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Full-scale rebellion ahead

Posted: 01/09/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

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HENRY LAMB

Henry Lamb


Posted: January 09, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

© 2010 

The underlying reason for America’s past greatness is the freedom of her people. As the people’s freedom is diminished, so is America’s greatness. Once lost, neither freedom nor the nation’s greatness can be easily regained. The people’s freedom has been dramatically eroded in recent years, and the Marxist majority now in control of the federal government is trying hard to extinguish those few flames that still flicker.

The underlying principle of America’s system of government is clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence: Governments derive their just powers “from the consent of the governed.” People are free when they control their government. When government controls the people, there can be no freedom.

For most of the 20th century, the philosophy of Karl Marx permeated most of Europe and made strong inroads in America. The strong anti-communist movement of the 1950s collapsed when political power was abused. Except for a brief period during the Cuban Missile Crisis, communism, socialism and Marxism faded from the American vocabulary. Instead, “give peace a chance,” the war on poverty and environmentalism filled the popular agenda.

The new agenda required new government involvement. Lyndon Johnson’s 1960s War on Poverty promised to end poverty through government supervision and redistribution of wealth. Detroit’s “Model Cities” program was the predecessor of today’s “Sustainable Communities” agenda. Detroit provides a great example of why these Marxist policies should be avoided at all costs.

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Reduced to its lowest common denominator, Marxism is government managing society. Freedom is society managing government. The current arrogant, Marxist majority in Washington could not care less about what the people want or say. They are convinced that they know best how society should be managed, and they are hell-bent to manage it the way they want.

Led by President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, this government has become, as Thomas Jefferson describes governments of force, “a government of wolves over sheep.” The Marxist majority completely ignores the overwhelming expressed will of the people who say, “Do not enact the currently proposed health-care legislation.” They completely ignore the will of the people who say, “Treat terrorists as combatants, not as criminals entitled to constitutional protections.” The leaders of this government have turned the ship of state directly toward Marxism, and they fully intend to impose every people-management system they can create.

This is precisely the kind of situation Jefferson had in mind when he told his friend, James Madison, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” And a rebellion is rising.

The rebellion is not simply one political party rising to defeat another. This rebellion is deep-seated. It stretches across many political parties and stokes the fires of freedom in people who have not been politically active in the past.

People who have never attended a political party meeting are showing up at precinct meetings. They are bringing their friends. They are registering to vote in the primaries. They are meeting – and questioning – potential candidates. They are signing up to be poll watchers. They are volunteering to join mobilization teams to see that people are able to get to the polls to vote. They are examining the voting records of the incumbents. They are preparing for a rebellion.

They are looking for candidates who believe the U.S. Constitution created the best form of government yet devised. They are singling out for defeat those incumbents who want to “fundamentally change the United States of America.” They are looking for candidates who believe that the Constitution limits Congress to those specific powers enumerated in Article 1, Section 8. They are looking for candidates who believe in a free market, rather than a government-managed market. They are looking for candidates who have the backbone to stand firm for the Constitution, despite what a president, a party boss, the media or fat-cat lobbyists may say.

The ruling party has pulled out all the stops to get its Marxist agenda enacted into law before the rebels frighten officials into withdrawing their votes. The ruling party has pulled out all the stops to discredit their opponents by ridiculing everyone who opposes their actions. This government-funded propaganda piece by NPRis a disgusting example.

Americans who prefer Marxist, redistributionist, government-managed lives will continue to accept the loss of freedom and the decay of America. Americans who cherish freedom will continue to train their troops and attack at the primaries, in preparation for a full-scale rebellion on Nov. 2, 2010.

A New Year, a New Terror

Posted: 01/09/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

By Daniel Greenfield  Saturday, January 9, 2010

imageBarely has 2010 begun and we’ve already had multiple terror arrests, one after another. And then we’ve had multiple arrests that aren’t even being described as terror related.

Just today, we’ve had two more arrests out of New York of friendly religion of peace folks. Only a few days before that, a Palestinian Arab Muslim who owns a mosque was taken off a plane for shouting that he wanted to kill Jews. The media however is dismissing it as nothing more than a drunken incident.

The latest Pentagon report shows that the Gitmo terror returnee rate is up to 20 percent. And again, those are only the ones the Pentagon knows about. Worse yet many of the returnees from Gitmo are actually playing key roles in Al Queda, particularly in Yemen. This is significant because liberal pundits and lawyers often made the argument that these were small fry who just happened to come to Afghanistan and wanted nothing more than to go home.

Well they came home and began the Jihad all over again. Which naturally those same pundits and lawyers claim was only attributable to how much we humiliated them at Gitmo.

