Homeland Security Doesn’t Electronically Verify Identity Documents of Foreign Seafarers at U.S. Ports, Says GAO

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January 21, 2011

By Edwin Mora

(CNSNews.com) – The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, does not electronically verify the identity or immigration status of foreign seafarers aboard cargo vessels seeking to enter the United States, according to a government audit.

This lack of verification happens even though the State Department has warned that the visas they issue to foreign seafarers (maritime crew members) are vulnerable to exploitation by extremists seeking to enter America by fraudulent means, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which issued a Jan. 14 report on the topic.

Instead, “CBP officers have to rely on information vetted before boarding the vessel and their skill sets to identify fraud and grounds of inadmissibility, both in reviewing documents and in interviewing seafarers,” said the GAO.

“By not having the ability to electronically verify the documents, CBP’s methods for inspecting cargo vessel crew offers less assurance that CBP is identifying fraud among documents presented by the foreign seafarers seeking admission into the United States,” added the GAO.

The report further found that of the approximately 5 million seafarers that CBP inspects at U.S. ports each year, about 1 million arrive on-board cargo vessels, while the rest arrive aboard cruise ships.

The GAO pointed out that the “overwhelming majority” of those 5 million seafarers are aliens.

“Given the number of seafarers transiting U.S. ports each year and the continued threats posed by terrorism to the United States, it is important that seafarer risks are identified and actions are taken to ensure security of vessels and port infrastructure, while preventing illegal immigration,” stated the GAO report.

The report casts doubt on the Department of Homeland Security’s data concerning illegal entries by foreign seafarers at U.S. seaports, saying it is of  “undetermined reliability” because “DHS has no accurate and reliable estimate to gauge the extent of the incidents.”

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We are not racists.

We are not violent.

We are just NO LONGER SILENT.



In a Brilliant Move: Obama champions America’s vets. Is This The Beginning of Obama’s “Civilian National Security Force?”

From our own White House, the troop levels requested have been “deliberated” for a WHILE. Even the Pentagon is getting upset at the delay as Obama “Waffles”.

Obama swears he is FOR our military as stated at Ft. Hood on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. 

And now in a brilliant move…….this.

An EXECUTIVE ORDER by Obama signed this week forms a “Veterans Employment Initiative”

Remember the words out of Obama’s own mouth about needing a “Civlian National Security Force…..as large as and funded as well as our military.”

**Note added here: Emphasis and italics added by me for focal points.

From the communist party’s website: peoplesworld.org

Obama champions America’s vets

Obama's vets

November 10, 2009

In the latest of a string of policies that will benefit America’s veterans, the Obama administration this week announced the creation of a new Veterans Employment Initiative. The measure will make the federal government a “model employer of America’s veterans,” the White House said.

The program, created by executive order, will open new offices in each of the departments of the federal government designed specifically to recruit and hire veterans. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated that as a part of this new initiative her department would be able to add some 50,000 veterans to its workforce by 2012.

“Honoring our sacred trust with America’s veterans,” President Obama said in a statement, “means doing all we can to help them find work when they come home so they never feel as if the American Dream they fought to defend is out of reach for them and their families.”

“Veterans have shown unmatched dedication to public service,” said Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. “They offer leadership and technical skills that are in high demand, whether in the public or private workforce.”

“Veterans are an important part of our nation’s past, present and future. They deserve our full support as they reintegrate into the civilian workforce,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Read the entire article HERE.

End notes:

1.  Why would the communist party website laud Obama’s move?  Communists want to basically disband the military.  No war.  Obama’s move on the missle shield in Poland is another move applauded by the CPUSA. 

2.  Per Janet Napolitano of Homeland Security: As  part of this new initiative her department would be able to add some 50,000 veterans to its workforce by 2012. 

3.  This action would make the federal government a “model employer of America’s veterans,” the White House said.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-ob
ama-launches-major-veterans-employment-initiative 
 

I am not against vets having jobs. 

Homelessness and job loss is terrible for ANY American.

HOWEVER, to entice them into this INITIATIVE to work for the Homeland Security Department…….50,000 of them by 2012, makes me pause.

