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  • Rep. Gohmert Questions DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano [on hiring Muslim Brotherhood terrorist]

    02/13/2012 9:42:57 AM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 26 October 2011
    Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) questions DHS Secretary Napalitano ... the relevant section starts at about minute 4:00 I hadn't seen this here before.
  • I Think DHS Just Called Me a Terrorist.

    I think the Department of Homeland Security just called me a terrorist. Not only me, but millions of other law-abiding Americans, not to mention Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Patrick Henry, among others.
  • Oppose taxes, cherish individual liberty? DHS & FBI say you’re a terrorist threat

    02/09/2012 4:55:42 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 7 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | 2/8/2012 | Creeping Sharia
    The first step was to sanitize the language of terrorism removing terms like jihad, mujahideen, Islamic terrorists, etc. Now the seeds are being sown so that any criticism of Islam will be a crime. So who are the new terrorist threats? New reports from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security point to Americans who cherish their Constitutional rights as the new terrorists.
  • Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    02/08/2012 8:11:18 AM PST · by rarestia · 116 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace. The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
  • Bigger US role against companies' cyberthreats?

    02/05/2012 10:44:03 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:57 PM EST | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A developing Senate plan that would bolster the government's ability to regulate the computer security of companies that run critical industries is drawing strong opposition from businesses that say it goes too far and security experts who believe it should have even more teeth. Legislation set to come out in the days ahead is intended to ensure that computer systems running power plants and other essential parts of the country's infrastructure are protected from hackers, terrorists or other criminals. The Department of Homeland Security, with input from businesses, would select which companies to regulate; the agency would have the power...
  • Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

    01/14/2012 5:00:08 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” RT adds: "Previously established guidelines within the administration say...
  • Feds find failures in Cook Co. homeland security project

    01/09/2012 8:56:54 AM PST · by radioone · 6 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 1-8-2012 | Carol Marin and Don Moseley
    Project Shield was supposed to make citizens safer. But in the end, the $45-million Homeland Security program more resembled a disaster, wasting taxpayers’ dollars and failing to make a single citizen more secure. The failed Cook County initiative was replete with equipment that failed to work, missing records and untrained first responders according to a report by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, to be released Monday but obtained by The Sun-Times and NBC5 News, found “millions of tax dollars may have been wasted.”
  • Judge in Neb. rules for railroad in drug dispute

    12/19/2011 5:31:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/19/11
    Lincoln, Neb. (AP) -- A federal judge in Nebraska has blocked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from imposing fines on Union Pacific related to drug smuggling on trains that enter the country from Mexico. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled Monday that U.S. officials exceeded their authority . . .
  • Will Obama send U.S. citizens to Guantanamo? Outrage as President signs off law...

    12/15/2011 4:30:58 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/11 | Meghan Keneally
    President Barack Obama faced a civil liberties backlash today after he signed a law that will allow terror suspects to be held indefinitely- even raising the prospects of U.S. citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay. The controversial move, revealed last night, effectively extends the laws of the battlefield to American soil. The move shows a clear hardening of Mr Obama’s anti-terror policies, and a major shift from the liberal stance that helped him sweep into power three years ago.
  • The Department of Homeland Brown-Shirts? Is Big Brother Actually Watching You?

    12/11/2011 7:19:55 PM PST · by ElIguana · 20 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 12/11/2011 | America's Conservative News
    When Senator Rand Paul recently stated from the well of the Senate that those who store more than a 7-day supply of food in their homes may be considered a terrorist threat by our own government and subject to detention at Gitmo, a few eyebrows went up. On the surface, the statement appeared to be a hat-tip to what liberals derisively call the "lunatic fringe." However, what was formerly the stuff of conspiracy theories is now moving into the mainstream, bolstered by the frightening and undeniable fact that government agencies on the federal, state and local level are, in fact,...
  • Unconstitutional American Police State

    12/09/2011 8:37:53 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | December 9, 2011 | Martin Armstrong
    “We are ready to attend your conference in Europe as a follow on to Philidelphia. We simply cannot be molested and groped by TSA , border patrol, VISA control, etc. We refuse.” I want to deeply apologize for the conduct of the United States. As someone who has suffered the heel of the boot of these vile and uncivilized people, I fully understand and it will be the last international conference I will ever do in this country. This is a sample of the emails I received from non-US readers. Others required a letter from me just to have an...
  • Where Is the Occupy Threat Assessment?

