Monthly Archives: August 2011

FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots in the US

The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.

In summary: undercover FBI agents and informants find lazy, poor, minorities, offer them funding, materials, plans, and opportunity, then arrest them and throw ’em in jail and call it a Victory for Freedom.

That’s not freedom, in my book.

via FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots in the US.

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Given the credible estimate that we’ve spent $1 trillion on anti-terrorism security (this does not include our many foreign wars), that’s $62.5 billion per life saved. Is there any other risk that we are even remotely as crazy about?

Note that everyone who died was shot with a gun. No Islamic extremist has been able to successfully detonate a bomb in the U.S. in the past ten years, not even a Moltov cocktail. (In the U.K. there has only been one successful terrorist bombing in the last ten years; the 2005 London Underground attacks.) And almost all of the 33 incidents (34 if you add LAX) have been either lone actors, with no ties to al Qaeda [emphasis mine].

And of the successful attacks, such as the Fort Hood shooter, there were plenty of warnings from people and agents on the ground, which were ignored or dismissed by higher-ups in the FBI, which facilitated the success of those incidents.

via Schneier on Security: Terrorism in the U.S. Since 9/11.

Hurricane Preparedness Steps –

Remember: the best time to prepare, is before the looters have raided all the local stores.

Now is the time for those in the Southeastern United States to check their preparations for hurricanes.  Below is a list of steps I go through anytime there is a hint of a potential storm.  These steps were derived from past experiences and lessons I have learned from other posts.  I do this prep so as not to get caught up in panicked crowds on the days immediately preceding the storm.  Should the storm not hit me directly I consider this prepping chance to practice and shore up my supplies.

The writer presents what he does over the week preceding a hurricane: Letter Re: Hurricane Preparedness Steps –

Are You Ready Series: 72 Hour Kits | Ready Nutrition

With the unexpected earthquake on the east coast, and winter about to set in, it’s a good time for an emergency preparedness reminder!

Many prepping websites have multiple articles on 72 hours bags (aka: evac packs, bug-out-bags, blow out bags or survival kits). Every family should have a 72 hour bag ready, not because we should all run for the hills, but because there may be an unforeseen disaster where your family will have to make a swift evacuation. Certain disasters can occur very quickly such as fires, hurricanes and flooding. Having things in order as well as a plan in place will expedite the process of leaving as well as keeping things running as smoothly as possible. The main goal of having a 72 hour bag is to be equipped to survive. In this case, survival is dependent upon you. Therefore, the 72 hour bag should be pre-assembled and ready to go as well as have a 72 hour bag seperately for the vehicle.

via Are You Ready Series: 72 Hour Kits | Ready Nutrition.

Obama: Smuggling Guns and Registering Yours

The Obama administration has decided that they’ve facilitated the sale of too many guns to Mexican drug cartels:

The winner of the “Largest American Supplier of Guns to Mexico” award is actually the Obama administration, via Operation Fast and Furious — a botched, foiled and disastrous sting operation by the ATF’s Phoenix division to uncover a large network of cartel-linked gunrunners. During 2009-11, through Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF facilitated the sale of 2,020 firearms to suspected smugglers over 15 months!

So to put a stop to it, they are going to impose additional paperwork burdens on southwestern gun sellers and buyers and pretend like they had no role in arming our enemies:

The Obama administration and even its Mexican counterpart have manipulated public opinion to believe that the cartel drug wars are being fueled largely by American guns. In support of that spin, they are trying to impose a new regulation that requires licensed firearms dealers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to report to the federal government whenever someone buys from them more than one semiautomatic rifle with certain characteristics.

Seems like a roundabout sort of way to solve a problem they caused, doesn’t it?

via Obama: Smuggling Guns and Registering Yours |