Tag Archives: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Confirms Russian Government Hackers Successfully Penetrated US Voter Roll Systems

NBC News reports: The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, …

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HOMELAND SECURITY: CNN Staffer Finds Super Bowl Anti-Terror Docs In Seat Pocket Of Commercial Flight

CNN reports: The Department of Homeland Security documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday were marked “For Official Use Only” and “important for national security.” Recipients of the draft “after-action” reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding. They were admonished not to share …

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RNC Accuses Sen. Cory Booker Of “Mansplaining” Trump’s Bigotry To DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

The Hill reports: The Republican National Committee (RNC) slammed Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday, accusing him of “mansplaining” to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during her hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In an email titled “Derogatory Cory”, the RNC urged readers to “picture” a male Republican lawmaker “mansplaining” to a female Cabinet secretary. “There’d …

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Booker Blows Up At Homeland Security Chief: Your Amnesia Is Complicit With Trump’s Racism [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: While questioning Nielsen about the DHS’s response to white supremacist hate groups, Booker rant down a litany of all Trump’s past racist remarks and shamed her for claiming she couldn’t recall whether Trump had called African countries “shitholes.” “The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the …

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Trump Considers Rick Perry For DHS Secretary

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump may tap U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to replace former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who took over as White House chief of staff this week, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with deliberations, said others were also being considered for the post. White House officials had no immediate comment. Asked …

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MADE IN AMERICA WEEK: Trump Officials Order 15,000 New Visas For Low-Wage Seasonal Workers

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from the fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 …

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Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: It’s A “Plain And Simple” Fact That Putin Himself Ordered The Hacking

Raw Story reports: Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday bluntly shot down any doubts about whether Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee that was intended to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. “The Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of …

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Trump Administration Gives Senior Homeland Security Post To Extremist Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. will leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will work in the department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments. “I’m looking forward to joining …

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HOT MIC: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Tells Trump To Use Gift Saber “On The Press” [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump White House’s war against the media became real for a moment Wednesday. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, appearing alongside President Trump at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony, reportedly suggested the commander-in-chief use a ceremonial sword against the media. Kelly, referring to the ceremonial saber Trump was presented with …

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Homeland Security Head John Kelly: Trump’s Coming New Travel Ban Will Be “Tighter, More Streamlined”

The Hill reports: President Trump’s revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday. “The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference, according to …

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TRUTH IS DEAD: Homeland Security Head John Kelly Claims There Was “No Airport Chaos” After Travel Ban

Politico reports: Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly repeated on Tuesday his contention that there was “no chaos” in U.S. airports after the rollout of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that temporarily banned citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and suspended the refugee resettlement program. In the aftermath, civil …

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OPERATION GRIZZLY STEPPE: Homeland Security And FBI Issue Joint Report On Russian Hacking Campaign

The Hill reports: The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations. The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by …

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TSA Posts Airport Notices: Travelers From Nine States Cannot Use Their Driver’s Licenses As ID In 2018

TIME Magazine reports: Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel. On Thursday, …

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US Customs Now Asking For Social Media Accounts

Mashable reports: The United States government has started asking a select number of foreign travelers about their social media accounts. The news came on Thursday via Politico and was confirmed to Mashable by a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after the new procedure reportedly began earlier in the week. The process dovetails with what has been expected for …

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Trump To Nominate Retired Army Gen. John Kelly To Head Department Of Homeland Security [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: President-elect Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to nominate retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly carved out a reputation as a highly respected, but often outspoken commander who could roil debate with blunt assessments or unpopular directives on issues ranging from women in combat to the treatment of detainees …

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Potential Homeland Security Head Mocks “Coddled, Petulant Snowflakes” Who Protest Against Trump

“I’m a pretty tough cop but a country run by these entitled, coddled, petulant snowflakes makes me cringe. We saw what happens to this everyone-gets-a-trophy generation when the real world, in the form of a Donald Trump victory, makes them confront reality. They absolutely crumble. The simpering, whimpering kids we see protesting this election are indeed the future – and …

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GEORGIA: Homeland Security Questions Atlanta Man For Threatening To Make Local Bars “The Next Orlando”

The Georgia Voice reports: The Atlanta Police Department confirmed they are investigating a gay Atlanta man who tweeted that he would make two local gay bars “the next Orlando.” The incident follows the early Sunday morning shooting at Orlando LGBT nightclub Pulse that left 50 dead and 53 injured. Brett Edgerton, going by the handle @BrettTEdgerton, tweeted the following: “TEN …

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Harlem Pastor Taunts Homeland Security And Repeats Threat: Disrupt My Church And We’ll Murder Your Families And Piss On Your Dead Baby’s Grave [VIDEO]

Last week Harlem hate pastor James David Manning declared that if any protesters try to disrupt his church, members of his congregation will seek out the protesters’ families to “castrate the men and the slit the throats of the women” and then “piss on their graves.” Today Manning claims that he has been reported to Homeland Security “and a bunch …

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At The Rentboy Raid Protest [VIDEO]

Yesterday dozens of activists demonstrated outside the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn in protest against the raid on Rentboy.com headquarters. The New York Daily News reports: Chanting “Keep your laws off my body,” gay activists marched Thursday outside Brooklyn Federal Court demanding that prosecutors drop prostitution charges against seven employees of the Rentboy.com website. About 70 protesters — men and …

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New York Times Slams Rentboy Raid

The editorial board of the New York Times is “baffled” by Homeland Security’s raid on Rentboy.com.  An excerpt: The criminal complaint is so saturated with sexually explicit details, it’s hard not to interpret it as an indictment of gay men as being sexually promiscuous. “Based on my investigation,” Susan Ruiz, a Homeland Security special agent, wrote in the complaint, “I …

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