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Janet Napolitano’s Leadership at Homeland Security Expires at End of Today

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served longer than either of her two predecessors, will step down at the end of today to become the first female president of the University of California.

“It’s challenging; it’s very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives,” she said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday at the department’s headquarters in Washington.

Beginning Saturday, new interim Homeland Security Secretary Randy Beers will take over until President Obama decides on a predecessor.

Obama sought out Napolitano, who served six years as governor of Arizona.

Napolitano is credited with getting rid of the color-coded threat system and introducing body scanners and airport pat-downs, NBC News reported.

She oversaw more than 300 natural disasters and relentless terrorism threats.

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Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Says Parting Words Before Leaving Office

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After more than four years of as the head of the Homeland Security Department, Janet Napolitano defended her tenure in one of the government’s newest departments, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That’s not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said. “Yet, as my successor will soon learn, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs there is. What you do here matters to the lives of people all across our great nation, and your decisions affect them in direct, tangible ways.”

No doubt, Napolitano had a storied tenure. The agency has responded to a wide range of disasters following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During her tenure, the department responded to one major terrorism strike – the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Justice Department Launches Probe into Report That NSA Supplied DEA with Domestic, Non-Terrorism Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to a Reuters report that showed the NSA was supplying the DEA with surveillance information about domestic, non-terrorism cases, Reuters reported Monday evening.

Five Democrats in the Senate and three congressmen want to know if the DEA – as reported – passed NSA intelligence to other agencies, including the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security. The instructions: Never reveal your source, even in court, according to Reuters.

“These allegations raise serious concerns that gaps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government’s intelligence gathering apparatus,” wrote the senators – Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

The Justice Department confirmed it is investigating.

 

 

Homeland Security Employee Placed on Paid Leave for Operating Racist, Anti-Gay Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Homeland Security employee who was exposed for hosting a racist website that advocates for a race war was placed on paid administrative leave while the agency investigates, the Huffington Post reports  on Monday.

Ayo Kimathi, acquisitions officer for ICE, forecasts on his site, War on the Horizon, forecasted an “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race.”

Kimathi, who has been with the department since 2009, has been quiet since the case was revealed last week and declined to comment.

His site blasts white people and gay people.

Kimathi was exposed last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Homeland Security Veterinarian Is a Finalist for 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Michelle Colby was a child, she wanted nothing more than to become a veterinarian, The Washington Post reports.

She wended her way through school and studied at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Still, she wanted more and became the agriculture defense branch chief for the Department of Homeland Security’s chemical and biological division, where the 39-year-old and her team established the country’s first vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease.

Now Colby and her team are finalists for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for homeland security and law enforcement, The Washington Post wrote.

DHS Employee Secretly Prepared for Race War And Operated Anti-White, Anti-Gay Web Site

Steve Nealving
ticklethewire.com 

By day, Ayo Kimathi works for Homeland Security, often procuring guns and ammunition. By night, the man known as “the Irritated Genie” prepares for a race war, the Atlantic reports.

Turns out, Kimathi runs an anti-white, anti-gay site, War Is on the Horizon, the Atlantic wrote. Kimathi was exposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes.

It’s safe to say Kimathi’s bosses aren’t happy.

Saying she was “stunned,” Kimathi’s former supervisor said the DHS would never have allowed him to operate a hate site had the department known, the Atlantic reported.

“To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me,” his former supervisor said.

Kimathi, it appears, isn’t a fan of some popular black people, including President Obama, whom he calls “a treasonous mulatto scum dweller.” His other enemies? Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Condoleeza Rice.

When asked about the site, Kimathi dismissed it as entertainment and a way to sell concert and lecture videos.

Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

WASHINGTON — The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.

The Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System — or BOSS — last fall after two years of government-financed development.

Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

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Ray Kelly, Fierce Supporter of New York’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy, Still Mum on Homeland Security Post

NYPD Commissioner Kelly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Is New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in line for the top Homeland Security post?

Kelly said he’s spent time in Washington D.C., but added Sunday, “I know it’s wise to keep my mouth shut at this time,” Kelly told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

But pressure is building against Kelly, whose controversial stop-and-frisk policy was struck down by a court as unconstitutional, The Hill reports.

Still, President Obama doesn’t seem to be bothered by Kelly’s fiery defense of stop-and-frisk.

“Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is, but if he’s not, I’d want to know about it because obviously, he’d be very well-qualified for the job,” Obama said last month.