Talking About Misplaced Priorities: To the Moon and Then Bust!

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:46 PM
September 23, 2013

navy-yard-shooting1    Last week’s massacre at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard indicates that––as America spends billions racing to the moon and ‘measuring’ outer space––even after 9/11, the nation still does not have electronic communications, private contractor clearances, and safe security measures correct and in place.

Just as in 9/11, communications systems for emergency responders was non-functioning.  Kevin Bogardus from ‘The Hill’ says: “Radios for federal firefighters and police officers failed during Monday’s mass shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard, according to union representatives for first responders.

“Union officials said police and firefighters resorted to using their cellphones and radios from D.C.’s emergency responders to communicate with each other during the attack.  Initially, officers found that their radios were working. But as they ventured deeper into the building where the shooting took place, their equipment stopped functioning.

“After the first shootout with the gunman, one officer found his radio’s battery was dead, while another officer could not receive a signal from his radio and was unable to call for help. That forced them to use an officer’s cellphone to call others outside the building.” Such unpreparedness must change!

Also sources quote the Pentagon: “Naval police in Rhode Island did not alert superiors in Washington to evidence pointing to the mental instability of the former Navy reservist who the police say killed 12 people at a Washington Navy base.”

Trip Gabriel and Thom Shanker write:  “The police in Rhode Island who interviewed the man, Aaron Alexis, on Aug. 7 aaron-alexis-navy-yardwere concerned enough by his claims to be hearing voices sent by a “microwave machine” that they faxed their report to the naval police in Newport, where Mr. Alexis was working temporarily.

But the Newport police did not take further action because they did not consider Mr. Alexis dangerous. “He’s just hearing voices,” said Lt. William Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the department. “We can’t arrest someone for that.”
Moreover, the same inadequate security measures allowed Alexis to smuggle a gun onto the Navy facility and hide it in a bathroom.

USIS, the same company that gave NSA secrets spiller, Edward Snowden, top secret clearance, also cleared the Navy Yard shooter to do government work as a subcontractor. So Congress is ‘upset’ USIS has not ‘tightened its regulations’? Couldn’t enlisted military personnel do better jobs than this?

Repeated stupid stumbles. Psychologists posit Navy Yard shooter Alexis suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), common mental illness for ex-military personnel.  But that makes no difference, because politicians have not seen fit to pass laws insuring that mentally unstable people cannot buy guns.

Maybe members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have PTSD.  But wait, most of them have never served in the military, so they may have no sense of protecting the American people?  What a bust!  This nation went to the moon, and searches the stars, but can’t do a better job of protecting its people.

Used Christian books condemns such weakness in what is suppose to be the strongest nation on earth: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed (Isaiah 9: 26).”  Time to pray for the USA!

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