Ground broken on $3.4 billion Homeland Security complex… “Washington notables broke ground on the future home of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, symbolically starting construction on the biggest federal building project in the Washington area since the Pentagon 68 years ago.” – CNN.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Washington notables broke ground on the future home of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, symbolically starting construction on the biggest federal building project in the Washington area since the Pentagon 68 years ago.
Rendering of future Coast Guard headquarters, with green roof designed to capture and reuse water.
Rendering of future Coast Guard headquarters, with green roof designed to capture and reuse water.
With its emphasis on its enlisted troops and its creed that every Marine is a rifleman, the Marine Corps is the military service that keeps the smallest ratio of brass to troops. But for a brief moment —actually only until Wednesday—there are, for the first time, six four-star generals in the Corps.
Earlier this month [April 19], the officers gathered at the Home of the Commandants at the Marine Barracks Washington, the only time six active-duty four star generals have gathered together, according to the service.
This GOP Rep’s Anti-Obama Speech on the House Floor Is Spreading Fast
The Blaze ^ | April 25, 2013
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:08:49 AM by don-o
Freshman Congressman Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered some thought-provoking comments on terrorism and the Obama administration on Wednesday during a speech on the House floor. “In barely four years,” he said, “five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama.”
But he wasn’t done there.
Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2013 | AllahpunditPosted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:23:03 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
Unbelievable:West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and hundreds were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West.A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths.Meanwhile, emergency crews were pulling back late Wednesday night because of concerns about the possibility of a second explosion…
Medal of Honor Recipient: New Drone Medal is ‘Ludicrous’
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/14/2013 | U.S. Naval Institute
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:10:05 PM by Saint X
The creation of the new medal honoring unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops, “is a telling and sad commentary on the judgment of those who are responsible for the creation and approval of this award,” Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran, told USNI News on Wednesday.
American Thinker ^ | 03/14/2013 | Rick Moran
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:37:45 AM by SeekAndFind
An incident involving a teenager who was shot by police after he pointed a .38 at them has enraged Brooklynites and caused three straight nights of rioting.
From NY Daily News:
At least 46 demonstrators were arrested along Church Ave. in East Flatbush. Police struggled to control a hostile crowd that broke away from a planned peaceful vigil for Kimani (Kiki) Gray, 16, killed by police on Saturday night.
FoxNews.com ^ | March 6, 2013 | FoxNews.com
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 6:38:57 AM by Timber Rattler
The FBI used National Security Letters — a form of surveillance that privacy watchdogs call “frightening and invasive” — to surreptitiously seek information on Google users, the web giant has just revealed.
Google’s disclosure is “an unprecedented win for transparency,” privacy experts said Wednesday. But it’s just one small step forward.
NBC News ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 | Erin McClam
Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:38:34 PM by Bon of Babble
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both parties said at an unveiling Wednesday that the depiction was fitting: Parks is shown seated, hands clasped in front of her, eyes fixed forward.
By Doug Hagmann Wednesday, February 6, 2013The following information was provided to me by my DHS contact on two different occasions. Information from my first contact was previously published in two parts here and here. I was asked to withhold the final portion of the information that was provided to me at that time until after the inauguration. The following resumes where part II left off.
At the request of this source and for the sake of continuity, the following combines the information withheld and the information from our most recent contact on 4 February 2013.DH: Do I have your permission to record this conversation?RB: Please do.DH: We’ve spoken at different times since the information you gave me was published.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:31:44 AM by lbryce
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the misinformation that came out about the Benghazi attacks in their immediate aftermath no longer mattered, saying that the important thing was to find the persons responsible.
Brooke County, WV – A McDonald’s restaurant earned a fair share of controversy Wednesday when an American flag was shown to he hanging upside down early in the morning, thought initially to be a protest of the results of the 2012 election.
Many wondered whether or not the McDonald’s upside-down flag was a deliberate political message. Turns out, the upside-down flag wasn’t intentional disrespect, but rather a timely, accidental coincidence.
