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Washington Times: Obama’s Poor Choice for Homeland Security Secretary

By the Washington Times 
Editorial Page

Janet Napolitano finally retired as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California.

That’s good news for friends of reason, good sense and liberty, considering her tenure was marked by the implementation of backdoor amnesty schemes.

The not-so-good news is that President Obama’s replacement doesn’t sound much better. Jeh Johnson, formerly the top lawyer at the Pentagon, was crowned, or bemedaled, or beribboned, or whatever may be appropriate for that job, in a Rose Garden ceremony Friday. He was a Manhattan trial lawyer and a lobbyist who was general counsel at the Defense Department during Mr. Obama’s first term.

The department looks dysfunctional, and may need someone more than a professional lobbyist.

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Federal Government Can’t Cut Most Homeland Security Employees

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A vast majority of Homeland Security employees cannot be forced off the job because of a government shutdown, the Washington Post reports.

About 86% of the department’s 231,000 employees are considered “essential,” which means they must remain on the job for the “safety of human life or protection of property,” regardless of budget conditions.

One of the most protected components of DHS is the Transportation Security Administration, where 93% of employees are considered essential.

Column: Homeland Security Exposes Constitutional Loop Hole to Conduct Searches

Dale McFeatters
The Eagle-Tribune

The Founding Fathers valued privacy enough to specify in the Fourth Amendment that the people had the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures unless a warrant was issued.

Among other items, they specified “papers.” In a rare moment of shortsightedness, they failed to specify laptops, cellphones and thumb drives. The feds, if they had any clue that these electronic devices might contain incriminating information, could of course go to court and obtain a warrant.

But the Department of Homeland Security has found a way around that constitutional technicality, as in the recent case of David House, who came to the feds’ attention for having raised funds for the defense of secrets-leaker Chelsea Manning, formerly Pfc. Bradley Manning. No telling what secrets House may have had, but it apparently wasn’t worth the hassle of going to court to find out.

Instead, according to the Associated Press: “U.S. agents quietly waited for months for House to leave the country, then seized his laptop, thumb drive, digital camera and cellphone when he re-entered the United States. They held his laptop for weeks before returning it, acknowledging one year later that House had committed no crime and promising to destroy copies the government made of House’s personal data.”

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Senate Panel Explores Effectiveness of Homeland Security Department on Sept. 11 Anniversary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How prepared is Homeland Security to handle terrorism threats?

On the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Senate panel will ask that question as it examines the department and interviews former lawmakers and past DHS officials, including the first Homeland Security secretary, Tom Ridge, the Washington Post reports.

The panel plans to review issues ranging from cybersecurity to disaster preparedness.

DHS was created by President Bush and Congress in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.

Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Says Parting Words Before Leaving Office

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After more than four years of as the head of the Homeland Security Department, Janet Napolitano defended her tenure in one of the government’s newest departments, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That’s not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said. “Yet, as my successor will soon learn, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs there is. What you do here matters to the lives of people all across our great nation, and your decisions affect them in direct, tangible ways.”

No doubt, Napolitano had a storied tenure. The agency has responded to a wide range of disasters following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During her tenure, the department responded to one major terrorism strike – the Boston Marathon bombing.

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DHS Employee Secretly Prepared for Race War And Operated Anti-White, Anti-Gay Web Site

Steve Nealving
ticklethewire.com 

By day, Ayo Kimathi works for Homeland Security, often procuring guns and ammunition. By night, the man known as “the Irritated Genie” prepares for a race war, the Atlantic reports.

Turns out, Kimathi runs an anti-white, anti-gay site, War Is on the Horizon, the Atlantic wrote. Kimathi was exposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes.

It’s safe to say Kimathi’s bosses aren’t happy.

Saying she was “stunned,” Kimathi’s former supervisor said the DHS would never have allowed him to operate a hate site had the department known, the Atlantic reported.

“To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me,” his former supervisor said.

Kimathi, it appears, isn’t a fan of some popular black people, including President Obama, whom he calls “a treasonous mulatto scum dweller.” His other enemies? Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Condoleeza Rice.

When asked about the site, Kimathi dismissed it as entertainment and a way to sell concert and lecture videos.

Oops! Homeland Security Loses Track of 1 Million Foreigners Who Previously Arrived in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An audit revealed Tuesday that the Homeland Security Department does not know what happened to more than 1 million people who arrived in the U.S., an embarrassing blunder as lawmakers debate a new immigration bill, The Washington Times reports.

The Government Accountability Office’s report underscores that the department’s failure to accurately track people visiting the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department was unable to prove whether more than 1 million immigrants ever left the U.S., The Washington Times reported. That’s because the department is long overdue in creating a system to track departures, a goal set in 1996.

“DHS has not yet fulfilled the 2004 statutory requirement to implement a biometric exit capability, but has planning efforts under way to report to Congress in time for the fiscal year 2016 budget cycle on the costs and benefits of such a capability at airports and seaports,” GAO investigators wrote.

Homeland Security Returns Saddam Hussein’s Gold-Laden Sword to Iraq

Saddam Hussein

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the U.S. invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s personal office was looted.

One of those items was a gold-laden, 43-inch sword with an embellished blade and Arabic writing to the Iraqi ambassador, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that an American combat historian brought back the sword, which DHS said was a gift to Hussein, not a battlefield weapon that could bee deemed a war trophy, according to the AP.

The sword sold at an auction for $15,000, but it was later seized by DHS.

The AP reported that the sword has been returned to Iraqi authorities.