Outgoing US official warns of 'major cyber event'

Aug 27, 2013
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano gives her farewell speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on August 27, 2013. Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a "major cyber event" in the future that would have a "serious" impact on American society.

Outgoing US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a "major cyber event" in the future that would have a "serious" impact on American society.

In what she described as "a kind of open letter to my successor," Napolitano warned of terrorist threats, major and the need to reinforce US border security.

"Our country will, for example, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society," she said.

The administration has yet to name a successor for Napolitano, who resigned in July and will leave office next month after more than four years as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Created after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the department plays a key role, not only in guarding borders and preventing terror attacks, but also in the response to .

Napolitano warned of the "increasing likelihood of more weather-related events of a more severe nature as a result of ."

Napolitano's departure comes at a critical time, as Congress debates a major overhaul of the country's immigration system that would offer a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Possible replacements include New York police chief Ray Kelly, former US Coast Guard commandant Thad Allen and William Bratton, a former Los Angeles police chief, New York police commissioner and Boston police commissioner.

Other possible candidates include former independent senator Joe Lieberman and senior Homeland Security officials John Pistole and Craig Fugate.

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Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (4) Aug 27, 2013
Cyber and weather events are both distributed as Pareto's Distribution, that Incompetano should know well, as Karl Popper called Wilfredo Pareto "tyrant's theoretician." ('Open Society and Its Enemies (2010) page 38).
kochevnik
1 / 5 (5) Aug 27, 2013
Total terrorists caught by Homo Security: 0

They even permit Chechens to roam freely, which is a red flag for incompetence. Then they plant a false-flag attack in Boston, and try to link that to Russia? Fucking idiots can't find a Chechen terrorist, which must be a significant percentage of the population from Chechnya, so they instead frame some locals
rwinners
not rated yet Aug 27, 2013
Oh well. Surely mother nature will provide that conflagration, should not the 'terrorists' accomplish it.
Think a very large volcanic eruption..... such as Yellowstone.... or a mile wide meteor making a rather direct impact.... just anywhere on the planet's surface.

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