Then there was the Westergard ax attack, a shooting in a church in Egypt and all the usual roundup of terrorist attacks in areas in Afghanistan, Russia’s Islamic republics, Israel, Kashmir and all the other parts of the world that Muslims have turned into a war zone.

All in a matter of a few days.

The sobriquet, tiny minority of extremists has become an obvious joke. And Muslims insist on reminding those who forget of the consequences of ignorance.

And the Tolerance March of Death continues. In Malaysia, tensions are overflowing because non-Muslims are daring to use the word Allah.

The absurdity of Muslim hypocrisy on the subject is that Muslims routinely demand that Allah be translated as god in the West, assuring us that it’s a universal idea. But at home Muslims demand to be the only ones with the right to use Allah. What this translates to is an attempt to monopolize the very idea of god, as being the property of only Islam.

And that is the endgame for the blasphemy laws being passed in Europe as well. We haven’t gone all the way yet, even in Michigan a man who posted anti-Islamic cartoons isn’t actually being charged. Not because the politicians don’t want him charged, but because the laws don’t actually exist. Yet.

Investigators say the man told them that Muslims are “anti-Christian” and that he found the images online and thought it would be “cool” to post them on utility poles in the St. Cloud area.

“While I do not condone the crude and distasteful messages which the suspect in this case attempted to convey, criminal prosecution under the statutes available to this office would not be successful,”

Kendall wrote that the cartoons were political speech, and that the suspect was educating people rather than threatening them.

Petersen told the paper he had not decided on whether to file other charges.

And so for now the man isn’t headed to jail. For now.

Side note: Muslim claims that IDF dogs are trained to attack anyone shouting Allahu Akbar, a cry commonly used by terrorists just before they begin their slaughter.

The opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has gotten the usual stars and spangles coverage, while no one in the media has bothered to examine Dubai’s virtual slavery in the construction industry. Or just how much of the money being spent was based on investor gullibility.

There is naturally no coverage of the fact that the UAE is an Islamic tyranny. That it sponsors terrorism. That in Dubai a female British tourist was arrested after being raped.

The 23-year-old Londoner says she was attacked by a waiter in a hotel toilet after celebrating her engagement to her boyfriend with drinks, The Sun reports.

But after she admitted drinking alcohol and sharing a hotel room with her fiancé, police in the strict Islamic state arrested her for “illegal drinking” outside licensed premises and having sex outside marriage.

Her 44-year-old fiancé, also from London, was charged with the same offences. Both were thrown in police cells by officers who paid little heed to the rape.

The devastated couple are understood to be on bail awaiting trial and have had their passports confiscated. They could be jailed for up to six years if found guilty of the illicit sex charge.

British embassy officials in the desert emirate are helping them.

A diplomatic source said: “There have been some truly appalling injustices in Dubai but this one tops the lot.

“A desperate, distressed rape victim went with her boyfriend to report the attack to police. And both wound up behind bars.

“The police and authorities in Dubai have shamed themselves by yet again displaying a breathtaking lack of compassion and humanity.”

Her attacker, who is understood to be Syrian, is believed to have denied rape. He claimed the Briton consented but has also been charged with “illegal sex”.

That of course is how Muslim countries have effectively legalized rape. And tourists foolish enough to try and deal with the Emirati police, which despite the glittering architecture, is just a bunch of thugs employed by the desert rat sheikhs running Dubai, get a one way trip to a jail cell.

The British embassy officials, whose main function there is visiting trafficked Ukranian prostitutes and promoting business deals with British companies will of course “help out”. After enough helping out, which will consist of them crawling on their knees before the sons of desert bandits and suggesting delicately that English ignorance of Islam’s fair and honest laws may create a negative image for Dubai, the couple will be expelled to England, the rapist will not be charged with anything (nor is this the first time he likely did something like this) and foreign tourists will once again get a lesson they will soon forget about not visiting Islamic countries.

Despite all this, there is of course no talk of boycotting Dubai. Andrew Sullivan who demands that US troops invade Israel to create a Hamas state, isn’t concerned about a dictatorship where a few percent control a labor work force that comprises much of the country.

Naturally not.

Dubai is an illusion and a lie created to attract Western tourists and investors. It is a modernist facade built on a primitive and backward fundamentalist society that trades oil and luxuries to the very infidels it despises, repaying them with Jihad and oppress
Beneath the skyscrapers, Dubai is no more modern than Cairo or Karachi.

United Arab Emirates—Dubai just opened the ultimate trophy building—the world’s tallest skyscraper, which soars a neck-craning 2,717 feet into the air—but just try getting there from the airport.

