Homeland Security

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December 29, 2018

Section: Domestic – Homeland Security

Homeland Security has become an unwieldy government amalgam, and still appears to be in react mode, without a clear sense of priorities, driven more by political considerations than security

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” Benjamin Franklin.


Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Constitution Preamble identifies a key role of Federal government to “…provide for common defense…”

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formed in 2002 to lead the unified national effort to secure America.

DHS has set strategic goals for fulfilling its mission.

o   Federal Emergency Management Agency was ill prepared to respond to Hurricane Katrina.

o   More than one third of homeland security spending in 2006 was devoted to protecting what DHS calls “critical infrastructure and key assets.”

o   Electromagnetic pulse has the potential to destroy or significantly disrupt the infrastructure services.

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

FEMA Major Disaster Declarations have increased as states lowered their defined thresholds.

Islamo-fascist attacks have continued in the U.S. since 9/11, although for PC reasons, not always labeled as terrorism.

United States has disrupted over forty serious terrorist plots since September 11th, and over forty of these plots were home-grown, planned by American citizens, legal permanent residents, or visitors radicalized predominately in the U.S.:

Muslim front groups have been created to defend Islamo-fascists in the media and raise money.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) were blacklisted by the Justice Department as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror trial.

Many American Muslims consider themselves Muslims first; citizens of America second.

o   Physical Jihad is a part of Sharia law.

o   Even when Muslims can't fight in the name of Islam, they must support the Mujahadeen (fighters) financially or at the very least in their heart.

o   Justice department has identified 35 terrorist training compounds in the United States.

o   One in four younger Muslims find suicide bombings in defense of Islam acceptable.

o   Just travel 150 mile northwest of New York City to the woods of the western Catskills, and you will find Islamberg, a private Muslim community founded in 1980 by Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani.

o   Islamberg is only one of twenty to thirty Muslim-only communities and training compounds that the Pakistani Jamaat al-Fuqra group supports through Muslim affiliates in America.  

o   Jamaat ul-Fuqra is operating 35 terror training sites in Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Washington, Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois, as well as Canada, Venezuela, and Trinidad.

On September 10, 2010, the Center for Security Policy published “An Exercise in Competitive Analysis: Report of Team ‘B’ II” which analyzed shariah as an enemy threat:



Homeland Security is not a partisan issue.

Homeland Security must be based on three core principles:

Preemptive attack avoidance is always better than attack reaction.

Homeland Security investments can be “principled:”



Short Term, Reform Congressional oversight of the DHS into four standing homeland security committees to reduce oversight burden (vs. 108 committees and subcommittees).

Prioritize investments in homeland security based on a realistic threat assessment.

o   Require DHS to use risk and Target Capabilities List capability gaps to allocate funds; and

o   Limit the number of urban areas eligible to the 35 highest risk cities in any given fiscal year for the UASI grant program, and use cooperative agreements instead of grants.

Publish an annual scorecard on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) performance.

Separate FEMA from Homeland Security to handle national catastrophes, not routine emergencies.

o   Establish clear requirements, such as international disaster scales, to limit the situations in which federal emergency declarations can be issued.

o   Eliminate entirely certain types of disasters from FEMA’s portfolio.

o   Reduce the cost-share provision for all FEMA declarations to no more than 25% of the costs to ensure that at least 75% of the costs of a disaster are borne by the taxpayers living where the disaster took place.

o   Demand that state and local governments pay greater attention to mitigating disaster risks and bear the consequences of responding to disasters exacerbated by poor policies.

Fund information technology investments to enable more efficient and effective operations.   

·         Develop “Terrorstat” program to gather and analyze all useful threat information.

·         Develop “Borderstat” program to consolidate all illegal border crossing and capture information.

·         Develop “Readystat” program to measure localities preparedness against risks.

·         Implement “Secure Flight” program to flag suspicious passengers for additional screening.

·         Implement Incident Command System (ICS) to standardize emergency protocol to reduce potential miscommunications during initial phases of incident response.

·         Accelerate the implementation of Real ID.

·         Implement “Trusted Traveler” program.

Eliminate most homeland security grants to states and allow states to finance their own programs.

Transfer the Coast Guard mission to the Department of Defense.

Long Term, Reorganize Homeland Security to report to the Department of Defense.



“Refugee Resettlement” by Ann Corcoran by Center for Security Policy, 2015.

 How the Left Undermined America’s Security Before 9/11” by David Horowitz, dated March 24, 2004, published on Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15021 .

Port Security and Foreign-Owned Maritime Infrastructure” by James Jay Carafano, dated March 9, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/tst030606a.cfm .

Port Security and Port Sales: An Action Plan for Congress” by James Jay Carafano, dated March 13, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/wm1013.cfm .

America Needs a Security Strategy for Safer Skies” by James Jay Carafano, dated March 21, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/em996.cfm .

The Need for CFIUS Reform to Address Homeland Security Concerns” by Daniella Markheim, dated May 24, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/hl944.cfm .

Learning Katrina’s Lessons: Coast Guard Modernization Is a Must” by James Jay Carafano and Laura P. Keith, dated July 7, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/bg1950.cfm .

Coast Guard Modernization is Integral to the Success of the Secure Border Initiative” by James Jay Carafano and Laura P. Keith, dated August 7, 2006, published by the Heritage Foundation on http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/em1009.cfm .

Five serious counter-terror ideas for Dems” by Richard A. Clarke and Rob Knake, dated December 13, 2006, published in New York Daily News at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/479552p-403480c.html .

Homeland Security Spending for the Long War” by James Jay Carafano, dated January 30, 2007, published on The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/hl989.cfm .

The DHS Budget for FY2008: Time for a Comprehensive Approach to Homeland Security” by Mackenzie M. Eaglen, dated March 8, 2007, published on The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2013.cfm .

