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Old 04-30-2005, 05:55 PM
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Government pumping millions into "Masters Degrees" in Terror and Homeland Security

Washington Post | Apr 30 2005

Colleges altering courses, tapping into Homeland Security funds

Cathy Lanier had to think like a terrorist and come up with a way to kill a few thousand people at a picnic in San Luis Rey. The virtual town in California, repeatedly cursed with smallpox epidemics, explosions and attacks on its nuclear power plant, is part of her new education: The commander of special operations for D.C. police is earning a master's degree in the fast-growing field of homeland security.

Schools across the country are catering to such students as Lanier by revamping curricula and research as they try to keep pace with the changes brought on by the 2001 terrorist attacks and take advantage of a large pool of homeland security money. At hundreds of schools, Sept. 11 is influencing how many topics are taught -- from medicine to firefighting to politics to computer networking.

The changes are driven by legislation and policy, interest from students and faculty, demands from employers, a sense of mission -- and money.

The federal government has pumped cash into this new fight, spending more than $12 billion for homeland security research and development over the past four budget years. "Homeland security is probably going to be the government's biggest employer in the next decade," said Steven R. David, who directs the homeland security certificate program at Johns Hopkins University.

"This is all brand-new ground," Lanier, 37, said.

A partner for the government
Just as it did during World War II and the Cold War, the government is turning to academia as a partner in defending the country and understanding the enemy. At universities, there are graduate-level classes full of police officers, intelligence analysts and public health experts dwelling on worst-case scenarios, picking apart the cultures of terrorist groups and planning defenses.

Researchers are creating models of explosives and studying germs. And such workers as flight attendants, nurses and lab technicians, whose jobs have been transformed by a variety of threats, are getting hands-on training.

"It's growing by leaps and bounds," said Stanley Supinski, chairman of the Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium, which was established by two military commands within the Department of Defense, along with two universities in Colorado and the Naval Postgraduate School.

About 80 percent of community colleges offer courses related to homeland security, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Some, such as Northern Virginia Community College, offer certificates.

Employers often hire people studying computer network security before the students have even finished the classes, said NVCC President Robert G. Templin Jr.

Four-year colleges have added courses for undergraduates in fields all but unheard of just a few years ago -- about the Taliban and cybersecurity, for example. Some offer degree programs; Virginia Commonwealth University hopes to have students studying for bachelor's degrees in homeland security this fall.

Several schools are considering establishing master's degree programs. More common are the certificates offered at such universities as Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and George Washington that allow students earning master's degrees to specialize in homeland security. Georgetown students can take a class on al Qaeda from the former head of the Bin Laden unit of the CIA.
'This is our generation's war'
"There is a larger, compelling calling here," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at GWU. "This is our generation's war -- it's not going away."

This year's federal budget includes more than $4 billion for homeland security research and development. From the Department of Homeland Security, $64 million goes directly to university programs, including major research centers, scholarships and fellowships.

Much of the funding so far has gone to immediate practical needs rather than long-term research, some analysts said. And the rapid increases seem to be slowing, said Kei Koizumi of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "It's no longer a blank check, where homeland security programs can get 20 percent increases each year."

Still, there is no question that there is an influx of money for homeland security studies, said Peter Stearns, provost of George Mason University, where students can earn a doctorate in biodefense.

Biodefense research is one area that is growing especially quickly: Funding from the National Institutes of Health grew thirtyfold from 2001 to 2005.

The Department of Homeland Security has created four national research centers to study food safety, threats to animal agriculture, the risk and economic analysis of terrorist events, and -- in an effort led by University of Maryland with a three-year, $12 million grant for researchers from multiple universities -- why people become terrorists.

The agency plans three more centers, including one to study "high-consequence event preparedness and response." Michael Greenberger, the director of the U-Md. Center for Health and Homeland Security, is hoping a bid from his group of 25 universities will be chosen.

Schools also get money indirectly, through homeland security grants to state and local governments for training and education. "The entire grant program is just a staggering amount of money," said William Kelley, of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness. And private employers are demanding people with new expertise.

'There's no quality control'
As the field mushrooms, it has had its share of glitches.

Next month, Supinski's group will meet to talk about setting standards for the field. He keeps seeing an ad in the paper: " 'Become a refrigerator mechanic, a paralegal and a homeland security expert!' People are jumping on this bandwagon," he said, "because students want this, and there's no quality control."

Some question the way the money is spent. Last month, the Center for Public Integrity questioned a homeland security contract for a small college in the home town of former secretary Tom Ridge. Some universities avoid federal funding for some graduate studies to ensure academic freedom.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, which pays the $42,000, 18-month tuition and expenses, plus travel every few months to class, for such students as Lanier. "We take rising stars in homeland security," said director Paul N. Stockton-- people from the Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CIA, the FBI -- and teach them to design security strategies.

In class, Lanier said, she sits next to the man who was the first fire incident commander at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Much of the work is done online, as students juggle the immediate demands of work at home with the need to look ahead. Sometimes Lanier has to cut class -- she was responsible for security at the Washington Nationals' home opener, when crowds choked roads and Metro stations. So she took the red-eye back to Washington, put off her thesis for another day and went to work.

She has read the 9/11 commission report, learned about budgeting, technology and civil liberties. She's studied the psychology of fear and terrorism. And she's learned about such critical links as banking, transportation, water and power supplies, down to the details of how fuel travels through pipelines and how power grids work.

