This AKA Aaron Michaels Stuff Is Not Making Me Feel Terribly Homeland-Secure

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Did anybody else feel less than homeland-secure after yesterday's fandango with the Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory Committee?

First, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price tried to re-appoint to the committee the founder of an international anti-Semitic hate group -- a guy best known locally for threatening to bring rifles and shotguns to Dallas school board meetings in the late 1990s.

Showing a very rare independence of Commissioner Price, County Judge Clay Jenkins delayed a vote to confirm the reappointment of Aaron McCarthy aka Aaron Michaels to the Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory Committee. Somehow the commissioners, in their wisdom, had already appointed McCarthy aka Michaels to the committee once.

They were about to do it again when citizens began to point out to them who he was.

They didn't know who he was when they appointed him to their committee the first time? Guess what. Nobody knew what the committee was, anyway, if that eases your mind at
all.

Are we homeland secure yet?

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Of course, all of this raised a question most of us had never considered. What the hell is the Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory Committee?

Turns out, not much. Yesterday Scott Greeson, the county's Interim Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, put out a kind of manifesto dealing with that very question. And now, in the mood I'm in, even the guy's title gives me the willies a little bit. It's like looking at somebody's work shirt in your building and seeing a little badge that says, "Probationary Elevator Inspector."

But Greeson deserves points for candor. He said in his manifesto that the Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory Committee (DCHSAC) is redundant of the Emergency Preparedness Planning Council (EPPC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and also of the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC), and also of a group called Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD), and also of a group called the Disability Integration Committee (DIC).

I had two thoughts as I read that. One was just something left over from an undergrad logic course I took long ago: If DCHSAC is redundant of EPPC, REPAC, VOAD and DIC, then does it not follow that EPPC, REPAC, VOAD and DIC are redundant of each other?
No biggie if they are. The much bigger thought I had was: Please, no matter what happens, do not appoint Aaron McCarthy aka Aaron Michaels to Volunteers Active in Disaster. At least give us time to find out more about what that group does first.
Which brings us back to the question of what DCHSAC does. According to Greeson, nothing. Greeson said in the manifesto that he had investigated and discovered that "the committee also was confused on what its intent was and what it was that they were being asked to do.

"Committee members advised that past meetings were no more than presentations with little value to the department or to the committee itself. The committee was unsure of how to proceed. The members themselves advised that they could not remember making any recommendations or providing input to the Court in the 6 years that it has been established."

Greeson pointed out that the commissioners court appointed the current members to the DCHSAC in 2011, after being read a statement to the effect that the committee was focused on "outreach to federal agencies and law enforcement entities to increase awareness on transnational crime and terrorism."

He said: "There are a couple of issues with this statement. First, this department and this committee do not serve in a capacity to utilize information regarding awareness on transnational crime or terrorism in the intent of this description as this is well out of the scope of our practice. We are not an investigative or law enforcement agency that can advise or act on such issues."

I didn't catch what the second issue was. I was still stuck on the fact that the commissioners court had voted unanimously to appoint people to a committee that nobody, including them, really knew the purpose or function of, but about which everybody had some pretty wrong ideas. All they really knew was that it had the words "Homeland Security" in its title.

Homeland security: I mean the term doesn't even ring anybody's bell anymore? It's like, Homeland Whatever? Oh, yeah, I feel homeland secure about that.

(Did they ever locate the huge emergency communications satellite dishes that Willis Johnson sold the county? Maybe one of the Acronyms could look into that.)

At the end of his manifesto, Mr. Greeson suggested they just snuff the whole thing, abandon the DCHSAC, never appoint anybody to it again and pretend it never happened. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins immediately announced that he would suspect appointments to the committee.

Oh, wow, how is that for brave decisiveness? He could have said, "No, I'm sorry, but we cannot appoint a shotgun-toting, school-board threatening, anti-Semitic guy with aka in his name to a body that has the words 'homeland security' anywhere in its title."

