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  • Judge claims DHS delivering smuggled children to illegal immigrant parents

    12/19/2013 10:01:13 AM PST · by Doogle · 15 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/19/13 | Judson Berger
    A federal judge in Texas is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of hand-delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen revealed the practice in a blistering court order filed late last week. He said the "dangerous" practice is effectively aiding human traffickers and particularly the drug cartels, which run many of these operations. "These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable," he wrote. The judge attempted to lift the curtain on what is happening behind the scenes of the Obama administration's changing approach to immigration enforcement. It has been well-documented...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

    10/13/2013 3:48:38 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/13/2013 | Tim Brown
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who has been rumored as being considered to replace Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, used some very strange language earlier this week to characterize a sentiment for a clean resolution to end the government shutdown. She labeled it a form of “martial law.” Yes, we have heard Ms. Lee say some whimsical and ridiculous things in her time in office, which I’m sure embarrass her fellow Texans, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous ones to date. She pushed that the measure was bi-partisan, including Democrats and...
  • Memo Warning About Numerous Terrorist “Dry Runs” On Airplanes

    10/11/2013 4:24:28 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/11/2013 | Pamela Geller
    "We’re waiting for the next 9/11 to happen, because it’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when.” I believe these dry runs are just probes for weaknesses in our burdensome, illogical security apparatus. There’s a plan a foot, no doubt. As for the group of four “Middle Eastern” men that caused a commotion, methinks they worked for Hamas-CAIR and were “probing” for a lawsuit. “The TSA doesn’t want the flying public to be aware of the problems with terrorist probes.” The media doesn’t want to cover or report on jihad here or abroad. The Obama administration denies...
  • Arrested Friend of Boston Bomber Entered U.S. Without Visa

    05/02/2013 2:28:29 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/1/13 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of three college students arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings case was allowed to return to the United States from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Authorities charged the student — a friend and classmate of one of the men accused of setting off the deadly explosions — with helping after the attacks to remove a laptop and backpack from the bombing suspect's dormitory room before the FBI searched it. The government acknowledged that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was unaware that...
  • Did Saudi 'person of interest' visit White House? Internet rumors fly as his name shows up on log

    04/25/2013 7:48:01 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/25/2013 | Aaron Klein
    Did the 20-year-old Saudi national questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing probe visit the White House? As reported by The Right Scoop blog, the White House visitor log available online shows that an Abdulrahman A. Alharbi visited Dec. 8, 2009. The visit was listed as a group tour, however, and at that time, the Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi who was questioned by authorities for two hours after the April 15 bombings was 16 years old. There are two entries on Oct. 14, 2011, for an Abdulrahman Alharbi with a different middle initial, S. The entries are also associated...
  • Napolitano Admits DHS Knew of Boston Bomber’s Russia Trip

    04/23/2013 9:23:55 AM PDT · by montag813 · 68 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-23-2013 | John Hill
    Slipped through her fingers: Big sis admits DHS knew Boston jihadist traveled to Russia in 2012.- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stunned a Senate panel when she admitted that her agency knew of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip to Russia last year even though his name was misspelled on a travel document, as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sweeping immigration amnesty legislation. The admission that her department was aware of Tsarnaev's six-month trip to Dagestan - a hotbed of radical Islamic activity - surprised two 'Gang of Eight' senators, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY),...
  • DHS questioned over decision to let Saudi passengers skip normal passport controls

    03/20/2013 8:08:06 AM PDT · by Doogle · 85 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 03/20/13 | FOX
    A Department of Homeland Security program intended to give "trusted traveler" status to low-risk airline passengers soon will be extended to Saudi travelers, opening the program to criticism for accommodating the country that produced 15 of the 19 hijackers behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sources voiced concern about the decision to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which issued a report Wednesday on the under-the-radar announcement -- which was first made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after meeting in January with her Saudi counterpart. According to the IPT, this would be the first time the Saudi government has...
  • The “Buildup” Continues: DHS Purchases 2,700 MRAPs (Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles)

