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  • Despite Obama’s promises, pet projects still coddled

    08/29/2009 12:04:53 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 6 replies · 783+ views ^ | Aug. 27, 2009 | Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo
    A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Obama’s economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators persuaded the administration to make it happen. Discuss COMMENTS (83) Despite Obama’s promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence. This allowed low-priority projects such as the checkpoint in Whitetail, Mont., to skip ahead of...
  • Obama Appoints Islamist Affiliated With MPAC To DHS

    07/12/2009 11:43:34 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 9 replies · 489+ views
    Obama has appointed Arif Alikhan to a position with the Dept. of Homeland Security. Alikhan is reported to be affiliated with MPAC [ Muslim Public Affairs Council]. MPAC has major credibility problems and has advocated positions on issues contrary to America's national interests, and the national interests of our closests allys. IPT has more: Edina Lekovic, who serves as communications director for MPAC, was a "managing editor" of Al-Talib magazine which featured text in an article written by their staff that praised Osama Bin Laden as a "freedom fighter".
  • Sanford Regains Security Clearance

    07/10/2009 2:35:42 PM PDT · by rhinohunter · 7 replies · 505+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | 07-10-09 | Tony Bartelme
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently revoked Gov. Mark Sanford's access to classified federal security information, then reinstated it after acknowledging that the suspension was made in error. It was unclear late Thursday whether the suspension was related to Sanford's secret trip last month to Argentina to meet his mistress....
  • Another "Goodie" from the DHS "Domestic Extremism Lexicon"

    05/05/2009 7:23:54 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 9 replies · 572+ views
    washington times ^ | unknown | dept of homeland security
    This product provides definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States.

    04/28/2009 8:30:17 PM PDT · by our_retired_explorer · 1 replies · 616+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 04 / 28 / 2009 | Move America Forward
    Click above to sign! Janet Napolitano has gone too far! Last month the Department of Homeland Security, which she heads issued a report that singled out Americans in any 'single issue' group that might disagree with Government policy and charged that these groups should be watched for domestic terrorism simply because of their politics! EVEN WORSE, the report postulated that OUR TROOPS returning home from honorable service in a war to protect us from Islamic terror would be PRIME CANDIDATES to join these 'right wing' terror organizations! Our troops and veterans everywhere are insulted and patriotic Americans are shocked. Napolitano...
  • DHS right-wing report issued despite concerns

    04/16/2009 7:57:55 PM PDT · by mentor2k · 137 replies · 6,039+ views
    Associated Press - Google ^ | April 16, 2009 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security official says the department's office of civil rights and civil liberties objected to some of the language in the now-contentious right-wing extremism report, but the agency issued it anyway. An intelligence assessment issued to law enforcement last week said some military veterans could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or commit lone acts of violence. This prompted angry responses from some lawmakers and veterans' groups. Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said the report was issued before officials resolved problems raised by the agency's civil rights division. She said this was a breakdown of the agency's...
  • Napolitano goes back to Janet Reno’s playbook

    04/16/2009 10:38:49 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 15 replies · 663+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 04-16-2009 | Chris Stirewalt
    Napolitano’s latest move: a report from her department telling local police to be on the lookout for “right-wing extremists.” The document, which reads like a relic from Janet Reno’s Justice Department, came out one week before conservatives held tea party rallies across the country to protest rising government taxes, spending and debt.
  • GOP: Homeland Report Paints Vets As Extremists (Is that wrong?)

    04/15/2009 5:23:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 801+ views
    WCCO ^ | 4/15/09
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists. House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.</p> <p>The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.</p>
  • Senator Questions Obama Eligibility

    02/22/2009 5:02:19 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 412 replies · 13,132+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb. 22, 2009 | World Net Daily
    WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator has weighed in on the continuing controversy over Barack Obama's eligibility for office by saying he has never seen proof the new president was actually born in Hawaii. "Well, his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told constituents in Cullman County. "You have to be born in America to be president."
  • AZ rancher disappointed in U.S. support

    02/22/2009 10:27:46 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 2,929+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2/20/09 | Chad Groening
    "My country has let me down." That's the assessment of an Arizona rancher who was sued by six illegal immigrants he detained on his property and turned over to the Border Patrol in 2004. On Tuesday an eight-member federal jury in Tucson threw out the claim brought by the six illegal aliens that Roger Barnett violated their civil rights when he detained them at gunpoint on his ranch nearly five years ago. The panel also ruled against the plaintiffs' claims of battery and false imprisonment. But the jury did find Barnett liable on four claims of assault and four claims...
  • Afghan National Indicted for Alleged Ties To Terrorists - Los Angeles (Osama bin Laden)

