occasion to hire felons, employs airport security personnel to identify potential terrorists before they board the airplane.

Upon being informed the little girl was on the list Dr. Santhosh Thomas said, “Okay, what’s the story? What do we have to do to get off the list? This isn’t exactly the list we want to be on.”

A perplexed Dr. Thomas admitted, “We were, like, puzzled. I’m like, well, she’s kinda six-years-old and this is not something that should be typical. She may have threatened her sister, but I don’t think that constitutes Homeland Security triggers.”

A census worker raped and bludgeoned a handicapped woman in Indiana after getting a job working for the same federal government that put a first grader on the terrorist “no-fly” list, and these people want to run national health care?

If translated into health care oversight, hiring a registered sex offender to canvass neighborhoods while targeting a six-year-old as a potential terrorist would be like choosing to remove a benign mole and leaving behind a cancerous tumor.

Alyssa’s Dad claimed, “She’s been flying since … two months-old.”  In fact, the family recently traveled to Mexico, and “there were no issues at that time.”

Not so fast, doctor!

According to the Transportation Security Administration, Alyssa never had any problems before because the Secure Flight Program just began in June for all domestic flights.   Spokespersons will only say, “The watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying.”

Thank God Janet Napolitano is ramping up that extra layer of domestic flight security. Why waste time addressing scores of terrorists coming over the border when you can halt a mother lode of suspicious six-year olds in tutus from boarding domestic flights.

In the end, the Thomas family did fly to Minneapolis where they planned to contact DHS to “clear up the matter.”

In the meantime, Alyssa’s “name will likely stay on the list and as for the next time she flies.” Not to worry, the FBI said that in the future, anytime little Alyssa and her Barbie doll take a domestic flight the DHS will “rely on the common sense of the security agents,” hired by the same government agency that put Alyssa on the “no-fly list” to begin with.

About time to amend that DHS report on ‘right wing extremism’ – American Thinker Blog – February 17, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Now that left-wing “odd ball” Amy Bishop opened fire killing three people, will Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano be forced reissue the treatise, Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment to include left-wing university professors who shoot colleagues if denied tenure?

Responding to criticism for charging ex-military, pro-life advocates and supporters of the right to bear arms as domestic terrorists–Janet defended the fundamental purpose of the declassified report. Fortifying the government’s position, Big Sis said,

Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.

Ah…yeah right!

Based on political philosophy, those without a record of violence are perpetually examined under Napolitano’s ideological microscope. In the meantime a truly dangerous Amy Bishop avoided suspicion after shooting her 18-year-old brother Seth in the chest with a shotgun–killing him. Terrorist terminator Napolitano purports to monitor risks and protect Americans, “regardless of ideology,” but Janet somehow failed to flag a leftist, neurobiology professor with a history of homicidal behavior.

Big Sis’s surveillance agenda includes monitoring prospective right-wing extremists “not yet turned to attack planning.” For the past year, Secretary Napolitano kept close watch on the benign, while a sibling shooter and double-pipe bomb mailer was legitimately being considered for tenure at a major university.  Can anyone say Fort Hood shooter?

Citing racism Napolitano’s fanatic study argued right-wing extremists are, “capitalizing on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members.”While Napolitano screened old ladies reciting the rosary in front of abortion clinics, a shotgun toting “far-left political extremist obsessed with President Obama,” didn’t even register a blip on the radical radar.

What has been Napolitano’s concentration?  Economic downturn induced right-wing carnage–what else? Big Sis’s discourse on extremism argued, “The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when right wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession.”DHS shadowed “rural militias” in Alabama, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, while liberal Amy Bishop, an “awkward introvert on the brink of losing her job,” methodically shot victims in the head at a faculty meeting at University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Napolitano’s report contended, “Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of right wing extremist groups.” Speaking to reporters Bishop’s husband, James Anderson admitted he knew his wife had a gun, but didn’t know when or how she got it. Left wing Amy lacked a legal permit for the murder weapon the “unsociable” professor used to dispose of three colleagues.

According to DHS “Lone wolves are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the US…lone wolves … have shown intent-and, in some cases, the capability – to commit violent crimes.”More than once, “lone wolf” Bishop showed “capability.”Competence became reality when the tenure candidate proved academic metal by gunning down six people, killing Gopi K. Podila, Maria Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson.

Victims’ relatives questioned how seven years ago the University of Alabama hired Bishop disregarding the death of her brother and dismissing the controversial Harvard pipe bomb probe? Apparently, in keeping with Napolitano DHS-style thinking, when compared to right-wing gun owners and pro-life advocates–left-wing liberal Amy’s brutal, erratic behavior was deemed nonthreatening to American lives.

Umar Farouk’s Terrorist Triumph – American Thinker January 2, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker446186-bombing-suspect-umar-farouk-abdulmutallab

“Big Sis”Janet Napolitano reassured nervous Americans not to worry–Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to blow up a Northwest Flight 253 did not indicate a larger terrorist plot.  In an effort to respectfully restrain from jumping to conclusions, the Homeland Security Secretary refused to acquiesce to whether Abdulmutallab had a connection to al-Qaida.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Napolitano reconsidered the statement, admitting maybe Abdulmutallab “should not have been allowed on the airplane.”  Napolitano said, “What I would say is our system did not work in this instance [emphasis mine] – no one is happy or satisfied with that.”  Yes Janet, especially the 250+ people that were nearly blown to smithereens, while approaching a Motor City landing strip.