    03/04/2013 7:20:52 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 124 replies
    The “Buildup” Continues: Dept. of Homeland Security Purchases 2,700 MRAPs (Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles) For Domestic Use… Posted on March 4, 2013 by sundance Some may ignore – But we ask the same questions again, and again. Why do they need these? – This is beyond Creepy – Who is the DHS going to war against? The Federal Government ordered almost 2 billion rounds of ammunition. They ordered targets looking like average armed citizens. They are conducting military style exercises in urban areas. North Carolina police say they are practicing for martial law. Now this…… Via Modern Survival Blog...
  • ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law

    12/26/2012 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided “not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program.” ICE said it has concluded that “other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases.” …
  • US Senate Illegal Alien Intern Shows Depth of Lawlessness in Government Today

    12/16/2012 7:16:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://usdailyreview.com ^ | december 15, 2012
    According a report by the Associated Press, political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to arrest an illegal alien sex offender who was employed as an unpaid intern in the office of Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) until after the elections. If confirmed, this overtly political act further demonstrates the shocking politicization of immigration enforcement under the current DHS leadership, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
  • Incident in El Paso tied to national immigration debate

    08/12/2012 8:03:57 AM PDT · by AuntB · 9 replies
    KVIA ^ | Aug. 10, 2012 | Matthew Smith
    Illegal immigrant's release raises new debate El Paso, TEXAS - Domestic assault charges are nothing out of the ordinary. Police, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement agents deal with assault charges regularly. However, a routine incident that took place in mid-July in El Paso County is drawing national attention. According to the National ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Council, which represents more than 7,000 ICE agents throughout the United States, an illegal immigrant attempted to flee from federal agents on July 17 when they tried to arrest the person for being an illegal immigrant. The suspect, who is only...
  • Homeland Security’s morale is at code red (Morale low at Janet's kingdom)

    03/26/2012 5:09:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 9+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3-22-12 | Joe Davidson
    If the homeland’s security were dependent on employee morale, we’d be in big trouble. Fortunately, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are committed to the agency’s mission, even as the agency fails to inspire them. You know things are bad for workers when a bipartisan congressional hearing is called to examine a department’s drooping spirit. It ranks 31 among 33 large agencies in The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey published by the Partnership for Public Service. (The Partnership has a content-sharing relationship with The Washington Post.)
  • Grandma, 84, Strip Searched by TSA, Says U.S. in “Big Trouble”

    12/05/2011 7:21:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | 4 December 2011 | Alex Newman
    An 84-year-old grandmother in a wheelchair abused by Transportation Security Administration screeners at John F. Kennedy airport plans to sue the TSA, complaining of injuries and extreme humiliation suffered during a strip search. Homeland Security spokesmen, however, said “proper procedures were followed” and later claimed that the victim’s clothes were not fully removed. In a phone interview with The New American, the traumatized 103-pound woman, Lenore Zimmerman, warned that America was in “deep trouble” if manhandling frail grandmothers was what “security” had come to. But she plans to seek justice and has already contacted an attorney. “They stopped me to...
  • Napolitano on ATF Fast and Furious: "We're waiting for the Inspector General" [CBS]

    10/19/2011 1:30:12 PM PDT · by brityank · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 19 October, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Napolitano on ATF Fast and Furious: "We're waiting for the Inspector General"By Sharyl Attkisson WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano said today she had no conversations with her one-time chief of staff former Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke, about the Fast and Furious scandal that led to Burke's resignation. Burke was Napolitano's Chief of Staff when she governor of Arizona. He's the only government official to step down in the wake of the controversial operation that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to traffickers supplying Mexican drug cartels. At a Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight hearing today, Sen....
  • Homeland Security operation offered illicit "sex tourism" trips

    03/09/2011 10:23:33 AM PST · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 9 Mar 20111
    In an aggressive bid to entice prospective “sex tourists,” the Department of Homeland Security last year launched an undercover web site that purported to arrange trips from the U.S. to Canada, where clients could engage in sexual activity with minors, The Smoking Gun has learned. The “Precious Treasure Holiday Company” web site was active until a few weeks ago when its Massachusetts-based web hosting firm removed the site from its servers, apparently in response to a complaint about its content. Now, visitors to precioustreasureholidaycompany.com are greeted with the message, “This site has been suspended.” After a year online, the DHS...
  • Caption Janet Guarding the Mexican Border

