Tag Archives: DHS

DHS Warns Against Planned Florida To Cuba Flotilla

Mediaite reports: The Department of Homeland Security reminded Floridians ahead of a flotilla scheduled to travel near Cuba on Thursday that it was “illegal” to travel to the island nation without permission from the federal government. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” the department said in …

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US Extends Travel Restrictions With Mexico, Canada

CNN reports: The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday. “To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada …

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DHS Taking “Close Look” At Vax Passport For Intl Travel

Axios reports: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel. While vaccine passports could be seen as helpful to reopening international travel, there is no one central international vaccine passport system, making them a target for …

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DHS Warning: Extremists Are Targeting Activist Groups

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Homeland Security released a new terrorism bulletin on Friday, warning that far-right extremists are likely to consider attacking protests against police brutality. The bulletin says that domestic violent extremists and white supremacists have been looking for “civil disorder” as an opportunity to commit violent acts “in furtherance of ideological objectives.” That includes targeting …

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DHS Launches Warning System On Social Media Threats

NBC News reports: The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence about security threats from public social media posts, DHS officials said. The goal is to build a warning system to detect the sort of posts that appeared to predict an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but were missed or …

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DHS Delays “REAL ID” Deadline Until May 2023

CNN reports: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) again delayed the deadline for enforcement of REAL ID requirements, the latest pandemic-related extension for the program aimed at establishing a consistent security standard for issuing driver’s licenses and other identification. DHS announced Tuesday it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to …

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DHS To Conduct Internal Review To Root Out Extremists

The Washington Post reports: The Department of Homeland Security will carry out a “comprehensive review” of its agencies to root out violent extremists within its ranks who may harbor racial or ethnic hatreds, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced in a statement Monday. The Biden administration has directed DHS to increase its efforts to counter violent extremism and white-supremacist violence, which the …

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DHS IG Blocked Probe Into Lafayette Square Debacle

The Washington Post reports: The chief federal watchdog for the Secret Service blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the agency’s handling of the George Floyd protests in Lafayette Square and the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks, according to documents and people with knowledge of his decisions. Both matters involved decisions by then-President Donald Trump …

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AP: Russian Hackers Got Emails Of Top Trump Officials

The Associated Press reports: Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned. The intelligence value of the hacking of then-acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his staff is not …

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DHS Sec Axes Trump-Era Holdovers Including Cuccinelli

The Washington Post reports: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fired most members of the department’s independent advisory council on Friday, a purge that included several allies of former president Donald Trump and veteran officials who served under both parties. Most members were nominated during the Trump administration, including a fire chief in northwest Arkansas, sheriffs who backed the former president’s …

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DHS May Put “Domestic Extremists” On No Fly Lists

Politico reports: The Department of Homeland Security is considering monitoring the travel of domestic extremists and expanding its use of the No Fly List, law enforcement sources told POLITICO. The discussions are part of the Biden administration’s strategy of treating domestic terror as a national security threat, and not just a law enforcement problem. They’re also part of broader conversations …

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DHS Confirms It Once Employed Neo-Nazi Leader

Vice News reports: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed it once employed an American neo-Nazi terror leader now based in Russia after he posted what he said were letters of appreciation DHS and the Pentagon sent him thanking him for his service. Earlier this month, Rinaldo Nazzaro, 47, founder and leader of the Base, one of the most violent …

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Court: DHS Must Post Web Notice Welcoming Dreamers

Law & Crime reports: Formally rescinding acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s memo on the grounds that he was illegally appointed, a federal judge on Friday ordered the DHS to unfurl the welcome mat on its website and invite aspiring Dreamers to make first-time requests for consideration under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Homeland Security website must also …

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Trump Fires Homeland Security Dept Cyber Chief For Reporting That Election Was Most Secure In History

USA Today reports: The Department of Homeland Security’s cyber chief, who presided over an elaborate election security effort guarding against foreign interference and fraud, was ousted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday as part of a continuing post-election purge of top national security officials. Trump announced the dismissal in a tweet Tuesday night. The dismissal of Christopher Krebs, director DHS’s …

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DHS: This Was The “Most Secure Election In US History”

From Sinclair Media Group: A federal government agency under the Department of Homeland Security says this election was the “most secure in American history.” In a statement from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, the agency says there is no evidence any voting system was compromised. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for …

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DHS Agencies Prep For Election-Related Civil Unrest

CNN reports: Two of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement agencies are preparing for the possibility of more civil unrest amid a contentious election, according to officials, part of a concerted effort by federal and local authorities to prepare for large-scale protests. The Trump administration’s deployment of federal officers to US cities came under scrutiny this summer and drew …

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Trump Admin Says Iran Behind Proud Boys Emails

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. government has concluded that Iran is behind a series of threatening emails arriving this week in the inboxes of Democratic voters, according to two U.S. officials. Department of Homeland Security officials told state and local election administrators on a call Wednesday that a foreign government was responsible for the online barrage, according to the …

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US Extends Border Closures With Mexico And Canada

The Washington Post reports: Restrictions on all nonessential travel at the United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico will enter their eighth month, U.S. acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf said Monday. “To continue to limit the spread of covid-19, the U.S., Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel until Nov. 21,” he said in a …

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Federal Cops Were Directed To Praise Kenosha Killer

NBC News reports: Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News. In preparing Homeland Security officials for questions about Rittenhouse from the media, the document suggests that they note that …

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ICE Readying Enforcement “Blitz” On Sanctuary Cities

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is preparing an immigration enforcement blitz next month that would target arrests in U.S. cities and jurisdictions that have adopted “sanctuary” policies, according to three U.S. officials who described a plan with public messaging that echoes the president’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation, known informally as the “sanctuary …

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