But that would have involved saying no to Commissioner Price. And apparently we're not there yet. We're just not quite that homeland secure.

So here's your best chance. I want you to put this phone number on your ice box: 214-653-7980. Next to it, write, "Scott Greeson, IDOHSAEM." That's for Interim Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Late one night, sadly, the terrorists set off a dirty bomb in Highland Park, the obvious target. You hear about it because your neighbors are all running around naked in the street screaming Holy Hell. Go to the ice box. Read the phone number.

Make up your mind. Should you remain calm and call Mr. IDOHSAEM for advice? Or run out in the street naked and scream your ass off? I'm going with the second option.


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Emergency Response
Emergency Response

  this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very excellent article but what can I say I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something completed.

Emergency Response
Emergency Response

  good read. I would say when giving advice to self pleasure to the bible you should recommend passages from Songs of Solomon. Some of that is pretty graphic.

Spin this
Spin this

Hey Jim

Im hearing that Aaron got a sweet consulting gig back a few years ago with Dallas County Health and Human Services.  He, Willis and Wai Wize were on the Court agenda on the same day and federal bioterrorism dollars were used.  The amount I heard that was just for the panther man wasnt chicken scratch either.  Would love to see that contract and work product that resulted.

Spin this
Spin this

So did anyone see Kevin's DMN story yesterday about Aaron getting paid $75,000 from federal grants funds...for less than a years work.

Betty?

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

"Committee members advised that past meetings were no more than presentations with little value to the department or to the committee itself.I WANNA KNOW WHO SITS ON A COMMITTEE FOR 6 YEARS AND DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE COMMITTEE IS FOR???

DO THEY KNOW WHY THEY VOLUNTEERED   jIM GET OFF YOUR ____AND LET US KNOW WHO IS ON THIS COMMITTEE AND HOW LONG AND WHO APPOINTED THEM. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

If you're looking, here is the list of appointees from District 2's page on the county website:

Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory CommitteeTommy Hines (Dallas) JOINTDan Lewis (Dallas) JOINTCharles Poffenbarger (Dallas) JOINTRichard Rozier (DeSoto) JOINTI don't think JOINT means they're rockin' the gange, but that they're not appointed by district but by the court as a whole.  Sorry, no indication of how long they've been there or who put them forward.  Also, no mention of McCarthy for some reason.

RTGolden
RTGolden

damn DISQUS ate all my returns and spaces again!

JimS
JimS

Just to be certain -- what is my _____?

IttyBitty Wussy
IttyBitty Wussy

It appears to be 2 nuts but I can't find my Strunk & White to verify.  I'm certain it's not a colon.

JimS
JimS

Oh, damn! A part of my own body?

Dallas_Joe_Schmo
Dallas_Joe_Schmo

The point of this committee like a bunch of others is to try to squeeze grants out of Fed agencies such as FEMA and DHS.  These people are then tasked with finding local contractors, in addition to the obligatory minority contractors, and finding consultants.  Guess who's got his finger in these contracts and why he wanted to appoint someone from the Black Panthers to give him a heads up each time a contract is being worked out?? 

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Dallas_JOe_Schmo,  I don't know who you are but you may be on target. At first I was afraid that any group that promotes violence would be getting intelligience from these committees that could be used against us elsewhere, I tried with all my heart to think that Aaron may have grown and evolved and was really interested in emergency prepardness and civic duty. After all he's been at this for 11 years. But your comments give me something else to think about. Thanks for having the guts to post. 

Albert
Albert

I'm all white, I'm going to hell.

shortbusbasementdweller
shortbusbasementdweller

With an Irish Black Panther(McCarthy) being admitted to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee....all I can say is "erin go bragh, jive turkeys!"....

Guest
Guest

they just need to appoint mcCarthy to a position, whatever they want to call it, that disallows him internet, cell phone services, and basically all human contact cut off and hidden from society. If he's in "homeland security", does that encompass travel, because I'm 1/8 Jewish, white, and female. It is my destiny to be searched, but with him at the reins of a commitee like this...?

