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Tag: Janet Napolitano

Napolitano Announces Clamp Down on Air Cargo Security

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

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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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1,200 National Guard Troops to be Deployed to Mexican Border Aug. 1

national_guardBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As the drug cartels spin out of control in Mexico, the Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to proceed with plans to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops, starting Aug. 1, to help protect the border, CNN reported.

Additionally, 300 Customs and Border Protection agents will be added along with an increase in technology and aircrafts, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin said Monday at a press conference, according to CNN.

CNN reported that that the authorities had previously announced the deployment of troops, but had not set a date.

“These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

Atty. Gen. Holder Addresses Thousands of Cops in Washington Who Gathered to Honor Fallen Brethren

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — On a pleasant spring night, thousands of police officers from every corner of the nation gathered here Thursday for the 22nd annual candle light vigil  to pay respect to their fallen brethren who died in the line of duty and to hear speakers including Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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“This year in particular we are reminded of the gravity of this mission. As you know well, a few days after Thanksgiving last year, four police officers sat together at a coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington preparing for a work day they would not live to see,” said Holder, the keynote speaker, before the crowd at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

“Shortly before 8:30 that morning these officers were ambushed by a gunman and all four were killed in cold blood. It is believed they were targeted, shot at and murdered simply because of the uniforms that they wore and the public service that they provided . These victims of course were members of Lakewood’s 100 member police department, but they were also part of something larger, they were part of a community that stretches from Tallahassee to Anchorage from Sacramento to Augusta. They were part of a community that spans every level of our government, federal, state, local and tribal.”

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He went on to talk about officers who have lost their lives, saying: “While we can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe these courageous public servants we will never forget their stories. Our candles tonight may burn only briefly, but we will forever carry forward the spirits of those they represent in our work, in our hearts and in our ongoing commitment to justice.”

Janet Napolitano delivered a speech before Holder, concluding: “As we light candles, let us honors their memories and renew our commitment to all of our law enforcement officers who so proudly serve our nation, our communities and the American people.”

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Column: ATF Needs a Little Love in Times Square

times square artBy Jeff Stein
SpyTalk

WASHINGTON — Poor ATF: It don’t get no respect.

NYPD’s Ray Kelly, Attorney General Holder and DHS honcho Janet Napolitano all heaped praise on themselves and each other for their fabulous work in the Times Square bomb case.

But the ATF? Nada. Out of sight, out of mind, evidently, overlooked like the acned geek at the high school prom.

This, even though ATF agents contributed some very nice work in helping to apprehend the accused would-be truck-bomber, Faisal Shahzad, particularly with their quick trace of a gun found in the suspect’s car. The ATF also had agents working with the NYPD’s bomb unit and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“We didn’t want to push the issue,” Joseph Green, New York spokesman for the ATF, told SpyTalk Friday night.

Okay, I will.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Quietly Takes Off on Overseas “National Security Focused Trip” to Nations Including Yemen and Georgia

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — At a high-profile Justice Department press conference Tuesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller was no where to be seen when officials discussed the arrest of the Times Square car bomb suspect.

In his place, was his deputy director John Pistole, who stood along side a host of high-ranking federal officials including Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Natpolitano.

Mueller quietly took off early in the week for what FBI spokesman Michael Kortan describes as a “multi-country national security focused trip.”

For security reasons, Kortan declined to be more specific. But he said the director would be returning home on Friday. Overseas  press reports showed his trip included stops in  the nation of Georgia and Yemen. The state run Yemini news agency Saba reported that Mueller met with Yemen President President Ali Abdallah Salih.

“During his meeting with President Ali Abdallah Salih, Mueller accentuated the USA’s readiness to broaden the horizons of cooperation with Yemen as well as its support to maintain Yemen’s security, stability and unity,” the news agency reported.

The news agency said Mueller congratulated Yemen on its preemptive operations against al Qaeda and “the President reiterated Yemen’s request to receive its individual detainees in Guantanamo camp to rehabilitate or try them based on their cases’ files.”

In the meantime, Kortan said Mueller has been interacting daily with Pistole and national security managers on the New York situation and “other matters.”

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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A Behind the Scenes Look at Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano