Coastline Security Plans for Homeland Security on More Than 110,000 Web Sites

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In late January of this year, Tuna Point Lighthouse Inc. (TPLI) announced the development of a plan to utilize the existing US Coast Guard system of lighthouses to act as a coastline protection system for the Department of Homeland Security. This news has spread through the Internet, and as of this release, has propagated to over 110,000 web sites around the world.

The plan developed by Tuna Point Lighthouse Inc. (TPLI) to utilize the existing US Coast Guard system of lighthouses to act as a coastline protection system for the Department of Homeland Security has received tremendous attention since its release. The internet has been the primary source of this attention, coming from blogs, RSS feeds, web sites, and various other web outlets. The internet has also been the source of many questions on the details of the TPLI plan. The plan utilizes existing lighthouses, to set up a ring of protection around the entire US coastline.

"We are very excited to see all the press and Internet attention," said George Van Parys, President of TPLI. "It is very gratifying to see that so many people are interested in the security and safety of the nation." Van Parys went on to discuss the many comments TPLI has received including people wanting to be involved and others wanting details on the systems to be used. "We can't give out specific details as that would compromise the integrity of the core systems," says Van Parys, "but to bring the problem in focus we can point out some specific examples.

"If we just reference nuclear reactors as targets, for example, some targets around the country would be Oyster Creek in New Jersey, Indian Point in New York, Diablo Canyon in California, and Salem 1 and 2 and Hope Creek in New Jersey," stated Van Parys. Continuing, Van Parys said, "If we just look at the Salem - Hope Creek site, you have 3 reactors, with no security provisions at all from the water side of the facility. In fact, there are even places that boats can pull up to like docks. A large vessel can enter the Delaware Bay and set anchor in the anchorage area waiting to go up river. Vessels can then launch a small boat to make the journey up river totally unmonitored. Once it reaches the facility it is less than 150 feet to the unprotected reactor buildings."

The TPLI system would monitor such traffic alerting Waterway Watch staffers to the traffic moving up river towards the facility. This would allow the facility to be alerted, and to take precautionary action if it was deemed necessary. Additionally the system is day, night, and all weather. So all factors of coverage have been considered. Van Parys went on saying, "I'm telling you that I am sure we can do something about this problem. I think that there are still enough Americans left in this country to make it continue to be a safe and secure America. I think that we, the American people, can still fight the forces of terrorism used against honest Americans. It is not easy. As a company, TPLI is sticking its neck out in a rather permanent way. However, it has to be done because safety does not come into being automatically. Individual people, like the members of our staff here, have to work and fight to make this project happen--and individual people across the US have to make this plan come into being because otherwise is won't happen. In the words of John F. Kennedy, I suggest that you 'ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.' What can you do for your country? You can help make our country better by showing that this is still a government of the people. And if you do that, as long as you live, nothing will ever be more important."

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