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  • Ex-DHS Head Michael Chertoff: The case for suspending U.S. visas in Ebola-affected countries

    10/27/2014 1:03:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/2014 | Michael Chertoff
    As alarm mounts over the spread of Ebola, many are concerned that screening travelers who arrive in the United States from West Africa is not sufficiently protective because it will not identify those who carry the virus but are not yet symptomatic. Yet over the past two weeks, the Obama administration and supportive experts saturated the media with the argument that any comprehensive travel restrictions aimed at Ebola-infested regions would be pointless and even counterproductive. No doubt the experts who reject travel bans understand disease and epidemiology. But their arguments demonstrate less understanding of how we manage risk in the...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 28 April 2013

    04/28/2013 4:48:53 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 75 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 28 April 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows April 28th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): en. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): en. Dan Coats, R-Ind.; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Bennie...
  • Chertoff's 'Islam PC' rankles fed officials

    02/12/2007 7:47:28 PM PST · by navyguy · 49 replies · 1,196+ views ^ | February 10, 2007
    Citing recent internal memos, Department of Homeland Security employees complain their boss Michael Chertoff is hamstringing counter-terror operations with pro-Islamic political correctness. They say headquarters has cautioned officials not to describe Islamic terrorism as Islamic and to respect Islam as a "religion of peace." "It's constantly drilled into us that Islam is not the enemy, and that the terrorists are merely a minority of 'extremists' distorting Islam," said one official who wished to go unnamed. ... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also has toned down her war rhetoric. Last month she referred to the terrorist group Hamas as a "resistance...
  • The 'al-Qaeda seven' and selective McCarthyism

    03/08/2010 5:47:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 113+ views ^ | March 8, 2010 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Would most Americans want to know if the Justice Department had hired a bunch of mob lawyers and put them in charge of mob cases? Or a group of drug cartel lawyers and put them in charge of drug cases? Would they want their elected representatives to find out who these lawyers were, which mob bosses and drug lords they had worked for, and what roles they were now playing at the Justice Department? Of course they would -- and rightly so. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder hired former al-Qaeda lawyers to serve in the Justice Department and resisted providing...
  • Lawyers, damn lawyers, and Al Qaeda; Mark Levin stands with Keep America Safe

    03/09/2010 11:06:26 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 11 replies · 225+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | March 9, 2010 | Mark R. Levin
    Mark Levin stands with Keep America Safe and disputes "the group of leading conservative lawyers and policy experts denouncing as “shameful” Republican attacks on lawyers who came to the Obama Justice Department after representing suspected terrorists." "The isn't the Boston Massacre. You have people in the position of defending this nation at the highest levels of the Justice Department who have represented the enemy, and their belief systems have clearly affected national security policy. ... And in some cases, these lawyers were not just representing clients, they went out and found them, sought them out. They considered them some of...
  • Homeland Security Chief nominee has ties to terrorists as defense lawyer; may have enabled attacks

    01/23/2005 10:26:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 1,505+ views
    libertarian oday ^ | 1 22 05 | Melissa Johnson and Sander Hicks
    Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff’s ties to the financiers of the Sept. 11 attacks may prevent his confirmation as Homeland Security Chief. According to a June 20, 2000 article in the The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, Chertoff defended accused terrorist financier Dr. Magdy Elamir. Elamir’s HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million went “to unknown parties... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown,” according to the article. Foreign intelligence reports given to then chairman of...
  • Nudie-scan CEO an Obama ally

    11/21/2010 3:40:12 PM PST · by bushwon · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2010 | Timothy P. Carney
    Rapiscan is one of the two companies that makes the nudie-scanners at airports for the TSA. Rapiscan CEO Deepak Chopra (who has the same name as the more famous Deepak Chopra, M.D.) recently was tapped by Obama to accompany the administration on Obama’s trip to India. Also, Chopra is an Obama donor. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • OSI Systems CEO Joins US Presidential Visit to India (Airport Nude Scanner Machine Mfgr)

    11/17/2010 10:19:46 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    OSI (Rapiscan) Systems Inc. Press Release ^ | 12 November 2010 | Ajay Vashishat, VP, Business Development
    HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS - News), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India. Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am honored to be selected to play a role in this very important...
  • DHS Head Chertoff Using His Position To Profit For Company He's Employed By

    11/17/2010 9:42:16 PM PST · by FromLori · 48 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11/17/10
    Mox News video Anderson Cooper on Chertoffs/others in government with ties to the Scanner Company being sold to the TSA. It may be AC but it is an interesting video detailing how scummy all these ties are.
  • House Republicans Clobber TSA, Insider Deals On Nudie Scanners

