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Tag: Homeland Security

Inspector General Investigates Claims That TSA Instructed Racial Profiling

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating complaints that the TSA is illegally profiling passengers.

The Federal Times reports that a TSA employee in Minneapolis complained that a supervisor told him to treat Somali residents “differently from others who visit the Minneapolis TSA office.”

The TSA has been under fire in recent years over claims by federal officers that they were instructed racially profile people.

The TSA responded that it does not condone profiling.

“The Transportation Security Administration does not  profile, nor does it tolerate profiling by employees,” a TSA spokesperson said. “TSA welcomes the Office of Inspector General’s investigation and will cooperate fully, but cannot comment until the investigation is complete.”

Donald Trump Supports Making Giuliani Secretary of Homeland Security

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Donald Trump is elected president, he plans to name Rudy Giuliani the secretary of Homeland Security.

The New York Daily News reports that a secret deal has been struck by Trump to make Giuliani the head of Homeland Security. 

“It’s my understanding that the two have talked directly (and) I know there have been serious talks on both sides,” the Daily New was told. “I’m told it’s a done deal, but until it’s on paper, I don’t think anyone is counting on anything. Trump is already cutting deals as he moves to solidify his position in the party.”

Giuliani said he would support Trump as president.

“He’s my friend, and I think of the candidates, of the choices that I have, he’s the best choice for President,” Giuliani told The New York Times before last month’s New York primary.

Experts to Homeland Security: Don’t Use Color-Coded Terror Threat Index

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Homeland Security stopped issuing its color-coded terror threat index five years ago, the agency has struggled to find a better way to alert the public.

In 2014, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson proposed a new system of reds, yellows and greens.

But the Institute of Defense Analysis, which was hired to review the new system, said the colors were a “disaster” for communicating terror threats, the Associated Press reports. 

“DHS should learn from its own history and avoid repeating this error,” the consultants said in its 53-page report.

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also scoffed at the color codes.

“DHS spent $90,000 on a question we already know the answer to,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has introduced a bill for border metrics. “Measuring the security across our borders is complex and requires sophisticated and consistent metrics — not a series of colors.”

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Homeland Security Lawyer Sentenced to Month in Jail for Forging Document

justice-dept-photo-with-woman-and-courtBy Steve Neavling
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A Homeland Security lawyer who forged documents in a deportation case was sentenced to one month in prison.

Jonathan Love, a former assistant chief counsel, admitted he made a document appear that a Mexican man was ineligible for deportation relief, the ABA Journal reports. 

Love, 58, pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under the color of the law.

Love said he has no idea why he doctored the document.

“Why did I do this? If I truly knew, I would not be standing here in front of you,” Love wrote in a letter to his sentencing magistrate judge. “It was stupid and unnecessary, and the consequences of my actions have tarnished my hard work and dedication to public service for the last 30 years.”

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Terrorism Threat in Europe and U.S. Is ‘Increasingly Lethal,’ House Committee Reports

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday released an alarming report about terror plots targeting Europe and the disturbing links to ISIS.

The “European Terror Threat Snapshot” also revealed that about 5,000 European citizens have traveled to Iraq or Syria, and more than 1,000 have returned to their countries, the Washington Times reports. 

“ISIS terror operatives have exploited the largest flow of refugees and migrants since World War II to infiltrate Europe undetected. EU member states reported nearly 2 million instances of illegal border crossings involving around 1 million people last year,” the new report noted. “European jihadists are also attempting to radicalize and recruit refugees settling in the European continent.”

In the committee’s monthly terrorism assessment of the U.S., officials warned of increasing danger to the U.S.

“The United States and our allies face an increasingly lethal Islamist terror threat. A global jihadist network operating from safe havens is exploiting Western security gaps to orchestrate a widespread terror campaign, particularly in Europe,” warned Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and committee chairman.

“Battle-hardened European fighters groomed by ISIS are returning home from Syria to commit acts of terror with the support of local extremist networks, as we have tragically seen in Paris and Brussels. These operatives are also potentially a plane-flight away from our shores. Given the magnitude of the threat across the continent, we are likely seeing only the tip of the jihadist iceberg in Europe.”

ACLU: Border Patrol Agents Looting Immigrants Before Deporting Them

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Undocumented immigrant are being stripped of their possessions by Border Patrol agents before being deported back to Mexico with ID or money, advocacy groups allege.

In a complaint with Homeland Security, the ACLU of New Mexico and a coalition of organizations allege that undocumented immigrants were deported with no belongings in 26 cases, CBS News reports. 

“DHS will review the complaint once we receive it,” DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said. “DHS has strict standards in place to ensure that detainees’ personal property – including funds, baggage and other effects – is safeguarded and controlled while they are in detention and returned to them when they are released from CBP/ICE custody or removed from the United States. Any allegation of missing property will be thoroughly investigated.”

The groups say immigrants are sometimes sent without their belongings to cities in Mexico where they have no acquaintances.

Homeland Security Chief: Republicans Candidates Undermining National Security with Anti-Muslim Remarks

donald trump rallyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican presidential candidates are undermining national security efforts by resorting to harsh rhetoric about Muslims, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

In an interview with MSNBC, Johnson said it’s dangerous to single out Islam as the federal government is trying to build connections with Muslims who could help thwart possible terror attacks.

“Inflammatory comments about patrolling and securing Muslim neighbors or barring Muslims from entering this country, having an immigration policy based on religion, is counterproductive to our homeland security and national security interests,” he said.

Some Republican candidates, especially Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are sacrificing law enforcement relationships with law-abiding Muslims, Johnson said.

The rhetoric has heated up after last week’s Brussels attacks.

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U.S. Warns Travelers of ‘Near-Term’ Attacks in Europe After Terrorism in Brussels

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

U.S. authorities have issued a warning to Americans traveling to Europe that “near-term” attacks are possible throughout the continent.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” said the State Department alert, which expires on June 20, reports ABC News. 

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.”

The warning urged Americans to take caution “during religious holidays and at a large festivals or events.”

The TSA also is beefing up security at major city airports and at rail and transit stations nationwide following the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.

Homeland Security officials said there are “no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States.”

“That said, we remain very focused on the threat posed by lone terrorist actors who may lack direct connection to a foreign terrorist organization,” said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in a statement.

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