Landrieu: Cyber-war could be pretty good business for Louisiana

posted at 5:41 pm on August 27, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

More and more, both analysts and at least a few members of Congress are realizing that the threat of cyber-terrorism is very real and could, in the future, be even more of a danger than radicals with bombs surgically implanted in their bodies on planes. It’s as dangerous on the information superhighway as it is in the skies and the airports. So that’s pretty bad news, right? Well… yes. But you always want to find the silver lining where you can, and that’s what Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) seems to be doing on this subject because, hey… that could mean a lot of jobs for her home state.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu told the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce that “cyber war is the war of the future” and banks, government agencies, electric grids, emergency response services and the military all are vulnerable to attack by hackers and tech-savvy terrorists.

That could mean new jobs for Louisiana.

Landrieu, D-New Orleans, said she plans to use her influence as chair of Homeland Security to “build a cyber footprint in Louisiana.” She wants to move to Louisiana more governmental agencies and tech experts charged with protecting America from hackers.

“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she told The Daily Advertiserlater. “Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone. With its technological expertise and the university here, Acadiana can help safeguard the cyber frontier.”

That’s a pretty spectacular statement, and perhaps one that she would only make when talking to the local Chamber of Commerce when it was only being covered by The Advertiser in your home town. But it certainly smacks of good old fashioned Congressional horse trading and pork. Facing an imminent threat to the security of the nation? Let’s do something about that! But if you don’t mind, let’s do a lot of it where I can take credit for bringing jobs in here before the next election, mmmkay? (Video is available at the link.)

Congratulations, Senator Landrieu. You win the coveted, “Real Definition of Politician” award from Hot Air for this week. Well done, Madam.


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New Orleans can’t figure out how to get the piss smell off of everything.

Technical expertise??? LOLOLOL…

Odie1941 on August 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Oh NOW you’re concerned with jobs here. Where the frick were you several years ago Mary?

Cassidy better friggin bring it. She needs to go.

Lay-Z on August 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Great idea!!! While I know for a fact that people have always wanted to move to Louisiana because of its lovely climate and cultural attractions (I read that on the internet so it must be true), better yet is that we put our security in an area that can’t handle a hurricane. I’m sensing that the liberal agenda is starting to lose steam and it is becoming like Black Friday at Walmart (can I say “Black Friday???)

teejk on August 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

In the heated contest to be the DUMBEST FRACK in the US Congress, Landrieu is always a strong contender.

TeaPartyNation on August 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM

The political class. Corruption and cronyism know no bounds.

“Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone.”~ Landrieu

Doesn’t sound as though it bodes too well for the capital, either.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I’d recommend that the federal government hire poor people to break windows because fixing them and breaking the creates jobs but they’d probably take it seriously.

Charlemagne on August 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Maybe she could advocate that money be sent to her state to hire pro-Obama internet trolls.

aryeung on August 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Lots and lots of cheap land available all over Plaquemines Parish.

A healthy cyberwarfare capability, directed toward foreign powers is a very good thing.

Locating assets of that capability in safe, accessible, easy to defend areas is also a good thing…a necessity.

Having a ready supply of intelligent and able technicians and analysts to perform the varied tasks, also a good thing…also a necessity.

Somehow,other than lots of cheap land in Plaquemines Parish, I don’t see too much of the other necessities.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she told The Daily Advertiserlater. “Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone. With its technological expertise and the university here, Acadiana can help safeguard the cyber frontier.”

Um….. Most of the cyber jobs you’re talking about are at Fort Meade. Well away from Washington DC and Arlington. And, you silly woman, do you really think the people with the technical expertise to do those cyber jobs well are going to be happy moving to a state with lousy schools, massive corruption, hurricanes, and a welfare mentality? Lots of luck with that- especially since (God willing) your sorry corrupt ass will be out of the Senate in less than two years.

Bottom line, I do not want to entrust the cyber safety of America to a state that was too damned corrupt and stupid to help people in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Somehow,other than lots of cheap land in Plaquemines Parish, I don’t see too much of the other necessities.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

By all means lets place the facilities for cyber warfare in Plaquemines Parish. 80% of the parish was underwater after Katrina and even now a good rain means flooding. So why not put something critical to national security there because of cheap land!

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

They do have some decent Jambalaya there and plenty of crack dealers.

docflash on August 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Maybe she could advocate that money be sent to her state to hire pro-Obama internet trolls.

aryeung on August 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I’m sure the ACORN folks there have already taken all the good troll jobs.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

She’ll make a great Veep for Biden.