    02/21/2009 5:31:28 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 535+ views
    Federal officials said this morning they have indicted an Afghan national for lying about his alleged ties to terrorists in a bid to fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport. Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, who was arrested without incident this morning at his Tustin residence by members of the joint terrorism task force, was named in a five-count indictment returned Feb. 11 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed this morning, alleges Niazi hid associations with “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” groups including Al Qaeda, Hizb-i-Islami and the Taliban, when he
  • Islamic subversion alleged by speaker

    02/17/2009 11:31:41 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 11 replies · 1,250+ views
    The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 2-17-2009 | Brian Mosely
    A former FBI special agent told law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel that a network of Islamic organizations are working to incrementally implement Islamic law in the United States. During a presentation at the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, former FBI agent John Guandolo briefed members about groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which he claims is working with other Islamic groups to slowly implement Shariah, also known as Islamic law, which encompasses all areas of life. Guandolo worked in the FBI since 1996, including nine years as a member of its SWAT team. After 9/11, he worked in the...
  • Alert issued for potential teddy bear bombs [2002 flashback]

    02/15/2009 9:38:06 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 29 replies · 2,193+ views
    CNN ^ | 2002
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The FBI has issued an alert to 350 law enforcement agencies in the southwest and Salt Lake City for potential Valentine teddy bear bombs after a suspicious transaction at a Wal-Mart last month. Law enforcement sources said authorities also were on the alert at airports in case the suspected bear-bombs might be carried onto airplanes on Valentine's Day. The FBI said a clean-shaven male, possibly of Middle Eastern descent, purchased nine Valentine teddy bears, 20 inches tall, and 14 canisters of propane, 9 inches tall, small enough to fit inside the teddy bears. The man...
  • Calif. polygamist gets life term for family abuses (Muslim Convert Gets Life)

    02/15/2009 9:06:59 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 8 replies · 894+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 2/13/09 | AMY TAXIN
    MURRIETA, Calif. – A self-proclaimed polygamist was sentenced Friday to seven consecutive life prison terms for torturing seven of his 19 children, abusing four others and imprisoning two of his three wives. Mansa Musa Muhummed, 55, also was sentenced to additional terms totaling 16 years and eight months by Riverside County Superior Court Judge F. Paul Dickerson III, who said Muhummed's treatment of his family amounted to "a reign of terror over defenseless children." "If his appeals are exhausted and he does not prevail, he will die in prison," said Peter Morreale, Muhummed's attorney. Muhummed was convicted in June of...
  • Muslims in America, The Series, Part Two, Islam in US Prisons

    02/10/2009 7:07:37 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 11 replies · 963+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 10, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    February 10, 2009 Part Two: Islam in American Prisons By Kathy Shaidle RightSideNews Copyright © 2009 "One in 10 inmates behind bars turns to Islam." It was small story in a local newspaper called the Daily Herald out of Everett, Washington, but it spread quickly around the internet, thanks to that startling claim. The paper's February 2009 investigation declared that so-called "prison Islam" was the fastest-growing religious group in U.S. correctional facilities. Some of those worshippers claim affiliation with the Nation of Islam (NOR), a black separatist movement that was launched and promoted by two convicts, Elijah Mohammed and his...

    02/15/2009 6:57:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies · 4,057+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 2/09/09 | Steve Foley
    NEVER-BEFORE-REVEALED TERRORIST TRAINING VIDEO EXPOSES 35 COMPOUNDS ON AMERICAN SOILBy Steve Foley - Posted on February 9th, 2009 Press Release from the Christian Action Network “Act like you are his friend. Then kill him.” – Sheik Muburak Gilani explaining how to kill American infidels Washington, DC—Christian Action Network will show Homegrown Jihad at the Landmark Theater in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2009, at 7:30 pm. There is no charge to attend the viewing. Copies can also be obtained at The American public was never supposed to know. The 2006 Justice Department document that exposes 35 terrorist training compounds...
  • King Urges Protection for U.S. Authors in "Libel Tourism" Hearing