    11/17/2010 7:15:34 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 5 replies
    We mentioned Rapiscan, one of the two companies manufacturing the full-body scanners the TSA has been using to stir up the ire of airline passengers of late, yesterday. It turns out that not only is Rapiscan CEO Deepak Chopra (not THAT Deepak Chopra) a maxed-out Obama donor and a member of the president’s retinue for last week’s India trip, but the company uses a lobbying firm run by former Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff. This isn’t likely to defuse the outrage over TSA as the holiday travel crush gets going.
  • Rep. Duncan Blasts TSA "Pat Downs," Scanners on House Floor

    11/17/2010 1:26:33 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 Nov 10 | Rep Duncan
    VIDEO HERE OF HOUSE FLOOR SPEECH ________________________________________________________ The text of Rep. Duncan’s speech is copied below: Mr. Speaker: A nationwide revolt is developing over the body scanners at the airports, and it should. Hundreds of thousands of frequent fliers who fly each week are upset about getting these frequent doses of radiation. Parents are upset about being forced to have their children radiated or being touched inappropriately by an unrelated adult. There is already plenty of security at the airport, but now we are going to spend up to $300 million to install 1,000 scanners. This is much more about...
  • Airport security: Government in our pants

    11/14/2010 9:05:38 PM PST · by george76 · 79 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 14, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    Screening gets way too personal. The agency is rolling out new full-body scanners, which eventually will replace metal detectors at all checkpoints. These machines replicate the experience of taking off your clothes, but without the fun. They enable agents to get a view of your body that leaves nothing to the imagination. A lot of people, of course, couldn't care less if a stranger wants to gaze upon everything God gave them. But some retain a modesty that makes them reluctant to parade naked in front of people they don't know, even virtually. ... The Allied Pilots Association calls it...
  • Group slams Chertoff on scanner promotion

    11/14/2010 7:21:19 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Since the attempted bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports. What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. Chertoff disclosed the relationship on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question. An airport passengers’ rights group on Thursday criticized Chertoff’s use of his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients. ... In...
  • Chertoff and the Underwear Bomber Cover Up- The Body Scanner Scam (video)

    11/13/2010 8:44:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 11/13/10 | GrassyKnollTrolls
    Video at link
  • The TSA Body Scans Have to Stop

    11/13/2010 11:30:47 AM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 73 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 9, 2010 | Bryan McAffee most government scandals, FOLLOW THE MONEY [my emphasis]. Guess which company owns a large manufacturer of backscatter x-ray devices? Give up? The Chertoff Group which is a security consulting agency run by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. That’s right, in the wake of the Christmas Day bomber Chertoff has been pushing for more and more of these full body image scanners and it’s no wonder considering that this is going to put a large chunk of money in his pocket. Go figure!
  • Iran's secret pipeline into the U.S.(not even need visas because they are special passengers)

    08/18/2010 1:21:46 PM PDT · by goldendays · 11 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 | J.J. Green
    Iran's secret pipeline into the U.S. J.J. Green, WASHINGTON - Iran Air 744 is a bimonthly flight that originates in Tehran and flies directly to Caracas with periodic stops in Beirut and Damascus. The maiden flight was Feb. 2, 2007. The mere existence of the flight was a significant concern for U.S. intelligence officials, but now a broader concern is who and what are aboard the flights. "If you [a member of the public] tried to book yourself a seat on this flight and it doesn't matter whether it's a week before, a month before, six months before --...
  • Group slams Chertoff on scanner promotion

    01/05/2010 10:47:25 AM PST · by oioiman · 4 replies · 233+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 2, 2010 | Political Notebook
    WASHINGTON - Since the attempted bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports. What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines......
  • Questions for Judge Sotomayor (from seven legal experts: NY Times)

    07/13/2009 5:54:05 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 16 replies · 701+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 13 July 2009 | Various
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is scheduled to appear today at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Op-Ed editors asked seven legal experts to pose the questions they would like to hear the nominee answer. 1. If confirmed, you will be the only member of the Supreme Court who was a federal trial judge. You know that the factual findings of a trial judge or jury are based on a carefully assembled body of evidence. In your opinion, to what degree is an appeals judge confined by that evidential record in reaching...
  • 'Dead Fish Lady' Resigns from DHS, Takes Legal Action to Clear Her Name

