Republican Party presidential candidate and counter-terror expert Andy Martin will hold a Honolulu news conference today, Monday, September 28th, to announce he has asked for Department of Homeland security and congressional investigations into lax homeland security practices at the Port of Honolulu. Andy warned five (5) years ago that Hawai’i officials have a “lackadaisical air” about homeland security practices. Andy is using the scandal involving the abandoned boat “Judy K” as the trigger for his latest demand for emergency action in Washington. Andy will release his letter to homeland security officials in Washington at his Monday news conference. “What happened with the Judy K,” Andy charges. “reflects a terrorist attack waiting to happen. An abandoned boat sat unsupervised for eight years in the Port of Honolulu, within explosive range of passenger ships. If this scandal happened in the Port of New York, heads would roll. Why not in Hawai’i? Homeland security is not a partisan issue. But Hawai’i officials need to man up and recognize the state is a prime terrorist target because of their sloppy attitude towards security matters.”
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Attention, Honolulu, Washington, National daybook/assignment and Political editors
Announcement of Honolulu conference Monday, September 28
Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin will hold a Honolulu news conference today, Monday, September 28th to demand a congressional investigation of lax homeland security practices in Hawai’i
Andy will release the results of a six-month undercover investigation at the Port of Honolulu
Andy previously warned of the terrorist threat to Hawai’i in 2010
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(Honolulu) (September 28, 2015)
Republican presidential candidate and Obama author/expert Andy Martin will hold a Honolulu conference today, Monday, September 28th to announce he has asked the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and congressional committees to open investigations into lax homeland security practices at the Port of Honolulu.
“The Port of Honolulu is one of the nation’s busiest ports,” Andy says. “Honolulu is also a major passenger terminal for cruise ships. And yet lax security practices that would get officials fired in New York or Los Angeles are routine in Honolulu. State officials refuse to take threat of terrorism seriously.
“The ship Judy K sat abandoned in the Port of Honolulu for eight (8) years. The owner of the boat was dead. The port received no rent payments. But no one in Hawai’i state government took notice. The abandoned boat was within blast range of the passenger terminal, where thousands of cruise passengers arrive and depart. Even after the abandoned boat sank state officials refused to remove the vessel because they didn’t want to pay the cost.
“Five years ago I warned of lax homeland security practices in Hawai’i, because the state is a prime terrorist threat. We continue to maintain liaison with concerned local employees who are aware of the dangers but feel powerless to blow the whistle. What will it take for state officials to start taking homeland security seriously?
“In my opinion, even President Obama’s security is endangered by the lackadaisical attitude of state and local officials.”
Andy first landed in Honolulu in 1967 and has been a regular visitor to t +jhe state since 2008.
Andy provides a summary of his findings below.
- The results of our undercover investigation
- Homeland security practices in Hawai’i are abysmal to incompetent. State officials do not take the threat of terrorism seriously.
- The Port of Honolulu is a major security threat because of the thousands of cruise passengers who arrive and depart, and the port’s role in facilitating trade with Asia.
- The boat Judy K should never have been allowed to sit abandoned in the port for eight years, within blast range of the passenger terminal.
- How our investigation was conducted
The investigation was conducted intermittently from April through September, 2015 and followed up on earlier investigatory work in 2010.
- Undercover observations
After receiving a tip in April we started circulating around the port looking like down-and-outers. (A photo may accompany emailed copies of this story.) The investigation is continuing.
We also interviewed local individuals who have first responder and security roles and who are uncomfortable with the lack of concern shown by senior state officials in Hawai’i about the terrorist threat to the port and the islands. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL AND HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO REPORT.
- What needs to be done?
- Hawai’i state officials
Hawai’i state and local officials need to start taking homeland security and counter-terror responsibilities seriously, and not fobbing off on the federal government the need for vigilance at the Port of Honolulu and statewide generally. There has been a disgraceful abdication of responsibility by the rinky dink Hawai’i state government. Tourism is big business in Hawai’i. If there had been an explosion on the Judy J, and injury to passengers and ships at the cruise terminal, the local economy would have been devastated. There are still terror threats in the harbor. When are local and state officials going to assign someone to take a basic spreadsheet and start mapping and monitoring activity in the port?
- DHS officials
DHS officials in Washington need to investigate, preferably trough the Inspector General’s office, why nothing was done with a phantom ship for eight years when that ship was within blast range of a busy passenger terminal. Instead of accepting the promises of Hawaii officials to do better in the future, DHS needs to develop a performance plan with performance objectives and meaningful performance supervision of state and local officials on a continuing basis.
- FEMA officials
FEMA needs to coordinate and cooperate with DHS officials.
- Congressional committees
We have asked congressional committees to open oversight investigations of lax practices in Honolulu and Hawai’i, and lax supervision by DHS and FEMA officials that have the ultimate responsibility for counter-terror operations. Why was nothing done for eight years when there was a threat situation adjacent to the passenger terminal in the Port of Hawai’i?
September 28 Honolulu news conference details:
Presidential candidate and counter-terror expert Andy Martin
Andy Martin demands that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and congressional committees investigate lax security practices at the Port of Honolulu and throughout Hawai’i.
Honolulu, Hawai’i; corner of Ala Moana Drive and Hobron Street (sidewalk in front of Discovery Bay Center)
Monday, September 28, 2015; 1:00 P.M.
Andy cell phone (917) 664-9329
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