    12/02/2011 6:25:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1 December, 2011 | John Hayward
    The “Occupy London” movement stormed the offices of a mining company called Xstrata today, as reported by The Australian, which found the story of great interest to its readers because Xstrata has extensive operations in Australia: About 60 protesters got inside Panton House, Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) said, where the diversified Anglo-Swiss firm has its British office. Another 200 were held outside within a police cordon, in the heart of central London's West End entertainment district. Some covered their faces with masks as they swept through the building. The protesters reached the roof and unveiled a banner reading "All...
  • Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

    11/18/2011 2:40:07 PM PST · by Just4Him · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2011 | Ellen Nakashima
    Foreign hackers broke into a water plant control system in Illinois last week and damaged a water pump in what appears to be the first reported case of a malicious cyber attack damaging a critical computer system in the United States, according to an industry expert. On Nov. 8, a municipal water district employee in Illinois noticed problems with the city’s water pump control system, and a technician determined the system had been remotely hacked into from a computer located in Russia, said Joe Weiss, an industry security expert who obtained a copy of an Illinois state fusion center report...
  • Camera network will focus on jaguars Financed by Homeland Security

    11/28/2011 11:17:58 AM PST · by girlangler · 44 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11/25/2011 | Tony Davis
    Arizona-New Mexico project aims to learn more about imperiled cats Camera network will focus on jaguars Starting next year, jaguars will be the target of an extensive network of remote cameras placed across Southern Arizona and southwest New Mexico. In a three-year, $771,000 project that has been greeted warmly by environmentalists but warily by cattle growers, University of Arizona researchers will try to learn more about the status and presence of the endangered animal.
  • Off-Duty Officer Subdues Passenger on Flight

    11/28/2011 1:07:11 AM PST · by Pontiac · 14 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 11/27/11 | PERVAIZ SHALLWANI
    <p>An off-duty New York police officer helped subdue and arrest a passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant and assaulted passengers Sunday morning on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York, authorities said.</p>
  • U.S. executes another round of Web site takedowns (Are we next?)

    11/26/2011 6:35:55 PM PST · by Cacique · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | 11-26-2011 | Edward Moyer
    As Cyber Monday draws near and debate continues about the Stop Online Piracy Act, the U.S. government has again seized a bevy of domain names it says belong to Web sites that deal in counterfeit goods. Blog TorrentFreak ran a list of more than 130 domains it said were seized by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division as part of "Operation in Our Sites." TorrentFreak called the move the largest such round of seizures to date.
  • Turkey Fryers — A Threat to Our National Security?

    11/23/2011 3:11:01 PM PST · by Jean S · 15 replies ^ | 11/23/11 | Cindy Perman
    This holiday season, it’s important to be on the lookout for any threat to our personal and national security, everything from drunk drivers to terrorists and, the Department of Homeland Security would like to remind you, turkey fryers.
  • Armed illegals stalked Border Patrol

    11/22/2011 8:05:41 PM PST · by granite · 120 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    <p>Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.</p>
  • Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

    11/05/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    This one's really off the radar. Wind farms, along with solar power and other alternative energy sources, are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow. Evidence indicates that their countless whirring fan blades produce something else: "blank spots" that distort radar readings. Now government agencies that depend on radar -- such as the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service -- are spending millions in a scramble to preserve their detection capabilities. A four-star Air Force general recently spelled out the problem to Dave Beloite, the director of the Department of Defense’s Energy Siting Clearinghouse. "Look there’s a radar...
  • Anxiety over upcoming test of US emergency system

    11/04/2011 7:53:33 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 63 replies
    It's only a test, but nerves are somewhat frayed over the first nationwide exercise of the system designed to alert Americans of national emergencies. The test occurs at 1900 GMT Wednesday, November 9, and may last over three minutes -- longer than the typical 30 seconds or one minute for most broadcast test messages.
  • Subcommittee authorizes Homeland Security subpoena (re: illegals identified but not deported)

    11/02/2011 3:03:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/2/11 | Henry C. Jackson - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House subcommittee on Wednesday authorized a subpoena against the Homeland Security Department for information about illegal immigrants who have been identified but not deported. The authorization cleared the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration policy and enforcement by a 7-4, party line vote. Democrats voted against the measure, saying it was premature to issue a subpoena because Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is cooperating with the committee. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says the subpoena authorization is necessary because the Obama administration hasn't responded quickly enough to his request, which was made in...
  • Iraq could use human germ carriers against West: defector

    09/20/2002 7:20:00 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 382+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 20, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (AFP) - Iraq could unleash a biological attack on the West by using unsuspecting people traveling abroad as carriers of deadly germs, a prominent Iraqi defector warned late Thursday. Nuclear scientist Khidhir Hamza, who left Iraq in 1994 and now lives in the United States, told the US Congress he suspected the Iraqi security service, which runs the country's biological weapons program, had already used people traveling abroad to reunite with relatives to infect exiled dissidents with the deadly AIDS virus. "An angle rarely reported -- and I found extensive incidents regarding it when I left...
  • Why is it...

