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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Self Description

May 2004: The agencies slated to become part of the Department of Homeland Security will be housed in one of four major directorates: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.

The Border and Transportation Security directorate will bring the major border security and transportation operations under one roof, including:

  • The U.S. Customs Service (Treasury)
  • The Immigration and Naturalization Service (part) (Justice)
  • The Federal Protective Service
  • The Transportation Security Administration (Transportation)
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Treasury)
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part)(Agriculture)
  • Office for Domestic Preparedness (Justice)

The Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate will oversee domestic disaster preparedness training and coordinate government disaster response. It will bring together:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Strategic National Stockpile and the National Disaster Medical System (HHS)
  • Nuclear Incident Response Team (Energy)
  • Domestic Emergency Support Teams (Justice)
  • National Domestic Preparedness Office (FBI)

The Science and Technology directorate will seek to utilize all scientific and technological advantages when securing the homeland. The following assets will be part of this effort:

  • CBRN Countermeasures Programs (Energy)
  • Environmental Measurements Laboratory (Energy)
  • National BW Defense Analysis Center (Defense)
  • Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Agriculture)

The Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate will analyze intelligence and information from other agencies (including the CIA, FBI, DIA and NSA) involving threats to homeland security and evaluate vulnerabilities in the nation's infrastructure. It will bring together:

  • Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (Commerce)
  • Federal Computer Incident Response Center (GSA)
  • National Communications System (Defense)
  • National Infrastructure Protection Center (FBI)
  • Energy Security and Assurance Program (Energy)

The Secret Service and the Coast Guard will also be located in the Department of Homeland Security, remaining intact and reporting directly to the Secretary. In addition, the INS adjudications and benefits programs will report directly to the Deputy Secretary as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
November 2002: Proposed Cabinet level Agency created by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2013: 'Initially the U.S. Government denied that low-level radiation experienced by thousands of Japanese people in and near the two cities was dangerous. In 1953, the newly formed Atomic Energy Commission insisted that low-level exposure to radiation "can be continued indefinitely without any detectable bodily change." Biologists and other scientists took exception to this, and a 1956 report by the National Academy of Scientists, examining data from Japan and from residents of the Marshall Islands exposed to nuclear test fallout, successfully established that all radiation was harmful. The Atomic Energy Commission then promoted a statistical or population approach that minimized the danger: the damage would be so small that it would hardly be detectable in a large population and could be due to any number of other causes. Nevertheless, the Radiation Research Foundation detected it in 1,900 excess deaths among the Japanese exposed to the two bombs. (The Department of Homeland Security estimated only 430 cancer deaths).'

September 2013: "The Homeland Security Department said it should be able to act on a hunch if someone seems suspicious. But agents also rely on a massive government-wide system called TECS, named after its predecessor the Treasury Enforcement Communications System."

July 2013: 'But even before Newtown, progressives have been advocating for the use of more government force against political factions they find unsavory. In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a controversial report on what the author—DHS analyst Daryl Johnson—called a resurgence of right-wing extremism and the threat it posed to domestic security. The report was widely criticized on the right and was eventually criticized and revoked by DHS secretary Janet Napolitano. But after a spate of mass killings in the following years by assailants with political views that in some cases could loosely be characterized as right-wing, Johnson became something of a progressive hero. Most of the incidents involved clearly mentally ill attackers whose politics were all over the place. Even Johnson acknowledged that the incident most in line with his thesis—the massacre at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page—was the work of a “lone wolf” attacker and likely would not have been prevented by the recommendations in his report.'

January 2013: "The provision on same-sex couples was not in the blueprint, though an administration official said the Department of Homeland Security began using it in 2010 when deciding cases involving families."

December 2012: 'But the request to expand the center’s powers led to a heated debate at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, with Mary Ellen Callahan, then-chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, leading the charge to defend civil liberties. Callahan argued that the new rules represented a “sea change” and that every interaction a citizen would have with the government in the future would be ruled by the underlying question, is that person a terrorist?'

April 2012: "They’re not just used to kill people, either. In 2009 a SWAT team in Austin, Texas, carried out the first arrest aided by a law-enforcement drone—a surveillance WASP—taking a suspected drug dealer into custody. And last year, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, also in Texas, dropped half a million dollars on an MK-II ShadowHawk unmanned aerial system. (Half the tab was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security.)"