A local reporter for NEWS9 had called the McDonald’s restaurant earlier Wednesday to ask why the flag was flown upside-down, usually taken as a sign of distress. Reportedly, the employee who answered the phone said that the flag was flown that way on purpose.
Later, a person identifying herself as a manager of that particular McDonald’s called to clarify her employee’s comments.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I heard him take a comprehensive approach,” said Carlsbad police Chief Gary Morrison. “I liked the way he talked about the medical community and the impact of video games on kids, and money to law enforcement and schools to craft emergency response plans.”
(Gunny G: What “The Folks” Are Saying About…This One!) ~ Boy, 6, suspended over finger gun [school says "serious incident... threatened to shoot a student"]
UPI ^ | January 2, 2013
Posted on 01/02/2013 8:04:34 PM PST by grundle
Robin Ficker said a boy, a student at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was given a one-day suspension from school with a conference planned for when students returned from winter break for the pretend shooting a week after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., The (Springfield, Va.) Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.
Since Wednesday night, and for obvious reasons, a thought much like that otherwise expressed by Ralph Waldo Emerson has been going through my mind: “What you have done speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
Of course, the truth is that making a sound judgment about what someone says, even when we can hear it clearly, requires that we consider what they have done and what they say in light of a standard that may or may not be reflected in either.
GyGRet (Photo credit: GunnyG1345)
These days, especially in our politics, we are constantly being invited to forget that aspect of judgment. It’s like buying a car in a town with only one dealership and no access to anything like a CARFAX report. We’re given no option but to listen to the different sales patters and choose accordingly.
The average price of a gallon of regular gas increased 1.5 cents nationally for the second straight day, taking it to $3.86 in AAA’s latest reading Wednesday. The back-to-back price moves follow what had been a lull in gas price activity after an August run-up in prices caused by Gulf Coast refinery disruptions as Hurricane Isaacapproached.
Prices had been expected to retreat quickly once the Gulf region‘s facilities came back online. But Tom Kloza, chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, said the retreat in prices following the storm is being delayed because Isaac hit so close to Sept. 15.
Update: Secret Service denies thanking baker for rejecting Biden visit
washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | 8/17/12
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 5:07:17 PM by Justaham
Did Secret Service officials associated with Vice President Joe Biden thank a baker for refusing to host the vice president at his shop on Wednesday, as local media reported? The U.S. Secret Service says it didn’t happen.
“[O]ur personnel were not involved in making that statement,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told National Review Online’s
Daniel Foster. “Milien said there were agents in the bakery, along with (similarly dressed) local law enforcement, but that USSS was there merely to thank the shop owners for their trouble and apologize for any inconvenience the advance team may have caused them,” National Review added.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:33:00 AM · by RogerFGayMensNewsDaily.com ^ | March 3, 2010 | Roger F. GayTo meet the Obama administration’s targets for increasing fuel taxes, researchers say that Americans will have to pay $7 for a gallon of gasoline; about 17 percent more than drivers in green-conscious and generally highly taxed Sweden.
WRENTHAM — Just a week after the nation celebrated its birthday, residents of the Garden Lane public housing complex are being told they can no longer display their patriotism by hanging U.S. flags outside their homes.
Tenants of the complex, operated near the center of town by the Wrentham Housing Authority, were notified of the new policy through a letter taped to their doors sometime Wednesday afternoon.
BizPacReview.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Michele Kirk
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:04:02 AM by T.O.K.
Congressman Allen West warned the conservative base on Wednesday that if the Obamacare ruling does not go the way the Democrats would like it to, they will be doubling down on their efforts to implement a nationalized healthcare plan. . .
MALKIN UNLOADS ON LIBERAL ‘HANNITY’ GUEST OVER FAST AND FURIOUS:
‘THE BLOOD IS ON YOUR PEOPLE’S HANDS!’
June 21, 2012 by Jonathon M. Seidl
But if that was stoking the fire, what she did Wednesday night on “Hannity” to liberal Tamara Holder was torching the place with napalm.