    02/15/2009 6:23:34 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 12 replies · 854+ views
    A House committee held an important hearing Thursday morning on the issue of "libel tourism." That's the practice of bringing libel suits against American authors in other nations, particularly the United Kingdom, where First Amendment protections do not apply and where the burden of proof is placed on the defendant rather than on the plaintiff. Saudi Arabian businessman Khalid bin Mahfouz has brought several such lawsuits, winning a default judgment against American researcher Rachel Ehrenfeld for her book Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It, and forcing a Cambridge University Press to destroy copies of the...
  • Britain's a world-leader in sharia banking - sinister and dangerous implications

    02/11/2009 6:58:09 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 6 replies · 1,025+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 2/10/09 | MELANIE PHILLIPS
    MELANIE PHILLIPS, WRITING EXCLUSIVELY FOR MAIL ONLINE Worried that Britain is going bankrupt? Cheer up – we’re about to be bought up by the Islamic world. A report by International Financial Services London reveals that Britain’s Islamic banking sector is now bigger than that of Pakistan. The study says that the UK has by far the largest number of banks for Muslims of any western country. The UK now has five fully ‘sharia-compliant’ banks – providing products which prohibit interest payments and investment in alcohol or gambling firms in accordance with Islamic sharia law – while another 17 leading institutions...
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing The Hidden Fight Over Illegal Immigration

    02/11/2009 7:54:42 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 5 replies · 518+ views
    American Patrol Report Opinion -- February 1 The Senate passed a stimulus bill has $9.6 billion in aid for California's Medicaid system (medical care for low income families). The house version has $11 billion. The House version has $7.9 billion for California's education system. The Senate version has $4 billion. The fight between the House and Senate is over whether California gets $18.9 billion for schools and health care, or $13.6 billion. And there is much more for California buried in the bill. Illegal immigrants and their anchor baby children cost California about $10 billion per year and this is...
  • Exclusive: H1B Visa Holder Attempted Fannie Mae Sabotage – Where’s the Outrage?

    02/04/2009 6:45:09 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 10 replies · 947+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 2/3/09 | Michael Cutler
    A citizen of India, Rajendrasinh B. Makwana attempted to sabotage the computer database at Fannie Mae. He was, according to news reports, employed as a so-called temporary foreign worker who had been authorized to work in the United States temporarily under the provisions of the H1B visa that had been issued to him. Here’s how this appalling situation can be summed up: This is the real threat to society, not the sinking of Fannie Mae. But the strange case of Makwana does bring up a number of issues. The main one is the use of H1B visa workers – and...
  • Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for 'emergencies'

    02/01/2009 8:02:02 PM PST · by Man50D · 207 replies · 6,712+ views ^ | February 01, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced to the House of Representatives a new bill, H.R. 645, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations. The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany. The bill also appears to expand the president's emergency power, much as the executive order...
  • Military Judge Denies Obama Request to Suspend Guantanamo Hearings

    01/29/2009 9:13:17 AM PST · by IrishMike · 183 replies · 8,648+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Peter Finn
    A military judge has refused the Obama administration's request to delay proceeding for 120 days in the case of a detainee held at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who is accused of planning the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship, an al-Qaeda strike that killed 17 service members and injured 50 others. The decision throws into some disarray the administration's plan to buy some time as it reviews individual detainee cases as part of its plan to close the prison. The Pentagon may now be forced to withdraw the charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a...
  • Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US

    01/29/2009 3:21:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,467+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 1/29/8 | EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON -- If you're a criminal and you're not entitled to be in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants you out of the country. Napolitano wants what she calls "criminal aliens" off American streets. She is looking at existing immigration enforcement programs to see if taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck. "That sounds very simple, but it's historically not been done," Napolitano said, speaking to reporters and senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday. About 113,000 criminals who were in the U.S. illegally were deported last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The agency...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sources say Terrorist Caught in Mobile

    01/27/2009 1:07:10 PM PST · by Alouette · 55 replies · 3,063+ views
    NBC15 ^ | Jan. 27, 2009 | Jenna Susko
    (MOBILE, Ala.) Jan.26 - Mobile police sources tell NBC 15 News they've arrested a man believed to be a domestic terrorist. The investigation began January 5, when a local synagogue was spray painted with Nazi markings. Mobile Police are not making an official comment yet, but sources within the department say they got a very dangerous man off the streets, just in time. Words of hate were spray-painted all over the Congregation Tree of Life synagogue three weeks ago. They are markings that shocked its congregation. Member Barbara Morgan couldn't believe it.
  • Outrage: Dutch court to prosecute Wilders for Fitna

