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Tag: Homeland Security

Report: ICE Agents Could Have Blown the Whistle on Bungled Fast & Furious Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE agents along the Arizona border became aware that ATF was allowing illegal guns to cross the border as part of the bungled Fast & Furious investigation, the Washington Guardian reports.

But ICE agents, who were concerned and talked to local ATF officials about the unusual probe, never took the complaints to Washington, missing an opportunity to blow the whistle on the scandal, the Guardian wrote.

The findings were revealed in a new Homeland Security inspector general report.

“Most Homeland Security Investigations personnel in Arizona who received information about the investigation recognized that the task force was using a flawed methodology, which was contrary to ICE policy and practices for weapons smuggling investigations,” the inspector general concluded in a little-noticed report issued late last month.

 

Homeland Security Spied on Occupy Wall Street Protests in about a Dozen U.S. Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A division of the Department of Homeland Security spied and kept records on the Occupy Wall Street protests, even when they were peaceful the Huffington Post reports.

More than 250 records obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show the federal government was keeping close tabs on protesters.

“Taken together, the two sets of documents paint a disturbing picture of federal law enforcement agencies using their vast power in a systematic effort to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said in a statement. “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat,’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”

The department was watching demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Tampa, Fla.

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President Obama to Name First Female Secret Service Director

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama will name Julia Pierson as director of the U.S. Secret Service, the first female to head that agency, USA Today reported.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Pierson, 53, now serves as the service’s chief of staff, USA Today reports.

Other women who head law enforcement agencies include Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security and Michele Leonhart, who heads the DEA.

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Congress Blasts Homeland Security for Failing to Produce Better Method to Assess Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration this week that Homeland Security officials never made good on a promise two years ago to produce more reliable standards to assess border security, the New York Times reports.

Not only did Homeland Security fail to devise an accurate method to evaluate the border, it isn’t even close producing one, the New York Times wrote.

“We do not want the Department of Homeland Security to be the stumbling block to comprehensive immigration reform for this country,” said Representative Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security.

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Opinion: Homeland Security Buys Up Expensive Assault Rifles, Armored Assault Vehicles

Don Gilleland
Florida Today

In 2008, presidential front-runner Barack Obama called for a “civilian national security force” as powerful as the U.S. military.

Nobody seemed to pay much attention to that suggestion at the time. Much has happened since then that should concern us.

Recent news reports indicate our Department of Homeland Security has bought 7,000 assault rifles, 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition and 2,700 armored assault vehicles. Why?

What could justify our government stockpiling such a massive supply of weapons and ammunition? Does President Obama think Homeland Security will have to defend our republic against large-scale public riots? What other reason would explain the use of such armored vehicles and assault rifles on American streets?

To read more click here.

 

U.S. House Lawmakers Question Why Homeland Security Did Not Better Prepare for Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. House lawmakers criticized Homeland Security officials Tuesday for not reducing costs on the lead up to the March 1 sequestration, the Washington Post reports.

Homeland Security Undersecretary of Management Rafael Borras said he didn’t believe the automatic cuts would take place.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the department should not have ignored the reality of the cuts.

Lawmakers also questioned the sincerity of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano saying that lines at major airports have doubled, the Post reported.

Borras said he was unaware of wait times doubling and said that overtime reductions had “resulted in some additional wait time.”

San Francisco Homeland Security Agent Faces Child Porn Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A San Francisco Department of Homeland Security Agent faces child pornography charges after police say he had an elaborate computer set-up with more than 85 images and videos of child porn, according to KGO-TV ABC 7.

The investigation of Agent Gilbert Lam began in 2011 and ended last week.

“It was quite elaborate,” Esposto told KGO of the computer set-up. “His resources and electronic expertise he had. I remember being at the house and he had a whole closet downstairs, like he had his own independent server, several computers, several hard drives, electronic storage devices.”

At the time of his arrest, Lam worked as a Homeland Security agent.

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FBI Questions Suspect in Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally been given access to a man suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, sources close to the case told the Washington Times.

Sources told the Times that the suspect is being detained and questioned.

Authorities found the man, Farai al-Shibli, after he returned from a trip to Pakistan, the Times reported.

The level of involvement of the suspect remains unclear.

Homeland Security officials said they believe more than a dozen people were involved in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.