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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.

 

Muslims Oppose Appointment of Raymond Kelly As New Homeland Security Chief

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to the top position at Homeland Security has enraged Muslim-American groups, the Huffington Post reports.

Islamic groups said Kelly, as the head of the nation’s largest police force, oversaw the targeting of innocent Muslim based solely on their religion. Kelly also played a role in an anti-Islamic film, they said.

Kelly is believed to be a top choice of Obama to replace Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.

“Ray Kelly has a proven record of violating Americans’ basic civil rights,” said Glenn Katon, legal director of Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group based in San Francisco. “His willingness to use discriminatory policing methods against innocent citizens should concern Americans of every faith, ethnic and racial background.”

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former Border Patrol agent from Mississippi was sentenced to 78 months in prison for possessing child porn on his government-issued computer, GulfLive reports.

James E. Ward also will receive eight years of supervised release and a $7,000 fine.

“The defendant in this case contributed to the abuse and sexual exploitation of innocent children while working as a trusted federal employee,” U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis said. “This sentencing represents the ongoing efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners to protect children and hold accountable those who exploit or endanger them.”

The Department of Homeland Security OIG investigated the case.

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Oops! Homeland Security Loses Track of 1 Million Foreigners Who Previously Arrived in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An audit revealed Tuesday that the Homeland Security Department does not know what happened to more than 1 million people who arrived in the U.S., an embarrassing blunder as lawmakers debate a new immigration bill, The Washington Times reports.

The Government Accountability Office’s report underscores that the department’s failure to accurately track people visiting the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department was unable to prove whether more than 1 million immigrants ever left the U.S., The Washington Times reported. That’s because the department is long overdue in creating a system to track departures, a goal set in 1996.

“DHS has not yet fulfilled the 2004 statutory requirement to implement a biometric exit capability, but has planning efforts under way to report to Congress in time for the fiscal year 2016 budget cycle on the costs and benefits of such a capability at airports and seaports,” GAO investigators wrote.

Homeland Security Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security supervisor who has been suspended pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, The Buffalo News reports.

Steven Metz, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison after he was busted with more than 600 images and videos of child porn on his computer. Metz also is accused of sharing them images.

“Some of the files contained sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence, and some of the children shown in the images and videos were prepubescent and under the age of 12,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

Metz’s attorney said his client is extremely remorseful.

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NYPD Commissioner Kelly Quiet on Whether He’s Interested in Top Homeland Security Post


NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is interested in the top post at Homeland Security, he’s not saying anything about it, CBS New York reports.

Kelly is believed to be on President Obama’s short list to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is, so he’s been an outstanding leader in New York,” Obama said in an interview last week.

Kelly declined to comment on Obama’s remarks or the prospect of replacing Napolitano.

“I’m flattered by what the president said, but I’m not going to comment further on it,” he said.

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Obama’s Choice for Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Denies Abusing His Influence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama’s nomination for second in command at the Department of Homeland Security fended off allegations Thursday that he helped Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother get a special visa for foreign investors, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas is important because he could become the temporary replacement for Janet Napolitano, who plans to leave in September for another job.

The department’s inspector general is trying to determine whether Mayorkas abused his position by helping Gulf Coast Funds Management, run by Anthony Rodham, get a visa visa for a Chinese investor who was twice denied a visa.

“I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case,” Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination, The LA Times wrote.

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Obama’s No. 2 Choice for Homeland Security Post Is Subject of Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security is under investigation following allegations that he obtained a special visa after the initial application was denied by the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The department’s inspector general warned Congress in an email that Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation for allegedly helping an international investor obtain a special visa without U.S. approval.

Mayorkas, who currently runs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was chosen by President Obama to become the second-ranking officials at DHS.

The inspector general “is investigating Director Mayorkas,” the e-mail read, according to the AP. “Director Mayorkas was not specifically named in the initial complaint; however, the DHS is now investigating allegations concerning the actions/conduct of Director Mayorkas and other USCIS management officials.”