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Tag: Department of Homeland Security


GOP: Stop the attacks and get to business

Here we go again. As with health care and now with immigration reform, a Republican majority Congress cannot or will not address this pressing need, so our president must act. And, as with health care, so now with immigration reform, congressional Republicans continue to refuse to tackle this issue.

Instead of doing their jobs and actually drafting legislation to address immigration reform (or health care or anything for that matter), congressional Republicans prefer to threaten to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, putting America’s safety at risk and jeopardizing the morale and financial security of hundreds of thousands of

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SECURITY: House wrong to threaten DHS

House Speaker John Boehner is threatening to defund the Department of Homeland Security, and I’m guessing that most people don’t know what all is included in this department that was cobbled together during the George W. Bush administration in 2002.

So here is a partial list of the offices within the DHS that stand to be defunded and possibly cease operations.

• U.S. Coast Guard: Because terrorists can also gain access by sea and up navigable rivers.

• Federal Emergency Management Agency: The office that responds to disasters has itself suffered two disasters in the last 12 years: the first was

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GOVERNMENT: Why is DHS buying so much ammo?

There’s a national story that no one seems to be talking about, although I suspect under a different party’s administration, this wouldn’t be the case.

The Department of Homeland Security has, in the last year, made purchases of up to 2 billion rounds of ammunition. DHS head Janet Napolitano has not been forthcoming with why the purchases of such huge amounts of ammo is necessary, and has stonewalled congressional attempts at answers, making vague references to training purposes, but the sheer volume sinks that lie.

To put into perspective the amount of ammunition we’re talking about, during the height of

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