    10/26/2011 8:24:24 PM PDT · by johnsmom · 58 replies · 9+ views
    ...when you type "" (illuminati spelled backwards) into your address bar, a US government security page opens up?
  • Homeland Security Adviser Allegedly Leaked Intel to Attack Rick Perry

    10/26/2011 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Pajama's Media ^ | October 26, 2011 | Patrick Poole
    TX Dept. of Public Safety Director: “We know [Mohamed Elibiary] has accessed DPS documents and downloaded them. Texas Department of Public Safety officials are asking questions following a report that Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council member Mohamed Elibiary may have been given access to a sensitive database of state and local intelligence reports, and then allegedly shopped some of those materials to a media outlet. He allegedly used the documents to claim the department was promoting “Islamophobia” — claims that the media outlet ultimately rejected. They declined to do the story. Earlier today, I received confirmation from a left-leaning...
  • Criminal Activities Among TSA Workers Continues

    10/21/2011 3:29:07 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | Oct. 19, 2011 | Ellen Cannon
    Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to remind us that “The TSA holds its security officers to the highest professional and ethical standards and aggressively investigates allegations of misconduct,” allegations of individual misconduct continue to be reported. Yesterday’s local coverage of the son of a former Los Angeles fire chief being charged with bribing a federal Transportation officer at Los Angeles International Airport made front page news. Millage Peaks IV admitted to the FBI that a TSA employee helped him smuggle marijuana past security on nine separate trips he made from LAX. The TSA officer, Diane Perez, allegedly...
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...
  • BEWARE: the President's private Army is...US

    10/02/2011 9:44:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/2/2011 | Doug Book
    If anyone believed the autocratic arrogance responsible for the infamous MIAC Report was on the wane, rest assured that a believer in absolute authority like Barack Obama will never give up his totalitarian dreams of dominating the American public. He’ll just resort to a change of tack. For those who don’t remember the Regime’s initial assault on our Constitutional liberties, it was neatly housed in a report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.” Crafted in 2009 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), it presumed to provide the American public with warning signs to help identify the traits and proclivities of...

    09/08/2011 9:50:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    News Herald ^ | Sep 7, 2011
    FEDS CONVERGE ON HOME Agency declines to release details on search of Maverick Drive residence By JACKIE LEATHERMAN Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:57 PM MST Federal agents searched a Lake Havasu City home Wednesday but released no details as to why. Neighbors reported watching at least nine unmarked vehicles arrive at 3005 Maverick Dr. around 6 a.m. There was one Lake Havasu City police cruiser on scene. The unmarked cars, trucks and SUVs had Arizona, Utah or Nevada license plates. Many of them were still at the home by 4:30 p.m. Today’s News-Herald witnessed federal agents wearing ICE uniforms entering...
  • Vallely: Iran Goal EMPs on US Coastal Cities in Reach

    09/05/2011 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 5, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Note from Bob Beauprez: The Telescope feature editorial in the August issue of A Line of Sight, "Iran at our Doorstep," documented increased uranium enrichment and the announced plans for an Iranian missile base being constructed on the extreme northern borders of Venezuela stocked with Russian weapons.  A Line of Sight contributing editor, Major General Paul Vallely, an acclaimed national security expert, and his sources at Stand Up America have just released the following analysis that also confirms increased uranium enrichment by Iran.  Vallely also states that SUA believes Iran "now possesses low yield nuclear war heads that can be...
  • Is Homeland Security spending paying off?

    08/30/2011 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 28 Aug 2011 | Kim Murphy
    Reporting from Ogallala, Neb.— On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda sleeper cell hitching explosives onto a ski boat and plowing into the dam at the head of the lake. The federal Department of Homeland Security gave the county $42,000 to buy state-of-the-art dive gear, including full-face masks, underwater lights and radios, and a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar capable of mapping wide areas of the lake...
  • Serve and protect – or command and conquer? (Bush Legacy Alert)