WHAT will their job description look like and include?

Is this the beginning of Obama’s “Army”? Look at the picture above again…..

Another post of mine related to this:

https://romanticpoet.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/obamas-consequence-management-response-force/

Is this an Obama “end-around” to prevent violation of the Posse Comitatas Act?

 Step back and look at the FULL picture; a possible hidden agenda.

MORE FEDERAL JOBS created in the Stimulus Bill.  What about the blue collar workers out of work?  Are the only jobs “saved” or “created” going to be Federal jobs?

 

Something just doesn’t “feel right”…….

Targeting Patriots and the Right Wing Conservatives

It is amazing how we are to follow the stories of the White House Dog, The Easter Egg Roll, etc. yet we, those that oppose the platform of the Obama Administration, or anyone that is not politically Left  are being targeted.

From Atlas Shrugs AND  The Obama File:

 

Targeting Patriots And The Right

 

Atlas Shrugs asks if you have you seen this .pdf?  It is the fascist blueprint to create a police state and legalize gulags.  This is not a spoof.  This is the “mission statement” for Obama’s “civilian army.”

Scope

This product is one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch (Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, Office of Threat Analysis. Coordinated with the FBI.) to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.  The information is provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States.  Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, clearly identifying United States Government sponsorship.

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.  It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

Key Findings

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues.  The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.

Translation:  There is no threat. Give us time, we’ll create one.

 

Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.  Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn — including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit — could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.

 

Translation: There is no threat. Give us time, we’ll create one.

 

The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.

American sovereignty is a radical position now?

 

During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.

 

Sounds like they are describing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Obama’s great friends and terrorist patriots!

 

Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing as the preeminent world power.

 

Here they go again, pulling that 15 year old canard out of their ass (while neglecting to point out McVeigh’s Middle Eastern connections. [Tom has more on the al qaeda connection too].  Their evidence is one terror attack 15 years ago –but fail to mention the 13,000 Islamic attacks since 9/11.

 

The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.

 

Ah, there it is. take their guns away.  Jail’em if they disagree.

Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government.  The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.

 

Ban?  What ban?  This is a staging.  Fake staging to seize weapons.

 

Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists.  DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.

 

America’s heroes are considered extremists because they have combat skills.

These wonderful young people, who daily risks their lives in defence of our country are now being painted as extremists by this bunch in the White House.

 

And these paragraphs are just the introduction to this radical document, which is nothing more than Obama’s plan to paint anyone that disagrees with Obama’s agenda as an extremist.

If you oppose illegal immigration — you are an extremist.

 

If you are a strong supporter of your 2nd Amendment rights and an opponent of federal firearms registration — you are an extremist.

 

If you oppose a “One World Government” — you are an extremist.

 

Disgruntled military veterans — yup, extremists!

 

If you oppose government infringement on civil liberties — you are an extremist.

 

Are you a member of the “cabal of Jewish financial elites” — you’re an extremist.

 

Do you “bemoan” the decline of U.S. stature — away with you — you are an extremist.

 

If you are unemployed, you are susceptible to forming rightwing extremist beliefs in your children — specifically xenophobia and antidemocratic ideals — you are an extremist.

 

And, it goes on and on.

 

This document was prepared by the Obama Administration as a result  of “the historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes (that) are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.”

 

The document closes with a charge for Americans to spy on their fellow Americans:

 “DHS encourages recipients of this document to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI.”     [Question here is: WHO are the recipients of this document? WHO are they sending it to?]

 

Read this ten-page document. Send it to your friends and associates. Let them know what Obama plans for those who disagree with his socialist and “One World Government.”

Sources: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/obamas-real-terrorists-targeting-patriots-and-the-right.html

AND  http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaLatest.htm

pdf file: http://www.rogerhedgecock.com/resources/HSA%20-%20Rightwing%20Extremism%20-%20Climate%20Fueling%20Radicalization%20and%20Recruitment,dated%207%20April%202009.pdf

 

Do YOU think the MSM’s with the likes of CNN, MSNBC,NBC,ABC, CBS will even cover this story?