NY – Senator John DeFrancisco says he has been quietly pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Syracuse University in past months to put the nation’s first college focused on emergency management and homeland security on the SU campus.
Cuomo mentioned the creation of a new state-run College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity in his State of the State speech today in Albany. The governor didn’t say where the college could go, but DeFrancisco said afterward he’s met with Cuomo’s staff and SU officials about the possibility of creating a joint SUNY/SU campus in Syracuse.
“It was our proposal from the Senate that ignited this mention in the State of the State,” DeFrancisco said after the speech at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany. But establishing the campus in Syracuse is far from done, DeFrancisco said. “The governor’s got to be convinced. And I hope he will be.”
Under DeFrancisco’s idea, the homeland security school would be a joint effort between Syracuse University and the State University of New York system.
DeFrancisco said he’s been working with the institute’s director, William Banks, on the idea, and has met with SU officials, who have embraced the idea. DeFrancisco also talked with SU’s new chancellor, Kent Syverud, about the idea.
“They are not only aware of it,” he said of SU officials, “they are pushing for it as well.”
During his speech, Cuomo said former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would help establish the school.
“Believe it or not, there is no such college,” Cuomo said during his fourth State of the State. “I believe this is a field that is only going to grow. Unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse. And we want this college right here in the state of New York, training our people and training others from around the country.”
How many Americans are on the DHS no-work list?
DHS is expanding their security lists to screen not just for potential terrorists and extremists boarding airplanes, but those who are seeking employment.
It’s been aptly named the “no work list,” and is designed to vet employees prior to being hired. For the time being, it is limited to about 500 organizations – namely in the contractor community – which deal primarily with industries like construction, ports and transportation:
TWIC is short for Transportation Worker Identification Credential and SWAC stands for Secure Worker Access Consortium.
TWIC is a biometric credential that ensures only vetted workers are eligible to enter a secure construction site, unescorted, Ironworkers Local 361 in Ozone Park, New York, explains. Before issuing a TWIC, TSA must conduct a security threat assessment on the TWIC applicant. An applicant who, as a result of the assessment, is determined to not pose a security threat, will be issued a TWIC card.
In other words, construction workers in New York will need permission from the TSA and DHS in order to practice their profession and earn a living. It was much the same in the former Soviet Union and authoritarian states such as China where the government determines all aspects of an individual’s life and where even the mildly rebellious are severely punished.
Truck drivers with a CDL ‘Hazmat’ license must be cleared by DHS’s ‘Hazmat Endorsement Threat Asssessment Program‘.
How long will it be before DHS checks driver’s licenses and decides if we’re a threat to America? Is a ‘No Drive List’ that far away?
Because securing every aspect of our lives from “terrorists” now falls on the Department of Homeland Security, we can see continued expansion of this program, eventually leading to employee security checks for any jobs that may be deemed important to national security.
Those with a limited view may see this as a necessary security implement. We need our ports secured from terrorists right? And anyone working on large-scale skyscrapers should be vetted so they don’t plant explosives that could threaten the stability of steel buildings.
Considering, however, that just about anything these days can pose a national security threat, it’s only a matter of time before the program goes mainstream.
Mall employees, for example, work in public venues that see thousands of shoppers come and go on a daily basis. One threat, real or perceived, may immediately lead to a security partnership between DHS and mall management companies that may one day require all employees of a mall to be biometrically vetted prior to being hired.
The same holds true for pretty much any industry segment. Want to be a teacher, or a waiter, or even a call center representative? Because you’ll be dealing with the public, you’ll probably need to be screened to make sure you don’t pose a threat.
One day, those job applicants who indicate on their resumes that they are “TWIC Certified” may be put at the top of the hiring list, while those without TWIC certification will be moved to the bottom of the barrel.
For those with the credentials to get hired by a TWIC Employer, their certification can be taken away just as quickly as it was granted. So, if you’re ever listed as a potential “threat” or “domestic extremists” your employer can be immediately notified by DHS:
I acknowledge that if TSA or other law enforcement agencies determine that I pose an imminent threat to national security or transportation security, my employer may be notified. Source: TSA TWIC Disclosure Certification
Baseball, America’s pastime now controlled by DHS:
Major League Baseball teams began announcing new metal detection screening measures Tuesday, a mandatory league-wide policy expecting full implementation by 2015.
Using the Boston Marathon bombing as justification, all venues are now required to subject fans to hand-held metal detection sweeps or walk-through magnetometers, a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s encroaching relationship with professional sports leagues.
“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan told the Associated Press.
Following a preliminary test phase at several ballparks, teams such as the Seattle Mariners have announced the implementation of walk-through detectors for the upcoming season, a policy the MLB claims no fan opposes.
“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.
Commenting on the new policy in an official press release, Seattle Mariners Security Director Sylvester Servance reassured fans that the screening process was in their best interests.
“The Mariners and Major League Baseball are keenly aware of the current security environment at public events,” Servance said. “We believe this step is necessary, poses minimal inconvenience, and ultimately will serve the best interests of all fans.”
Despite evidence indicating clear foreknowledge, the federal government has continued to use the Boston Marathon as justification for increased police state measures across the board.
Just last year, bags and purses were banned from all National Football League stadiums at the discretion of the DHS. Claiming bombs are likely to be smuggled through items such as seat cushions, fans are now required to carry their possessions in one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
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PATHETIC, CUOMO is a knee-JERK politician if there ever was one.THE SAFE ACT , THIS FOLLY AND MANY OTHERS PROVES HE IS OF THE “GANG MENTALITY”, NOT CAPABLE OF INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT. BETWEEN HIM, HIS OLD MAN AND G.SHITAK’E THEY HAVE ALLOWED THE BUSINESS BASE OF THIS STATE TO BE DECIMATED. THE LIST OF DEPARTED MANUFACTURERS IS AS LONG AS HWY 1 AND HE WANTS TO TURN “THREAT OF TERRORISM” INTO AN INDUSTRY AND CURRICULUM. OMG THE SHIT IS GETTIN THICK
DHS funding SWAT teams:
The police department in Ithaca, NY, population 30k, has just received a $100k grant from DHS “to improve and develop tactical team capabilities through equipment, training, and planning projects that support counter terrorism missions.” The local news reports “the funding will be used to help the SWAT team maintain their services, but they’ll also purchase a robot for tactical operations, new chemical suits, and night vision goggles.” The upstate, New York community is known to be “haunted by a reputation for suicides,” but is it a major terrorism destination? Not so much. The number of terror attacks to have ever occured in Ithaca, NY stands at zero.
Not to be outdone by Ithaca, the police department in the City of North Tonawanda, NY, population 31k, also recently received about $100k from DHS. The city’s SWAT team plans to use the funds to buy new tactical vests.
so they’re going to charge $20000 per semester to generate 30k/year jobs?
More NAZI training centers on American soil..
New patriot targets, once the SHTF.
Probably be good place to pick up extra weapons & ammo.