Malkin was a guest along with Holder on a segment talking about the day’s Fast and Furious news
that the entire operation was really started under the Bush administration
(the “blame Bush” mantra is really popular these days). That’s where things first got tense, after Holder scolded Hannity who tried to make a point and told him,
Despite the White House’s efforts to keep a proposed free trade agreement concealed from the public — and even Congress — an excerpt from the TPP leaked Wednesday reveals that President Obama is prepared to bow to multinational corporations.
The United States has been engaged in discussion with eight Pacific nations to come to agreement on the terms of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade contract that would allow for a more open system of exchange between the US and less developed nations. Critics have been concerned,however, over how provisions of the project could drive up the price of medications and other goods across the world. The White House’s reluctance to provide details to even leading lawmakers responsible for America’s trade plans has caused a rift within the president’s own political party as his administration remains adamant about protecting the items being heard.
Barring some dramatic break from procedure, the Supreme Court justices have already decided the fate of Obamacare, and are now just working out the written rulings and dissents.
Usually, it works like this: “For cases argued on Monday, the Justices vote on it on Wednesday. Votes on cases argued Tuesday and Wednesday are cast on Friday. The senior Justice voting with the majority assigns the job of writing the majority opinion and the senior Justice voting with the minority chooses who will write the minority opinion. While all Justices can add his or her own statements, the majority opinion stands as the final decision of the court.”
Internet address system set for major upgradeNewsCore June 04, 2012 8:45AMWeb has officially run out of existing IP addresses World to make the switch on to IPv6, Wednesday IPv6 system recognises 128-bit IP addresses There may be some “irritations” for users during transitionTHE internet is set for a major upgrade in the coming week. But if all goes well, users won’t even know it’s happening.
…..Think Ronald Reagan didn’t know what North was doing?
Section 1-3 of that Army Training Manual cited in the first link above talks about military and civilian internees. If you read the entire Contents section it appears to be written for overseas operations. The designation CI (civilian internee) is used in the charts. No doubt we’ll hear all sorts of protestations by government lackeys this doesn’t apply to you and me. Anyone who believes anything coming out of Washington, DC, anymore is either in denial or a damn fool.
Then we have this one:
“We are Preparing for Massive Civil War,” Says DHS Informant
“In a riveting interview on TruNews Radio, Wednesday, private investigator Doug Hagmann said high-level, reliable sources told him the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing for “massive civil war” in America. Folks, we’re getting ready for one massive economic collapse,” Hagmann told TruNews host Rick Wiles. “We have problems . . . The federal government is preparing for civil uprising,” he added, “so every time you hear about troop movements, every time you hear about movements of military equipment, the militarization of the police, the buying of the ammunition, all of this is . . . they (DHS) are preparing for a massive uprising.
WASHINGTON – On the same day that President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services Committee backed measures prohibiting the practice on U.S. military bases.
The panel stepped into the gays in the military issue as it considered a sweeping, $642 billion defense bill for next year that buys new weapons, ships and aircraft, increases military pay by 1.7 percent and sets policies for the Pentagon. The committee worked through the day Wednesday and into the early morning Thursday on the legislation that adds billions of dollars to the president’s budget request.
Four current and former Transportation Security Administration screeners have been arrested and face charges of taking bribes and looking the other way while suitcases filled with cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana passed through X-ray machines at Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
This Thursday, April 19th, 2012, is the 17th anniversary of the OKC bombing. Let’s give this some historical context.
In 1993, the FBI built the bomb that killed six people and injured more than a thousand in the World Trade Center. (The FBI informant who hatched and supervised the “radical Muslim plot” is on tape discussing this fact with his FBI handler, asking “why didn’t the FBI build a dud, as promised?”)
It’s the most political parties Wyoming has had in more than a decade. Analysts say the number reflects voter discontent, but it is unlikely to make a significant impact on Wyoming elections, at least in the near future.
Founded in 1992 as the U.S. Taxpayers Party, the Constitution Party is one of the top three minor parties in the United States. The party’s stated goals include restoring the Founding Fathers’ vision of a limited federal government based on Biblical foundations.