    01/21/2009 6:57:25 AM PST · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,910+ views ^ | January 21, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    Note: Video included. January 21, 2009 For hate speech -- after declining to do so last year, which means that Islamic supremacist groups in the Netherlands have kept up the pressure on lawmakers until they got the outcome they wanted. Hate speech, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and hate speech laws are tools in the hands of the powerful that they can use to silence the powerless and crush dissent. And make no mistake: even though the Muslims in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the West present themselves as embattled victims of racism and "Islamophobia," that...
  • America may intervene in Mexico

    01/19/2009 10:45:03 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 96 replies · 5,201+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 1/17/09 | Naved Akhtar
    US Army report states that America may be forced to intervene in Mexico to prevent the country from collapsing at the hands of organised crime and drug cartels. The report compiled by the army’s highest command has placed Mexico alongside Pakistan as possible failed states of the future. The report states: “Two large and important states bear consideration for rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.” Mexico has a population of 110 million and shares a two thousand mile border with America. It also is next to the smuggling routes linking the US with the drug-growing areas of South America...
  • Bush Commutes Sentences of Two Border Agents Convicted of Shooting Drug Dealer

    01/19/2009 9:58:40 AM PST · by E.G.C. · 501 replies · 16,399+ views
    AP ^ | 1-19-09 | DEB RIECHMANN
  • Obama's Environmental Agenda: Made in China

    01/17/2009 12:34:17 AM PST · by Bhoy · 2 replies · 758+ views ^ | January 16, 2009 | William R. Hawkins
    Carol Browner, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton, has been named by Barack Obama to be his Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. This new and undefined office could give her broad influence over economic policy. That is a frightening prospect, not merely because of her participation in a group with overtly socialist ties, but because of the way hostile foreign powers such as China are manipulating the modern Green movement to serve their own national purposes.
  • Senators Miss Crucial Confirmation Hearing

    01/18/2009 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,338+ views
    Corruption Chronicles Only half of the members in the U.S. Senate committee that screens among the most important presidential cabinet nominees—Secretary of Homeland Security—bothered to show up for confirmation hearings this week and only two Republicans participated. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee senators evidently had more important things to do than assure the right candidate will head the crucial agency that keeps the nation safe from foreign threats. Only nine of the panel’s 17 members found the time to ask Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary pick—Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano—questions, making the so-called confirmation hearing somewhat laughable. This is embarrassing...
  • House Bill Introduced to Repeal Constitutional Limit on Terms Obama can Serve..

    01/17/2009 12:59:32 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,515+ views
    WeaselZippers ^ | 1/16/09
    To be followed by Civil War II.... H. J. Res. 5: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • Chicago: Two Muslims plead guilty in plot to kill U.S. soldiers

    01/16/2009 7:54:15 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 1,183+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 1/16/09
    AP's headline is "Cousins plead guilty in plot to kill US soldiers." But of course they didn't get involved in this plot because they were cousins. The Department of Homeland Security doesn't need to begin a Global War On Cousins. They did this because they wanted to wage jihad. They met the jihad recruiter at a Muslim convention. They were clearly inspired by Islamic teachings regarding the necessity to wage war against unbelievers. But since none of that is suitable for an AP headline, we get...cousins. An update on this story. "Cousins plead guilty in plot to kill US soldiers,"...
  • Muslim ads on county buses drive Jewish group to protest

    01/15/2009 4:25:17 AM PST · by nobama08 · 38 replies · 2,011+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 15, 2009 | Robert Nolin
    There's a new front in the conflict between Jew and Muslim: Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports buses. Fifty of the county's 290-bus fleet have been chugging around area streets for the past several weeks with a message that might seem more oblique than inflammatory. Black letters on a white backdrop proclaim, "ISLAM: The Way of Life of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad." The $60,000 ad was paid for by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We owe it to our fellow Americans to let them know that Islam stands for peace," said Altaf Ali, director of CAIR's South...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 11:37:42 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 579+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 1/15/09 | Marinka Peschmann
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ inefficiency turned U.S. law and order into a travesty There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess. Last November, a fraction of the bailout went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a $2.6 billion a-year agency. The USCIS received $500 million over five years to modernize its case management system. This agency...
  • Protesters march through S.F. against Israeli offensive

