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Did Obama administration have foreknowledge of 2011 New Zealand earthquake?

“There are no accidents in politics.” — Joseph P. Kennedy‘s remark to a reporter, 1960.

On February 22, 2011, at 12:51 p.m. local time, a 6.3 Richter scale earthquake struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-most populous city.

Note: 12: 51 pm on Feb. 22, 2011 in New Zealand was 6:51 pm, February 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The earthquake was New Zealand’s 5th deadliest disaster, killing 185 people and caused widespread damage. In April 2013, the government estimated the total cost of the rebuild would be as much as $40 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $30 billion. Some economists maintain it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover.

In a post on TheContrail, Peter Drew raises the troubling notion that the Obama administration had foreknowledge of the earthquake, based on the following:

(1) Email to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the earthquake “on cue”:

On February 21, 2018, at 7:32 p.m. ET, 41 minutes after the earthquake struck Christchurch, Jake Sullivan, Hillary’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning at the State Department, received an email alert from the State Department’s Operations Center:

From: OpsAlert@state.gov <OpsAlert@state.gov>

Sent: Mon Feb 21 19:32:18 2011
Subject: 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

There was no immediate confirmation of  injuries or damage to the city from the quake, according to press.

Three minutes after his receipt of the OpsAlert about the earthquake, Sullivan forwarded the email to Hillary Clinton (“H”) and other members of her staff, with a three-word comment, “And on cue”:

From: Sullivan, Jacob J <SullivanJJ@state.gov>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 7:35 PM
To: H; Mills, Cheryl D; Abedin, Hume; Reines, Philippe I
Subject: Fw: 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

And on cue…

Here’s the screenshot of Sullivan’s email from WikiLeaks:

The dictionary defines “on cue” as:

If you say that something happened on cue or as if on cue, you mean that it happened just when it was expected to happen, or just at the right time.  

(2) U.S. delegates to a US-New Zealand forum fortuitously left 2.5 hours before the earthquake:

The day of the earthquake was the last day of the 2-day US-New Zealand Pacific Partnership Forum (February 21-22) of 200 officials from the U.S. and New Zealand at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Although the forum was supposed to last all day, as reported by NPR, “A group of nine U.S. Congressmen had left the city before the earthquake struck” and relocated to Prime Minister John Key’s office in Wellington.

On February 24, 2011, two days after the earthquake, Northland New Zealand Chemtrails Watch posted a video on the early departure of the nine U.S. Congressmen 2½ hours before the earthquake struck. That video has been taken down by YouTube.

(3) DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano canceled her visit to New Zealand 4 days before the earthquake:

Then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano had been invited to address the US-New Zealand Pacific Partnership Forum on February 22.

Four days before her speech, on February 18, Napolitano canceled her visit, using the fatal shooting of a US immigration and customs enforcement agent in Mexico as an excuse.

(4) Coincidentally, the deputy director of FEMA was in Christchurch when the earthquake struck:

Ed O’Keefe reports for the Washington Post, Feb. 22, 2011, 7 p.m. ET:

The White House is deploying a team of disaster-response and urban-search-and-rescue teams to New Zealand in response to the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country Tuesday.

They will be greeted there by FEMA Deputy Administrator Timothy W. Manning, who is already in the country assisting with response efforts and is uniquely qualified to do so.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time: Manning is a trained geologist, paramedic and firefighter — the perfect combination for earthquake response. He’s there as part of an American delegation visiting for trade and global security talks and to review the country’s cleanup efforts following a September 7.0-magnitude quake.

Coincidentally, Pentagon’s Southern Command was practicing and running emergency relief drills for a catastrophic event in Haiti the day before the earthquake hit on January 12, 2010 — also during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. 

H/t Chemtrails


‘Napolitano is not worthy of the public’s trust’: Democrat lawmaker calls on UC president to resign


From Sacramento Bee: Prompted by a massive state audit that found misleading budgeting practices and extravagant spending in the University of California’s central administration, one lawmaker is demanding the resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano.

“The leaders of our state university systems are duty-bound to maintain the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and accountability to California taxpayers, students, their families, and the Legislature, especially when it comes to public monies,” Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva said in a statement Tuesday. “President Napolitano no longer engenders the public trust required to perform her duties. It’s time she resigned.”

Released two weeks ago, the audit slammed UC’s Office of the President for systematically overcharging campuses to fund its operations, spending excessively on employee compensation and secretly stashing $175 million for presidential initiative, even as the university’s governing board recently voted to raise tuition for the first time in six years.

Quirk-Silva, who is carrying legislation to freeze student fees at California Student University and community colleges, said UC’s spending priorities show “President Napolitano is not worthy of the public’s trust.”

“She’s not the person to lead the university system,” Quirk-Silva said.


Cost triples, delays mount for University of California computer system upgrade


UC president Janet Napolitano

Shocker, not.

From Sacramento Bee: The timeline for a massive upgrade to the University of California’s payroll and personnel system was extended again twice in the past two months, further delaying a project now expected to cost more than three times its original budget.

In February, the university pushed back its launch date at a first wave of sites to December from August; two subsequent phases of the rollout were then moved the following month, to July 2018 and December 2018, respectively.

That would ultimately put the payroll system, UCPath, more than four years behind schedule – longer that it was originally supposed to take.

In a statement, UC spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said the university postponed the initial launch again because “Additional testing was needed in the most complex part of the work, which involves converting data from the old payroll systems into UCPath.”

“Though the conversion cycle itself typically lasts only five weeks, the time needed for this extra test cycle pushed the project close to the university’s annual Open Enrollment cycle” for health insurance, he said, “which would have added complexity and risk to this deployment effort.”

UCPath – which stands for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources – was formally launched in September 2011, with a 36-month timeline to combine UC’s 195,000 employees into a single system. Budgeted at $156 million, university officials argued it was a necessary upgrade to outdated, 30-year-old payroll technology and would eventually save them more than $100 million per year.

But deadline after deadline has come and gone as UC struggled to integrate the business processes of its 10 campuses, five medical centers and central administration. Though 1,800 employees in the Office of the President have been receiving paychecks through the system since January 2016, UCPath has yet to go live at any of the other sites.

With the latest revision to its schedule, Vazquez said, the project is estimated to cost $504 million, including a $26 million contingency “to accommodate any unexpected large expenses in the final year of the project budget” that may not be used. The university has spent $327 million so far.

“Now that design has been completed and UCPath is into the testing phase, the university’s ability to accurately project the total cost has improved,” Vazquez said, citing additional staff as the primary contributor to the increase.

Michael Krigsman, an IT industry analyst at CXOTalk.com, said it’s better for UC to delay the payroll system than be stuck unable to issue paychecks for months. But he questioned how the university had gotten so far off track and what it would do in the future to avoid repeating those mistakes.

“A project that is three times its original size either rests on very shaky foundation or they changed the plan along the way, which indicates a poor understanding of the problem it was trying to solve,” he said. “That’s a pretty lame excuse.”


DHS has a list of “hands off” terrorists who are allowed to enter the U.S.

Yet one more reason why the biggest enemy of America is in the White House.

Consortium of Defense Analysts

The nonpartisan citizen watchdog group Judicial Watch reports, May 9, 2014, that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) has obtained electronic mail of the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) discussing what could be a terrorist “hands off” list.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

The DHS emails include a 2012 email chain between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking whether to admit an individual believed to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a close associate and supporter of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 

The terrorist suspect discussed in the emails has been on the U.S. government’s radar for some time, having been in secondary inspection “several dozen times of the past several years” but had not undergone a secondary inspection since 2010. 

It gets better. The individual has actually taken legal action against the U.S., presumably because authorities violated the hands…

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FBI: No evidence to substantiate threat to Midwest water supply systems

Reuters reports that FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, that the FBI is investigating possible threats to the water supply systems in Wichita, Kansas, and several other Midwestern cities, after learning of the threats and has contacted the water supply facilities and law enforcement offices for the municipalities.

Patton declined to discuss the nature of the threats or the number of cities affected. She said investigators had been sent out in response to the reports, but offered no details. “We were made aware of the threat,” Patton said. “We have not been able to substantiate any of the threats.

Wichita city officials warned employees in emails to be on guard for suspicious activities. City officials also told residents the water is safe to drink and the public will be notified immediately if this changes.

Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said Friday that the city had taken steps to keep the city’s water supply safe, but would not describe what measures had been taken.

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Wichita draws much of its water from the Cheney Reservoir about 30 miles west of the city. The city water department has not returned calls regarding security measurements taken.

Vi Nguyen of Wichita’s NBC affiliate KSN.com reports that the potential hazard affects four major water systems in the mid-west including Wichita and El Dorado, which the FBI visited to ensure they were aware of threats that were made.

