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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland’s Napolitano Plans to Add More Agency Agents to Afghanistan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced over the weekend that her agency plans to add up to 54 agents in the coming year to Afghanistan to compliment the current lot of 25, the Washington Post reported.

The announcement came during Napolitano’s two-day visit to Afghanistan. The added agents will help to border control and train Afghan officials in anti-smuggling techniques, the Post reported.

The country has been hurt by the smuggling of cash, drugs, gems, historic artifacts and timber out of Afghanistan, the Post reported.

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Napolitano’s Trip to Afghanistan

U.S. Cable to FBI and CIA Warns Terrorists in Yemen Could Have Easy Access to Radioactive Material

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As if we need to hear more scary stuff on the terrorism front, here’s the latest.

The Guardian newspaper in London reports that a senior Yemen government official warned US diplomats shortly after the “underwear” bomber incident last Christmas in Detroit that the country’s main store of radioactive products was poorly guarded and could result in materials falling into the hands of terrorist.

News of the warning, which surfaced publicly from a WikiLeaks  U.S. embassy cable, said that a lone guard at Yemen’s atomic energy commission had been removed, the Guardian reported. The paper also reported that the lone closed circuit TV security camera had broken down and was never repaired.

The Jan. 9 cable sent to the CIA , FBI and Department of Homeland Security stated: “Very little now stands between the bad guys and Yemen’s nuclear material.”

Yemen has become a hotbed of al Qaeda activity.

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TSA Now Checking All Passengers Against Terror Watch List

tsa photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary  Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the U.S. are now being checked against government watchlists, fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule.

A Homeland Security press release said that Transportation Security Administration reached 100 percent watch list matching for all domestic airlines on June 22.

Under the program called “Secure Flight”, the TSA now prescreens a passenger name, date of birth and gender against terrorist watchlists before passengers receive their boarding passes. Previously, airlines did the screening.

Authorities said the program also helps prevent passengers from being mistaken for those on the watchlist who have similar names.

“Secure Flight makes air travel safer for everyone by screening every passenger against the latest intelligence before a boarding pass is issued,” Napolitano said.

“The threats we face in the aviation sector are real and evolving, and we must confront them with strong and dynamic security measures,” added TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “Secure Flight bolsters our efforts to be more intelligence-driven and risk-based in our approach to aviation security.”

Column by Janet Napolitano: New Airport Screening Devices “Safe, Efficient and Protect Passenger Privacy”

Janet Napolitano

By Janet Napolitano
USA Today

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year after a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas Day, the recent attempt by terrorists to conceal and ship explosive devices aboard aircraft bound for the United States reminds us that al-Qaeda and those inspired by its ideology are determined to strike our global aviation system and are constantly adapting their tactics for doing so.

Our best defense against such threats remains a risk-based, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures, both seen and unseen, including law enforcement, advanced technology, intelligence, watch-list checks and international collaboration.

This layered approach to aviation security is only as strong as the partnerships upon which it is built.

In addition to the more than 50,000 trained transportation security officers, transportation security inspectors, behavior detection officers and canine teams who are on the front lines guarding against threats to the system, we rely on law enforcement and intelligence agencies across the federal government.

We require airlines and cargo carriers to carry out specific tasks such as the screening of cargo and passengers overseas. We work closely with local law enforcement officers in airports throughout the country.

And we ask the American people to play an important part of our layered defense. We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy.

As part of our layered approach, we have expedited the deployment of new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to help detect concealed metallic and non-metallic threats on passengers. These machines are now in use at airports nationwide, and the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures.

AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy.

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Napolitano Announces Clamp Down on Air Cargo Security

Janet Napolitano/file photo-bill maher show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. moved Monday to clamp down on the vulnerable area of cargo shipments from abroad.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the banning of “high risk” cargo shipments and a ban on shipments from Yemen and Somalia.

“Following the thwarted terrorist plot last week to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S., the Administration took a number of immediate steps to increase security by tightening existing measures related to cargo bound for the United States,” Napolitano said in a statement.

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Homeland Security Warns of Mexican Hit Squads in Arizona

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More signs of the Mexican drug cartels reaching into the U.S.:

The Washington Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security is warning Arizona authorities that Mexican drug gangs have sent assassins or “sicarios” into the state to kill bandits who are ambushing and stealing loads of cocaine, marijuana and heroin,

A Homeland Security memo, which  first circulated in May, said a group of “15, very well-equipped and armed” assassins complete with body armor had been sent into the state to carry out the executions.

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Secrecy Surrounds Probe into Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Va. Nun in Drunk Driving Crash

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Secrecy surrounds a probe involving an illegal immigrant who killed a Virginia nun in a drunk driving incident.

The Washington Post reports that the Department of Homeland Security won’t release findings of a probe into the matter and why the immigrant went nearly two years without a deportation hearing before he killed the nun in the accident.

The Post reports that Carlos Martinelly-Montano, 23, is accused of killing Sister Denise Mosier, 66, and injuring two other Benedictine nuns while driving drunk in Prince William County, in suburban Washington, on Aug. 1.

After the incident, the Post reported that  Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, said at a press conference: “Why is it that this individual was driving? He was in the removal process. Why did the removal process take so long?”

The Post quoted an unnamed Homeland Security official saying the findings in the matter won’t be released because “it’s a document that includes law enforcement sensitivities, so it will not be made public.”

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FBI-Homeland Bulletin Says No Specific Terrorist Threat Against U.S. as There is in Europe

terrorismBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds are saying there’s no indication of any specific terrorist threat to the U.S. or its citizens as there is in Europe, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department in an intelligence bulletin said there is nothing out there to indicate there’s a planned attack against the U.S., AP reported.

“We are aware of, and closely monitoring, recent reporting indicating a terrorist threat to Europe,” the bulletin said, according to AP. “At this time, there is no indication that the reported threat is directed specifically toward the United States, its citizens, or infrastructure; however, we assess that al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to plot against the Homeland and US allies.”

U.S. travelers to Europe have been warned to be careful and vigilant.