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Tag: Homeland Security

Two Dozen High-Ranking Members of Sinaloa Drug Cartel Captured

Agents conducting the raid, via Twitter.

Agents conducting the raid, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Multiple federal agencies conducted a secretive raid in Arizona, capturing two dozen high-ranking members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, an ICE spokeswoman said.

The International Business Times reports that the operation took place between the border cities of Lukesville, Ariz., and Sonoyta, Mexico.

The operation was led by Homeland Security with the help of U.S. Customs, FBI and DEA.

“The targeted Sinaloa cell has been responsible for the importation of millions of pounds of illegal drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, into the United States from Mexico during its existence,” said spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen. “The organization is also responsible for the smuggling of millions of dollars in U.S. currency, along with weapons, into Mexico.”

Agents also seized assault weapons and hundreds of pounds of drugs.

“ICE applauds the government of Mexico for their bold action in taking down this criminal organization and for their continued pressure on the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico,” she said.

Homeland Security Unable to Account for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Training

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

Somehow Homeland Security has lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars for training employees, according to a report by the department’s office of inspector general, the Washington Times reports. 

The department was only able to account for $1.9 million of $1.4 billion that was appropriated in fiscal 2014.

Hundreds of millions were also unaccounted for the previous year.

In addition, the TSA failed to report any training costs for January 2015, but said the agency spent more than $23 million that year.

The Washington Times reports that Homeland Security has been unable to make progress following 29 recommendations by federal watchdogs to improve training management and oversight.

“The investment of significant resources into these working groups should have resulted in the implementation of improved processes, oversight, and management of DHS workforce training,” the inspector general’s report says. “However, there is little evidence DHS has tracked or implemented any of these recommendations.”

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Homeland Security Secretary: Stop ‘Vilifying Muslims’ and Keep Focus on Terrorists

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke out against disparaging American Muslims, saying the focus is on radicals who are attempting to recruit would-be terrorists, Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

“Vilifying Muslim communities in this country is frankly contrary to our homeland security interests,” Johnson, a Morehouse College alum, told the Rotary Club of Atlanta at the Loudermilk Center. “Building bridges to these communities — encouraging them to work with us — is vital.”

Johnson, who in the past has criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim messages, didn’t mention anyone specific in the speech.

Johnson said he’s communicating with Muslims across the country.

“We are working with the tech sector,” he said, “to help Muslim communities build the message that counters the targeting and the efforts of the Islamic State.”

Super Bowl: Feds Worried About ‘Complex Plot’ Involving Severed Fiber Optics

Levi's Stadium, via Wikipedia.

Levi’s Stadium, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether recent attacks on the fiber optic systems in California are tied to a “more complex plot” against the Super Bowl in the San Francisco area.

Internal memos between the FBI and Homeland Security show that intelligence analysts are worried about a series of unsolved incidents in which fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in the Bay Area, NBC reports. 

The memo detailed risks that include the fiber optic system, drones and attacks in crowded areas outside of Levi’s Stadium.

Still, the memo read, “The FBI and DHS have no information to indicate any specific, credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.”

The memo also warned that attacks by an individual – as opposed to a larger terrorist group – “are of particular concern.”

Between July 2014 and June 2014, at least 10 fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in areas relatively close to the stadium.

Homeland Security Chief to Visit Michigan to Discuss Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To prepare for the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson plans to travel to Detroit and nearby Dearborn to discuss the issue on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports. 

Michigan has received more Syrian refugees than any state but California and Texas since 2013.

Details of the visit weren’t clear Monday, but the White House said Johnson is visiting “to host a roundtable (discussion) with resettled Iraqi and Syrian refugees, as well as a discussion with interfaith student groups about” Homeland Security’s efforts to “counter violent extremism.”

Federal Government Rethinks Closure of Office That Investigated Antigovernment Groups

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

When Daryl Johnson studied threats posed by antigovernment groups for Homeland Security, he was virtually ignored and criticized by conservatives, the New York Times reports.

So it was no surprise to Johnson when an armed group occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week.

Johnson warned in a report about the growing antigovernment movement and the possibility that military veteran could “lead the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.”

Johnson’s office was shut down and his document was retracted.

But the tables have turned as Homeland Security struggles with identifying and foiling potential threats.

“The D.H.S. is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism,” Johnson said. “The same patterns that led to the growth of the antigovernment groups in the 1990s is being played out today. D.H.S. should be doing more.”

Off-Duty ICE Agent Pulled Gun on Driver During Road-Rage Incident

ICE logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE special agent pulled a gun on another driver during a road-rage incident in Virginia Beach, Va., on Wednesday, WKTR.com reports. 

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. after the drivers exchanged words that may have included a verbal threat.

When both cars stopped, the ICE agent pulled out a gun, forcing the driver on the ground.

The agent was off duty at the time.

Police said neither driver wanted to press charges.

TSA May Soon Stop Accepting Airline Passengers’ Driver’s Licenses in Some State

airport-people-walkingBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Airline passengers in some states may soon need more than a driver’s license to board a plane, the New York Times reports. 

Homeland Security officials want states to begin complying with a decade-old law that requires them to comply with federal standards when issuing driver’s licenses.

That means airline passengers will need another type of government-issued identification if their states don’t provide driver’s licenses that comply with federal standards established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Some states that aren’t in compliance still have some type of enhanced driver’s license available that has been deemed appropriate for now.

Applicants for federally compliant licenses must prove their identity, immigration status and Social Security number, among other information.

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