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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland Chief Napolitano Issues Statement on Colo. Shootings

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a statement following the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater early Friday morning, saying “I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting.”

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies continue to respond to this horrific event and I have directed the Department of Homeland Security to provide any support necessary in the ongoing investigation. We are committed to bringing those responsible to justice. Our hearts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by this tragedy, especially the family and friends of those killed or injured.”

The Denver Post reported that about 50 people were shot — at least 12 fatally — at an Aurora theater during a premiere of the new Batman movie.

The paper reported that a 24-year-old man James Holmes is in custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to Holmes was being evacuated to search for explosives.

 

 

Three Questioned in Shooting of ICE Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police have detained three people for questioning in the shooting of a federal immigration agent in South Texas, the Associated Press reports.

It’s unclear if the trio was involved in the non-fatal shooting of Kelton Harrison, an agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the investigation was uncovering strong leads.

Harrison was listed in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center, according to the AP.

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Hispanic voters favor Obama despite immigration policies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So far President Obama’s immigration policies are unlikely to woo Latino voters, especially after Homeland Security reported last week that too few deportations are being halted under the administration.

Now pressure is building for Obama to loosen his policies in hopes of gaining more support from Latinos, who overwhelmingly supported the president in 2008, according to the New York Times.

Critics believe the president has failed on his pledge to focus deportation efforts on criminals rather than illegal immigrations with clean records, the Times reported.

Under Obama’s watch, fewer deportation cases are being dismissed and new measures are netting more detainments, reports the New York Times.

Still, polls show Hispanics favor Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 67% to 26%.

FBI and Homeland Security Not Only Agencies That Want to Fly Drones

istock photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Homeland Security aren’t the only law enforcement agencies that have gotten permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones in the friendly sky.

CNET reports that new documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from a lawsuit against the feds show that some very small police department have gotten permission from the FAA including Herington, Kan., (population 2,526) and Gadsden, Ala.

Ex-FBI Agent Thomas F. Minton III Appointed Director of Pennsylvania Homeland Security

 
Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Thomas F. Minton III  will head up the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the governor’s office announced.

Minton, 52, served most of his 22 years with the FBI investigating national security matters with a focus on terrorism, according to a press release. Minton was involved in key investigations such as  the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 9/11 attacks on America.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Tom Minton’s caliber, character and expertise to direct our Office of Homeland Security,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “The addition of Tom to our team of leaders in public safety will ensure the security of Pennsylvanians for years to come.”

FBI and Homeland Security Concerned About Attack at Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier could come back to haunt us here in the homeland.

CNN reports that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security put out a bulletin on Wednesday issuing that warning, saying “there is currently no specific, credible threat information” but that the U.S. should still be on the alert.

“The FBI and DHS are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists in the Homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets,” the bulletin said, according to CNN.

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Border Patrols to be Cut by Half

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal budget cuts have manifested themselves in a multitude of ways already. Now, dramatically, the Obama administration plans next year to cut the number of National Guard troops patrolling the US-Mexico border by at least half, reports the Washington Times.

Though the White House is not announcing the plans yet, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter learned of the plan, says half is the minimum number the patrol will have to be cut by, which will mean reshuffling troops already along the border. In Duncan’s state of California, the new plans will mean slashing patrol levels from 264 to just 14.

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Louie Freeh and Tom Ridge: Angels Protecting Us or Just Hired Guns for the Gambling Industry?

Louis Freeh

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Angels protecting us from evil, or just hired guns for the gambling industry?

If you read the press release by FairPlayUSA, you’d think they were here to save us from the evil.

FairPlayUSA announced that Freeh and Ridge have joined its board to help legalize online poker and toughen the ambiguous U.S. laws on the issue.

The website pressofAtlanticCity posted a story saying the two joined the board as part of a campaign launched this summer to build support to legalize online poker. The site reported that start up money came from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and MGM Resorts International.

The Sept. 15 release from FairPlayUSA said:

“Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, today, announced they have joined the Advisory Board of FairPlayUSA, a new coalition of law enforcement officials, consumer protection experts and others concerned about the failures in current law to put illegal Internet gambling operators out of business, the need to better protect consumers and the need to impose a strict regulatory framework for online poker.”

Tom Ridge

The release added that “millions of Americans regularly engage in Internet gambling on offshore websites that operate in direct violation of federal and state laws, and they play online poker on sites that fail to provide necessary consumer protections. Current laws that attempt to prohibit Internet gambling have failed to stop the illegal Internet gambling market…”

Freeh said in the release: “Current federal laws fail to provide U.S. law enforcement vital tools to address illegal internet gambling, enabling a ‘wild-west’ atmosphere. I am joining FairPlayUSA to improve this environment by clarifying these laws, better empowering law enforcement agencies to crack down on violators and using licensing and regulation to ensure safe and legal online poker.”

Ridge said in the release: “States and tribes have rights that must be protected by authorizing them to decide for themselves whether to accept or prohibit online poker and make use of sophisticated technologies already in use in other industries to enforce those decisions.”