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New: Another Letter the Chronicle Didn't Publish (One in a Series)

By Gar Smith
Wednesday May 28, 2014 - 10:03:00 PM

It's Official. The DHS and the National Security State Are a Sham

Last week, students at booed and turned their backs of UC's new president, Janet Napolitano, when she appeared to deliver a commencement address on the Laney College campus.

Afterwards, reporters asked Napolitano for a comment on Elliot Rodger's bloody Isla Vista murder rampage.

Napolitano, a former director of the Department of Homeland Security, replied: “This is almost the kind of event that’s impossible to prevent and almost impossible to predict.”

The sobering take-away from Napolitano's admission: The Department of Homeland Security is a sham. 

The DHS spent $60.8 billion in 2013 to "protect" Americans while the CIA, NSA and other agencies spent $52.6 billion to track every US phone call, email and Internet posting to "track potential terrorists." And yet, a premeditated crime -- announced in advance online with a 140-page manifesto and a chilling video posted prior to the killing spree –- was allowed to proceed. 

The parents were concerned. Mental health specialists were consulted. The police interviewed the killer. And yet, this troubled young man was able to "legally" purchase three handguns and 400 rounds of ammo -- no questions asked. 

Now, Napolitano tells us, this rampage could not have been predicted or prevented. 

Despite the billions spent, it appears neither DHS nor the NSA can protect us from "domestic terrorism." 

Apparently, it's one thing to challenge Al Qaeda. Just don't expect the government to challenge the NRA.