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Homeland Security Watch 2014-10-22 05:12:16

“I hate to say it, but I think a default posture of human beings is fear… Fear has, in this moment, a respectability I’ve never seen in my life.”
Marilynne Robinson
Quoted in the New York Times Magazine, October 1, 2014
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Ebola, Fantasy Documents and Our Collective Inability to Tolerate Ambiguity

Todays post is written by Jeff Kaliner. Kaliner is a public health emergency preparedness professional with twelve years in the field. For the last few years he has spent an unreasonable amount of time considering the intersection between complexity sc…

John Pistole made it ok to work for TSA

Last week, John S. Pistol announced he will retire as the Transportation Security Administrator at the end of the year.   Here are my reflections on what Pistole accomplished as Administrator.
“Hard work,” “Professionalism,” “Integrity” th…

John Pistole made it ok to work for TSA

Last week, John S. Pistol announced he will retire as the Transportation Security Administrator at the end of the year.   Here are my reflections on what Pistole accomplished as Administrator.
“Hard work,” “Professionalism,” “Integrity” th…

Who is my neighbor?

I perceive it is prudent — as well as accurate — to make the case that the best way to mitigate Ebola risk in the United States is to significantly degrade the risk in West Africa.
Recently Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, felt compell…

Ebola source sitrep 1

This is the first in an irregular update on efforts to engage Ebola’s center-of-gravity.  As noted previously, I am concerned US media is not giving sufficient attention to fighting this disease where it matters most for all of us.
If the rate o…

The Ebola Czar and the missing Homeland Security Council

The President has announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his new “Ebola czar”, as numerous news outlets have reported this morning. From the New York Times:
President Obama will appoint Ron Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presid…

Less czar than troika

CNN, the New York Times, and others are reporting the imminent announcement of a White House “Ebola Czar”. The man-of-the-hour is Ron Klain.  The former chief-of-staff to Vice President Biden (and Vice President Gore) has been in the priv…

Friday Free Forum

On this day in 1091 an estimated F4 tornado strikes London, England. Two are killed. London bridge is destroyed.
On this day in 1989 the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake strikes the Bay area killing over fifty and causing extensive damage.
On this day in 196…

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