    05/01/2009 9:30:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,932+ views
    cqpolitics ^ | May 1, 2009 | Jeff Stein
    Saying she still has no idea who sent her a box of dead fish, former top homeland security bioweapons official Maureen McCarthy says she has resigned from the department and begun legal action to clear her name. Occasionally breaking into tears during a 45-minute telephone interview, McCarthy called her resignation "involuntary" and said she had suffered severe financial distress since being suspended without pay in February over the incident. "I resigned against my will," she said. "I had no income, and I couldn't use my accrued annual leave" for cash. "By resigning I got that back," she said, and could...
  • No terror talk: Homeland Security head's new tone

    02/24/2009 3:42:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies · 995+ views
    Associated Press via Google News ^ | February 24, 2009 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano avoids mentioning terrorism or 9/11 in remarks prepared for her first congressional testimony since taking office, signaling a sharp change in tone from her predecessors. Napolitano is the first homeland security secretary to drop the term "terror" and "vulnerability" from remarks prepared for delivery to the House Homeland Security Committee, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. Tom Ridge, who headed the agency when it was launched in 2003, mentioned terrorism 11 times in his prepared statement at his debut before the oversight committee in 2003. And in 2005 Michael...
  • Chertoff: Military ready if drug gangs cross border

    01/16/2009 3:23:27 PM PST · by BGHater · 22 replies · 628+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 15 Jan 2009 | STEWART M. POWELL
    Homeland Security plan also accounts for possible border surge by refugees fleeing the violence. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that federal SWAT teams and military units are prepared to respond to Mexican drug gangs in the event they cross the Rio Grande and confront U.S. law officers. The forces, another department official said, also stand ready to manage any surge to the border by Mexicans panicked by the cartels’ violence. Chertoff described his department’s contingency planning in broad terms in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. The other department official provided details on condition of anonymity. Chertoff ordered...
  • Community celebrates Chertoff’s departure

    01/06/2009 1:40:18 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 709+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | January 5, 2009 | Kevin Sieff
    Border communities from Tucson, Ariz. to Brownsville on Saturday will celebrate the end of Michael Chertoff's term as Homeland Security Secretary with piñatas, music and a retirement cake. There's only one catch: Chertoff isn't invited. Some of the secretary's most vocal critics will gather at Brownsville's Galeria 409, just a few yards from where the fence will be constructed, to commemorate what they consider Chertoff's disastrous tenure. "This is not a protest disguised as a party - this is a party," said Scott Nicol, of the No Border Wall Coalition. "Chertoff has only been secretary for three years but he...
  • Cleaning Firm Used Illegal Workers at Chertoff Home

    12/11/2008 3:33:57 PM PST · by sheana · 28 replies · 867+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | By Spencer S. Hsu
    Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees for a Maryland cleaning company before they entered the house of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation's top immigration official.
  • Cleaning Firm Used Illegal Workers at Chertoff Home [Barf Alert]

    12/11/2008 3:10:28 AM PST · by indcons · 11 replies · 511+ views
    WaPo ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | WaPo Hack
    Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees for a Maryland cleaning company before they entered the house of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation's top immigration official. The company's owner says the workers sailed through the checks -- although some of them turned out to be illegal immigrants. Now, owner James D. Reid finds himself in a predicament that he considers especially confounding. In October, he was fined $22,880 after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators said he failed to check identification and work documents and fill out required I-9 verification...
  • Chertoff to Hand Obama Immigration Successes

    12/04/2008 6:52:00 AM PST · by oldbill · 56 replies · 3,753+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2008 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff declared success Wednesday on President Bush's vow to double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol and near-success on his pledge to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The two measures leave President-elect Barack Obama in a better position to get an immigration bill passed, he said.
  • Deportation efforts defended [by Secretary Chertoff]

    11/22/2008 5:05:39 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 709+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 21, 2008 | JAMES PINKERTON
    Chertoff's letter to Perry reveals a clash of the titans U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff fired back Friday at Gov. Rick Perry's sharp criticism of federal efforts to deport illegal immigrants booked into Texas jails. Chertoff sent Perry a four-page letter defending what he termed as aggressive and expanded efforts by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to remove illegal immigrants, while complaining of a lack of cooperation from local law enforcement who jailed them for criminal offenses. "ICE, however, cannot remove and deport criminal aliens in State or local jails that it does not know about,' "...
  • Bush admin. makes immigration strides in 2008

    11/06/2008 4:39:48 PM PST · by kenavi · 18 replies · 889+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/6/08 | Eileen Sullivan
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. government arrested and deported record numbers of illegal immigrants — nearly 350,000 — in the past year, authorities say. It has also naturalized a record number of new Americans during the same time period, more than 1 million. Bush administration officials consider these to be great accomplishments within a system that President-elect Obama calls "broken and overwhelmed" on his transition Web site.
  • Chertoff to propose changes to immigrant hiring rules

    10/23/2008 2:14:01 PM PDT · by traumer · 3 replies · 295+ views
    WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff plans to announce changes to rules designed to stop businesses from hiring people working in the country illegally. The rules proposed to force employers to fire workers whose names don't match their Social Security numbers. A Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement Thursday, says Chertoff will describe the changes, which were prompted by a judge's order. The American Civil Liberties Union, the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have sued Chertoff over the rules. They say the rules open the door for discrimination against legitimate workers....
  • Live Press Conference: Jindal, Chertoff

    08/31/2008 3:59:40 PM PDT · by Hugin · 65 replies · 466+ views
    FOX news
    Check it out, Live on FOX now. You can see why Bobby Jinal was on so many people's recomendation for VP.
  • Chertoff: Border Will Be Secure 2 Years After Bush ( Yeaaaaaaaaa...right! LOL )

    07/18/2008 10:01:19 AM PDT · by kellynla · 74 replies · 118+ views ^ | June 10, 2008 | Penny Starr
    Washington -- Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on Monday blamed tightened security on the U.S.-Mexico border for increased violence there, and he said the border probably will not be fully secured until 2011, two years after President Bush leaves office. "(Increased violence) is what typically happens when you start to enforce and make it harder to fight over the shrinking pie, so to speak, and who gets the best opportunity to exploit the additional space that's left," Chertoff said at a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday. "That's a good...
  • Boeing awarded contract on border fence: Chertoff (two sections of "virtual fence" get OK)

    06/09/2008 1:05:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 97+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/08 | Randall Mikkelsen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has decided to award Boeing contracts for the construction of two sections of a high-tech fence to be built along the border with Mexico in Arizona, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday. The two fence sections would be an "operational configuration" of a much-criticized 28-mile (45-km) section of "virtual fence" built by Boeing and tested earlier, Chertoff told a news conference. He said the fence would include fixed towers, with radar sensors, remote control cameras, ground sensors and software linking border agents to give them a "common operating picture" of...
  • Chertoff urges speed in building fence Opposition puts border agents at risk, he says

    06/07/2008 12:38:29 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 27 replies · 225+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 7, 2008 | STEWART M. POWELL and SUSAN CARROLL
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday he had attended the funerals of too many Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty to permit environmentalists to block construction of barriers and all-weather road along the Texas... Chertoff pitted the safety of Border Patrol agents against the efforts of environmentalists to stymie Bush administration plans to complete a border fence before leaving office in January. Some 670 miles of pedestrian fencing or vehicle barriers are planned along the 1,947-mile U.S.-Mexico boundary.Chertoff, who has set aside some environmental restrictions to speed fence construction, said he didn't want to "get enmeshed...
  • Chertoff blisters Congress over aid for Mexico

    06/06/2008 8:06:11 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 156+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 5, 2008 | STEWART M. POWELL
    Security chief stresses that funds would fight drugs in speech at Rice Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday accused congressional critics of imperiling a "historic opportunity" by tinkering with a proposal to provide $500 million in aid to help Mexico combat heavily armed narco-traffickers menacing the U.S.-Mexico border. Chertoff indirectly addressed criticism raised by lawmakers — including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble; and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin — during a wide-ranging, 48-minute address at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have balked...
  • [Texas: Chertoff:]Protecting lives paramount in Valley hurricanes

    05/22/2008 4:38:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 105+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/21/2008 | Lynn Brezosky
    GALVESTON — Saying he wanted to “drive a stake through the heart of a misapprehension which is out there,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Border Patrol checks will not bog down Rio Grande Valley or other hurricane evacuations. “Instructions to the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection are clear,” Chertoff said in a statement out of Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington. “They are to do nothing to impede a safe and speedy evacuation of a danger zone. “Now, obviously, the laws don't get suspended, but it does mean that our priorities are to make sure we...
  • Beware of Chertoff's Promise to Secure Border

    04/15/2008 10:21:20 AM PDT · by fweingart · 18 replies · 262+ views
    Email: Minutemen | 04/15/2008 | Carmen Mercer
    Build the U.S. Border Fence Now! Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and the Bush administration are deservedly under assault for not keeping their promises. After a long public outcry over promises broken, the government says they have agreed to construct a border fence. But this is Washington, promises aren't meant to actually be honored. Chertoff and the Bush administration are creating needless public controversy about the fence over what must be done to and with the land, and they are exploiting a backdoor Democrat Party and Open Borders Lobby effort that provides a smoke screen for the feds to...
  • Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.