December 2011: "If Congress needs to do anything, it should be to investigate the lawless, unconstitutional, cowboy censorship and blocking of due process by both Homeland Security and the Justice Department. The last thing it should be doing is allowing more such actions. This whole thing has been a disgrace by the US government, starting with a bogus seizure, improper and illegal censorship, followed by denial of due process and unnecessary secrecy. Dajaz1 is currently reviewing its options in terms of whether it can or should take further action as a result of this, but at least it has its domain back. And people wonder why we're so concerned about these seizures and new proposals to further such censorship."

August 2011: "Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail are checked against the F.B.I.’s criminal databases — long a routine police practice — and also against Department of Homeland Security databases, which record immigration violations."

August 2011: "Other guest worker programs — themselves often avenues for exploitation — are managed, however ineffectually, by the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor. They require employers to offer international workers the same wages as local workers in comparable jobs and to attest that no local workers are available. Not so with the J-1 visa."

June 2011: "The Department of Homeland Security has stepped back for the past two years from conducting its own intelligence and analysis of home-grown extremism, according to current and former department officials, even though law enforcement and civil rights experts have warned of rising extremist threats."

April 2011: "Homeland Security officials have said their focus is increasingly on removing immigrants who are convicted criminals. That, in fact, is what an ICE official told Ms. Zanella in explaining the new decision in her case."

January 2011: "But civil liberties groups complain that not all agencies are honoring this order. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, delayed some responses last year after it required career staff members to notify political appointees about inquiries submitted by certain news organizations and by a privacy group that has opposed the use of full-body scanners at airports."

January 2011: "Computers known as controllers run all kinds of industrial machinery. By early 2008, the Department of Homeland Security had teamed up with the Idaho National Laboratory to study a widely used Siemens controller known as P.C.S.-7, for Process Control System 7. Its complex software, called Step 7, can run whole symphonies of industrial instruments, sensors and machines."

December 2010: "* The Department of Homeland Security sends its state and local partners intelligence reports with little meaningful guidance, and state reports have sometimes inappropriately reported on lawful meetings."

May 2010: "Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Security officials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws."

August 2009: "Although the US has extensive legal protections for personal property and information, these only apply once you're actually inside the country. As part of its role in protecting the nation's borders, the US government has extensive leeway to search personal possessions with little in the way of what might be considered just cause. As personal possessions have gone digital, the Department of Homeland Security has targeted the devices and their data, and courts have ruled that agents have the right to seize laptops and examine the data on them."

July 2009: "At the same time, Homeland Security officials said they would drop another Bush administration proposal that would have forced employers to fire any workers whose Social Security information did not match the records of the Social Security Administration. That measure, called the no-match rule, had been challenged in federal court by immigrant advocates and businesses, who said the Social Security database contained errors that could have cost thousands of legal workers their jobs."

July 2009: 'President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve "monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic," and Department of Homeland Security officials say the new program will scrutinize only data going to or from government systems.'

June 2009: "Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), head of the Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, said the previous administration failed to develop legal controls and other procedures to regulate the use of some of the world's most powerful spy technology, now largely restricted to foreign surveillance."

May 2009: "Under the new program, the immigration checks will be automatic: Fingerprints currently being run through the FBI's criminal history database also will be matched against immigration databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. The effort would not catch people who have never been fingerprinted by U.S. authorities."

January 2008: 'At the DefCon hacker conference in August, researcher Ganesh Devarajan of the security firm Tipping Point gave a presentation showing techniques that hackers can use to find points in SCADA systems that are vulnerable to hijacking and sabotage. The next month, the Associated Press obtained a U.S. Department of Homeland Security video, known as the "Aurora Generator Test," demonstrating how a cyber-intrusion could be used to physically destroy a large power generator.'

October 2008: "The government should not be building predictive data-mining programs systems that attempt to figure out who among millions is a terrorist, a privacy and terrorism commission funded by Homeland Security reported Tuesday. The commission found that the technology would not work and the inevitable mistakes would be un-American."

July 2008: 'United States immigration officials disagree. A division of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released a study it had done showing that the percentage of deaths per 100,000 detainees was “dramatically lower for ICE detainees than for U.S. prisons and jails and the general U.S. population as a whole.”'

July 2008: 'The tape prompted Representative Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to announce an inquiry into whether Mr. Payne was inappropriately raising money for the library. Ms. Perino described Mr. Payne as “somebody who’s been involved in Texas politics for a long time and been a supporter of the Republican Party.” Mr. Payne was also forced this week to resign from an advisory committee to the Department of Homeland Security.'

July 2008: 'The reason: Company officials had entered his Social Security number into the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system. It's a mostly voluntary program designed to give employers a fast, easy way to check a person's immigration status. Mr. Tinoco's information came back as a "tentative non-confirmation," meaning that he may not be a citizen. He was shown the door.'

