DISTURBING: Why the TSA Allowed Security Officials on Terror Watchlists to Be Hired…

 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been heavily criticized over the years for a wide array of practices and missteps. But the latest report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security shows perhaps one the TSA’s greatest problems.

The TSA failed to identify at least 73 airport employees who were “linked to terrorism.” According to the Inspector General’s report:

“[O]ur testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes. According to TSA data, these individuals were employed by major airlines, airport vendors, and other employers.”

The report’s findings claim that the TSA “acknowledged” specific individuals who fall under the terrorism-related category codes “represented a potential transportation security threat.”

In addition, the report alluded to why the TSA failed to identify the potential terrorists:

“This occurred because TSA is not authorized under current interagency watchlisting policy to receive certain terrorism-related category codes as part of the watchlist extract they used for vetting.”

The specific terrorism-related category codes were redacted from the report, as well as the identities of the individuals who posed a potential threat to airport security.

Source: DHS OIG analysis of NCTC matching results

The TSA also attempted to address the lapses in vetting and security. In 2014, the TSA Administrator signed a memo to “partially address” the weakness in security and vetting protocols.

Current airport policies rely on individuals to “self-report disqualifying crimes.” But if the individuals do self-report, they pose a risk of being terminated from their job.

The TSA has had a string of bad press lately. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that Melvin Carraway, the Acting Administrator for the TSA, had been reassigned after it was discovered that undercover agents successfully carried fake weapons through security checkpoints.

Source: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/06/340671-airport-security-failure-as-73-potential-terrorists-employed/

A Marine Sacrificed His Life to Save His Brothers in Arms (and Receives his Honors only 11 Years Later)

While attempting to clear a house in Iraq in 2004, 25-year-old Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta was shot and mortally wounded. Insurgents then threw a grenade into the house, and Peralta grabbed it and pulled it to his body, shielding his brothers in arms from the bulk of the blast.

His comrades hailed him as a hero. Staff Sgt. Adam Morrison, who was there when it happened, told the Orange County Register:

“Because of Rafael Peralta, I’m here today.”

Although the Navy and Marine Corps initially recommended him for a Medal of Honor due to his heroic actions, it was denied by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008 and others since, NBC News reports.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Why? It was suggested that Peralta was “too injured” to know what he was doing:

The decision came after the inspector general of the Defense Department fielded a complaint and Gates assembled a team of experts that recommended the highest honor be denied.

Peralta’s family fought the decision for seven years. Now, while he may not be getting the Medal of Honor, his heroic actions are finally receiving some much-deserved recognition.

On Monday, his family posthumously accepted the Navy Cross at Camp Pendleton, according to Fox News.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

The award citation recognizes the Marine’s heroism:

While attempting to maneuver out of the line of fire, Sgt. Peralta was shot and fell mortally wounded. After the initial exchange of gunfire, the insurgents broke contact, throwing a fragmentation grenade as they fled the building.

The grenade came to rest near Sgt. Peralta’s head. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sgt. Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast and shielding fellow Marines only feet away.

The Orange County Register notes that Peralta has been the recipient of other honors and awards, including having a U.S. Navy Destroyer named after him, and receiving a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon.

Source: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/06/340764-marines-final-action-saved-lives-7-years-later-memory-getting-honor-deserves/

Unbelievable: Vladimir Putin targets TheBlaze

The New York Times published a mind-blowing story Tuesday about Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a propaganda tool of the Kremlin that would spread disinformation and pro-Putin messages all over the web. While the story is shocking enough on its own, the really interesting piece comes from how one source describes their attacks on TheBlaze.

Reporter Adrien Chen spoke to a former member of the troll factory, Ludmila Savchuk. Here’s a snippet of The New York Times story exposing Russia’s troll factory.

Every day at the Internet Research Agency was essentially the same, Savchuk told me. The first thing employees did upon arriving at their desks was to switch on an Internet proxy service, which hid their I.P. addresses from the places they posted; those digital addresses can sometimes be used to reveal the real identity of the poster. Savchuk would be given a list of the opinions she was responsible for promulgating that day. Workers received a constant stream of “technical tasks” — point-by-point exegeses of the themes they were to address, all pegged to the latest news. Ukraine was always a major topic, because of the civil war there between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Army; Savchuk and her co-workers would post comments that disparaged the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, and highlighted Ukrainian Army atrocities. Russian domestic affairs were also a major topic.

In addition to spreading propaganda about the Ukrainian crisis, Savchuk also left positive messages about Putin and the Russian economy on stories about the collapse of the Russian ruble.

The Agency created content for almost every social media network, as well as comments on popular news websites…including TheBlaze.

Chen reports:

The only person I spoke with who worked in the English department was a woman named Katarina Aistova. A former hotel receptionist, she told me she joined the Internet Research Agency when it was in a previous, smaller office. I found her through the Anonymous International leak, which included emails she had sent to her bosses, reporting on the pro-Putin comments she left on sites like The Blaze and Politico. One of her assignments had been to write an essay from the point of view of an average American woman.

After reading the story on radio, Glenn felt like America should look at this like a “shark bump”, a warning and a test to see how far the people can be pushed.

