Friday, July 22, 2011

Terror Warning Warns of Insider Threat to Infrastructure

"A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns "violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions," and that "outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees" for damaging physical and cyber attacks." ABC News

On one hand, it really is no surprise that Al Qaeda may already have operatives here in country. It was the same way 10 years ago. The targets mentioned in the ABC article are also no surprise. Water system have the potential of effecting the largest number of people. Nuclear power plants have been in the news lately since the Fukishima disaster. Their safety records and reports of violations make them even likelier targets for attack.

What is surprising about this report is since her appointment, Secretary Napolitano has been stressing border security. This then raises the question of how effective was her efforts to secure the border? The Obama Administration seems schizophrenic on this issue having DHS on one hand stress the need to secure the borders but the rest of the administration fighting for less strict immigration policies. You can pursuit both without essentially neutralizing both.

We are less than two months away from the tenth anniversary of 9/11, more reports will surely surface claiming another plot. The challenge is going to be remaining vigilant without becoming panicked or cynical.

ABC News

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