July 2008: 'The federal immigration agency should report all deaths in detention promptly, not only to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, but also to state authorities where required by law, the inspector general has recommended after a “special review” of the deaths of two immigrant detainees.'

June 2008: 'On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment denying money for the new domestic intelligence operation—cryptically named the "National Applications Office"—until the Homeland Security secretary certifies that any programs undertaken by the center will "comply with all existing laws, including all applicable privacy and civil liberties standards."'

June 2008: "Under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the Homeland Security Department was authorized by Congress to build up to 700 miles of fence along the 2,000-mile Southwest border, where most illegal immigrants coming into the United States cross over, and Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the department, has several times used waiver authority that Congress included in the act. (The department said 326.5 miles of fencing had been built by June 1.)"

May 2008: "Such episodes are among more than 250 cases The Washington Post has identified in which the government has, without medical reason, given drugs meant to treat serious psychiatric disorders to people it has shipped out of the United States since 2003 -- the year the Bush administration handed the job of deportation to the Department of Homeland Security's new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE."

May 2008: 'Neil Sampson, who ran the DIHS as interim director most of last year, left that job with serious questions about the government's commitment. Sampson said in an interview that ICE treated detainee health care "as an afterthought," reflecting what he called a failure of leadership and management at the Homeland Security Department. "They do not have a clear idea or philosophy of their approach to health care [for detainees]," he said. "It's a system failure, not a failure of individuals."'

February 2008: "We hope the court will approach the challenges posed by the Indiana law in a bipartisan or nonpartisan way. As we stated in our 2005 report, voter ID laws are not a problem in and of themselves. Rather, the current crop of laws are not being phased in gradually and in a fair manner that would increase — not reduce — voter participation. The recent decision by the Department of Homeland Security to delay putting in place the Real ID Act for at least five years suggests that states should move to photo ID requirements gradually and should do more to ensure that free photo IDs are easily available."

February 2008: "The Homeland Security Department is testing technology that would allow its agents to use cellphones or e-mail devices to covertly share live video of possible terrorists over a law enforcement network. The idea is prompting concern from privacy advocates."

January 2008: "Defying Congress, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing to tighten identification requirements at U.S. land borders starting Jan. 31, when it no longer will allow Americans or Canadians to enter the country by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship."

November 2007: Homeland Security officials said the plan satisfied their concerns. But immigrant rights groups that have been supportive of Spitzer decried it and accused the governor of abandoning a 'one license for all' approach.

October 2007: The Department of Homeland Security calls Ibrahim Parlak a terrorist linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and is trying to deport him to his native Turkey.

October 2007: "Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, waived several environmental laws yesterday to continue building a border fence through a national conservation area in Arizona, bypassing a federal court ruling that had suspended the fence construction."

October 2007: While casinos have been monitoring suspicious behavior for years, the Department of Homeland Security is just now deploying specially trained officers to look for behavioral clues and facial expressions.

October 2007: Also in August, border officials said, the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive designed to unify inspection procedures for all the border agencies under its umbrella. It set an eventual goal, with no fixed deadline, for agents to conduct a database query for every person crossing the border.

October 2007: Since Congress failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform in June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has aggressively moved to use Social Security filings to ferret out illegal immigrants. Their target is employers who don't fire workers who have questionable Social Security numbers.

October 2007: Canadian airlines are balking at a Department of Homeland Security plan that would require them to turn over information about passengers flying over the United States to reach another country.

October 2007: It's unclear how many of the 185,431 immigrants removed from the country last year were children who had grown up here. The Department of Homeland Security does not track such statistics, spokeswoman Kelly Nantel says.

September 2007: The FBI is investigating a major information technology firm with a $1.7 billion Department of Homeland Security contract after it allegedly failed to detect cyber break-ins traced to a Chinese-language Web site and then tried to cover up its deficiencies, according to congressional investigators.

September 2007: International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.

August 2007: State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.

July 2007: A $1.2 billion program to deploy new radiation monitors to screen trucks, cars and cargo containers for signs of nuclear devices has been delayed by questions over whether Department of Homeland Security officials misled Congress about the effectiveness of the detectors.

July 2007: The Department of Homeland Security increased counterterrorism funding for Washington and New York City yesterday but warned that doling out more federal cash to the nation's largest urban areas would require the virtual elimination of aid to mid-size cities.

July 2007: The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a 'gaping hole' in the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a congressional report to be released today.