    02/17/2011 8:24:56 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 32 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | February 17, 2010 | Unattributed
    Stunning.
  • Napolitano urges care in border rhetoric

    02/13/2011 7:22:43 AM PST · by La Lydia · 48 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 13, 2011 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — Responding to Republican criticism about border security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is asking congressional leaders to temper their comments intended for political gain and take a tour of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. "The situation on the border continues to be mischaracterized, and I am concerned that this is hurting the morale of our law enforcement personnel and the local economies of border towns," Napolitano said... Napolitano sent invitations to GOP and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate saying it was important to "forge a constructive dialogue" on border security. Her invitation comes as Texas Gov....
  • Janet Napolitano: Terror threat highest since 9/11

    02/09/2011 12:07:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 78 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/9/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Officials, Napolitano said, believe there are people already in the country who “could carry out acts of violence with little or no warning” at any time. Law enforcement agencies have thwarted a growing list of attempted attacks by individuals already on U.S. soil — including Faizal Shazad’s attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square last year — but Al-Qaeda and its allies are continuing to recruit Americans to carry out attacks, she said. “As I have said before, we cannot guarantee that there will never be another terrorist attack, and we cannot seal our country under a...
  • U.S. intelligence chief draws blank on London terror plot

    12/22/2010 3:01:12 PM PST · by hattend · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Dec 22, 12:48 pm ET | Brent Michael Dykes
    Surely with so many terror plots developing around the world in recent days, it's understandable that someone might miss one, right? Well, for ordinary Americans, sure -- but you're held to a different standard if you're the head of U.S. intelligence. That's why U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is having a very bad day Wednesday. Clapper appeared to draw a blank when ABC's Diane Sawyer asked him about the arrests hours earlier of 12 men accused of plotting an al-Qaida-type attack in London. What, Me Worry? YOU BETCHA!
  • Tom Tancredo on the Murder of BP Agent Brian Terry

    12/21/2010 3:42:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 4+ views
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    Must read. Huge cover up underway by the Obama Administration. Tancredo blows the lid off the story and how the agents were armed with bean bag ammunition against AK-47's. Terry is dead because DHS refuses to allow agents to protect themselves against deadly drug cartel killers operating deep inside Arizona Territory! Why is Fox News refusing to cover any of the details of this senseless murder? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=240945 Bean bags vs. AK-47s --------------------------------------------------------- Another Border Patrol agent on the Arizona border was shot and killed by Mexican drug smugglers last Tuesday. Of the eight attackers, four are in custody and a...
  • Border Patrol Agents’ Unions Issue Resolutions Declaring No Confidence In Obama, ICE

    10/10/2010 10:33:57 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    US Border Patrol ^ | Oct. 9, 2010 | US Border Patrol
    In recent months, labor organizations representing federal immigration agents have been among the most outspoken challengers of Obama’s enforcement campaign. In June, the American Federation of Government Employees’ National Council 118, which represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, issued a no-confidence vote for ICE Director John Morton, claiming he is promoting amnesty instead of enforcement because most ICE officers are unable to make immigration-related arrests on the streets, leading to “amnesty by policy.” The National Border Patrol Council adopted a similar no-confidence resolution targeting Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. Brandon Judd, union vice president and president of Local 2544 in...
  • Family, friends of David Hartley rally at Mexican Consulate, call for justice

    10/09/2010 11:19:16 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    Denver Post ^ | Oct. 9, 2010 | Kirk Mitchell
    More than 100 friends and family of missing Coloradan David Hartley stood on a sidewalk outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday chanting "Bring David home" and "Justice for Hartley." David's sister Nikki Hartley and his sister-in-law Tia Young joined in a march from Four Mile Park to the consulate at 5350 Leetsdale Drive at 1 p.m. The two later met with Consulate General Eduardo Arnal. "We're encouraged that we have a line of communication open," Nikki Hartley said following the hour-long meeting. "They were accommodating to our questions." Marchers wore matching T-shirts emblazoned with "Bring David Home." "Hey, guys," yelled...
  • Lugar: Mexican drug lords 'most immediate' threat to U.S. security

