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Tag: Homeland Security

Government Activist Wins Battle to Parody NSA, Homeland Security with T-Shirts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A government activist named Dan McCall has been selling T-shirts that make fun of the NSA and Homeland Security by using the official seals.

One shirt read, “U.S. Department of Homeland Stupidity.” Another: “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.”

After discovering the re-appropriated logos, the federal agencies tried to get McCall to stop and even accused him of committing a crime, the Washington Post reports.

But now both agencies have reached a settlement with McCall, conceding that he has a right to parody the government, even if he is using the official logos.

 

Homeland Security Plans to Build National Database from License-Plate Readers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security hopes to build a national database based on information gathered from license-plate readers, the Washington Post reports.

The idea is to help locate and arrest “absconders and criminal aliens” while also reducing surveillance hours.

DHS spokesman Gillian Christensen emphasized that the database would “only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations.”

License-plate readers automatically records vehicles.

The ACLU claims the devices are an invasion of privacy.

“More and more cameras, longer retention periods, and widespread sharing allow law enforcement agents to assemble the individual puzzle pieces of where we have been over time into a single, high-resolution image of our lives,” the ACLU said.

Acting Head of ICE to Resign Friday After Just 6 Months; Gives No Explanation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Sandweg, a former defense attorney who became the acting head of ICE in August despite scant law enforcement experience, plans to resign Friday, Fox News reports.

Sandweg notified agency employees in a letter that he’s joining the private sector. He offered no explanation for his departure.

“Over the past several months I had the opportunity to work alongside many of you,” he wrote. “I was always amazed by your dedication and commitment to the agency and our nation. Despite the challenges we face, you continue to push on, achieving remarkable security and public safety gains for our country.”

Questions were raised at the time of his appointment because he lacked law enforcement experience to run the second-largest law enforcement agency.

Newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also told employees via email about Sandweg’s departure.

“On a personal note I would like to thank John for his work as I learned about the department during my confirmation process,” Sandweg wrote.

 

Wanted: More Than 140,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammunition for Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is in on a shopping spree for more than 140,000 rounds of sniper ammunition, Inforwars.com reports.

The department is looking for 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.

The cost per round – $1.20.

It’s unclear why the department wants so many rounds of ammunition because the bullets are unsuitably expensive for training purposes, according to Infowars.com.

 

Homeland Security Chair: There’s a “High Degree of Probability” of Explosion During Sochi Olympics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What is the likelihood of an explosive attack at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

According to the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Sunday, there’s a “high degree of probability” of an explosion or bomb attack, CBS DC reports.

“There’s a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Chris Wallace on Fox News. “But I do think it’s probably, most likely going to happen outside of the Ring of Steel at the Olympic Village.”

“You’re saying, as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, you think there is a high probability there will be some explosion outside the Ring of Steel?” Wallace responded.

“I hope I’m wrong in this assessment, but you’re talking about an area of the world where suicide bombers go off all the time,” McCaul responded.

“The fact is, right now, the eyes of the world are upon these Olympics. The Chechen extremists know this. They want to make a global statement. They want to make a jihad statement. And what better time to do this than right now?”

Homeland Security Warns Airlines of Possible Toothpaste Tube Bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Air carriers flying to the Winter Olympics in Russia are being warned to look out for toothpaste tubes containing material for a bomb, Bloomberg reports.

The warning comes just days before the start of the Olympics, where officials are on extra alert.

It’s unclear what prompted the warnings, and Homeland Security would only say that it “regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.”

Officials are worried about terrorists targeting the Olympics in Sochi, a few hundred miles from where terrorists have been battling Russians, Bloomberg wrote.

Washington Times Editorial: Obama Chooses Crook’s Errand Boy to Help Run Homeland Security

 

Christian Marrone

By The Washington Times
Editorial Page

Jeh C. Johnson, only recently confirmed as chief of the Department of Homeland Security, is off to an inglorious start. As our own Jim McElhatton and Kelly Riddell reported Monday, Mr. Johnson’s own right-hand man, Christian Marrone, was previously the right-hand man of a Philadelphia politician with a felonious bent.

The most ethical administration in history — just ask Barack Obama — knows how to pick ‘em.

As the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Marrone now has 240,000 employees and a $60 billion budget to administer. That’s a lot of responsibility for someone tutored by one Vincent J. Fumo, a Democratic power broker in Philadelphia and master of pay-to-play politics.

Mr. Marrone married his daughter and soon after was rewarded with a series of patronage jobs, including operations director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Corruption has been epidemic, perhaps even pandemic, at the turnpike. One former operations manager pleaded guilty to corruption last month and implicated several other employees, contractors and politicians, including Mr. Fumo.

Read more.  

Union Calls for Repeal of Homeland Security’s Suspension of Overtime Pay

Jeh JohnsonSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is urging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reconsider his department’s decision to suspend a troubled overtime program, the Washington Post reports.

The overtime was halted last week after a federal investigation found widespread abuse of the “administratively uncontrollable overtime” – as it’s called.

The pay was intended for agents who do urgent, unexpected work.

An internal investigation found that abuse of the pay cost taxpayers between $8 million and $37 million a year, the Post reported.