Residents 80 miles away report strange earth tremors
Mysterious booms that have rocked the town of Clintonville, Wisconsin have spread to another town 80 miles away. Police in Montello received reports of similar earth tremors at 5:30am this morning.
“They checked to see if anyone was drilling or doing underground work but came back empty handed,” reports NBC 26.
“Residents from Montello say they’re not crazy! In fact, they didn’t even hear about what’s going on in Clintonville until after they started doing some research online.”
The story of the mysterious booms has now gone viral and is getting nationwide coverage. In contrast to the “strange sounds” phenomenon which swept the Internet earlier this year, which was characterized by recordings of loud trumpet sounds made by breathless You Tube videographers, events in Wisconsin are considerably more fact-based.
Indeed, concern over the booms prompted a town hall public meeting last night in Clintonville and a promise to bring in sophisticated seismic technology to try and locate the epicenter of the noise.
Although Wednesday night was quieter in comparison to previous nights in Clintonville, police did receive a handful of reports of more booms and local reporters also heard the strange noise again at around 5am.
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The most active night was Sunday, when police received over a hundred calls from concerned residents who felt their houses shake as a result of the boom.
Explanations for the source of the booms have varied, with residents speculating that the noises could be caused by secret underground military experiments, heavy construction, explosives used in mining, or even clandestine geoengineering projects focused around CO2 sequestration, which involves pumping CO2 into deep underground reservoirs and has been linked with man-made earthquakes.
The military has denied that it is responsible for the booms, but would not be expected to claim responsibility if it was conducting secret activities.
Ynet reports that an advisor of Bibi Netanyahu has suggested that the world starve Iran into submission: Iran’s citizens should be starved in order to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, officials in Jerusalem said Wednesday ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington.
“North Korea is halting its nuclear program in order to receive aid in food, and this is what should be done with Iran as well,” one unnamed official said. “Suffocating sanctions could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food,” the source said. “This would force the regime to consider whether the nuclear adventure is worthwhile, while the Persian people have nothing to eat and may rise up as was the case in Syria, Tunisia and other Arab states.”
“The Western world led by the United States must implement stifling sanctions at this time already, rather than wait or hesitate,” the official said. “In order to suffocate Iran economically and diplomatically and lead the regime there to a hopeless situation, this must be done now, without delay.”While it appears true that North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and announced a moratorium on nuclear tests, it has not cancelled or ended its nuclear program as the Israeli official says. In fact, while the U.S. welcomed the announcement, it said it said it was “limited.”
As for starvation, it has been a North Korean fact of life for two decades or more. Chances are this change of policy has a lot more to do with a new leader taking over the country, than starvation proving an effective strategic tool. Besides, North Korea has entered into such talks before and then deserted them only to resume enrichment and testing. So gloating over this development is premature until we see whether it will produce long-term results.
Besides being a massive violation of international law, starvation as a tactic simply doesn’t work. Anyone remember the hundreds of thousands of children dying of malnutrition in Saddam’s Iraq? That worked pretty well there, didn’t it?
How about the Nazi siege of Leningrad that killed millions and led to longstanding hatreds between Russia and Germany?
The new assault rifle, dubbed AK-12, is being designed as a basic platform for the development of nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. It could be adapted for cartridges varying from 5.45×39 mm to 7.62×51 NATO.
The state tests of the rifle may begin at the end of 2012 despite the fact that the Russian Defense Ministry has not shown interest so far in the new weapon citing the financial difficulties of the Izhmash company and a huge surplus of AK-74 assault rifles (about 17 million) in the Armed Forces.
Izhmash said on Wednesday that the testing of the AK-12 will continue and the company will offer the rifle to foreign customers and Russian police.
Russia’s Interior Ministry has reportedly ordered about a hundred AK-12s for testing by its personnel.
According to Izhmash designers, they “adapted the weapon to modern combat requirements, having preserved Kalashnikov’s unique qualities – simplicity, reliability and relatively low production cost.”