Thinking for the Long War: Strategic Planning and Review for the Department of Homeland Security” by James Jay Carafano, dated March 21, 2007, published on The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/tst032107a.cfm .

Improving Emergency Communications: Lessons from Grading America’s Cities” by James Jay Carafano and Richard Weitz, dated March 29, 2007, published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2021.cfm .

Stopping Surprise Attacks: Thinking Smarter about Homeland Security” by James Jay Carafano, Frank J. Cilluffo, Richard Weitz, and Jan Lane, dated April 23, 2007, published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2026.cfm .

FEMA and Federalism: Washington is Moving in the Wrong Direction” by James Jay Carafano and Matt A. Mayer, dated May 8, 2007, published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2032.cfm .

National Disaster Planning Slowed by Inadequate Interagency Process” by Matt A. Mayer and James Jay Carafano, dated October 24, 2007, published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2079.cfm .

Grassroots Disaster Response: Harnessing the Capabilities of Communities” by James Jay Carafano, Jennifer A. Marshall, and Lauren Calco Hammond, dated December 28, 2007, published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/bg2094.cfm .

The Resilient Society” by Rudolph W. Giuliani, dated December 31, 2007, published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=52B0F647-57D6-46CE-8489-4C38AD40B725 .

Next Steps for Homeland Security” by James Jay Carafano dated April 9, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/tst040908a.cfm .

The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires” by Matt A. Mayer, Richard Weitz, and Diem Nguyen dated June 2, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2141.cfm .

Beltway-Centric Approach to Disaster Response Is a Recipe for Disaster” by Jena Baker McNeill dated June 18, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm1960.cfm .

Risk and Resiliency: Developing the Right Homeland Security Public Policies for the Post-Bush Era” by James Jay Carafano dated June 25, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/tst062408a.cfm .

As Gustav Lands, There Are Lessons to be Learned” by James Jay Carafano dated September 1, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm2041.cfm .

Invisible Nuclear Threat” by William Graham dated September 3, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=35A6E9BA-1F49-474A-B340-708E570B1373 .

Building Infrastructure Resiliency: Private Sector Investment in Homeland Security” by Jena Baker McNeill dated September 23, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2184.cfm .

Man-Made Disaster” by Jeffrey Rosen dated December 24, 2008 published by The New Republic at http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=5248f065-cbd3-4264-ac58-cffdfd947a22 .

Effective Counterterrorism State and Local Capabilities Trump Federal Policy” by Matt A. Mayer dated June 3, 2009 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/cda0902.cfm .

States: Stop Subsidizing FEMA Waste and Manage Your own Local Disasters” by Matt A. Mayer dated September 29, 2009 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/upload/bg_2323.pdf .

After Detroit: Presidential To-Do List for Plugging Gaps in Stopping Terrorist Travel” by James Jay Carafano dated December 30, 2009 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm2743.cfm .

The Real Reason They Hate Us” by Frank Gaffney dated April 9, 2010 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/FrankGaffney/2010/04/09/the_real_reason_they_hate_us .

What Comes After Quadrennial Homeland Security Review?” by James Carafano dated April 29, 2010 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Testimony/What-Comes-After-Quadrennial-Homeland-Security-Review .

The Federalization of Homeland Security” dated August 17, 2010 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/The-Federalization-of-Homeland-Security .

Checkbook Homeland Security: Highlights from the FY 2012 Budget Request” by Jena Baker McNeil dated March 29, 2011 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/03/Checkbook-Homeland-Security-Highlights-from-the-FY-2012-Budget-Request .

Aviation Security: Policy Responses to Address Terrorism Threats” by Jena Baker McNeil dated March 30, 2011 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Testimony/2011/03/Aviation-Security-Policy-Responses-to-Address-Terrorism-Threats .

35 terror training camps now operating inside U.S.” dated January 2, 2012 published by World Net Daily at http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/381953/ .

Congress Should Act on FEMA’s Refusal to Reform” by Matt A. Mayer dated May 18, 2012 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/05/fema-s-refusal-to-reform-congress-and-the-federalization-of-natural-disasters .

Thank You, Ray Kelly” by Deroy Murdock dated August 13, 2012 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/313764/thank-you-ray-kelly-deroy-murdock .

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response” by Chris Edwards dated November 18, 2014 published by The Daily Caller at http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/18/why-ending-fema-will-improve-disaster-response/ .

Number of Islamic Terror-Related Arrests in 2015 Surpasses Previous Two Years Combined” by Patrick Poole dated June 25, 2015 published by PJ Media at http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/06/25/number-of-islamic-terror-related-arrests-in-2015-surpass-previous-two-years-combined/ .

Top Ten Modernization Priorities for the Coast Guard in 2016” by Brian Slattery dated February 1, 2016 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/02/top-five-modernization-priorities-for-the-coast-guard-in-2016?ac=1 .

Massacre in Orlando: 86th Instance of Islamist Terror in US Since 9/11” by David Inserra dated June 14, 2016 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://dailysignal.com//print?post_id=270325 .

3 Steps Congress Can Take to Ensure Better Disaster Preparedness” by Paul Fredrick and David Inserra dated March 31, 2018 published by The Daily Signal at https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/31/3-steps-congress-can-take-ensure-better-disaster-preparedness/ .

Let’s Allow Jihadis to Speak for Themselves” by T.R. Clancy dated November 23, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/11/lets_allow_jihadis_to_speak_for_themselves.html .

Plot Against Toledo Synagogues is the 105th Islamist Terror Plot or Attack” by David Inserra dated December 28, 2018 published by The Heritage Foundation at https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/28/plot-against-toledo-synagogues-is-the-105th-islamist-terror-plot-or-attack/ .