Maybe Napolitano can expound upon how a radical Islamic student, listed on a US law enforcement database was granted a visa to come to the United States from Yemen, a nation saturated with al-Qaida terrorists?  Abdulmutallab studied from 2005 to June 2008 at the University College of London and majored in an al-Qaida recruit subject that seems to be all the rage with terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad: mechanical engineering. The only thing more absurd than what happened on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 would be if mechanical engineer Abdulmutallab was hired to work at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Napolitano stating, “…our system did not work in this instance” implies Umar Farouk’s ability to evade airport security with explosives securely tucked in his private area was an exception compared to larger security successes.  However, judging from reports, Abdulmutallab appears to be the only one trying and succeeding to smuggle and detonate high explosives on Christmas Day.   Someone should inform the esteemed Secretary that the Homeland Security system failure rate was 100%, because “this [one] instance” was the only instance.

Though thwarted in the larger mission, Abdulmutallab proved that American homeland security makes it easy to accomplish the mission at hand and for international terrorists to retain hope and stay committed to the cause.  Similar encouragement was extended to the jihad community after Abdulmutallab admitted ties to and training from al-Qaida, but Napolitano, extending deference and benefit of the doubt, refused to acknowledge the likely connection.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement on the incident also mollified terrorist concerns when Holder cautiously said, “This alleged attack on the US Airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times.” Emphasis on ‘alleged’ in avoidance of offending Muslim brethren and underscore “remain vigilant”as if watchfulness was in operation when Abdulmutallab boarded the flight to Detroit.  Does Homeland Security believe Americans find consolation in Holder’s pledge to persist in the same type of cautionary measures that perhaps gave Umar carte blanche access to a flight into Detroit without a passport?

Napolitano admitted that, “[h]aving a chemical detonator is also a new wrinkle…that isn’t something that a lone wolf is likely to come up with.”  If it’s ‘new wrinkles’ Napolitano is concerned about the Secretary should consider Abdulmutallab spending twenty minutes in the bathroom and review the methods of, “ass-assin, Abdullah Asieri” who, “stashed a pound of explosives and a detonator inside his body in the attack on Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, head of counterterrorism for the [Saudi] kingdom.”  In that case, the suicide bomber outmaneuvered bomb-detection in the Saudi palace and set off an explosion using a charge hidden in his rectum.

Groin terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was placed on the terrorist watch list in May after Abdulmutallab’s father, a prominent Nigerian banker, alarmed over his son’s extremism felt compelled to report his own flesh and blood to American authorities.  Abdulmutallab’s father was so disturbed over the radical nature of his son’s religious views that the elder registered concern with the US Embassy in Nigeria.   A situation so dire a parent reports his own child did not meet the criteria for “clear and present danger” ?

Could it be that Homeland Security has more pressing issues to attend to? When young Umar was in Yemen learning PETN detonation techniques, Big Sis was otherwise engaged in alerting the public to extremism, radicalization and environmental threats in the form of pro-life activists, returning veterans and conservatives.  Napolitano and company dismissed threats like Abdulmutallab’s radical and religious associations, neither of which were considered a red flag of concern, because HLS was aggressively keeping watch over true menaces like Christian groups and “disgruntled”  military personal.

According to Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE database precedence, only 14,000 people out of 550,000 cataloged terrorists, present enough evidence to require additional screening at airports.  Even more chilling, only 4,000 are registered on the no-fly list.  Which leaves, 536,000 individuals who are enough of a concern to be put in a terrorist database roster, but do not require additional screening when boarding a plane?  Moreover, 546,000 can fly anywhere, at any time without restriction?  Abdulmutallab is only one of those 546,000.  Demonstrating that the only reason 278 passengers and crew members weren’t slaughtered on Christmas day was because, like Homeland Security, Abdulmutallab’s device failed to detonate properly and brave Americans were there to tackle a fiend.

Follow the bouncing ball, according to Janet Napolitano, our system worked and then it didn’t work.  The Homeland Security Secretary doesn’t think Abdulmutallab, “…is part of a larger plot to blow up more airplanes,” but feels it would have been difficult for an individual to obtain high explosives like PETN without outside assistance.  The real question is whether the homeland was ever, or could ever be safe with Janet at the rudder?

In his statement, Attorney General Eric Holder went on to expound on the incident saying, “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured.”  Such insight is astounding.  Yes, out of 278 passengers and crew, 277 innocent passengers would have surely been killed as well as one successful martyr for jihad.

As our nation stands on the precipice of a government takeover of health care the Northwest Flight 253 incident should confirm for Americans (whether in the air or on terra firma) that Washington, DC cannot be trusted with our safety, health or security, on any level.  Even the left-leaning New York Times admitted that, “[d]espite the billions spend since 2001 on intelligence and counterterrorism…it was something simpler that averted disaster on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit: alert and courageous passengers and crew members.” Once again, ordinary Americans put bureaucracy to shame saving themselves from the dangers government failure poses to all our lives.

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