Then she pinpointed where the weaknesses are in Washington.

"It's very intense," she said. She used to think just about police response. Now she thinks about prevention. Now she thinks like a terrorist.

fuckin' outstanding ain't it? :-P

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Old 05-01-2005, 01:28 PM
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At the same time they let "respected" and "reliable" sources like Harvard Law professors "deliberately misinform, miseducate, and misdirect students"...!

Check out this spectacularly interesting and embarrassing exposé of Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz by fellow professor Norman Finkelstein on Democracy Now.

<a href="http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4825.htm">Scholar Norman Finkelstein Calls Professor Alan Dershowitz's New Book On Israel a "Hoax"</a>

On MSNBC’s Scarborough Country on Sept. 8 2003, renowned appellate lawyer, Harvard Law professor and author Alan Dershowitz says: “I will give $10,000 to the PLO…if you can find a historical fact in my book that you can prove to be false.” The book Dershowitz refers to is his latest work The Case For Israel.

Today author and professor Norman Finkelstein takes him on and charges that Dershowitz makes numerous factual errors in his book. Dershowitz denies the charges. Finkelstein teaches at DePaul University and is the author of four books including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering.

Here's an example from the debate:

"... What I say respectfully in the book is that when you look at the fairness of the 1947 petition, you only look at the land that was allocated to the state of Israel. In that land Jews were clearly a majority according to the U.N. census to be sure once the Arab nations attacked Israel, once the Palestinians attacked Israel there was a war and Israel secured more land which was regularized by a crease fire in 1949. What Mr. Finkelstein does is he counts that land and says, look how much they got and look at the proportion of Jews and Palestinians that's not the correct demographic to look at. So we can have reasonable . . .

AMY GOODMAN: Let's get the response to that.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Stay away from the ad homonyms and get to the merit of the case.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Professor Dershowitz, I'm not a professor at Harvard but I do . . .

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: You seem to resent that a lot.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: I do teach elsewhere. And when we discuss issues like falsifying information, plagiarizing, lifting whole cloth from other books I've never heard that called ad homonym for a serious scholar and a serious academic, those are very fundamental issues.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: But when they're false . . .

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: If they're false then you dispute them. To characterize them as ad homonym seems really out of court for a professor . . .

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: You said I don't deserve to teach at Harvard that sounds pretty . . .

AMY GOODMAN: Professor Dershowitz let Norman make his case.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: You raise that issue then I'll address it then returning to the substantive issues of your book.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: First tell me why I shouldn't be teaching at Harvard.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: On page 207 of your book you say that to deliberately misinform, miseducate, and misdirect students is a particularly nasty form of educational malpractice.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Of which I accuse Noam Chomsky and others.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: I consider what you have done in the book to be a paradigmatic illustration of misinforming, miseducating and misdirecting. Allow me to finish.

AMY GOODMAN: Let him make his point.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Allow me to finish Mr. Dershowitz I've with very respectful of your time. On page 213 you discussed Holocaust fraud by Robert Soan and you write, quote, “it was there extensive historical research” referring to his book.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: That's right.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Instead there was the fraudulent manufacturing of false anti-history.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: That's right. And Chomsky wrote as you . . .

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Please don't bring in Mr. Chomsky. He can defend himself. We're talking about you and your book. It was the kind of deception referring to the book that let me quote clearly, for which professors are rightly fired.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: I stand by that.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Not because their views are controversial, let me underline this again, but because they are violating the most basic canons of historical scholarship.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Let me respond to that. You compare me to . . .

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: I didn't ask . . .

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: You made up the story that the Holocaust . . .

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: I'm referring to your standards. I have no interested in someone else I'm talking about your standards. To miseducate, misinform and misdirect to violate the standards of historical scholarship are grounds for expulsion.


NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: It's not an ad homonym argument it's using your standards.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: No, it's an ad . . .

AMY GOODMAN: I'm going to interrupt here because I want to get to some of the main points of your book. Also we were intrigued on watching Scarborough Country when you debated, the offer that you made just play it for a moment.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Tell you what I will give $10,000 to the P.L.O. in your name if you can find historical fact in my book that you can prove to be false. I issue that challenge, I issue it to you, I issue it to the Palestinian Authority, I issue it to Noam Chomsky to Edward Said, every word in my book is accurate and you can't just simply say it's false without documenting it. Tell me one thing in the book now that is false?

AMY GOODMAN: Okay. Let's go to the book. The Case for Israel $10,000. "

PRICELESS!!!! :-D :-D :-D

Watch the whole thing and enjoy!
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Old 05-01-2005, 02:52 PM
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Dershowitz is amongst the many worshipers of the State, there's too many to count. :-P
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:32 AM
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Great now not only can you get a BS in BS you can become a master of bullshit! The deliberate dumbing down of America. Just means a army of chicken littles will arise looking all the time for things that don't really exist.
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:10 PM
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Because We Claim To Be The Global “Peace Keepers”, We Must Become The “Masters Of Destruction” & Aftermath Survival – ??? :-o :-o :-o

Only With That Knowledge Can We Achieve World Peace… ??? What ???

Wait a second, who supports all of the military arsenals & trains all of the would-be “terrorists” around the globe ?

If God gave us “free-will”, who are those “taking our choices away” working for ?

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El Diablo. :-P
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