    09/26/2010 2:06:53 PM PDT · by AuntB · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept. 26, 2010 | Mike Lillis
    The Senate's top Republican on foreign policy said this weekend that drug traffickers operating on the Mexican border pose a more immediate national security threat than domestic terrorists. Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.), senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the White House to intensify efforts to help Mexico fight drug lords at the border, where escalating violence has killed tens of thousands of people in the past few years. "Transnational drug trafficking organizations operating from Mexico represent the most immediate national security threat faced by the United States in the Western Hemisphere," Lugar said in remarks...
  • Wife, Mom Call on Obama to Intervene in Search for Body of 'Victim' in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack

    10/05/2010 1:30:19 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 141 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2010
    The wife and mother of an American allegedly shot to death by Mexican pirates on a border lake in Texas are angrily demanding that Mexican authorities allow U.S. investigators to join the search for a body -- and stop questioning whether the attack ever happened. Search teams scouring the U.S. side of Falcon Lake have turned up no sign of David Michael Hartley, 30, five days after his wife said he was shot in the head by Mexican bandits marauding on the U.S.-Mexican border lake. Tiffany Hartley, 29, accused Mexican authorities Tuesday of "not looking" for her husband's body and...
  • Anyone Notice The War Next Door?

    09/28/2010 5:30:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Border: Remember when al-Qaida targeted tribal leaders and local officials to assert power in the Iraq War? Today, the story repeats itself on our own doorstep. But incredibly, the Beltway crowd doesn't seem to care. Mexico's war against drug and alien-smuggling cartels grows ever more similar to the horrors of Afghanistan and Iraq. Beheadings, stonings, car bombs and terrorist attacks speak to a lust for power every bit as implacable as that of the Afghanistan's Taliban or the insurgents of Iraq. The cartels may seem to be just a police problem, but Mexico's own officials know better: President Felipe Calderon...
  • Protesters desecrate American flag in Phoenix [rescuers blocked by Homeland Security Capitol Police]

    09/25/2010 9:06:33 AM PDT · by null and void · 47 replies
    PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD) - New video has surfaced from last week's SB-1070 protest that brought people to Phoenix from across the country, including immigrant-rights activists bused in from California. The video shows those activists desecrating the American flag. They used spray paint to write, "deport Arpaio" and "impeach Brewer." There's also a toilet seat on the stars. They displayed the desecrated U.S. Flag and Arizona flag while a man sang the national anthem. Disgusting! This photo was taken at a rally at the state capitol yesterday. The news will not show it and the Capitol Police and Homeland Security would...
  • U.S. Has 'No Strategy' to Confront Homegrown Terror, Security Group Warns

    09/10/2010 9:39:41 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 38 replies
    foxnews ^ | Today
    The United States has failed to anticipate the danger from homegrown terrorists and now faces the most complex set of threats since the Sept. 11 attacks, analysts on an organization headed by the two 9/11 Commission co-chairmen warned Friday. Unveiling a new report a day before the nation marks nine years since the 2001 attacks, members of the National Security Preparedness Group said Al Qaeda and other terror groups are increasingly turning to U.S. citizens to carry out attacks on the United States. Though the U.S. at one time may have thought its cultural "melting pot" would provide a "firewall"...
  • DoJ war against border enforcement continues

    09/09/2010 11:21:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 9, 2010 | Norah Petersen
    An Investor's Business Daily editorial from Tuesday reported on the latest installment in the Obama administration‘s ongoing war against border security and American sovereignty : "Our misnamed Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against an Arizona sheriff at the top of the administration's enemies list. Prosecute border sheriffs and sue states but protect the Black Panthers? Gotcha.   The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the county itself and outspoken Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The suit alleges that the sheriff's office is in violation of civil rights laws by refusing for 17 months to fully...
  • Tension over Obama policies within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Uphold the law!)