    04/12/2008 12:03:08 PM PDT · by FreeInWV · 19 replies · 110+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu
    The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department's new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities -- such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps. Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said...
  • Fourteen Congressmen take DHS's waiver authority to Supreme Court[at the end of the month]

    04/08/2008 5:16:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 71+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | April 8, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    Three years after Congress granted the federal government unprecedented waiver authority, 14 congressmen are challenging how that authority is being used to construct a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. On Monday, U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., led a group, including Rio Grande Valley U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, to file a brief in Supreme Court which questions the constitutionality of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's waivers. Last week's waivers filed by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff would suspend more than 30 laws, which Chertoff said could interfere with "the expeditious construction of barriers." It was the fourth set of...
  • Chertoff: City ID cards prove reform needed

    04/08/2008 5:51:34 AM PDT · by raybbr · 39 replies · 60+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | Apr 8, 2008 | Mary E. O’Leary
    NEW HAVEN — Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff Monday said New Haven’s city ID card program is another example of why the country needs comprehensive immigration reform. Chertoff, who delivered the keynote speech at the Yale Law School at its first Heyman Federal Public Service Colloquium, was asked if the card “promotes or endangers public safety.” Probably the first in the country, the card offers a means of identification to all residents, including illegal immigrants, and provides entry to certain city services. City police have said the immigrants are now more willing to come forward as witnesses to crimes. Snip...
  • Chertoff: Failure of immigration reform led to extreme measures

    04/07/2008 8:39:32 PM PDT · by indcons · 60 replies · 118+ views
    Newsday ^ | April 7, 2008 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    A failure to enact comprehensive federal immigration reform has led to extreme measures at the local level around the country on both sides of the contentious issue, the nation's homeland security secretary said Monday. Michael Chertoff, who spoke at Yale Law School, was asked about New Haven becoming the first city in the nation last year to issue identification cards to illegal immigrants. "New Haven is probably at one extreme of the approach to the issue of illegal immigration," Chertoff said. He said the other extremes were some parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia that have tried to make it illegal...
  • Michael Chertoff’s Insult

    04/03/2008 7:10:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 61+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2008
    To the long list of things the Bush administration is willing to trash in its rush to appease immigration hard-liners, you can now add dozens of important environmental laws and hundreds of thousands of acres of fragile habitat on the southern border. On Tuesday, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, waived the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and other environmental protections to allow the government to finish building 700 or so miles of border fence by year’s end without undertaking legally mandated reviews of the consequences for threatened wildlife and their habitats. Will this stop or slow...
  • Exposing DHS's Border Fence Myth: How 302 Miles Is Actually Less Than 10

    03/27/2008 4:19:31 PM PDT · by Man50D · 6 replies · 552+ views ^ | Marc Demshock
    Secretary Chertoff is riding into the sunset—dragging the fence behind him. As mentioned in yesterday’s immigration blog by Steve Elliott the Sun Sets on the Border Fence On 12/31/08. This sunset provision of the Omnibus bill H.R. 2764 declares that the Secretary of Homeland Security loses all authority to build the fence—even if he wants to. However, even with the authority to build the fence, the Secretary has been lazy in using it. In a February 22, press release he claims that the Department of Homeland Security has built 302.4 miles of combination pedestrian and vehicle fencing and well on...
  • DHS will reissue controversial rules

    03/23/2008 12:30:31 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 445+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Homeland Security Department is appealing a judge's ruling against its proposal to force employers to fire workers whose names don't match their Social Security numbers, and promises to try to make the policy a law. A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the "no-match rule" in October, saying it would likely impose hardships on businesses and their workers. Employers would incur new costs to comply with the regulation that the government hasn't evaluated, and innocent workers unable to correct mistakes in their records in time would lose their jobs, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer wrote. In...
  • Chertoff: ID must comply to fly (Real ID showdown may less likely)

    03/21/2008 4:38:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 767+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON - Homeland security officials on Friday hinted at a possible face-saving deal to end their standoff with a handful of states over new driver's license rules — a dispute that, left unresolved, could cause big air travel headaches. For weeks, the Homeland Security Department has been headed toward a showdown with some states over a law called Real ID, which would require new security measures for state-issued driver's licenses. Yet a late Good Friday letter from a top DHS official suggested Washington may be backing away from a messy fight. South Carolina, Maine and Montana are the only states...
  • U.S. catching illegals in record numbers

