President Obama has made Real Spending Cuts…in the Office for Bombing Prevention

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 21st, 2013

Week in Review

At first the Left was blaming the Republicans for the Boston Marathon bombings.  For their ‘anti-government’ views.  And causing President Obama’s proposed sequester to go into effect.  Then they were blaming white rightwing extremists because of the symbolism of the day.  Now that the bomber have been captured and we’ve learned who they are we see that perhaps those in government could have done a better job in preventing this particular terrorist attack (see Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent, says former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary by David Martosko posted 4/16/2013 on the Daily Mail).

Barack Obama’s administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings, MailOnline can reveal.

Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, ‘but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today…

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) was created in 2003 when the Department of Homeland Security was founded. Its original name was the WMD/Bombing Prevention Unit, and it was part of the department’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate…

Today the OBP describes its mission as ‘enhanc[ing] the Nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the terrorist use of explosives against critical infrastructure, the private sector, and Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial entities.’

Its website says it works to ‘coordinate national and intergovernmental bombing prevention efforts’ and ‘enhance counter-IED capabilities.’

But little is known about what role OBP actually plays in attempting to prevent bombings at public events that could be considered target-rich environments…

On February 26 the Obama White House issued a lengthy National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Obama wrote in an introduction to that document that ‘we have no greater responsibility than providing for the safety and security for [sic] our citizens, allies, and partners … The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) threatens these interests by killing, injuring, and intimidating citizens and political leaders around the world.’

‘We must not become complacent,’ he wrote.

Even when the president writes he sounds like he is campaigning.  Sounds good.  But one day you have to stop campaigning and actually do your job.  And actually get results for policy actions.  Not just keep talking in lofty tones. And blaming continued failures on the opposition.

So we have a governmental agency that exists to prevent what happened in Boston this past April 15.  Well, we can assume that’s their job.  It sounds like it’s their job.  But no one really knows what this agency does.  Other than spend $11 million a year.  Reduced from $20 million under President Bush.  Hey, how about that?  The president can cut federal spending.  As long as it’s not for something important he can cut federal spending.  Green energy investments and studying why lesbians are generally more overweight than gay men are really important so he continues to spend on them.  But something less critical to the well-being of the nation, like preventing domestic terrorist bombings, that he can cut.

The mainstream media was blaming these bombings on some angry rightwing white guy before the dust settled.  And they gave their reasons why.  It was April 15th.  Tax day.  And angry white rightwing extremists hate paying taxes.  It was Patriots’ Day in Boston.  Another day of symbolic importance to white rightwing extremists.  It was near the anniversary of the fiery end to the government’s Waco siege.  And the Oklahoma City bombing.  So it was just dripping with white rightwing extremist symbolism.  So if the mainstream media could understand this within minutes of the bombings you’d think the government who spends a lot of time attacking those white rightwing extremists would have, too.  And used their OBP to take it up a notch in the weeks leading up to that day in Boston.  Such as stopping people weighed down by very large and heavy backpacks to search what’s inside.  A woman can’t see a concert these days without security searching her purse.  You’d think they’d have a backpack search policy on a day just dripping with white rightwing extremist symbolism.

Yes, hindsight is always 20-20.  But we’re learning there were some serious clues that we should have acted on.  The Russians asked us to look into bomber #1 in 2011 who was in the U.S. on a Green Card.  Due to his ties with radical Islamist groups in his homeland.  The FBI did.  But found no cause for concern.  Then he spent 7 months in Russia.  And visited his father in the Republic of Dagestan.  Which is next door to Chechnya.  A hotbed of Islamist terrorism.  Upon returning to the United States he got kicked out of a Boston mosque for being too radical.  He was in contact with radical Islamist groups.  And his YouTube channel was full of anti-American, Islamist and terrorist videos.  You’d think that the federal government would have been watching this guy very closely during the run-up to the Boston Marathon.  Perhaps even monitoring his purchases.  For if the OBP were not watching people like him just who were they watching?

The federal government’s primary job is to protect this country from its foreign and domestic enemies.  Perhaps we should be doing a little more of that and spending a little less on green energy investments.  And researching why lesbians tend to be heavier than gay men.  Had they there was a chance they could have prevented this one terrorist attack.  For Bomber #1 was leaving a trail of clues behind him for us to follow.  You can’t look into everyone doing one of the things he did.  But someone doing all of the things he did should have popped up on someone’s radar.  Hopefully we can learn from this intelligence failure.  And make it harder for the next domestic terrorist.

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