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Tag: Homeland Security

Secret Service, Obama, Former Presidents Celebrate Agency’s 150th anniversary

Secret Service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama and other four former presidents joined Secret Service officials to celebrate the agency’s 150th anniversary.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secret Service Director Joe Clancy gave brief speeches at the small, private gathering inside the National Archives building Tuesday, CNN reports. 

The nation’s four living former presidents – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – delivered video speeches in what CNN described as “a rare and poignant tribute that could only be reserved for the Secret Service.”

This come amidst troubles in the agency that caused a shakeup in leadership, but officials managed to stay clear of that subject during the celebration.

Bill Would Help Justice Department Combat ‘Violent Extremism’

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is moving forward on its promise to combat “violent extremism.”

Reason.com reports that Rep. Michael McCaul has introduced a bill, Countering Violent Extremism Act, that would create a federal Office of Coordination for Countering Violent Extremism.

The office would be house at Homeland Security.

The bill covers a range of responsibilities, including “identifying risk factors that contribute to violent extremism in communities in the United States,” “assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment,” and “establishing a counter-messaging program” to head off extremist ideas.

The bill calls for $10 million a year for the next five years and a new leader, assistant secretary for countering violent extremism.”

Border Patrol Slammed in Report for Corruption, Coverups, Excessive Force

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is so entrenched in corruption and coverups that it would take nearly 350 criminal investigators to adequately investigate the wrongdoings, according to a sharply critical report by the Homeland Security Department.   

The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents are vulnerable to “systematic corruption” by drug cartels and other criminals and that investigations of internal wrongdoing are “chronically slow.”http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-border-patrol-20150630-story.html#page=1

Read the full report here. http://documents.latimes.com/homeland-security-advisory-council-interim-report/

Agents also are accused of using excessive force.

In fact, Border Patrol agents and customs officers are arrested at a rate that “far exceeds” other law enforcement agencies, according to the 29-page report.

“Until this is reversed, [Customs and Border Protection] remains vulnerable to corruption that threatens its effectiveness and national security,” warns the report, which was requested by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The report also advises Border Patrol to change its policy on using deadly force.

Federal Authorities Warn of Possible Terrorist Attack in U.S. on Fourth of July Weekend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have warned of the potential for a terrorist attack targeting the Fourth of July holiday in the U.S.

The bulletins prepared by Homeland Security and the FBI urged local law enforcement to be alert because of ongoing threats posed by ISIS and other homegrown terrorists, the USA Today reports.

There were no specific threats.

The warnings come just days after three terrorist attacks in three countries Friday.

Federal officials recently arrested Americans allegedly invovled ISIS-inspired attacks.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said local law enforcement should be “vigilant and prepared.”

“We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people,” Johnson said. “We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant.”

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Judge: Homeland Security violated FOIA by Refusing to Respond to Request for Records

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security Department violated the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to disclose records about the telephone costs for immigrant detainees, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Penchman criticized the department for essentially ignoring a request from Prison Legal News, the Associated Press reports.

The judge said the department failed to respond within the required 20 days and even ignored a second request.

Under President Obama, federal agencies have been stubborn and reluctant to disclose records unless they are sued.

Investigation Opens to Find Leak of Alarming Study about Airport Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was an alarming discovery: An undercover operation found that investigators could slip through airport security with weapons and phony bombs more than 95% of the time, the Washington Post reports.

But that information, which quickly spread nationwide, is considered “classified,” so whoever leaked it could face termination or even jail time.

The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security said he is investigating.

“We have started an investigation to determine where the leak was,” Inspector General John Roth told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

After the reports became public, acting TSA Administrator Melvin Carraway was forced from the job, the Post wrote.

Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson: Illegal Immigration Drops to Lowest in Decades

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A year after a surge in illegal immigrant children and their families trying to cross the U.S. border, illegal immigration is on pace to be the lowest this year than any year since 1972, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday, the Washington Times reports.

Johnson stopped short of saying whether the trend would continue but said he was encouraged.

“The bottom line of all this is, in recent years the total number of those who attempt to illegally cross our southwest border has declined dramatically, while the percentage of those who are apprehended has gone up,” the secretary said at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. “Put simply, it’s now much harder to cross our border illegally and evade capture than it used to be — and people know that.”

During the first eight months of the fiscal year, Border Patrol captured 213,145 immigrants at the border, a decline of 34% from the same point in 2014.

Homeland Security Chairman: Espionage Motivates China to Hack U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Evidence n0t only points to China as the culprit behind “the most significant breach in U.S. History,” but the hackers may have been sponsored by the Chinese government, The Hill reports. 

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said all indications are that hackers were motivated espionage because of the target, the Office of Personnel Management.

It’s not only looking very likely that someone located in China hacked the U.S.

“It was perhaps nation-state sponsored because of the way it was done,” he said. “It was done for espionage.”

“This is an area where there are no rules to the game,” McCaul added. “It raises all sorts of issues for Americans.”

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