Wednesday, April 26, 2006

More reaction to the DHS announcement

Here are a couple of links to the reaction to yesterday's DHS announcement on port security:

USA Today
House Commitee on Homeland Security


Blogger I am who I am said...

Have you ever wondered if this book in the hands of a terrorist might be a list of "Oper Target's" for them to hit. By publishing this book you may have made America even more vunerable by pointing out our weaknesses to the enemy. Any smart stratigist knows that a major part of defense is to not let the enemy see your weaknesses.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Clark Kent Ervin said...

The terrorists know everything that's in this book, and they're working overtime to exploit these vulnerabilities. By way of contrast, the American people are in the dark about how vulnerable we are because our leaders have led them to believe that we're better protected than we really are. The purpose of this book is to tell the American people what the terrorists already know. - America is an "open target." The expectation is that once the American people learn the truth, they'll pressure our leaders to take the steps that should long ago have been tane to make us as safe as we can be.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A real strategist (smart and educated) knows that the third part of the Clauswitzian triangle is the mobilization of the people toward a common cause, without which one can not wage an effective war, on terror or otherwise. As Mr Ervin stated, the terrorists know what's going on, significantly more than the American people in general. Without the people's full support and understanding (and votes), we can and will remain vulnerable to attack. Our military strategy and posture is fully available to the world as are most of our policies. This is the concept called transparency, a concept central to our national security. "Open Target" serves to educate the people of this country to the weaknesses the terrorists already know.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Ervin,

Does your book address weaknesses in the General Aviation System? Shortly afte 9/11 NTSB issued a report, revealing the FAA had lost track of 28K aircraft owners. The FAA revealed over the radio that many foreign aircraft enter US airspace without permission each month, especially in the Southern Region. Given the terrorist are reported to still be interested in aviation, per US intelligence, shouldn't we be doing more to get a handle on unidentified traffic to GA airports?
What can be done and what are the obstacles as you see them? Thank you for your public service.

10:32 AM  

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