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Archive for January 9th, 2014

Sen. McCain Slams Protection of Border, Calls for Better Way to Monitor Effectiveness

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sen. John McCain, one of the leading voices in the immigration debate, sharply criticized how the border is patrolled, the Washington Times reports.

The Arizona Republican said Homeland Security needs to devise a way to measure the effectiveness of its border protection.

“I have concluded that not only is the border unsafe, but it is patrolled ineffectively,” Mr. McCain said in a letter to new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “Whether it be a lack of necessary equipment like night vision goggles, or a requirement to sit idle for hours at forward operating bases (FOBs) due to unnecessarily restrictive overtime rules, bureaucratic red tape and flawed administrative procedures prevent agents from maintaining border security.”

Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano resisted efforts to implement measurements, according to the Washington Times.

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Owner of Washington Nationals Wants to Build New FBI Headquarter in Landover

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the primary owner of the Washington Nationals gets his way, the Landover Mall will become the new site of the FBI’s headquarters.

The Washington Post reports that Lerner Enterprises, a development firm run by the Nationals owner, has submitted the 88-acre site for consideration as the bureau’s new headquarters.

Sears is the only remaining tenant in the mall, and Sears is on its way out.

“With Sears closed the confusion that existed as to the availability of the entire site should be eliminated. We would hope to attract a major user or users to the site possibly the FBI. In that regard we have submitted the site to the GSA,” Alan H. Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Enterprises, told the Post in an e-mail.

It Could Be a Smooth Nomination for Obama’s Choice for Inspector General of Homeland Security

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama’s choice for inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security appears poised for a relatively quick nomination with bipartisan support, the Washington Post reports.

John Roth, who has led the Food and Drug Administration’s criminal investigations division for the past year, is hoping to replace former acting head Charles K. Edwards, who stepped down last moth in disgrace amid allegations of nepotism and hiding a Secret Service sex scandal.

“One of the things that I’ve found in agencies that have morale problems and have these kind of warring camps is a lack of focus on mission,” Roth said. “I think it’s very important to refocus people on the very important mission that the inspector general’s office has.”

Michigan Rap Group, Insane Clown Posse, Sues FBI over Designating Fans as Criminal Gang Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Saying the FBI has unfairly targeted fans of a Michigan rap group as criminal gang members, attorneys for Insane Clown Posse filed suit against the bureau Wednesday, the New York Times reports.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit claims the gang designation was unwarranted and has lead to harassment by law enforcement.

Four of the fans, known as Juggalos, also filed suit, saying they were unfairly targeted because of the music they like.

One of them, Brandon Bradley, of California, said he was pulled over by police several times because of his Juggalo tattoos and clothing.

“I’m a peaceful person and I try to live my life right,” he said.

The FBI declined to comment on the lawsuit, but in the past said Juggalos have a history of violence.

FBI Investigates Death Threats Against Group Auctioning Off Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A rare permit to kill an endangered black rhino has incensed wildlife advocates to the point that a hunting club is getting death threats, the Associated Press reports.

Now the FBI finds itself trying to hunt down the anti-hunters.

“The FBI is aware of the threats,” FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont said. “If a violation of federal law is determined, additional action or investigation as necessary will take place.”

The Dallas Safari Club set off a firestorm after announcing that it would auction off a permit to hunt the endangered rhino in Namibia in Africa.

A Homeland Security College? Senator Pushes Idea for Syracuse University

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An effort is afoot to make Syracuse University the first college with a curriculum based around emergency management and homeland security.

One of the leaders of the effort is Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, who said he has been quietly nudging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SU to embrace the idea, Syracuse.com reports.

“It was our proposal from the Senate that ignited this mention in the State of the State,” DeFrancisco said after a speech in Albany. 

He cautioned that a campus in Syracuse is still far off.

“The governor’s got to be convinced,” DeFrancisco said.” And I hope he will be.”