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Tag: Homeland Security

How Would Government Shutdown Affect Homeland Security, Employees?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A political battle between President Obama and Republicans over immigration has many observers worried about a Homeland Security shutdown at the beginning of March.

What would that look like?

The National Journal explains:

It’s likely that the majority of DHS employees would still go to work. And the main agency tasked with overseeing the program in question, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is funded through fees rather than appropriations legislation.

It’s not clear that GOP leaders will have much leverage. Aside from the potential political fallout if the department runs out of cash, it turns out that a DHS “shutdown” might be one in name only, and Obama’s executive order might well proceed as planned.

During the October 2013 shutdown, about 85% of DHS workers continued to work, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

A shutdown usually doesn’t affect employees whose salaries come from multiyear appropriations or whose jobs are to save lives, the National Journal wrote.

Oversight Report Blasts Homeland Security for Failing on All Its Missions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security has failed on all five of its main missions, according to a scathing oversight report by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Fox News reports. 

“Ten years of oversight of the Department of Homeland Security finds that the Department still has a lot of work to do to strengthen our nation’s security,” Coburn said.  “Congress needs to review the Department’s mission and programs and refocus DHS on national priorities where DHS has a lead responsibility.”

One unanswered question, according to the report, is whether the $50 billion that Homeland Security spent in the past 11 years on counterterrorism made the country any safer.

The report also criticizes Homeland Security for failing to properly protect the borders and combat cyber-attacks.

Still, Coburn said the future is bright if Congress acts quickly to resolve the problems.

“I am confident that Secretary Jeh Johnson is leading the Department in the right direction,” Coburn said.  “One of the biggest challenges that Sec. Johnson and DHS face is Congress and its dysfunctional approach to setting priorities for the Department.  Congress needs to work with the Department to refocus its missions on national priorities and give Secretary Johnson the authority to lead and fix the Department.”

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Man Claims Threats to Media Following Sony Hack Was ‘Fake’ And He Was ‘Messing Around’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A threat to the news media following the Sony hack may have been a hoax from a tweeter who was just “messing around,” ABC News reports.

The FBI and Homeland Security believed the threat was credible enough to include it in a join intelligence bulletin last week to law enforcement agencies.

The bulletin alleges the suspected Sony hackers, known as the Guardians of Peace, also threatened the news media for covering the hack.

But the FBI has backed off after a man from Tennessee said on Twitter that the threat was “fake” and that he was “just messing around.”

The FBI defended its decision to issue a bulletin about the threat that  wasn’t corroborated.

“As part of our commitment to public safety, the FBI routinely shares information with the private sector and law enforcement community,” an FBI spokesman said in a statement. “We take all threats seriously and will continue to disseminate relevant information observed during the course of our investigations, in order to help protect the public against any potential threats.”

 

Adviser: President Obama Would Block 2015 Homeland Security Spending if Amnesty Order Cut

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama said he won’t hesitate to block 2015 funding for Homeland Security if Republicans try to tinker with his executive amnesty along the border, The Huffington Post reports.

Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president would “absolutely not” sign a 2015 spending bill if there are limits on the amnesty spending.

Pfeiffer said the president would veto the spending cuts.

Whether Republicans plan to curb the amnesty spending is another question after top GOP congressional leaders went silent in early December.

”I think the Republicans know they have little to no leverage,” he said. “Are they going to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to undo our executive action? I don’t think they are going to do that.”

“There is an array of little things they can do. … I mean it is possible that insanity will prevail upon the House Republican caucus as it did last October during the [2013] shutdown,” he said.

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Homeland Security Officer Accuses Police of Harsh Treatment Because He’s Muslim

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

At least a dozen officers swept into his Santa Clara home, their assault weapons and service guns drawn.

This wasn’t a drug bust. Police were looking for a stolen $300 dashboard camera that was never found.

The subject of the search, Homeland Security Agent Mohammed Moneeb, is accusing Santa Clara police of targeting him and using excessive force because he is Muslim, ABC7 News reports.

Police dismiss the claims, saying such a search isn’t unusual when a federal employee is accused of theft.

“This response was within our procedures in investigating law enforcement officers, especially in this case, being a federal law enforcement officer. We have the public trust in this case and we believe the public holds us to a higher standard and theft in this case is pretty serious,” Santa Clara Police Department’s Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

Federal authorities said an internal investigation is ongoing.

Moneeb said he was shocked by the police response.

“This has been a pretty traumatic experience for our family,” Moneeb said, who believes that the police were out of line.

Homeland Security to Track Some Immigrants with GPS Devices to Test Reporting Compliance

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

GPS-enabled ankle bracelets are an effective way to keep track of parolees and others in trouble with the law.

Now Homeland Security is beginning to give the bracelets to some parents captured crossing the Mexican border illegal with their children, the Associated Press reports.

The parents were ordered to report back to immigration officials.

About 70% of parents fail to report to immigration officials, Homeland Security officials said in September.

Under the pilot program, Homeland Security will track about 250 “heads of household.”

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Watchdog Report: Secret Service Refuses to Turn Over Mandatory Security Data

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 
 
A watchdog report has sharply criticized the Secret Service for refusing to disclose mandatory data on its computer security systems to Homeland Security, making it difficult to measure the department’s security practices, the Hill reports.

The report by the DHS Office of Inspector General condemned the Secret Service, saying its “refusal to provide the required data created a significant deficiency in the Department’s information security program.”

“Your agency’s action puts at risk its own information systems and those of the Department as a whole,” DHS Inspector General John Roth wrote in an Oct. 29 letter to acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy.

Clancy took over the Secret Service recently after the resignation of director Julia Pierson, who came under fierce criticism for her handling of security.

“I am deeply concerned that your agency’s unwillingness to provide the required continuous monitoring data feeds prevents the Department from overseeing and managing an effective information security program,” Roth wrote to the Secret Service.

U.S. Apprehends More Migrants Who Live Outside Mexico Than Live In Border Country

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports. 

The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.

The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.

While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.

The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.

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