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

is becoming like Black Friday at Walmart (can I say “Black Friday???)

teejk on August 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

This is Louisiana….so “Chocolate Friday” is preferred

Ditkaca on August 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I’m sensing that the liberal agenda is starting to lose steam and it is becoming like Black Friday at Walmart (can I say “Black Friday???)

teejk on August 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

No, what you are smelling is the scent of a desperate political hack who is up for election in 2014 and considered vulnerable. It smells a lot like a dead nutria that has been baking in the August sun for a few weeks but, trust me, that is just Mary Landrieu beginning to try and respond to the age-old question Louisiana voters ask- so what have you done for me?

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

A few things may have changed over the past few years, but Fort Meade was high on the target list, if I recall, and it is downwind from DC/Arlington, so that black roily cloud of “stuff”…will pass over Fort Meade in a matter of less than a half hour or so on a normal average wind DC day.

But, Lousiana?

Not a lot of granite protection in that state.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

C’mon, you’ve been a regular around here. Were sarc tags really necessary on that one? :-)

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Of course, what with Holder suing Louisiana over the school voucher thing…not going to get a huge draw from educated folks out of state with children moving to Louisiana…not with the overall reputation of Louisiana public schools.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu told the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce that “cyber war is the war of the future” …

No, Mary, “killing people and breaking stuff” is the war of the future. Cyberwarfare is the peace of the future.

Fabozz on August 27, 2013 at 6:28 PM

But, Lousiana?

Not a lot of granite protection in that state.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Yeah, the underground bunkers come with their own swimming pools in most of the state!

But this is clearly a ploy getting ready for the 2014 election. It isn’t a bad idea to disperse cyber capability but Louisiana would not be contender IMO. And Landrieu doesn’t have the juice of Robert C. Byrd to get the FBI Records Center moved to WV even though the heel marks of the bureau are still visible all the way from DC.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM

C’mon, you’ve been a regular around here. Were sarc tags really necessary on that one? :-)

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

No! Just enthusiastically endorsing the concept as one who spent five and a half years living in New Orleans (pre and post Katrina). I can think of nothing that educated technical people with growing families would like to do than pull up stakes in DC and end up in New Orleans or somewhere even more dismal like Fort Polk. And as an added incentive, you know good and well the facility would be over-budget due to corruption and apt to fall down in the first hurricane because the builder (some crony of the Landrieu family) decided that re-bar wasn’t all that important for the foundation slab.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Most likely one of those throw away lines used to get folks to vote…you know, hope and change and stuff…and easily forgotten by all after the election.

As for Senator/Kleegle Byrd…back in the late 1980′S-early 1990′s he was working night and day to get most of CIA on his side of the Blue Ridge…and the Agency bought all sorts of property, for the facility and for homes and such for employees…such was the power of the Byrd.

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.

FBI records got moved. Admin and clerk types could afford WVa better than NoVa.

The Agency did not.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Her idea is good, but the location is bad. New Hampshire has access to conservative hacker types.

Of course, I am absolutely biased on this issue.

dogsoldier on August 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Too much bottle in that blonde?

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Her idea is good, but the location is bad. New Hampshire has access to conservative hacker types.

Of course, I am absolutely biased on this issue.

dogsoldier on August 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Hey, NH is a legitmate choice for a lot of reasons. But NH doesn’t vote for Louisiana Senators. At least not knowingly. When Chicago Dems are stumped on how to rig elections, they travel to Louisiana.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Repeat after me – Landrieu MUST GO!!!

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Yeah because all the tech folk in CA are gagging for the chance to live in and work in La.

lexhamfox on August 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she told The Daily Advertiserlater. “Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone.

And in the flood zone?

Seriously, New Orleans is below sea level. If it ever gets hit by an actual hurricane, it’s toast. And they all know it. It got trashed by Katrina, and Katrina didn’t even come all that close to it.

Not the kind of place you want a disaster recovery site.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

The state, Bossier and Caddo Parrishes split costs for a 100M cyber innovation center several years ago in the hope of getting the AF Cyber Command mission at Barksdale AFB. They didn’t get the cyber mission – that went to Texas (Sen Cornyn had seniority over Landrieu).
The Global Strike mission eventually went to Barksdale but the Cyber Innovation Center was only used as rental property to the base while the new HQ was being built.

Shreveport-Bossier is a three hour drive from Dallas, 5 from Houston, and 7 from San Antonio. I doubt they will ever be able to compete with the bigger cities in Texas.

As far as its susceptibility to hurricanes it is six hours north of NO and despite a few low lying areas considered flood plains the hurricanes will deliver some mean storms with a lot of water but nothing close to a NO style beating it gets on a regular basis.

Bradky on August 28, 2013 at 4:12 AM

So there’s a university in Louisiana? How lucky for them. Gosh, maybe we should put a university in a couple of states, just to spread them around.

NeoCon_1 on August 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Awww what the heck! Last election Alana Biden and friends voted here, even though they live in NY!

dogsoldier on August 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM