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New ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Homeland Security Policy Center to Open in Oklahoma City

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Oklahoma law school is creating a national center for homeland security law and policy, the Associated Press reports.

The new Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy is being established at the Oklahoma City University of Law.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind center that will be a national resource for legal analysis and policy for our country’s homeland security issues, especially in regard to domestic terrorism,” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said.

The center’s advisory board will be chaired by former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and John Whitley, a former general counsel for Homeland Security.

The center’s launch will take place on the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in April.

“Because of this event in our history and the way in which our city has rebuilt in these two decades since, we are uniquely positioned to help our nation and members of the private sector confront these issues,” said Josh Snavely, dean for advancement and external relations at the law school.

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Navy Veteran Fired for Posting Photos of Homeland Security Cars on Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Navy veteran who posted photos to Facebook of Homeland Security vehicles arriving near Ferguson was fired from his job and accused of being a terrorist, CNN reports.

Mark Paffrath worked for the Drury hotel chain where the federal vehicles were amassing in a parking lot when he snapped the photos.

Paffrath said his boss was furious.

“The head of security for Drury was in there, and he pretty much called me a terrorist, saying that I dishonorably served my country for posting those pictures and videos on Facebook,” Paffrath said.

Paffrath said he can’t understand what he did wrong.

“You know, it surprised me, and I was rather shocked that they were there. So I took a short video and a picture of the vehicles. I didn’t give any location out,” he said.

Paffrath, who was born and raised in Ferguson, posted along with the images: “Why are all these vehicles here, I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson? #Ferguson, #No justice, no peace.”

He was fired on Saturday, two days after posting the photos.

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Silk Road, the Notorious Online Drug Bazaar, Busted for Second Time

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Silk Road, a notorious online drug supplier, has been busted again, The Verge reports.

The FBI, Homeland Security and European law enforcement seized the replacement site.

Authorities arrested suspected operator Blake Benthall, 26, in California on Wednesday.

It appears Benthall slipped up when he used his own email address for a Silk Road 2.0 server and didn’t anonymize the software.

He is expected to be charged with conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking, conspiring to commit computer hacking, conspiring to traffic in fraudulent identification documents and money laundering conspiracy.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Emerges As Top Candidate to Replace AG Holder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The next U.S. attorney general may be the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Post reports, citing “well-placed sources.”

The short list of candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American lawyer.

“He’s one of the top candidates. He has all the qualifications needed to succeed in the job,” one insider said.

Mayorkas is backed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which is the nation’s largest law enforcement officers’ organization.

“The FOP enthusiastically supported his nomination to his current post as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and it has been a true pleasure working with him in that capacity over the last year,” Canterbury wrote. “We have no doubt that Mr. Mayorkas has the requisite ability and experience to lead the U.S. Justice Department and meet the challenges in the years ahead.”

Other names that have emerged are Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Homeland Security Boosts Security for European Travelers to U.S. Over Terror Concerns

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers flying to the U.S. on Western passports will face increased screenings as Homeland Security officials express concern about European Islamic militants trying to launch attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The idea is to “to learn more about travelers from countries from whom we do not require a visa,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Concerns were raised over fighters coming from Germany, England, France and Belgium, where citizens from those countries aren’t required to apply overseas for a visa to enter the United States.

Since 2011, officials estimate that more than 3,000 Europeans have traveled to fight alongside extremists in Syria and Iraq.

 

 

 

Coffee, Anyone? Homeland Security Spends $30,000 at Starbucks Using ‘Purchase Cards’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials appear to have an affinity for Starbucks.

NBC-4 Washington reports that Homeland Security employees spent $30,000 at the coffee chain in 2013.

The drinks were bought with so-called purchase cards.

At a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif., agency employees spent $12,000.

“I don’t know the agency’s needs or contingencies, but going to Starbucks seems like a really hard sell,” former Inspector General for the U.S. General Services Administration Brian Miller said.

A DHS spokesman said the purchases followed protocol.

 

Homeland Security Official Who Investigated Prostitution Scandal Accused of Hiring Prostitute

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
A federal investigator in charge of a prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service in 2012 has stepped down after surveillance allegedly caught him with a prostitute in Florida, the New York Daily News reports.
 
Homeland Security investigator David Nieland resigned Aug. 9, ostensibly for health reasons. But federal officials said Nieland wouldn’t discuss the allegations against him before stepping down. 

According to investigators, Nieland was seen in a building that was under surveillance for prostitution. A prostitute eventually identified Nieland as a client.

Nieland was the lead investigator probing the 2012 scandal in which Secret Service agents were accused of bringing back hookers to their hotel rooms in Columbia.

House Homeland Security Chairman McCaul Says ISIS ‘Winning’ Propaganda War

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Sunday with attacks in Canada and New York City by alleged Muslim radicals.

The self-radicalized Muslims are “one of the greatest threats” to the U.S., he said.

The Islamic State is trying to radicalize Americans using the Internet, he said.

Islamic terrorists “are waging a campaign of war against the West and the United States, and these are three examples, just last week, of where they’re winning,” he said.