Military Begins Training For Domestic Urban Warfare Anticipated “In The Near Future” – With VideoPatDollard.com ^ | 01/27/12 | Pat DollardPosted on Friday, January 27, 2012 12:09:41 PM by JihadiKillerThe Los Angeles Police Department teamed with military special operation forces Wednesday evening to conduct multi-agency tactical exercises in the skies above downtown LA.
Many questioned what was going on Wednesday night as a Black Hawk helicopter and four OH-6 choppers – or “Little Birds” – flew over the city, at one point hovering just above the US Bank building downtown and later flying low over the Staples Center as the Lakers played inside.Someone could be seen sitting inside an open chopper with his legs hanging off the side.Sky9 spotted the Black Hawk in the dark, making what appeared to be a drop off at a park before quickly ascending back into the air.Throughout the exercise, the five rotorcrafts were staged at Dodgers Stadium.
Prison Planet.com » Is There a Single U.S. Mainstream News Story About the Mass Burial of 30 People Outside Chicago?
Is There a Single U.S. Mainstream News Story About the Mass Burial of 30 People Outside Chicago?
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Unfortunately, the source of this story is the Daily Mail. What’s worse is that I’m not able to find any other source that doesn’t reference the Daily Mailpiece. It says that the mass burial took place on Wednesday (January 18, 2011).
This is not a new practice.
I found this, from last year:
Dart pointed to complaints at Homewood Memorial Gardens, which has held the county contract for indigent burials since 1980. He cited babies being buried 10 to 15 to a box, some with animal remains.
“From a law enforcement standpoint, it’s disturbing,” Dart said. “From a human standpoint, it’s appalling.”
Is this just par for the course in the U.S. now? The new normal? Nothing to see here?
Via: Daily Mail:
Teen girls’ mystery illness now has a diagnosis: mass hysteria
MSM.com ^ | 1.18.2012 | n/a
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:04:01 PM by wolfcreek
The day after TODAY reported on the baffling case of 12 teenage girls at one school who mysteriously fell ill with Tourette’s-like symptoms of tics and verbal outbursts, a doctor who is treating some of the girls has come forward to offer an explanation. Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, a neurologist in Amherst, N.Y., says the diagnosis is “conversion disorder,” or mass hysteria.
“It’s happened before, all around the world, in different parts of the world. It’s a rare phenomena. Physicians are intrigued by it,” Mechtler told TODAY on Wednesday. “The bottom line is these teenagers will get better.”
(“Internet blackout against SOPA fails to enlist big sites”) Internet Blackout Begins in Protest of SOPA and PIPA (Wikipedia, Craigslist Shut down websites)
Internet blackout against SOPA fails to enlist big sites
A blackout scheduled for Wednesday to protest against proposed legislation on online piracy has failed to get the support of the biggest Internet players.
Do not try to look up “Internet Censorship” or “SOPA” or “PIPA” on Wikipedia, the giant online encyclopedia, on Wednesday.SOPA and PIPA are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet, but major Internet companies say the bills would put them in the impossible position of policing the online world.Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, now says his site will go dark for the day on Wednesday, joining a budding movement to protest the two bills. Google vs. China Watch Video Craigslist Censored? Watch Video China Hackers Stealing U.S. Secrets, Jobs Watch Video”This is going to be wow,” Wales said on Twitter.
Wake deputy kills dog while searching for runaway teen (another ‘isolated incident’)
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 11:26:28 AM by bamahead
John and Linda Super say two deputies came to their home on King Circle, looking for a 15-year-old neighbor who had run away and had often spent time with them.
One of the couple’s dogs, Elvis, forced his way out the front door and ran outside as the couple talked to the deputies, they said. One of the deputies shot Elvis twice, including once in the back of the head, killing him, according to the Supers.
“All we’ve got is a dead dog and a lot of questions that need answers,” Linda Super said. “(Elvis) came running out, never bothered a soul, never opened his mouth, never woofed or nothing when he came out the door.”
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the deputy, Roderick Belfield, said the dog was barking and running towards him. Belfield will not be punished for shooting the dog.
