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ARE YOU OBLIVIOUS TO THE PERIL WE FACE?

January 26, 2015

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Terrorist Attacks against American interests began when George Washington was President when the Islamic Barbary Pirates repeatedly ambushed U.S. merchant ships transiting the Mediterranean Sea. During the intervening 235 years our government has grown exponentially and created a huge intelligence community.

The best I can determine, our intelligence organizations are very methodical. They spy on United States Senators, especially members of the Intelligence Committee. They spy on Corporate CEOs, Governors, Tea Party leaders, stock traders, billionaires and law abiding citizens of all socioeconomic levels. I’m just not sure how they miss every single terrorist attack? How did they fail to see the fall of Yemen or the rise of the Islamic State?

NSA alone occupies a building larger than the Pentagon outside DC and just built a 1.5 million square foot Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center in Utah. Just the electricity for that building will cost $40 million a year. Hey Al Gore, I now know what causes global warming! According to Edward Snowden, the project was initially known as the Massive Data Repository but NSA felt the name was too “creepy” and changed it. I know it is hard for football fans to comprehend the magnitude of the Utah facility. It is 15 times the size of MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets.

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Along with the Utah facility, NSA just opened its nearly 700,000 square foot Texas Cryptologic Center in San Antonio and has other centers in places like Hawaii. Together they are seven times the size of the Pentagon. How big is the Pentagon you ask? The U.S. Capitol could fit into just one of the building’s five sides, and with 5,100,000 square feet, it has twice the office space of the Empire State Building. The Pentagon has twice as many restrooms as it needs because it was built with separate restrooms for whites and blacks along with separate cafeterias.

Remember, NSA is just one of the Federal Intelligence organizations, here is a list:

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA)
Army Military Intelligence (MI)
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS)
Department of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)
United States Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)
Homeland Security Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Homeland Security Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)
Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
Department of the Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)

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Just the coffee consumed in these bureaucracies would float an Aircraft Carrier. Do you feel safe? The Director of National Intelligence and the Director of NSA testified to Congress that their work had foiled several terrorist attacks. When pressed for specifics, they told Congress they would get back to them. In the end, I don’t believe they could come up with a single one, certainly none of these:

The Shoe Bomber
Beltway Sniper Shootings
Fort Hood Shootings
The underwear Bomber
U-S.S. Cole Bombing
Boston Marathon Bombing
Pan-Am flight #93 Bombing
Iranian Embassy Takeover
Beirut U.S. Embassy Attack
Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack
Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombing
Khobar Towers Bombing
Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing
First World Trade Center Bombing
Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijacking
September 11th 2001 Attacks
Firebombing of Temple Beth El in Syracuse
The Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington burning
Anthrax Letter attacks across the U.S
Los Angeles Airport shooting by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
Ohio highway sniper attacks
Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar UNC-Chapel Hill SUV Attack
Seattle Jewish Federation shooting by Naveed Afzal Haq
IED attack on Mexican Consulate in New York City.
Woodinville, Washington Home torching
Arkansas recruiting office shooting
Bombing of a Recruiting Office in Times Square.
Pipe Bomb Attack on United States Courthouse in San Diego
University of California-Santa Cruz home firebombing
Malware planted in power grids, water, and sewage systems for delayed employment
Manhattan Starbucks Bombing
Boston Marathon bombings
Austin suicide attack against IRS Building
Pentagon shooting
Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis
Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting
Ricin letters sent to President and US Senator
Los Angeles International Airport shooting
Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom Shooting
Las Vegas shooting spree
New York City hatchet attack
Mexican Consulate in Austin attack
North Korean cyber attack against SONY pictures.
New York City police officers assassinations

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Do you ever wonder why we need all these intelligence agencies while the rest of the Defense Department is being gutted and demolished? Why we have behemoth facilities while we scrap the weapon most feared by the Islamic State, the A-10 Thunderbolt II affectionately called the Warthog? Why is it more important to spy on law abiding United States Citizens than to spy on our sworn enemies? The cost of Gitmo seems to be an issue but the sky is the limit when it comes to other facilities and welfare for the illegal masses.

The other Super Power, Russia, has these four Intelligence Organizations:

Federal Security Service (FSB)
Federal Protective Service (FSO)
Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)
Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)

Surrounded by hostile countries vowing to end their existence, Israel has these:

Mossad
Shin Bet
Aman
Police of Israel

Before the United States of America cuts one more combat unit or scraps one more tactical or strategic weapon system, can we consolidate our Intelligence efforts and focus on the bad guys or is that idea too radical? More than 50 years ago I was an Intelligence Analyst and my Air War College Diploma is dated December 22nd, 1976. I didn’t just fall off a turnip wagon. I expect much better leadership from my government at all levels than I am receiving. It would also be nice if the smiley faces on Broadcast Journalism would start reporting the news and alerting citizens of the danger for a change. I know securing the border after probably 100,000 to 2 million terrorists are already here is like closing the barn door after the horse escaped but it would be a start. We have to start someplace or EVERY man, woman and child in America will become a refugee if we are not killed first. Mayday, mayday, mayday!

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