“We’ve always done disinformation.  They’re very good at disinformation.  And disinformation makes you not trust the news.  Not trust the legitimate sources.  So you don’t know what to believe anymore,” Glenn said.

“And I think there’s a couple of things that are happening.  One, just by discrediting Twitter, Facebook, the Internet, where you just don’t know who it is, that’s the way most of us are getting our news now, is on the internet,” he explained. “It just undermines credibility.  It undermines faith in one another in what you can and cannot trust.”

“This is a shark bump.  This is early now.  When you give us another year of this kind of atmosphere, you ratchet it up…you can escalate this country so fast.  Then you have the outside.  You have the Russians doing something like this.  No one will believe it.  It will be too late.  You’ll burn a city down.  You won’t stop it,” Glenn said.

While the disinformation strategy for a digital age was incredibly fascinating, Glenn said this type of campaign has been done before.

“There’s no difference between what he’s doing to us and what Cass Sunstein recommended that our own government do to us.  This is what Cass Sunstein said we should do.  The government should set up a disinformation and go to sites like the TheBlaze.com.  He didn’t use that.  But go to sites and pretend to be one of them and just start throwing firebombs,” Glenn said.

Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/06/03/unbelievable-vladimir-putin-targets-theblaze/

Jesse Lee Peterson: Black American Brilliance and a Backbone of Steel!

Jesse Lee PetersonYou just have to admire this man’s character and courage. His leadership has helped forge men of character and faith, out of young, troubled youths in the Los Angeles inner-city for a generation. And what’s amazing is, as much good as he’s done- especially in the black community in Los Angeles- a lot of people (extreme liberals mostly) hate him with a passion. While President Obama and Al Sharpton are teaching black people to hate the police (no wonder there were two police killed in NY), Jesse Lee Peterson is making young men want to be the police. While others are encouraging distrust, he encourages faith.

I can’t think of any one person anywhere that has stood up to as much hate and discontent as Mr Peterson has. There is tremendous political peer-pressure, not only in the black community at large, but in liberal circles. White liberals and black liberals hate black conservatives with a vitriol that defies reason. They would rather support carbon-copies of their vision of what a black man is supposed to be than to have an actual strong leader, and an independent thinker. Because of the dumbing-down in the black community by so-called black leaders, along with the help of the liberal media, this great man of faith brings TRUE leadership to the equation, and is helping rebuild the family by rebuilding the man.

Scumbags Celebrate Cops Shot in Ferguson! #BlackLivesMatter

police vs protestorsThis is about as backward as it gets. I know there is a lot of disdain for police officers in the criminal world, but does the black community at large really want this reputation? I can’t imagine that being the case. I mean, criminals are the natural enemy of cops. I get that. But, so many people are trying to make this a blacks vs cops story, and that simply isn’t the case. However, even some so-called news sites are reporting it as such, and with the help of media favorite race-baiters they are trying to make that exact case. But a closer look at the actual facts will show that it simply isn’t true. However, people still cling to their brainwashing. This is not my opinion- these are facts- take a look.

What Guys Really Think About Girls

Girl with flowwers laying in the grassI’m going to be very frank in this piece, and tell all of the deep, dark secrets- the things me and my friends always talked about when there were no females around- the things guys say behind their backs- the things guys really think. I know a lot of guys will be mad at me for revealing these truths about our softer counterparts. But it has to be out there, for the girls who really want to know the truth, and not make some major mistakes in their lives. Some may not like it, but I am going to tell you exactly what guys REALLY think about girls- and with no holds barred.

What’s Wrong with the United Methodist Church? (UMC Beliefs)

bread of life church signI’m relatively new at being a Christian. So, when choosing a local church to attend, I chose the nearest one- it was right around the corner from my house. I met some wonderful people there, and learned how to worship God the United Methodist way- sitting like a statue, and quiet as a mouse. And when church was over, everyone went out the door in two minutes flat, including the pastor. I knew I was missing something but I didn’t know what, yet.

Obama’s Economic Strategy- Inflate the Bubbles and Claim it Works

Home mortgages pictureIt’s really funny how hindsight is 20/20. Now that we are drawing near to the end of the Obama era, it’s plain to see- his whole strategy was to inflate the bubbles, then claim it’s working. From bailouts to health care, the robots in the media keep saying it’s working. And now, with free college for two years- doesn’t he know there is a huge bubble of student loan debt? And a huge bubble of National debt? How is piling on more debt going to help? It just inflates the bubble. And when inflation really kicks in (we haven’t seen anything yet) it will get worse- way worse.

Black People Aren’t the Only Ones Abused by Crooked Cops

London Police during riotBlack Lives Matter. So do white lives, and every other color. Cops matter too. We all matter. But, with all this unrest among the black community and the police lately, it reminds me of what it was like for me, when I was a little punk growing up in Chicago. Yeah, I was bad. And I don’t mean that in the good way. And I’ve been harassed by cops more times than you would probably believe. But people who grew up in Chicago know I am telling the truth.

The way I see it, no one is addressing the real issue. And, by focusing on one race of people, we as a nation are heading down a path that cannot end well, for either side.