    03/17/2008 4:06:13 AM PDT · by Man50D · 8 replies · 493+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    The Department of Homeland Security, continuing to enforce what it calls a "strict policy of arresting, prosecuting and jailing" illegal immigrants, deported a record number of those caught on the nation's borders last year — more than 280,000 in fiscal year 2007 compared to 186,000 a year earlier. It was the largest number of illegals ever removed from the country in a single year. The increase is attributable to what veteran law enforcement authorities said is a revised apprehension process, adding that the department no longer is targeting only criminal aliens for removal, but seeks eventually to apprehend, charge and...
  • Washington seeks power to ban air travellers - even if they are only flying OVER the U.S.

    03/10/2008 3:08:04 PM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 473+ views
    This is London ^ | 09 Mar 2008 | This is London
    The US government is demanding the right to ban British air passengers from flying over America en route to other countries – even when the flights will not land in the United States. Under anti-terrorism measures due to come into force within two years, the US authorities insist they need to do background checks on all UK air passengers travelling to Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Direct flights to popular holiday destinations such as the Bahamas, Barbados, Toronto and Mexico City would all be covered by stringent US security checks examining people's passport details, travel plans and even...
  • Chertoff weary over fence attacks

    02/28/2008 9:08:32 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 73 replies · 187+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | February 28, 2008 | RICHARD S. DUNHAM and JAMES PINKERTON
    WASHINGTON — Bristling at attacks from Texans opposed to building a fence along the Texas-Mexico border, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that he will not be intimidated into abandoning the federal government's plans by harsh words or lawsuits. "I'm willing to have a fair and constructive discussion, but I'm not willing to have an endless discussion," Chertoff told reporters at a breakfast meeting. "Insulting me or attacking me does not cause me to go, 'ooh, I've been insulted and attacked, I'm going to stop doing what I'm doing.' " The Homeland Security Department has been on the...
  • U.S. Presidential initiatives boost immigration reforms and border security

    02/25/2008 1:24:25 PM PST · by Delacon · 13 replies · 273+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | February 25, 2008 | Surya B. Prasai
    It is often said in Washington circles that when it comes to reforming U.S. immigration or helping the world in fighting AIDS, President George W. Bush far surpasses the capabilities of many of his predecessors. Again on January 28, 2008, President George W. Bush delivered an important message on strengthening U.S. immigration in his State of the Union Address. While millions of Americans watched, he stated, "America needs to secure our borders -- and with your help, my administration is taking steps to do so. We're increasing worksite enforcement, deploying fences and advanced technologies to stop illegal crossings. We've...
  • Chertoff Worries About 'Earth-Shattering' Events (Dirty bomb, Nuclear or Biological Attack)

    02/11/2008 5:23:13 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 45 replies · 618+ views
    wtopnews ^ | 021108 | J.J. Green,
    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff's eyes narrow and his voice develops a stern, urgent tone as he reveals America's biggest vulnerability to terrorism. "The great weapon they have is persistence and patience, and the one weakness that we have is the tendency to lose patience and become complacent," Chertoff tells WTOP. "It strikes me as hard to accept that anybody would believe the threat is over. There is nothing these terrorists are doing or saying that could lead a reasonable person to believe that they have somehow lost interest. Our biggest challenge is making sure we do not...
  • Chertoff announces alternative to border fence in Hidalgo

    02/09/2008 3:37:44 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 34 replies · 131+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 020908 | Associated Press
    EDINBURG— The federal government and local officials in one border county announced Friday they had reached a compromise that would eliminate the need for the much-maligned border fencing there. Private land in Hidalgo County border towns such as Granjeno, where dozens of homes could have been lost behind the fence in a no-man's land between Mexico and the United States, would no longer be threatened by a land grab, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. But the 22 miles of combined levee and border wall under the compromise would be a small portion of the 370 miles of border barriers...
  • Chertoff heading to Texas for border fence talks

    02/06/2008 10:55:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 90+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 6, 2008 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday he is heading to Texas to tie up plans for a flood wall along the Rio Grande that could double as part of a border fence. Chertoff told The Associated Press he would be in McAllen on Friday, and that he's very close to reaching an agreement with county officials to build the wall and hoped to "tie the knot" on the plans. His department has been discussing with Hidalgo County a proposal to build a wall to beef up flood levees and comply with a 2006 law requiring 700 miles...