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Homeland Security Chief: Fewer Immigrants Crossing Border But Threat of Terrorism Exists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said fewer immigrants are crossing the border because of increased security efforts, but he emphasized that other threats require a strong law enforcement presence, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

The good news is that illegal immigration is falling.

“Put simply, it’s now much harder to cross our border and evade capture than it used to be, and people know that,” he said.

But Johnson warned about getting complacent because of the dangers involving homegrown extremists.

“People who leave their own country … link up with some extreme elements and then return to this country,” Johnson said of Westerners who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant Islamist army currently waging war in those countries.

“In many respects, that’s the terrorist threat that I worry most about because it’s the hardest to detect,” he said.

Obama Administration Denies Congressman’s Claims That ISIS Members Caught at U.S. Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is denying claims by a Republican Congressman that at least 10 ISIS fighters were caught trying to cross the Mexican border in Texas, the Daily Mail reports.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that the Border Patrol told him that the extremists were captured at the border.

Homeland Security responded by calling Hunter’s claim “categorically false.”

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement

“DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Still, Hunter’s spokesman pressed forward.

“The congressman was conveying what he knows – and what he was told,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“It makes sense that the left hand of DHS doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – it’s been that way for a long time and we don’t expect that to change.'”

FBI Arrests American at Chicago Airport As He Tries to Travel to Join Islamic State

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 19-year-old man at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he was trying to leave the country to join Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan was boarding a plane to Vienna, where he was going to catch a flight to Istansbul, according to the FBI complaint.

Investigators said they found evidence on Khan that supported allegations that he was planning to join the extremist fighters. Among the evidence was a three-page letter in which Khan said he had an obligation to “migrate” to Islamic State and that he angry that his tax dollars were being used to kill fellow Muslims.

The arrest comes less than a week after the FBI said it has the identities of about a dozen Americans who are fighting alongside Islamic State.

FBI Director: Roughly a Dozen Americans Fighting with Extremists in Syria

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said he knows the identities of roughly a dozen Americans fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, Bloomberg reports.

Comey said the bureau is prepared to track the U.S. citizens if they return.

“Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back,” Comey said in a taped interview for CBS’s “60 Minutes” program airing Monday.

“So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with American passport, wants to come back, we will track them very carefully,” he said

Last month, Defense Secretary Church Hagel estimated there were more than a 100 citizens fighting with ISIL forces. The Pentagon responded that there may be 100 U.S. residents inside Syria, but only about a dozen are fighting with terrorists.

Terrorists Have Probably Given Secret Service More Credit Than It Deserves

Director Julia Pierson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I think the American public in general has been blown away by recent news of the lapses in Secret Service security involving the President.

I have to think, had terrorists any clue that it was so easy to breach security and get into the White House, they would have tried something long ago.

Thank goodness that the perception of a secure White House has trumped the reality. How any one could make it so far into the White House is mind boggling. 

Of the many times I passed the White House, I never once thought it would be easy to get in.  It looked so daunting. So secure. Apparently, not so.

 I’ve known a lot of outstanding Secret Service agents over the years, and I have to believe there’s a collective feeling of shame for the agency.  

Should Secret Service Director Julia Pierson have been fired?

Well, under the circumstances there seemed to be no other choice.  

There had to be an expression of outrage that came from the Hill as well as the White House, not to mention the public.

So, yes, the coach had to be fired when the team performed so poorly. In this case, it’s not a game.  

Now, we have to bring some of the top security experts in the world to evaluate the weak points in the presidential security details, both on the road and at the White House. It wouldn’t hurt to bring someone from Israel, a nation obsessed with security.

 We in America need so be obsessed about this issue. 

 

 

Lengel: Terrorists Have Probably Given the Secret Service More Credit Than it Deserves

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I think the American public in general has been blown away by recent news of the lapses in Secret Service security involving the President.

I have to think, had terrorists any clue that it was so easy to breach security and get into the White House, they would have tried something long ago.

Thank goodness that the perception of a secure White House has trumped the reality. How any one could make it so far into the White House is mind boggling. 

Of the many times I passed the White House, I never once thought it would be easy to get in.  It looked so daunting. So secure. Apparently, not so.

 I’ve known a lot of outstanding Secret Service agents over the years, and I have to believe there’s a collective feeling of shame for the agency.  

Should Secret Service Director Julia Pierson have been fired?

Well, under the circumstances there seemed to be no other choice.  

Director Julia Pierson

There had to be an expression of outrage that came from the Hill as well as the White House, not to mention the public.

So, yes, the coach had to be fired when the team performed so poorly. In this case, it’s not a game.  

Now, we have to bring some of the top security experts in the world to evaluate the weak points in the presidential security details, both on the road and at the White House. It wouldn’t hurt to bring someone from Israel, a nation obsessed with security.

 We in America need so be obsessed about this issue. 

 

 

Americans Who Fought Alongside ISIS Terrorists are Back on U.S. Soil

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has its eye on Americans who fought with ISIS terrorists and are now back on U.S. soil, the Daily Mail reports.

The news comes 10 days after a U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop acknowledged there were 40 “foreign fighter” jihadis on U.S. soil.

“The FBI is looking at them,” a senior Obama administration official said.

White House Press Secretary John Earnest declined to discuss specifics Monday, but he did say the U.S. is “working very closely with our international partners to try to mitigate this threat, to keep eyes on these individuals and to monitor their movements.”

FBI Director Comey: ISIS May Try to Take More Hostages to Gain Concessions

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said he’s worried that more Americans are at risk of being kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBS News reports.

“We are deeply concerned about the safety and security of American citizens worldwide,” Comey said in his written testimony ahead of a hearing in front of the House Homeland Security Committee. “ISIL and other foreign terrorist organizations may continue to try to capture American hostages in an attempt to force the U.S. government and people into making concessions that would only strengthen ISIL and further its terrorist operations.”

ISIS has already beheaded two American journalists.

Unlike some European countries, the U.S. does not pay ransoms.

“The U.S. policy of not paying ransom to kidnappers is longstanding and it is sound. It would be a mistake of strategic proportions to change that policy,” Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA and a CBS News national security analyst, said last month. “If we were to do so, many more Americans would be kidnapped…and we would be become an ATM for militant groups around the world.”