Federal investigators say they did not find any harmful evidence to support the threat, but declined to comment on the specifics of the threats because it’s an ongoing investigation. “At this point in the investigation we have not be able to substantiate any portion of the threat to area water supply systems,” said Patton.

Watch the KSN news video here.

A KSN.com viewer wrote this comment on the TV station’s website:

Do you see the blatant fear mongering here? Why make it public until something definite is found and people need to do something. This is merely to paralyze you with fear and make you suggestible to anything else they tell you because they know you will believe it. Think about it.

That being said, there is every reason for the authorities to be vigilant about possible threats to America’s infrastructure, including our water supply systems.

U.S. officials have determined that some of the wildfires that burnt in California last year were started by al-Qaeda operatives. (See “Wildfires started by Al-Qaeda as economic warfare against America.”)

It is therefore not at all far-fetched to think that terrorists would also target America’s water-supply. Despite that, there is a woeful disregard for perimeter security in and around critical infrastructure assets around the United States, including water plants.

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Last May, 7 Muslims were caught trespassing after midnight at the Quabbin Reservoir that supplies water to Boston, Massachusetts. At the time, we were told that the seven were “chemical engineers” who were on an innocent “field trip” to observe the water storage structure. At midnight!

Then last month came news that the Massachusetts State Police said the trespassing is being investigated as a “criminal matter.”

Mac Slavo of SHTFplan.com reminds us that outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had warned that a widespread cyber attack on our national power grid and other infrastructure is not only guaranteed, but imminent.

In previous comments, Napolitano, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has advised Americans to stockpile at least two (2) weeks of essential supplies, including food and fresh drinking water, citing concerns that emergency responders could be overwhelmed in the event of a widespread emergency.

Failure to prepare for short and long-term disaster could be deadly. Most Americans have about three days worth of food supplies and almost no reserve water supplies or methods for filtering water should the water supply be compromised. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, any disruptions to the normal flow of supplies or commerce would lead to a breakdown within 72 hours as those affected struggle to acquire limited resources.

Steve has a lot of tips on emergency preparedness and security/survival. Go to FOTM’s “Health, Finance & Security Tips” page. Scroll down to the post links colored orange.


Sheila Jackson Lee replaces Janet Napolitano? What could possibly go wrong?

My Irish relatives have an annoying proverb: 
“Better the devil you know” –TD


CBC recommends Sheila Jackson Lee for Homeland Security post

sjleeJust two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has suggested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston fill her spot.

A letter dated July 25 and signed by Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio Democrat and caucus chairwoman, urges President Obama to consider Miss Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Democrat a “voice of reason” that the agency could stand to gain, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Representative Jackson Lee would serve as an effective DHS Secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland security,” the letter reads.

Mrs. Jackson Lee currently serves as a ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position that the caucus said she “stands as a strong and honest ‘voice of reason.’”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/29/cbc-recommends-sheila-jackson-lee-homeland-securit/#ixzz2aWeaNgNS

Just for reference, here are some of her great moments: 

Freed Slave (Was she born before 1865?):

Bringing the TSA to Houston buses:

On North and South Vietnam: (???)

On Rush Limbaugh:

On ObamaCare:

On Entitlements:

On Muslims in America:

On Food Stamps:

Big Sis Drudge Banners

The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering has just published a fun article on the special relationship between Big Sis and the Drudge Report. ~TD


The 12 best ‘Big Sis’ Drudge Report banners featuring Janet Napolitano


Since former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano became President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Matt Drudge coined the nickname “Big Sis” – an Orwellian take on her role overseeing United States security.

“I’ve made it,” the Secretary said with a grin in 2010 when asked by a reporter about the nickname. “Drudge has a nickname for me.”

But other times, Napolitano was frustrated by the Drudge Report coverage of her department, reminding a Congressional panel that the Drudge Report was “not credible.”

“After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders,” Napolitano said in a statement on Friday, announcing her retirement from the Obama administration. “I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects.”

In a tribute to her retirement, here is a list of some of the classic Drudge Report banners featuring Napalitano as “Big Sis”:

1. Going after ‘right wingers’

2. Bagpipes?

3. The TSA is going too far

4. Be careful frying turkeys

5. Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Sis?

6. Lawsuit!

7. Keeping our borders safe

8. One of many stories highlighting DHS guns and ammo purchases

9. Not a fan of the Arizona immigration law

10. How Big Sis watches the Super Bowl

11. More ammo?

12. Those horrible horrible “nudie scanners”