Your polite, epaulette-wearing cabdriver screeches down a 12-lane highway and—with the tower in plain sight—he goes miles past it, leading you to wonder whether he’s lost his way or is ripping you off. Only when he finally reaches an interchange and then doubles back to the tower do you realize what’s going on: Dubai wins no medals for urban planning.

At ground level, the fronds are packed with high-priced villas while the stemlike road leading to them is lined with monolithic rows of hulking apartment buildings. These look as though they were designed by architectural refugees from East Germany who added a few Islamic touches.

Multiply this gap between image and reality a hundredfold and you have the Dubai that was taking shape before the global recession of 2008 and the emirate’s debt crisis. It is a city of isolated enclaves, lacking convenient connections to one another, and brutal linear strips, exemplified by the eyesore high-rises along the emirate’s main drag, a superwide highway called Sheikh Zayed Road.

All of Dubai is one great big Potemkin village.

Meanwhile Guliani’s comments have stirred up a storm.

First up Daniel Friedman points out the false AP Headline on the story.

Here’s the headline and lede of an AP top story being carried verbatim by the media across the country this morning:

Giuliani: Obama ‘turned the corner’ on terrorism

WASHINGTON – Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday he believes President Barack Obama “turned the corner” on understanding the nature of terrorism when he publicly declared the U.S. at war.

Here’s video of the full “Good Morning America” interview with Giuliani that the AP purports to be referencing, which ABC News titles, Rudy Giuliani Criticizes Terror Trial.

The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart went another route by questioning Giuliani’s patriotism. (Remember when liberals were boiling mad at even the idea of anyone questioning their patriotism?)

In a post titled, “Rudy Giuliani fails citizenship test”, Capehart proves that

A. He doesn’t know what a citizenship test is

B. Compares anyone who criticizes Obama to an Al Queda terrorist

“But anyone who dabbles in the irresponsible chatter that Obama and his administration couldn’t care less about protecting Americans is, like an al-Qaeda foot soldier”

Now this is a fantastic quote because when conservatives said things like this a few years back about groups that actually worked to undermine America and help terrorists… such as anti-war protesters (a group that includes Obama) and the ACLU… they were accused of fascism and McCarthyism.

But McCarthyism is cool at the Washington Post when it’s Capehartiasm.

And in a citizenship competition between Giuliani and Jonathan Capehart, whose only contribution is being one of Obama’s many barely distinguishable bootlickers, does he really think he’s going to win?

The only thing significant here is that the Obama media is very predictably redefining patriotism as support for anything Obama does.

Friday, January 08, 2010
By Michael Tarm, Associated Press
Chicago (AP) – A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, a network of high-tech machines analyzes his body language and reads his mind.

Screeners pull him aside. Tragedy is averted.

As far-fetched as that sounds, systems that aim to get inside an evildoer’s head are among the proposals floated by security experts thinking beyond the X-ray machines and metal detectors used on millions of passengers and bags each year.

On Thursday, in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, President Barack Obama called on Homeland Security and the Energy Department to develop better screening technology, warning: “In the never-ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary.”

The ideas that have been offered by security experts for staying one step ahead include highly sophisticated sensors, more intensive interrogations of travelers by screeners trained in human behavior, and a lifting of the U.S. prohibitions against profiling.

Some of the more unusual ideas are already being tested. Some aren’t being given any serious consideration. Many raise troubling questions about civil liberties. All are costly.

“Regulators need to accept that the current approach is outdated,” said Philip Baum, editor of the London-based magazine Aviation Security International. “It may have responded to the threats of the 1960s, but it doesn’t respond to the threats of the 21st century.”

Here’s a look at some of the ideas that could shape the future of airline security:

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MIND READERS

The aim of one company that blends high technology and behavioral psychology is hinted at in its name, WeCU — as in “We See You.”

The system that Israeli-based WeCU Technologies has devised and is testing in Israel projects images onto airport screens, such as symbols associated with a certain terrorist group or some other image only a would-be terrorist would recognize, said company CEO Ehud Givon.

The logic is that people can’t help reacting, even if only subtly, to familiar images that suddenly appear in unfamiliar places. If you strolled through an airport and saw a picture of your mother, Givon explained, you couldn’t help but respond.

The reaction could be a darting of the eyes, an increased heartbeat, a nervous twitch or faster breathing, he said.

The WeCU system would use humans to do some of the observing but would rely mostly on hidden cameras or sensors that can detect a slight rise in body temperature and heart rate. Far more sensitive devices under development that can take such measurements from a distance would be incorporated later.