    08/27/2010 3:50:00 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    washington post ^ | 8/26/2010 | Andrew Becker
    As it poises for further immigration initiatives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is struggling with festering internal divisions between political appointees and career officials over how to enforce laws and handle detainees facing deportation. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security has shifted its focus away from the worksite raids and sweeps employed during George W. Bush's presidency to deporting more criminals and creating less prisonlike detention settings. But ICE, a branch of DHS, is facing intensified resistance from agency middle managers and attorneys, and the union that represents immigration officers. The internal conflict has grown increasingly public...
  • Homeland Sec. Dismisses Deportation Cases

    08/25/2010 4:55:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 8/25/2010
    In a remarkable move that has stunned the legal profession, the Department of Homeland Security is systematically dismissing pending deportation cases against illegal aliens, even when the offenders have been previously convicted of crimes in the U.S. The government agency charged with keeping America safe quietly began dropping cases against deportable illegal immigrants about a month ago, according to a story in Texas’s largest newspaper. The effort began in Houston and has baffled local immigration attorneys who say the government dismissed their clients’ deportation even when expulsion was virtually guaranteed. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said one lawyer who had three...
  • Attorneys question if ICE deportations are valid

    08/23/2010 5:59:27 AM PDT · by Technoman · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8-23-10 | Sheena McFarland
    Spanish Fork • As Milton Salazar-Gomez was driving to work in early August, he saw red and blue lights in his rear-view mirror and pulled over. He handed the Utah County sheriff’s deputy his driving privilege card after the deputy told him that his car’s registration had expired. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent working with the deputy saw a star tattoo on Salazar-Gomez’s wrist, examined it and asked if he was in the country illegally. Salazar-Gomez said yes. Then they took him to jail, accusing him of being in a gang, Salazar-Gomez said. “I’m not in a gang; I...
  • Illegal immigration from China increases 10 fold

    08/21/2010 1:09:25 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2010 | Norah Peterson
    News of China's alarming military buildup has made headlines this week. But, there is yet another national security threat involving China that is closer to home. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported: "The number of Chinese immigrants arrested while illegally crossing the border into Arizona through the busiest smuggling corridor in the United States increased tenfold in the last fiscal year, according to the United States Border Patrol in Tucson. "In fiscal 2009, 332 Chinese immigrants were caught in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, up from 30 the previous year, Border Patrol figures showed. And in what could...
  • DHS Helping Illegal Alien Felon Who Voted To Become a U.S. Citizen

    08/21/2010 3:42:08 PM PDT · by montag813 · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Stand with Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 08/21/2010 | Stand with Arizona
    Just when you thought you've heard every insane story imaginable about the Feds and illegals, along comes another to top the last. An illegal voted in a TN election in 2004, and perjured himself by stating in writing (a felony) that he was a citizen. So is he being deported? Going to jail? Uh, guess again. The Dept. of Homeland Insecurity, which KNOWS he voted illegally, is HELPING him try and purge his felonious record in order to smooth his path to citizenship! Is this the kind of person America wants as a citizen? Is this how you expect DHS...
  • DHS Caught & Released 481 Fugitive Illegals from State Sponsors of Terror & Countries of Interest

    08/12/2010 11:52:48 AM PDT · by Justaham · 3 replies
    csnews.com ^ | 8-12-10 | Penny Starr
    In the three fiscal years from 2007-2009, the Department of Homeland Security caught and released 481 illegal aliens from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism and “countries of interest,” and those 481 aliens are now fugitives, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement database obtained by CNSNews.com as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request. The four state sponsors of terrorism, as determined by the State Department, are Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba. The “countries of interest” are those additional countries whose citizens have been subjected to enhanced screening on U.S.-bound flights by the Transportation Security Administration...
  • Murder trial's key witness deported

    07/21/2010 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Loyal Buckeye · 9 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | July 21, 2010 | John Futty
    Franklin County prosecutors have dropped an aggravated-murder charge against an East Side man because the key witness against him was deported to Mexico. Homeland Security officials deported the witness without notifying the prosecutor's office, Prosecutor Ron O'Brien wrote in asking a Common Pleas Court judge to dismiss the case. Jaime C. Gallegos, 20, of Stelzer Road, was released from the Franklin County jail Monday night after charges of aggravated murder and tampering with evidence were dropped. He was one of two defendants indicted in the Christmas Eve shooting death of Miguel Martinez-Vargas, 22, whose bullet-riddled body was found in a...
  • Source: Administration Weighs Bypassing Congress to Let Illegal Immigrants Stay