    08/26/2011 10:05:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    The Times Dispatch, Richmond, Va. ^ | 2011-08-23 | A. Barton Hinkle
    The front page of last Tuesday's Times-Dispatch carried a startling photo: Richmond police officers taking a suspect into custody. What was startling was the display of force. The officers, accompanied by a robot and decked out in full riot gear with shield and combat helmets, could have been mistaken for American soldiers on patrol in Iraq. Yet they were going up against a single man — and they were not even sure was armed. Regrettably, this is not a new development. In recent years police forces across the country have become increasingly militarized. To a small degree, that trend represents...
  • Homeland Security 4.0: Overcoming Centralization, Complacency, and Politics (Report )

    08/25/2011 1:49:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | August 23, 2011 | By Matt Mayer , James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. and Jessica Zuckerman
    Executive Summary Getting the national homeland security enterprise right is among the most difficult challenges in Washington because the problems in protecting the homeland are rooted in overcentralization, pervasive complacency, and entrenched politics—problems that often cause Washington to not work properly. This report marks a path through this obstacle course.The recommendations in this report are essential steps in establishing the right type of homeland security for the United States—one that is enduring and efficacious. The experience of the past decade is a better guide to the future than what was thought in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. These recommendations are...
  • Homeland Security PSA: Terrorist white guy bombs train station

    08/18/2011 6:28:42 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 49 replies
    Youtube/Dept. Homeland Security ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | Unlnown
    Learn more about the "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign at
  • Law enforcement alert warns of lone wolf threats

    08/18/2011 6:28:11 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-17-11 | Carol Cratty
    U.S. officials warn the threat posed by a lone gunman or a group with small arms is a serious concern to law enforcement. A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI cites the July attack in Norway as one very deadly example. Anders Behring Breivik allegedly shot and killed 69 people on the Norwegian island of Utoya. Authorities say earlier that day a vehicle bomb made by Breivik exploded in Oslo and killed eight people. The U.S. law enforcement bulletin issued Tuesday warns Breivik's preparations went undetected. The memo, which was obtained by CNN,...
  • White House unveils broad plan to fight domestic radicalism

    08/03/2011 8:20:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 147 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/4/11 | Brian Bennett
    The White House announced a strategy to help police, schools and other local organizations counter the threat of domestic radicalism, a broad plan involving federal departments not usually associated with national security. The effort is modeled on anti-gang initiatives developed in the 1990s and programs intended to prevent school shootings like the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. Although short on details, the eight-page outline for the first time called on all parts of the U.S. government, including the departments of Education and Health and Human Services, to devise ways to help communities identify extremist agendas that...
  • Eye spies: TSA rolls out new 'behavior detection officers'

    08/03/2011 8:52:28 AM PDT · by ccj85 · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/3/11 | CJ Ciaramella
    Passengers flying through Boston’s Logan International Airport will notice the security screeners are chattier than usual, but it’s not an improved customer service policy. On Tuesday the Transportation Security Administration began a test-run at Logan of its SPOT program, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques. SPOT uses trained screeners known as Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) to determine if passengers are a threat, based on their reactions to a set of routine questions. “The vast majority of passengers will experience a casual greeting conversation with the BDO as they go through identity verification,” a TSA spokesperson said. “A...
  • Homeland Security Warns of Insider Al Qaeda Attacks

    07/21/2011 1:58:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    CBN News ^ | July 21, 2011
    Government officials say al Qaeda may be trying to infiltrate critical facilities in the United States, including nuclear power plants, for future attacks. The Department of Homeland Security issued a report this week warning that sabotage by an insider could give terrorists access to major utility facilities. "Violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions' at chemical and oil refineries and have 'attempted to solicit utility-sector employees," officials said in the report. The department said it had no "specific, credible intelligence" of an imminent attack, but that there were a wide range of potential threats and areas subject to sabotage....
  • Grand Jury indicts suspected LAX stowaway

    07/09/2011 10:31:02 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | July 8, 2011 | Staff
    A federal grand jury Friday indicted a man suspected of stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles and attempting to use false information to enter a secure airport area in Los Angeles to board another plane, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, faces two federal charges that could send him to prison for a up to 15 years. Noibi, who remains in federal custody in Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on July 18 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Noibi is charged with stowing away on a...
  • Ron Paul bill would target TSA groping (If it's Broken, FIX IT!)

