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Tag: Homeland Security

Three ICE Agents Accuse Administrator of Sexual Misconduct

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three employees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have made sexual harassment complaints against a longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, new court records show, according to the Associated Press.

The employees accuse Suzanne Barr, the agency’s chief of staff, of sexually harassing male subordinates.

The complaints range from offering to have sex with two subordinates in separate cases to inappropriate comments about a worker’s penis.

These are the first sex-related complaints against Barr, the AP reported.

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FBI Prepares for Possibility of Violence at Democratic National Convention

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI and Homeland Security are warning of concerns that anarchist groups may try to use improvised explosive devices at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

It’s unclear how real the threat is because the FBI routinely issues similar advisories ahead of major events and plans to heighten security.

The FBI also issued warnings about potential violence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. next week., Charlotte Business Journal reported

What prompted the advisory isn’t known, but police said they are concerned about an extremist anarchist group called “Anonymous.”

Lawsuit Causes Turmoil, Uncertainty at ICE Offices

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A gender discrimination lawsuit has caused a sense of unrest and turmoil at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York Times reports.

The lawsuit, which accuses the agency of retaliation and choosing female employees over male employees, also says the agency’s chief of staff, Suzanne Barr, created a hostile, sexualized environment at work.

The defendant, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, which is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal probe.

The suit was filed by James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of investigations for the agency’s New York office.

Homeland Security Employee Busted for Swimming Nude

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security employee was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after police found him nude in the ocean at Myrtle Beach, Carolina Live reports.

Michael Worth Calfee, 35, of North Carolina got out of the water and dressed when police arrived.

Police said his eyes were red, he was unsteady and had slurred speech.

Another North Carolina resident, who was with Calfee, also was arrested for being swimming in the nude and possessing 4 grams of marijuana.

Whistleblower: Port Newark Ill-Prepared for Terrorist Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the country’s largest ports is not adequately prepared to fend off terrorists, thieves and other criminals, a former Homeland Security agent said, the New York Post reports.

Terrorists “are looking for a weakness, and you’re standing in one of them right now,” Adam Conti, 46, told The Post. “This place is like a piece of Swiss cheese. There are good cops over [here], but they are outnumbered and have no resources.”

Some of the problems the security expert pointed out at Port Newark were high crime, lack of surveillance and east access  to the plant.

Conti said blowing the whistle on the site cost him his job at the Port Authority, the Post reports.

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Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

Homeland Security Watchdog: Turf Battles Over Internal Public Corruption Investigations Has Subsided

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The top overseer of the Homeland Security Department told a House committee that turf battles over internal public corruption investigations had subsided, the Center for Investigative Reporting reports.

But acting Inspector General Charles K. Edwards wouldn’t answer questions about an ongoing investigation of a Texas branch office.

Edwards said his 219 investigators are on top of the nearly 1,600 cases of accusations of employee misconduct.

Several agents and top officials are the subject of an investigation in Texas over allegedly doctored reports ahead of an internal inspection.

California Man Charged in Attempted Murder of Homeland Security Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Northern California man accused of attempted murder in the shootings three U.S. Homeland Security agents with an assault rifle has been charged, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Victor Flores, 20, was indicted Tuesday in connection with a May 3 shooting outside his home in Petaluma.

At the time of the shootings, federal agents were investigating Flores in connection with the murder of three rival gang members, the Bee reported.

Two of the agents, who were not identified, are still recovering. The third has returned to work, the Bee reported.