    06/24/2010 2:42:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 232 replies · 2+ views
    Source: Administration Weighs Bypassing Congress to Let Illegal Immigrants Stay The Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security can unilaterally grant legal status on a mass basis to illegal immigrants, a former Bush administration official who spoke with at least three people involved in those talks told FoxNews.com. The Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security can unilaterally grant legal status on a mass basis to illegal immigrants, a former Bush administration official who spoke with at least three people involved in those talks...
  • Napolitano says keeping America safe may require civil liberty, privacy trade-offs

    06/19/2010 11:18:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 84 replies · 1,588+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday. As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Is DHS a criminal enterprise?

    06/19/2010 9:05:20 AM PDT · by AuntB · 27 replies · 444+ views
    Government Security News ^ | June 17, 2010 | Melissa Jane Kronfeld
    Child abuse, human and drug smuggling, bribery, money laundering… These are just some of the crimes committed by employees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as highlighted in a report issued by the DHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) in May. From October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009, the OIG reviewed 16,777 complaints from which the Inspector opened 1,056 cases, closing just over 1,021 of them. Of those cases, 283 arrests were made, 248 indictments handed down and 241 convictions were ruled. “Our work on those cases resulted in apprehension of persons with known links to terrorism, detection...
  • U.S. Park Visitors Warned Of Mexican Smuggling Violence

    06/16/2010 1:01:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 417+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 6/16/2010
    In yet another solid argument for securing the southern border, American families planning to visit national parks this summer are being warned of the iminent danger created by Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers.The violence is so severe that the federal government has posted strongly-worded signs at national parks near the border warning visitors of the risks. Many of the public lands are not located directly on the southern border but are used as pathways for traffickers—transporting drugs and illegal immigrants—en route to major metropolitan cities.Most of the problem areas are located in southern Arizona and are annually visited by thousands...
  • Mexican senator calls for death penalty for B P Agent-JUAREZ GRAFFITI THREATENS BORDER PATROL

    06/16/2010 9:50:37 AM PDT · by AuntB · 35 replies · 734+ views
    National Assn of Former Border Patrol Officers ^ | June 15, 2010 | NAFBPO- M3 Foreign News Report
    Tuesday, 6/15/10 El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 6/14/10 Juarez graffiti threatens Border Patrol “Your death will be avenged” “Your death will be avenged by the organized and mad people” “F—ing Border Patrol in the gun sights.” These are some of the graffiti messages on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande levee area where the shooting of a youth took place some days ago. (The photo below accompanied the article. The caption reads: “Demonstrators with rocks in hand shouted their repudiation at the agents.”) - – - Ranking Mexican senator calls for death penalty for Border Patrol Agent Luis...
  • 2-party sham endangers our lives (Islamists at our borders?)

    06/12/2010 8:42:51 AM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies · 251+ views
    wnd ^ | June 11, 2010 | A. Keyes
    2-party sham endangers our lives Posted: June 11, 2010 1:00 am Eastern © 2010 The Obama faction and its servile media claque continue to play politics with the interconnected issues of border security and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Meanwhile, facts are finally being shared with the public about the interconnection between terrorism and drug trafficking: Amid growing concern about the illicit drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas have been linked to South American drug-trafficking organizations – and the money Hezbollah and Hamas make from narco-trafficking is used to finance their organizations, according to...
  • Customs commissioner neglected to file forms on household employees (Bersin)

    05/15/2010 8:04:51 AM PDT · by AuntB · 70 replies · 1,759+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    <p>Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn't know he's required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.</p> <p>Bersin told senators that he and his wife tracked the immigration status of a nanny, house cleaners and babysitters "on a piece of paper that was on file in our home."</p>
  • Terrorists and Guns: The Nature of the Threat and Proposed Reforms

    05/04/2010 11:22:15 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 96 replies · 2,336+ views
    H/T Mike at SipseyStreetIrregulars Terrorists and Guns: The Nature of the Threat and Proposed Reforms Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:00 AM Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342 Add To My Calendar (vCal) Witnesses Panel 1 The Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg U.S. Senate The Honorable Peter T. King U.S. House of Representatives The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor City of New York The Honorable Raymond W. Kelly Police Commissioner City of New York Panel 2 Daniel D. Roberts Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation U.S. Department of Justice Eileen R. Larence Director, Homeland Security and Justice...
  • Border Disorder

