Saturday, April 07, 2007


A great deal of what passes for anti-terror training in the United States is pointless garbage. Take this example which is standard in the practice of training people to respond to a fictitious threat, one that could not possibly be engineered.

It's a business in which the government hands out money to academics, or police organizations, or various state civil agencies. Then the parties who get the money purport to train others even though none of the "experts" has ever had any experience in understanding the nature of the threat from first-hand materials.

In this business it is completely unimportant that you know anything about what terrorists are really interested in.

It's more important to identify a theoretical vulnerability that will never exist and be certified by the Department of Homeland Security as someone suitable for addressing it.

Will training native Americans in Pennsylvania to recognize agroterrorism do?


Today's case is one from DD's old home state, Pennsyltucky.

"Steven R. Parker, instructor of environmental technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will present a Library Forum program on April 19 describing his experiences helping American Indian tribes nationwide fight 'agroterrorism' – the intentional attempt to compromise the country’s food supply," informs a press release from a very small college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a town mostly known for the World Series of Little League Baseball.

"It also is being offered as a professional-development opportunity for faculty/staff," the school adds.

"Parker, an agroterrorism 'master trainer,' was contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to train tribal representatives to instruct tribal police officers, fire departments and others how to respond to an agroterror event."

Does Pennsyltucky have any Native Americans on reservations threatened by agroterrorism?

No, of course not. But don't get hung up over it.

Various places in Pine Grove and Schuylkill County, among many other counties in the state, have Indian names derived from the old Leni Lenape tribe, aka Delaware Indians. Other tribes in Pennsylvania included the Iroquois and the Susquehannas. We were taught these things in grade school decades ago.

However, in my forty some years in the state, I'll be damned if I ever ran into any.

For the eye-rolling original, go here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick, I'm John, George's bass player, and yes the illegal downloaders ARE ripping us off. All three CDs are being illegally downloaded from Sharebee, who have been ordered to "cease and desist".

5:56 PM  

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