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Homeland Security Ranked Worst Federal Agency to Work – Again

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

Nothing even came close.

Homeland Security was ranked as the worst federal agency to work for in 2015, according to the annual survey of federal employees, The Washington Times reports. 

The satisfaction rate continued its downward slide, from 62% in 2010 to 47% in 2015.

“To be sure, I am disappointed,” said Department Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We will not give up. We know that improving employee satisfaction across a 22-component, 240,000-person department takes time.”

The most satisfied workforce belonged to NASA, where more than three-quarters of its employees expressed satisfaction.

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Homeland Security Director Compares Terrorism Rhetoric to Red Scare

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In what appears to be a swipe at Republican candidates, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned against “over-simplistic rhetoric” about terrorism that recalls the sensational Communist red scares in the 1950s, CNN reports.

The comments came during a lecture at Westminster College in Missouri as authorities discussed terrorism and immigration.

Johnson cautioned that overheated rhetoric can cause unnecessary “fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government over-reach.”

“In this environment, the first impulse may be to suspect all Muslims living among us in this country are potential terrorists,” Johnson said.

Homeland Security Computers Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Audit Reveals

computer spies2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for protecting government computers, but it turns out, the agency’s own information systems are vulnerable to a cyber attack, according to an audit, Newsweek reports. 

The audit found lapses in the internal systems used by ICE and the Secret Service and said Homeland Security needs to better train analysts and investigators in cyber training.

“We identified vulnerabilities on internal websites at ICE and USSS that may allow unauthorized individuals to gain access to sensitive data,” according to the report by the Office of the Inspector General for DHS.

The computers contain information on case tracking, information sharing and investigation statistics.

Federal Authorities Thwart Planned Attack on Pope During U.S. Visit

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities say they have thwarted a planned attack on Pope Francis during his upcoming U.S. visit.

The New York Daily News reports that Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul expressed concern about the pope’s safety in light of the planned attack.

“We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States,” he said. “We have disrupted one particular case, but as that date approaches, we’re all very vigilant to protect him.”

Details of the planned attack were not released.

“The pope is a very passionate man, he likes to get out with the people, and with that comes a large security risk,” he said.

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Homeland Security Takes Crackdown on Drug Smuggling to the Sky

dea-cocaineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is taking its fight against drug smuggling to the sky.

The Associated Press reports that CBP agents are using aging P-3 surveillance planes with high-tech radar to search for drug smugglers.

The surveillance comes at a time when agents are finding an increasing amount of cocaine smuggling across the Caribbean to the U.S.

In fact, the DEA estimates that cocaine smuggling has increased from 60 tons of the drug to about 100 tons in the past several years.

One reason: Smugglers are finding the Caribbean to be one of the easiest ways to bring the drugs to the U.S.

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Homeland Security Chair Warns about Dangers of Hosting Syrian Refugees

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Should the U.S. host refugees who are fleeing Syria?

U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul is cautioning against it, saying the refugees present a threat to national security, TownHall.com reports.

“We’re a compassionate nation and this is a tragic situation but I also have to be concerned as Chairman of Homeland Security about the safety of Americans in this country and the concern that I have and that the FBI testified to is that we don’t really have the proper databases on these individuals to vet them passed and to assure we’re not allowing terrorists to come into this country and until I have that assurance, I cannot support a program that could potentially bring jihadists into the United States,” Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul said in an interview with Fox News Monday. “We don’t know who these people are and I think that’s the bottom line here and until we know who they are, we cannot responsibly bring them into the United States.”

“Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have told me privately that they don’t support bringing in Syrian refugees because of the threat they pose to Americans,” McCaul added.

McCaul said he hasn’t heard how President Obama plans to address the issue.

Some European countries are offering to take refugees, but nations in the Middle East are not.

Chair of U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Gets Book Deal about Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul is writing a book about his experience chairing the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Associated Press reports.

Entitled “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – and How to Thwart Them,” the book by the Texas Republican explores the dangers of terrorism and potential solutions.

Crown Publishing Group calls the book a “compelling and action-packed narrative.”

McCaul, 53, said the “greatest threat to America’s homeland is a failure to imagine the worst-case scenarios.”

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Partnership Between Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Leads to Arrests for Human Trafficking

Sheriff/Photo via McLennan County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Parnell McNamara/Photo via McLennan County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A partnership between a sheriff’s office in Texas and Homeland Security has paid off so far, the Waco Tribune reports.

Just one week after the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Homeland Security, officials announced the arrest of two people accused of human trafficking.

Homeland Security approached Sheriff Parnell McNamara to help crack down on human trafficking.

It was the first such partnership, the sheriff said.

“After I talked to commissioners court, we put everything in motion, and by noon we had run search warrants on this creep and found all sorts of child pornography in his house,” McNamara said of the first arrest made in connection to the partnership. “We had him thrown in jail. That’s how quick it worked.”