    05/02/2010 7:36:40 AM PDT · by Freedomlibertyjustice · 19 replies · 817+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2010 | Ralph Peter's
    South of the border, down Mexico way, a new and savage revolution rages just beyond our inspection lanes. After less than five years of fighting, estimates of the dead have reached 22,000. The rate of killing accelerates each month. And Washington covers its eyes like a kid at a scary movie. Well, the Mexican narco-insurgency, in which well-armed guerrilla forces confront the authority and presence of the state, is our No. 1 security challenge. The chaos in northern Mexico has far deeper implications for our country than Islamist terror or even an Iranian nuclear capability (as grim as those threats...
  • Krentz family, friends still wait for troops

    04/11/2010 8:33:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 626+ views
    Arizona Daily Star | Brady McCombs and Tim Steller
    A day after laying rancher Robert Krentz to rest at funeral services in Douglas, his family and others are still waiting for troops to be deployed to the border. The Krentz family called for the active-duty military to be deployed, and many of their neighbors have demanded that troops not only come but be given authority to track lawbreakers, arrest them and - if threatened - shoot. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants to deploy 250 additional National Guard soldiers but doesn't want to use state funds to pay for them. The federal government hasn't answered a formal request from her...
  • New U.S. strategy to narrow use of nuclear arms: Obama

    04/05/2010 7:02:50 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 671+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2010 | N/A
    SNIP Obama said last month the new plan, delayed by months of internal deliberations, would "reduce the number and role of nuclear weapons in our National Security Strategy, even as we maintain a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent." He now faces the challenge of lending credibility to his arms control push while not alarming allies under the U.S. defense umbrella or limiting room to maneuver in dealing with emerging nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea. SNIP
  • Janet Napolitano scraps U.S.-Mexico fence

    03/16/2010 5:04:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 94 replies · 2,329+ views
    Janet Napolitano scraps U.S.-Mexico fence By JEN DIMASCIO | 3/16/10 7:14 PM EDT Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has put the brakes on SBInet, the $3 billion plan to build a virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. “Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday. “The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.” With that in mind, Napolitano is withholding funding for...
  • Ex-federal official facing immigration charges

    03/14/2010 9:30:11 AM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies · 617+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2010 | Associated Press
    BOSTON — A former top Homeland Security official from Boston is set to go on trial for allegedly encouraging her housekeeper to remain in the United States illegally. Lorraine Henderson, the former regional director of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, was suspended after her arrest in December 2008. Prosecutors say the Salem resident continued to employ a Brazilian housekeeper and encouraged her not to leave, even after a fellow agent warned her about the woman’s status. An affidavit also alleges Henderson employed two other illegal immigrants. Henderson was responsible for stopping illegal aliens from entering the country through Connecticut,...
  • US 'building top cyber defence team'

    03/04/2010 8:06:42 PM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 460+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 4, 2010
    The United States is building an elite cyber defence team to guard the nation's public and private computer systems, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday. "We need the best brains we can bring to bear on meeting the challenge," Napolitano told computer security specialists at a premier RSA Conference. "We are building one of the best teams anywhere, but our success depends in no small part on our ability to collaborate with the private sector." She challenged those at the conference to join forces with the department and help teach people the importance of protecting themselves from online crooks...
  • Dept. Homeland Security Inspector General Says The Department is Unable to do Its Job

    01/06/2010 7:30:18 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 34 replies · 915+ views
    The Lid/DHS/Cnsnews ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid
    The Department of Homeland Security has many roles. Two of its most important are coordinating the 22 federal agencies that make up the department ensuring coordination and cooperation and of course terrorism prevention. According to Richard L. Skinner, the Inspector General charged with monitoring the Department of Homeland Security, the National Operations Center of the DHS is unable to do its job, and the DHS spends too much time on disaster management and not enough about terrorism prevention Skinner reports that the National Operations Center, in fact, functions largely in name only, and current operations apparently have diminished its ability...