    07/07/2011 7:13:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/07/2011 | Rick Moran
    It's called the American Traveler Dignity Act and it would privatize airport security. And despite living in an age of terror, it has a chance of passing thanks to the stupidity and callousness of the TSA.Examiner: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has once more called for the privatization of airport security amidst the "appalling treatment" travelers receive at airports, in the latest post on the congressman's "Texas Straight Talk" blog."The press reports are horrifying," Paul wrote. "Ninety-five-year-old women humiliated, children molested, disabled people abused. Men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private...
  • TSA 'ignored warnings' on cancer cluster

    06/28/2011 7:34:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    tgdaily ^ | June 28, 2011 | Kate Taylor
    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says it's got evidence that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly evaluate the level of risk from airport body scanners. Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the DHS, EPIC says it's obtained documents concerning the scanners' radiation risks, including agency emails, radiation studies, memoranda of agreement concerning radiation testing programs and the results of some radiation tests. EPIC says that TSA staff have been concerned that a large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease. But the documents show that the TSA's response was simply...
  • TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida (Forced to remove underpants)

    06/26/2011 6:23:43 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 130 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/26/2011
    The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security. Reports of the incident took hold in social media, with scores of comments on the topic and reposts appearing hourly on Twitter Sunday afternoon. The TSA released a statement Sunday defending its agents' actions at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. "While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and...
  • Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

    06/26/2011 3:39:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 87 replies
    NWF Daily News ^ | 6/25/11 | Lauren Sage Reinlie
    A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend. Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia. Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search. “It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American...
  • Special agent with Homeland Security Investigations unit arrested

    06/15/2011 3:14:43 PM PDT · by exbrit · 17 replies
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 5/15/11 | Unspecified
    An investigation by federal authorities revealed that she illegally accessed, stole, and transferred important U.S. Government documents to family members and associates with ties to drug trafficking organizations.
  • Aim of SWAT-Like Raid Was Student-Aid Fraud

    06/11/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT · by Makana · 121 replies
    The ABA Journal ^ | June 11, 2011 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    A California man who says agents of the U.S. Department of Education broke down his door has a lawyer and a copy of the search warrant detailing the reason for the raid—a search for financial-aid fraud. Kenneth Wright originally told News10/KXTV that a SWAT team broke down his door in a search for evidence of his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans. The Stockton man said he was in boxer shorts when officers broke down his door, hauled him out to his front lawn, put him in handcuffs and forced his three children to sit in a squad car for hours.
  • Feds indict former TSA worker on theft charge

    06/02/2011 6:48:24 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/2/11 | Bianca Prieto
    A former Transportation Security Administration worker accused of stealing laptops from checked luggage at Orlando International Airport is now facing a federal theft charge. Elliot Iglesias, 30, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of theft from interstate shipment, according to records from the Middle District of Florida. He turned himself into the U.S. Marshals Thursday morning after learning of the indictment. (snip) Iglesias was working as a TSA baggage screener in March when he was accused of stealing four laptops and a mobile wi-fi device from checked luggage that was to be loaded onto US Airways flights head to Washington...
  • Creepy Homeland Security Screening System to Scan Americans at Large Events

    05/31/2011 4:25:22 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 33 replies
    Minority Report Realized: Creepy Homeland Security Mobile ‘Malintent’ Pre-Crime Screening System to Scan Americans at Large Events Passes First Round of Testing Straight out of Minority Report a new Homeland Security program would subject Americans to pre-crime interrogations and physiological scans to detect people who are intending to commit a terrorist act at sports stadiums, malls, airports and other public places has moved closer to being implemented after the FAST program passed its first round of testing at an undisclosed location in northeast US. The system uses a computer program that studies physiological indicators of a person, such as heart...
  • ANOTHER passenger tackled and arrested after trying to open Delta airplane door mid-flight

    05/11/2011 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 20 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    If this is a new trend, it's one that a very jittery America could do without. Yet another air passenger has had to be tackled by other passengers after trying to open the plane's door mid-flight. It is the fourth scare in less than a week for American air passengers. Travel authorities say a Delta passenger tried to open an emergency door on a flight from Orlando, Florida, to Boston on Tuesday night, but was subdued by another passenger.
  • New Yorkers soon to get emergency cell phone alerts in what Bloomberg calls 'quantum leap forward'

    05/10/2011 7:48:35 PM PDT · by KentuckianaHeadhunter · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/9/2011 | ERIN EINHORN
    Emergency officials will soon be able to blast critical alerts to anyone with a cell phone ... The messages, including urgent blasts from the President, information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won't be stalled or delayed.
  • National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC ( Drudge)

    05/10/2011 10:17:12 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | May 10, 2011 | CBS
    ---snip----- NEW YORK, (CBSNewYork) – A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones. It’s called the Personal Localized Alert Network or PLAN. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software. The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system would also warn about terrorist attacks and natural disasters. “The lessons that were reinforced on 9/11 is the importance of getting clear and accurate information to the public during...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.