CBS ^ | 11/23/11 | CBS/AP
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:46:20 PM by Nachum
BEIRUT – The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey‘s foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.
“The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available,” said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy’s website. “The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights.”
Collecting and storing every newborn’s blood violates Genetic Privacy Act
November 18, 2011
In a long running case, a Supreme Court has ruled to limit the use of blood samples collected from newborns by the government.
The case has exposed the fact that there is an ongoing semi-covert movement by state and federal governments to claim ownership of every newborn baby’s DNA for the purpose of genetic research without the consent of individual citizens.
Overruling a lower court’s decision, the state Supreme Court found that the samples are “Genetic Information” under the State Genetic Privacy Act, and held that “unless otherwise provided, the Department must have written informed consent to collect, use, store, or disseminate [the blood samples].”
Oil hits $100, first time since July
Yahoo Finance ^ | November 16,2011 | Chris Kahn
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:12:59 AM by Hojczyk
The price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose as high as $100.79 in electronic trading on Wednesday. Oil prices have been soaring for several weeks as the economy improves while tensions rise in countries that hold some of the world’s major sources of crude.
Benchmark crude has surged 26 percent since the end of September. It crossed the $100 mark after the Labor Department reported that consumers paid less for gas, cars and computers. As inflation slows, it increases pressure on the Federal Reserve to do more to further stimulate the economy.
Purdue prof: Perry gaffe could happen to anyone; says word-finding gets tougher as we age
The Republic ^ | Nov. 12, 2011 | AP
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:59:58 AM by Innovative
Christine Weber-Fox says Perry’s inability to remember all three of the federal agencies he wants to eliminate during an appearance in Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate isn’t a sign of any mental impairment.
The Purdue professor of speech, language and hearing sciences says Perry’s brain-freeze appears to be a “case of normal word-finding difficulty that can happen to anyone.”
Don’t panic! FEMA urges Americans not to worry as national alert system is tested
Daily Mail ^ | Nov.7, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 6:14:15 PM by Free ThinkerNY
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are spearheading an aggressive public education campaign reminding Americans not to panic when they lose television and radio service for a few minutes on Wednesday during a test of the Emergency Alert System.
Although the public alert mechanism is decades old and often tested and used at the local level, it has never before been tested on a nationwide scale.
This first-ever test will occur at 2:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 9 and will occur simultaneously across the U.S. and its territories, lasting up to three-and-a-half-minutes.
U.S. Challenged to Explain Accusations of Iran Plot in the Face of Skepticism
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:55:23 AM by chessplayer
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday sought to reconcile what it said was solid evidence of an Iranian plot to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States with a wave of puzzlement and skepticism from some foreign leaders and outside experts.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …
WASHINGTON – Hurricane Zoe, a Category 2 storm, damaged a large number of District homes, caused major roads to flood and left more than 87,000 D.C. residents without power.
That fabricated scenario was the setting for a full-scale exercise performed by D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Wednesday, allowing a wide swath of District agencies to practice their response to a massive city-wide emergency.
On the grounds of RFK Stadium, members of the Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Fire and EMS and the D.C. Department of Human Services were on hand to perform various drills in order to coordinate and execute emergency operations, gathering data to refine the city’s procedures in the event of a real emergency.
In the concourse of the stadium, the D.C. Department of Human Services was in charge of a “mega-shelter” that filled with volunteers mimicking the roles of displaced residents.
Representatives from DHS and the D.C. Department of Health were on hand to assist “residents” with food, communications and medical problems as they entered the facility.
In the parking lots surrounding RFK, other D.C. emergency agencies assembled and operated a temporary morgue, cleared overturned cars, gathered trash and operated a temporary pet shelter.
* A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Millicent West, director of the D.C. HSEMA, says Wednesday’s exercise allows the city to examine flaws in its emergency operation and invest in ways to fix issues as they arise.
“If there are challenges in making sure that things aren’t working, we let people know where the redundancies are so that they can know immediately, if this is not working, this is my trigger to say ‘I need to do something else,’ ” West says.
Full article here