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Tag: Homeland Security

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.

Boston Fed Judge Criticizes Prosecutors for Charging Homeland Official

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Boston federal judge on Friday sharply criticized the U.S. Attorney’s office for bringing charges against a Homeland Security official, saying prosecutors overreached and crushed her for what he saw as a minor offense, the Boston Globe reported.

U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock postponed sentencing while he considers a defense motion to vacate the verdict of Lorraine Henderson, Boston’s port director for Customs and Border Protection, the Globe reported. She was convicted in March of deliberately encouraging her Brazilian housekeeper to remain in the U.S. illegally, the Globe reported.

The judge said said Henderson, who is on suspension, was the first person he is aware of who has been charged with a felony for this type of violation, the Globe reported. He thought the charge was excessive.

“This is a cleaning lady,” he said in court, according to the Globe. “There must be some sense of proportion.”

The judge also noted that he was troubled that Henderson was arrested and kept in a holding cell for several hours instead of being ordered to make a court appearance.

Boston’s U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz was in the courtroom for the part of the hearing, the Globe reported, but she declined comment.

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Memo Says Terrorists to Try For More Attacks Inside U.S. With “Increased Frequency”

terrorismBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s no surprise considering the frequency of attempted terrorist attacks within the U.S. in the past year.

CNN reports that an unclassified Department of Homeland Security memo dated May 21 to law enforcement says “the number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period.”

The report said terrorist groups were expected to try for more attacks inside the U.S. with “increased frequency.”

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Napolitano Says Unarmed Reconnaissance Drone Will Soon Fly Over Texas

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Lone Star state’s air space is about to get a little more activity.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday that an unarmed reconnaissance drone plane will fly over Texas to bolster security at a time when the drug violence along the border has reached new heights to help, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

She said Texas is the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because its “airspace is more crowded”, the Express-News reported. She said an exact date when it will begin flying has not be established.

“The FAA now has to go in and carve out, as I understand it, space for the Predator,” she said, according to the paper.

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Ex-Homeland Chief Tom Ridge Dubious of New Arizona Immigration Law

Tom Ridge/gov photo

Tom Ridge/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is the latest to weigh in on Arizona’s new immigration law, saying he’s uncomfortable with it.

Ridge told the Associated Press that he’s concerned that the law allows police to question people without probable cause.

But he criticized both Democrats and Republicans for failing to come up with a national policy and said the U.S. should pressure Mexico to help control immigration, the AP reported.

Ridge said he favors Congress legalizing the status of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. But he said they should not get citizenship.

A Behind the Scenes Look at Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano Getting High Marks in Administration

Taking over an agency that is still a work in progress isn’t easy. But apparently she’s getting high marks within the Administration.  Her name also pops up as a candidate for the Supreme Court or for Attorney General should Eric Holder ever leave.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By Anne E. Kornblut
The Washington Post

BARCELONA — Janet Napolitano stood near the water’s edge, arms crossed, gazing up at a giant X-ray contraption.

It was a sleepy Saturday in Barcelona, and the city port was deserted. But the secretary of homeland security, who had flown in for a few hours on her way to Nigeria, was confronting this elephantine tangle of metal. This stop was the second on an international tour she launched after an attempted airliner attack on Christmas nearly became the Obama administration’s Sept. 11, 2001.

Surrounded by rows of shipping containers, 42,000 of which are sent to the United States each year, Napolitano quickly summed up the magnitude of her task, which even a machine this large could hardly address.

“Is there only the one scanner for the entire port?” Napolitano asked.

Yes, her guide replied. Napolitano winced.

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Sec. Napolitano Visits Africa to Discuss International Airline Security

nigeria mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met Sunday in Nigeria with top officials from Africa and the International Civil Aviation Organization to discuss ways to improve aviation security worldwide, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

“The attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25 demonstrated that international terrorist threats must be countered with a coordinated, global response through enhanced security standards, increased information sharing and stronger screening measures,” Napolitano said in a statement. “My meetings with our African partners underscore our commitment to working together to strengthen global aviation security measures and better protect the traveling public.”

In Abuja, Nigeria, Napolitano addressed more than 30 African ministers and representatives and stressed the importance of working together to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial flights, the agency said.

The agency also said Napolitano “applauded the measures taken since Dec. 25 to strengthen aviation security in Africa—including Nigeria’s installation of advanced imaging technology units at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the nation’s busiest airport.”