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On ‘Dots’ and Security in U.S.

By idaflo | June 25th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Does he care? Does he have a clue? It never appears so, since his words and actions are so disconnected from each other and the dangerous and deadly situations at hand.
 President Barack Obama spoke about the attempted airplane bombing for the second day in a row at a Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama spoke about the attempted airplane bombing for the second day in a row at a Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Federal Agencies Still Failing to ‘Connect the Dots’ on Security Threats to U.S., Says GAO

June 24, 2010 By Edwin Mora at CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s national security agencies “do not always share relevant information with their national security partners,” according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The report shows that more than eight years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal agencies were still failing to “connect the dots” on intelligence pointing to security threats to the United States….(continue reading here)

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D-Day June 6, 1944

By idaflo | June 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Since our President did not acknowledge or publicly  honor those who served and died for freedom on the anniversary of D-Day (he was otherwise occupied, attending his second party of the week), it is especially right and fitting that information – provided by the United States Army – be linked here.
D-Day soldiers invading Normandy beaches

D-Day soldiers invading Normandy beaches

June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” Read More »

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Little Girl – by Michael Yon

By idaflo | May 10th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Little Girl and American Soldier by Michael Yon

One of my all-time favorite photos. This deeply felt moment was captured on film by Michael Yon. I include it here, along with the back-story Michael tells about it, from his own page, linked here.

First Published May 14, 2005 – From Michael Yon

Major Mark Bieger found this little girl after the car bomb that attacked our guys while kids were crowding around. The soldiers here have been angry and sad for two days. They are angry because the terrorists could just as easily have waited a block or two and attacked the patrol away from the kids. Instead, the suicide bomber drove his car and hit the Stryker when about twenty children were jumping up and down and waving at the soldiers. Major Bieger, I had seen him help rescue some of our guys a week earlier during another big attack, took some of our soldiers and rushed this little girl to our hospital. He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital. She didn’t make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her. Read More »

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10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested

By idaflo | February 28th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Four couples among those detained on East Coast as “deep cover” agents

WASHINGTON  from MSNBC— Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested in the U.S. for allegedly serving as illegal agents tasked with recruiting political sources and gathering information to send back to Moscow, the Justice Department said Monday.

Eight of 10 were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, “deep cover” assignments on behalf of Russia. Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States….(continue reading here)

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