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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Raids Lingerie Boutique for Selling Kansas City Royals panties

Via birdiespanties.com

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security raided a lingerie boutique for selling panties celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ presence in the World Series, Pitch.com reports.

“We’ve had so many cops come in and buy these,” the artist at Birdies, Peregrine Honig, said.

The panties were selling for about $30.

Homeland Security agents issued a cease-and-desist order and confiscated the remaining undies, which was emblazoned with the words, “Take the crown.”

The problem, the shop owner said, was that the “K” and “C” were connected, much like it is on the Royals emblem.

“We’d just restocked, and they were literally hot off the press,” Honig said.

Homeland Security officers claim the panties infringed on major league baseball copyright.

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TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

John Pistole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

Obama Administration Denies Congressman’s Claims That ISIS Members Caught at U.S. Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is denying claims by a Republican Congressman that at least 10 ISIS fighters were caught trying to cross the Mexican border in Texas, the Daily Mail reports.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that the Border Patrol told him that the extremists were captured at the border.

Homeland Security responded by calling Hunter’s claim “categorically false.”

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement

“DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Still, Hunter’s spokesman pressed forward.

“The congressman was conveying what he knows – and what he was told,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“It makes sense that the left hand of DHS doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – it’s been that way for a long time and we don’t expect that to change.'”

Homeland Security Gets Involved to Stop Spread of Ebola by Screening Passengers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security agents are being trained to screen travelers for Ebola after they return from West Africa, the New York Daily News reports.

The advanced screenings will take place at five major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Newark Liberty International Airport; Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.; Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport; and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Travelers returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to the screenings. About 150 people return from those countries every day.

“These five airports, as you may know, are the destination of 94% of individuals who travel to the United States from the three countries that are currently affected by Ebola right now,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said during a briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Roughly 150 travelers who have been in the three counties

Congressional Watchdogs Consider Removing Secret Service from Homeland Security Department

secret service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to address low morale and security blunders at the Secret Service, some congressional watchdogs are proposing to limit the agency’s role of protecting the president, Time reports.

Perhaps most important, the proposal includes removing Secret Service from the Department of Homeland Security, which has struggled as a giant bureaucracy.

“Long-term, the 60,000 foot view, there are some who are very critical of the switch that the Secret Service went through after 9/11,” says Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a top member of the House Oversight Committee. “That seems to have changed the dynamic and made it much more political as opposed to security-driven. And I think long-term that’s something we might explore is the structure of having it within Homeland Security.”

The discussions come after the resignation of Director Julia Pierson and the release of a study that showed Homeland Security employees had the lowest morale of all 19 large agencies surveyed.

“I think the counterfeiting role really probably belongs in Treasury,” says Connolly. “The protection and investigation role I think might make sense in DHS but I do think we have to have a thorough review about the missions and whether they continue to make sense. Are they compatible? Do they detract from one another?”

More mild reforms call for increasing funding and the number of employees.

“I don’t know if moving it out of DHS [would work],” says Mickey Nelson, a 28 year-veteran of the Secret Service who retired in 2012. “Then where would you move it, logically speaking? But I think that should be part of the review.”

U.S. Immigration Officer Sent to Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes of Cash, Egg Rolls

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A U.S. immigration officer who accepted bribes of cash and egg rolls from people seeking citizenship and green cards was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison last week, Fox News reports.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official.

Prosecutors said she accepted bribes from July 2011 to May 2013.

In one case, Nguyen approved an immigrant’s paperwork after the applicant paid for a $150 order of 300 egg rolls.

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Homeland Security Reaches Agreement with Washington Times After Improper Record Seizure

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security reached a rare settlement with a newspaper after seizing a reporter’s notes and records from her home while executing a warrant for information on guns allegedly possessed by her husband, the Washington Times reports.

The agency agreed to reimburse some of the legal bills accred by the newspaper and the reporter, Audrey Hudson, whose home was raided in August 2013 and her notes and records on the problems inside the Federal Air Marshal Service seized.

“While the settlement payments cover just a fraction of the legal bills we accrued, the fight was, in the end, about protecting a journalist’s right to keep her sources confidential and to engage in the First Amendment protected activity of reporting without unwarranted government intrusion,” said Larry Beasley, the president and chief executive officer of The Times.

Hudson said she hopes the settlement puts an end to similar seizures.

“The importance of this case was that we just were not going to let it stand, the idea that federal officers at will could confiscate a reporter’s notes without any sort of subpoena or search warrant seeking the notes or even directed at the reporter,” Ms. Hudson said.

Homeland Security also returned documents and other notes to Hudson.

Homeland Security did not return calls from the Washington Times for comment.

Employees: Byzantine Oversight of Homeland Security is Crushing Morale, Hindering Work

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security has so much congressional oversight that it’s damaging morale and making the work more difficult, the Washington Post reports.

Consider the number of committees and subcommittees that oversee DHS – more than 90, which exceeds the number that has jurisdiction over the Defense Department by nearly three fold.

“It makes no sense at all,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a homeland security committee member, who attributed the structure to a “petty fight for power” between committees reluctant to give up their piece of DHS.

When the department was created in 2002, 22 autonomous federal agencies were combined.

“It makes it very difficult for the department,’’ said King, who sees “no movement” in Congress to change the situation. “The amount of time that goes into preparing for a congressional hearing is immense. It’s like this hydra-headed monster they have to deal with.’’