    01/05/2009 3:22:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 753+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/9 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested today outside the Israeli Consulate and the Federal Building in San Francisco, venting anger over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The demonstrators assembled about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Market and Montgomery streets, then protested outside the consulate, at 456 Montgomery, before heading up Market toward the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue. Traffic was stopped at several intersections. Police on foot and on motorcycles monitored protesters but made no arrests. Many protesters carried Palestinian flags, were draped in checkered Palestinian head scarves and carried anti-Israel signs, such...
  • Islamic banking (sharia) is not the answer

    12/17/2008 5:17:16 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 483+ views
    CreepingSharia ^ | 12/17/08 | Creeping
    If “cash is king,” then Middle East coffers are irresistibly enticing. During a recent tour of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt applauded the “growing role” of Arab banks in the U.S. economy. Treasury is seeking buyers for its newly acquired bailout assets because more than $1 trillion in cash is urgently needed to rescue the largest U.S. banks. However, cash from the Arabian Gulf comes with a vital string attached: Islamic banking, erroneously viewed as an ancient practice. In fact, Islamic banking is a newly invented institution: “Neither classical nor medieval Islamic civilization featured...
  • Muslim terror promoters penetrating Canadian security agencies?

    12/16/2008 6:00:47 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 365+ views
    CreepingSharia ^ | 12/16/08
    We tend to focus on creeping sharia in the U.S. but Canada is not exempt from the grand jihad as this article from earlier this year indicates. With porous borders and chatter of a North American Union we should hope Canada is taking the threat seriously. David Harris. The enemy within If terrorism suspect Momin Khawaja, now on trial in Ottawa, is as guilty as Crown prosecutors say, it’ll be time to settle an important question: Was Mr. Khawaja a “Naji man”? Amid trial allegations, court details and defence objections, significant questions arise about Mr. Khawaja’s status as a consultant...
  • 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.
  • Pentagon to detail military to bolster security

    12/01/2008 12:08:09 PM PST · by Spacetrucker · 5 replies · 563+ views ^ | updated 11:46 p.m. ET, Sun., Nov. 30, 2008 | By Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson
    The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials. The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts...
  • Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"? Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

    09/28/2008 10:08:19 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 95 replies · 2,317+ views
    Dandelion Salad ^ | 9/08/2008 | Gina Cavallaro
    Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer Posted : Monday Sep 8, 2008 6:15:06 EDT The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home. Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under...
  • Homeland Security Advisory System

    09/15/2008 10:07:52 PM PDT · by varina davis · 5 replies · 611+ views
    Department of Homeland Security ^ | Sept. 15, 2008 | Department of Homeland Security
    Homeland Security Advisory System Current Threat Level September 15, 2008 — The United States government's national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights. Only small amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels are allowed in carry-on baggage. See the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site for up-to-date information on items permitted and prohibited on airlines. There is no credible, specific intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to the homeland at this time. Still, we are closely assessing potential threats and response planning leading into and following the electoral process...
  • Quebec man changes name to dodge relentless airport screening[DHS Watchlist]

    09/15/2008 2:16:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 256+ views
    CBC News ^ | 11 Sep 2008 | CBC
    A Quebec businessman whose name is one of the many that have erroneously landed on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's flight passenger watch list has decided to change his name to avoid lengthy security hassles at the airport. Mario Labbé, an executive with a Montreal-based record company, says his Canadian passport triggers a red alert on the computers of U.S. customs agents every time he tries to board a flight to the U.S. — which is about once a month for the past seven years. "I was pulled aside in a room ... and you have to wait your...
  • Philippines eyes plebiscite to okay Muslim homeland

    07/17/2008 4:39:17 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 232+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Jul 2008 | Manny Mogato
    MANILA, July 17 (Reuters) - The Philippines will hold a plebiscite early next year in more than 700 southern villages to set up an ancestral homeland for Muslims, part of a deal with the country's biggest rebel group, officials said on Thursday. Hermogenes Esperon, the president's peace adviser, told reporters the proposed Muslim homeland would also be empowered to collect about 75 percent of taxes from oil, mines and fisheries in the area. He was speaking in Manila a day after government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators hammered out a deal in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. "The...
  • ICx ships Cerberus units to U.S. borders

