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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Secretary Says He’s ‘Concerned’ about Race Relations

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous rallies nationwide following the police shootings of black people, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s “concerned” about race relations in America.

Trying to speak to both police and protesters, Johnson said, “Violence never solves anything.”

“An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind and at this point, we need to stand with our law enforcement community,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Johnson also was referring tot he sniper attack the killed five officers and injured seven others in Dallas.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking with Johnson, criticized Black Lives Matter.

“The reality of the Black Lives Matter movement is it is significantly focused, primarily focused on police and their efforts to portray police and the police profession in a very negative way, which is unfortunate,” he said.

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Homeland Security Wants Permission to Ask Travelers for Social Media Accounts

passport1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection may ask travelers for more than their passports as America looks to tighten its vetting process.

CBP submitted a proposal that would enable official to requests that travelers voluntarily disclose their social media account information, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

“It will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information,” the CPB said in the proposal.

Citizens from 38 countries are allowed to travel to the U.S. for business or tourism for no longer than 90 days without a visa.

The social media information would help officials assess “potential risks to national security,” Homeland Security said.

Feds: Homeland Security Analyst May Have Been Planning Attack on Superiors

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance tried to enter the agency’s Washington headquarters with a gun, knife, pepper spray, handcuffs and an infrared camera.

Now federal prosecutors are trying to determine whether Jonathan Wienke, an analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, was planning an attack when he entered the building on June 9, the Associated Press reports. 

Court records indicate the federal government believes there’s probable cause that Wienke “was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building.”

Wienke has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license and has since been released. He’s on administrative leave while the investigation proceeds.

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House Homeland Security Committee to Investigate FBI’s Response to Orlando Shooter

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said his committee will hold overnight hearings to determine whether the FBI could have done more to investigate the Orlando shooter before the massacre, ABC News reports.

“There are some disturbing flags going up in this case that we’re going to take a close look at,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “The FBI tells me they didn’t have predication to detain or arrest” the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, in its prior investigations of him.

“We do know he was on the radar several times saying he had affiliations with al Qaeda, terrorist organizations. We know he was close or attended the same mosque with the suicide bomber in Syria out of Florida,” McCaul said.

McCaul cautioned of future attacks.

“This will not be the last attack in the United States. I’m certain that there is another individual like Mateen out there who is radicalizing as we speak,” he said.

Homeland Security Issues New Terrorism Advisory Because of Homegrown Exremists

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The threat of hometown extremism has prompted Homeland Security to issue a new terrorism advisory, Business Insider reports.

The bullet cautioned of “homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice.”

The bulletin follows the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

“The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance,” the bulletin said. “This bulletin has a five-month duration and will expire just before the holiday season. We will reassess the threats of terrorism at that time.”

The bulletin warns that homegrown terrorists pose an unpredictable danger to Americans.

It also expressed concern over “terrorist use of the Internet to inspire individuals to violence or join their ranks” and “threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation.”

Orlando Shooter Was Armed Security Guard for Major Homeland Security Contractor

G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About a decade before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, killing more than 50 people, he worked for a global security firm that was one of the biggest contractors for the federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mateen began working as a security officer for G4S Secure Solutions in 2007, The Week reports.

The job required Mateen to carry a weapon and obtain a license as a security guard.

“Mateen underwent company screening and background checks when he was recruited in 2007 and the check revealed nothing of concern,” G4S North America CEO John Kenning said in a statement. “His screening was repeated in 2013 with no findings. We were not made aware of any alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Although Mateen cleared company screenings, G4S reportedly was aware of an FBI investigation targeting Mateen. But the company said it was unaware of “alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Mateen recently worked as a security guard at a gated community.

Homeland Security Agent Injured Before Fatally Shooting Violent Suspect

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security official suffered minor injuries before fatally shooting a suspect who became combative Tuesday afternoon in Chula Vista, Calif., officials said.

CBS8 reports that members of a federal law enforcement task force were taking part in an undercover narcotics sting at a shopping center.

Mike Carney, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in San Diego, was taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries after the suspect allegedly became violent. Carney said he feared for his life before he pulled the trigger.

Federal authorities took several people into custody.

Homeland Security officials have not divulged details of the shooting or the man who was fatally shot.

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House Republicans Want to Boost Funding for Border Patrol, ICE, TSA

congress copyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans proposed a spending bill for Homeland Security that includes a $100 million increase over current funding levels.

The increase is $432 million more than President Obama requested for fiscal year 2017, the Washington Examiner reports. 

Republicans supported the increase in funding to boost border security, aviation security protection and protections from cyberattacks.

“Now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the protection of our homeland. New threats to our people and way of life emerge every day, and the difficult challenges along our borders continue,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.

The House bill calls for $41.1 billion for Homeland Security.