If the sensors picked up a suspicious reaction, the traveler could be pulled out of line for further screening.

“One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent,” Givon said.

Some critics have expressed horror at the approach, calling it Orwellian and akin to “brain fingerprinting.”

For civil libertarians, attempting to read a person’s thoughts comes uncomfortably close to the future world depicted in the movie “Minority Report,” where a policeman played by Tom Cruise targets people for “pre-crimes,” or merely thinking about breaking the law.

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LIE DETECTORS

One system being studied by Homeland Security is called the Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, and works like a souped-up polygraph.

It would subject people pulled aside for additional screening to a battery of tests, including scans of facial movements and pupil dilation, for signs of deception. Small platforms similar to the balancing boards used in the Nintendo Wii would help detect fidgeting.

At a public demonstration of the system in Boston last year, project manager Robert Burns explained that people who harbor ill will display involuntary physiological reactions that others — such as those who are stressed out for ordinary reasons, such as being late for a plane — don’t.

The system could be made to work passively, scanning people as they walk through a security line, according to Burns.

Field testing of the system, which will cost around $20 million to develop, could begin in 2011, The Boston Globe said in a story about the demonstration. Addressing one concern of civil libertarians, Burns said the technology would delete data after each screening.

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THE ISRAELI MODEL

Some say the U.S. should take a page from Israel’s book on security.

At Israeli airports, widely considered the most secure in the world, travelers are subjected to probing personal questions as screeners look them straight in the eye for signs of deception. Searches are meticulous, with screeners often scrutinizing every item in a bag, unfolding socks, squeezing toothpaste and flipping through books.

“All must look to Israel and learn from them. This is not a post-911 thing for them. They’ve been doing this since 1956,” said Michael Goldberg, president of New York-based IDO Security Inc., which developed a device that can scan shoes while they are still on people’s feet.

Israel also employs profiling: At Ben-Gurion Airport, Jewish Israelis typically pass through smoothly, while others may be taken aside for closer interrogation or even strip searches. Another distinquishing feature of Israeli airports is that they rely on concentric security rings that start miles from terminal buildings.

Rafi Ron, the former security director at Israel’s famously tight Ben Gurion International Airport who now is a consultant for Boston’s Logan International Airport, says U.S. airports also need to be careful not to overcommit to securing passenger entry points at airports, forgetting about the rest of the field.

“Don’t invest all your efforts on the front door and leave the back door open,” said Ron.

While many experts agree the United States could adopt some Israeli methods, few believe the overall model would work here, in part because of the sheer number of U.S. airports — more than 400, versus half a dozen in Israel.

Also, the painstaking searches and interrogations would create delays that could bring U.S. air traffic to a standstill. And many Americans would find the often intrusive and intimidating Israeli approach repugnant.

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PROFILING

Some argue that policies against profiling undermine security.

Baum, who is also managing director of Green Light Limited, a London-based aviation security company, agrees profiling based on race and religion is counterproductive and should be avoided. But he argues that a reluctance to distinguish travelers on other grounds — such as their general appearance or their mannerisms — is not only foolhardy but dangerous.

“When you see a typical family — dressed like a family, acts like a family, interacts with each other like a family … when their passport details match — then let’s get them through,” he said. “Stop wasting time that would be much better spent screening the people that we’ve get more concerns about.”

U.S. authorities prohibit profiling of passengers based on ethnicity, religion or national origin. Current procedures call for travelers to be randomly pulled out of line for further screening.

Scrutinizing 80-year-old grandmothers or students because they might be carrying school scissors can defy common sense, Baum said.

“We need to use the human brain — which is the best technology of them all,” he said.

But any move to relax prohibitions against profiling in the U.S. would surely trigger fierce resistance, including legal challenges by privacy advocates.

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PRIVATIZATION

What if security were left to somebody other than the federal government?

Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Washington-based Cato Institute, a free-market-oriented think tank, says airlines should be allowed take charge of security at airports.

Especially since 9/11, the trend has been toward standardizing security procedures to ensure all airports follow the best practices. But Harper argues that decentralizing the responsibility would result in a mix of approaches — thereby making it harder for terrorists to use a single template in planning attacks.

“Passengers, too, prefer a uniform experience,” he said. “But that’s not necessarily the best security. It’s better if sometimes we take your laptop out, sometimes we’ll pat you down. Those are things that will really drive a terrorist batty — as if they’re not batty already.”

Harper concedes that privatizing airport security is probably wishful thinking, and the idea has not gotten any traction. He acknowledges it would be difficult to allay fears of gaping security holes if it were left to each airline or airport owner to decide its own approach.

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AP writers Glen Johnson in Boston and Josef Federman in Jerusalem also contributed to this report.

Friday, January 08, 2010
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer


President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, about an alleged terrorist attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama and his White House counterterrorism adviser on Thursday accepted responsibility for attempted terror attack on Christmas Day that could have knocked an airliner out of the sky over Michigan.

Although Obama called for increased accountability, no one was fired: “I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer,” the president said. “For ultimately, the buck stops with me. As president, I have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people.  And when the system fails, it is my responsibility.”

Obama spoke after the White House released a declassified report on why the government failed to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallb’s terror plot from going as far as it did.

The 23-year-old Nigerian, acting on instructions from the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, boarded a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam on Christmas Day with explosives sewn into his underwear. His attempt to ignite those explosives produced flames but not a blast big enough to blow up the plane. A passenger subdued Abdulmutallab, and the flight crew restrained him until the plane landed.

“The U.S. government had sufficient information to have uncovered and potentially disrupted the December 25 attack – including by placing Mr. Abdulmutallab on the No Fly list – but analysts within the CT [counterterrorism] community failed to connect the dots that could have identified and warned of the specific threat,” the six-page White House review said. “The preponderance of the intelligence related to the plot was available broadly to the intelligence community.”

The report was completed by the staff of John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

“I told the president today I let him down,” Brennan told reporters at a White House briefing Thursday, shortly after President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the matter. “I am the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, and I told him that I will do better and we will do better as a team.”

Most shocking discovery?

Asked “what was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found” as part of the review, Brennan mentioned the lethality of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which he described as an “extension” of al-Qaeda in Pakistan:

“The fact that they had moved forward to try to execute this attack against the homeland I think demonstrated to us — and this is what the review sort of uncovered — that we had a strategic sense of sort of where they were going, but we didn’t know they had progressed to the point of actually launching individuals here. And we have taken that lesson, and so now we’re full on top of it,” Brennan said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano, answering the same question, said she was particularly concerned by “the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11 — that is something that affects intelligence. It really emphasizes now the renewed importance on how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed, and threat streams are followed through. And again, it will impact how we continue to review the need to improve airport security around the world.”

President Obama told the American people – in remarks delivered at the White House – that “although our intelligence community had learned a great deal about the al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — that we knew that they sought to strike the United States and that they were recruiting operatives to do so — the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland.”

Obama said the failure to follow up on the terrorists in Yemen contributed to a “failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community and which, together, could have revealed that Abdulmutallab was planning an attack.”

‘We are at war’

The president said the botched attack is a reminder “of the challenge we face in protecting our country against a foe that is bent on our destruction. And while passions and politics can often obscure the hard work before us, let’s be clear about what this moment demands:  We are at war.  We are at war against al Qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and that is plotting to strike us again.  And we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.”

The president outlined several new directives to improve security, including increasing the number of people on the ‘no fly’ list and having the intelligence community more aggressively follow leads. (See related story)

Brennan’s review identifies the following as its most significant findings:

— Leaders of the intelligence community “did not increase analytic resources working on the full [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] threat”;

— The government’s watchlist system is “not broken but needs to be strengthened and improved” as evidenced by the failure to add Abdulmutallab to the No Fly list;

— A reorganization of the intelligence or broader counterterrorism community is not required to address problems that surfaced in the review, a fact made clear by countless other successful efforts to thwart ongoing plots.”

Both Brennan and Obama stressed that there is no problem in collecting and sharing intelligence, but the report does note a failure to “identify, correlate and fuse into a coherent story all of the discrete pieces of intelligence held by the U.S. government related to an emerging terrorist plot against the U.S. homeland.”

Most of the “discrete” pieces of information on the Christmas Day plot were gathered between October and December 2009, the report said.

“For example, on November 18, Mr. Abdulmutallab’s father met with U.S. Embassy officers in Abuja, Nigeria, to discuss his concerns that his son may have come under the influence of identified extremists, and had planned to travel to Yemen,” the report said.

“Though this information alone could not predict Mr. Abdulmutallab’s eventual involvement in the attempted 25 December attack, it provided an opportunity to link information on him with the earlier intelligence reported that contained fragmentary information.”

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano announced five steps that her department will take to improve airline security.

First, she wants a reevaluation of the criteria used to place people on the terror watch list. She also wants to increase the number of “imaging technologies” (body scanners than can see beneath clothing) at airports. She has called for an increase in the number of federal air marshals.

Napolitano said her Homeland Security Department will establish a partnership with the Energy Department and its national laboratories to produce new aviation screening technology. And she also wants to work with the State Department – which issues visas — to strengthen international security measures.