    07/09/2008 6:01:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 184+ views ^ | 8 Jul 08
    ICx ships Cerberus units to U.S. borders WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- ICx Technologies has begun shipping its unmanned mobile surveillance systems for deployment along the U.S. border with Mexico. ICx officials say the shipments of their Cerberus unmanned mobile surveillance technology, part of a $4 million order, will go to support the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's operations along the U.S.-Mexican border. The Cerberus units offer Border Patrol officers mobile surveillance towers with advanced radars and camera technology that company officials say enhance the ability to identify and track potential suspects attempting to cross the border as part of...
  • Homeland Security's Muslim advisors contradicted new terror lexicon

    05/04/2008 11:50:09 AM PDT · by givemELL · 8 replies · 304+ views ^ | May 4, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    American Thinker publishes today Joseph Myers' critical assessment of Homeland Security's new terror lexicon, "Strategic Collapse in the War on Terror", as it published my own analysis, "Flying Blind in the War on Terror", last week. This new lexicon adopted by both Homeland Security and the State Department's Counterterrorism Communications Center, directs government employees to cease using the terms "jihad", "jihadist", and "mujahedeen" to describe Islamic terrorists. The memos were publicly released by Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Friday, but inquiries by Emerson about which Muslim leaders exactly advised Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on this widely criticized...
  • Residents desert Mexico town for Seattle

    04/29/2008 5:56:55 PM PDT · by XR7 · 54 replies · 263+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/29/08 | Lornet Turnbull
    LORETITO, Mexico — It's the end of the day here. Down one lonely street two young boys kick a ball between them, as an elderly woman slowly makes her way nearby. On most days, this little town about 300 miles northwest of Mexico City feels like the set of a Hollywood movie — its narrow streets and alleyways silent, stark, deserted. From the sidewalk outside his small liquor shop, Edmundo Cruz takes in the vast emptiness, pointing out one house after another left vacant when families headed north — to Seattle. It is said more Loretito people now live in...
  • Homeland Security blinks on Real ID: No hassles on May 11

    04/03/2008 7:38:32 AM PDT · by devane617 · 1 replies · 65+ views
    CNET ^ | 04/03/2008 | Declan McCullagh
    WASHINGTON--In the long-running Real ID staring match, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ended up being the first to blink. Homeland Security announced Wednesday that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be technically Real ID-compliant by the May 11, 2008 deadline--even though many states actually have rejected the concept and have zero plans to embrace a national ID card. This means Americans will face no new hassles when using their licenses to enter federal buildings or fly on airplanes starting on May 11. That's a good thing. But the way this turned out is so odd it's...
  • Science Fiction Mavens Offer Far Out Homeland Security Advice

    03/27/2008 4:36:31 PM PDT · by BGHater · 30 replies · 732+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | March 2008 | Stew Magnuson
    Now a fixture at Department of Homeland Security science and technology conferences, SIGMA is a loosely affiliated group of science fiction writers who are offering pro bono advice to anyone in government who want their thoughts on how to protect the nation. The group has the ear of Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Jay Cohen, head of the science and technology directorate, who has said he likes their unconventional thinking. Members of the group recently offered a rambling, sometimes strident string of ideas at a panel discussion promoting the group at the DHS science and technology conference. Among the group’s...
  • 'Right at your Door' (movie)

    02/23/2008 7:13:25 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies · 91+ views
    Synopsis: “We interrupt your regular programming for a KDHP emergency news brief. This is Neil Simmons reporting from KDHP’s Pasadena studios. Multiple explosive devices were detonated simultaneously across downtown LA moments ago…” After multiple dirty bombs are detonated, spreading deadly toxic ash across Los Angeles, Brad (Rory Cochrane) inadvertently quarantines his wife, Lexi (Mary McCormack) outside their new home by safely sealing himself inside. With the city under siege and Martial Law in affect, Brad and Lexi struggle to survive with little supply, limited time and no information—all the while separated by thin doors and thinner sheets of plastic. When...
  • Latino helps others build union power [Illegals entitled to Union/prevailing wages]

    02/19/2008 9:18:04 AM PST · by XR7 · 27 replies · 1,222+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/19/08 | Sanjay Bhatt
    Striding onto a Seattle-area work site with a white hard hat, Jimmy Matta converses in Spanish with Latino laborers who carry paintbrushes, power drills or spackling tools. How much are you getting paid? How many hours are you working? Matta gives them his business card, promises his help and drives off to the next site. A decade of organizing Latino construction workers is paying off for Matta, 32, who recently became the first Latino organizing director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Born in Idaho to illegal migrant farmworkers, Matta spent much of his early childhood in the...