Guest
Guest

they just need to appoint mcCarthy to a position, whatever they want to call it, that disallows him internet, cell phone services, and basically all human contact cut off and hidden from society. If he's in "homeland security", does that encompass travel, because I'm 1/8 Jewish, white, and female. I'm already destined to be searched, but with him at the reins...?

Guest
Guest

they just need to appoint mcCarthy to a position, whatever they want to call it, that disallows him internet, cell phone services, and basically all human contact cut off and hidden from society. If he's in "homeland security", does that encompass travel, because I'm 1/8 Jewish, white, and female. I'm already destined to be searched, but with him at the reins...?

Marvin
Marvin

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins immediately announced that he would suspect appointments to the committee.I think that should be suspend, but it works either way.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Although, just about anything that issues forth from, is blessed by, or attributable to, the Dallas County Commissioners Court should be considered suspect.

JimS
JimS

You are right. Robert must have messed it up. Two things about me. I don't make mistakes. And I'm loyal.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Here's the only thing I can find on the County's website that even mentions the committee:

http://www.dallascounty.org/de...

Find the HSAC at the bottom of the page.  Elsewhere it states that appointed board positions are voluntary and uncompensated, for what that's worth.

Royce
Royce

A high profile leader of the NBPP was appointed before and nobody noticed?   Would anyone have noticed if a klansman was appointed.  The well documented history of hate speech inciting violence by the appointee and the man who appointed him should serve as a wake up call to those who naively choose to ignore the bigotry and degree of overt hatred by black leadership in Dallas County.  It is frightening how the past appointment and failed recent appointment of a dangerous hate mongering racist who is himself a significant threat to homeland security was dealt with in such a routine matter of fact manner by the County Judge and Commissioners Court.  If for example, Commissioner Dickey had appointed a KKK leader, there would be protests, news conferences, and Gromer Jeffers articles with thinly veiled threats of reprisal.

Metroplexican
Metroplexican

Royce,Are you not aware that only oppressive whites can be racists because they have all the power? You need to read up on the philosophy of JWP and political correctness before you suggest appointments such as these are anything but noble and empowering.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I'm sorry Metroplexican,but JWP can be racists because he has the power, to effect white peoples lives and jobs and esonomic development.Look at Inland Port,Bruce Sherbert and many,many more.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I'm sorry Metroplexican,but JWP can be racists beecause he has the power to effect white peoples lives and jobs and esonomic development.Look at Inland Port,Bruce Sherbert and many,many more.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I have several guns and know how to hunt and fish. Can I volunteer to take care of some of the cute girls running around naked?

Guest
Guest

Will you protect me, even though I'll be wearing my robe and fuzzy slippers and carrying my mini-beagle, because, you know, after HP, McCarthy has Uptown in his sights.

Guest
Guest

Will you protect me, even though I'll be wearing my robe and fuzzy slippers and carrying my mini-beagle, because, you know, after HP, McCarthy has Uptown in his sights.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Here's a couple more acronyms that apply to this situation. (Oh, what the hell, they apply to Dallas government in general): FUBAR, SNAFU

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Here are a couple more juicy tidbits reported by Brad Shipp at WFAA:

Dallas County initially issued a statement defending Michaels, touting his 7-year track record with Dallas County as a County Emergency Response Team trainer and his 11 years in Emergency Preparedness.

and

Jenkins refused to criticize Michaels' appointment and says the uproar was nothing more than politics.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/polit...

In other words, it's a little premature to start ordering "big boy pants" for Clay Jenkins.

Bob
Bob

Who is the chair of this committee?  Who has chaired this committee in the past?  Who is or has served on this committee?  Why not ask them what they have done?

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

We've asked for this info on other threads Jim, un ass it.

Renegade
Renegade

Scream all you want, Schutze-- just keep your clothes on. 

JimS
JimS

If I get angry, then I'm naked. It's the only weapon left to me.

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