July 2007: But on Monday, the State Department announced that no more green cards were available. Snared in the turnabout were well-educated, highly skilled, legal immigrants, many of them doctors and medical technicians, with long work experience in this country. All had obtained federal certification that no American workers were available for the jobs they hold. The episode laid bare conflicting interests between the State Department, which manages the offering of visas, and the Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security that processes the visa applications.

June 2007: Auditors at the Government Accountability Office said Homeland Security officials acknowledged that they often used such arrangements for the 'speed and convenience -- not total value including cost.' The GAO report last year cited the contract with Booz Allen as an example where there was insufficient planning and 'no assurance of good value.'

June 2007: A top House Democrat yesterday criticized the Department of Homeland Security for not working aggressively enough to gather fingerprints of foreigners as they leave the country.

June 2007: Over that six-year period, spending by the State Department rose most steeply: 280 percent, from $1.2 billion in 2000 to $4.7 billion last year. The Department of Homeland Security raised its spending from $3.5 billion in 2003, the year it was created, to $15.1 billion last year -- a 337 percent increase.

June 2007: Detention standards were adopted by the immigration agency in 2000, but are not legally enforceable, unlike rules for the treatment of criminal inmates. The Department of Homeland Security has resisted efforts by the American Bar Association to turns the standards into regulations, saying that rulemaking would reduce the agency’s flexibility.

May 2007: The Department of Homeland Security is breaking privacy laws by failing to tell the public all the ways it uses personal information to target passengers boarding flights entering or leaving the United States, according to a draft government report.

April 2007: The Homeland Security Department has stirred up online controversy with its suggestion that the government should hold a master key for digitally signing the root zone of the Domain Name System under the DNS Security scheme.

March 2007: Homeland Security officials released long-delayed guidelines that turn state-issued identification cards into de facto internal passports Thursday, estimating the changes will cost states and individuals $23 billion over 10 years.,72843-0.html

January 2007: Last year, New York and Washington officials were enraged when the Department of Homeland Security announced a reduction in antiterror grants for the two cities that were targets of the 9/11 attacks. Last week, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, announced adjustments in the rules used to distribute the grants, but it is not clear yet whether the New York region will get more money than it did last time.

December 2006: The Department of Homeland Security violated a congressional funding ban when it continued to develop a computerized program that creates risk assessments of travelers entering and leaving the United States, according to lawmakers and privacy advocates.

December 2006: Privacy advocates yesterday called on the federal government to scrap a Department of Homeland Security data-mining program designed to create terrorism risk assessments for every traveler who enters or leaves the United States.

November 2006: But was the raid legal? And was it right? In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Federal Court in Atlanta, the Southern Poverty Law Center claims the constitutional rights of six US citizens were violated by overzealous agents during the Stillmore raids. Moreover, they allege the government used 'Gestapo-like tactics' as part of a deliberate campaign of fear ordered by the Department of Homeland Security.

November 2006: While long known to scrutinize air travelers, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to apply new technology to perform similar checks on people who enter or leave the country 'by automobile or on foot,' the notice said.

October 2006: As part of an international agreement, more than two-dozen countries are converting to similar chip-bearing passports - an effort that has been pushed along by the US, Mr. Steinhardt says. All citizens of so-called 'visa waiver' countries - those, who in most cases don't need visas to visit the US - must carry e-passports by Oct. 26. The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing e-passport RFID readers at airport security checks around the country.

September 2006: At issue is whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have the authority to require chemical plants to implement specific security measures, such as switching to safer chemicals or using armed guards. The chemical industry and House Republican leaders believe it should not. Instead, they favor allowing companies to come up with their own security proposals that can then be reviewed and approved by DHS.

February 2006: The 600-plus-page report lays primary fault with the passive reaction and misjudgments of top Bush aides, singling out Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Operations Center and the White House Homeland Security Council....

January 2006: Regions at the highest risk of terrorist attack or natural disaster will receive an increased share of grant money under a new urban funding formula unveiled yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security, the latest step in its effort to focus more resources on the gravest threats facing the United States.

January 2005: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Cooperation (past or present) Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Organization Nov 10, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Organization Jun 19, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Organization May 6, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Organization Aug 9, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Organization May 2, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Applications Office (NAO) Organization Apr 12, 2008
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Critical Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) Organization Apr 12, 2014
Supporter of (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Possible/Unclear National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) Organization Jun 7, 2011
Advised by (past or present) National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) Organization Aug 17, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Organization May 22, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Organization Jul 28, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Organization Oct 31, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Mary Ellen Callahan Esq. Person Dec 21, 2012
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Michael Chertoff Person May 22, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Susan Ginsburg Person Mar 24, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Jim Harper Person Jan 30, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Admiral James M. Loy Person Jan 24, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gov. Janet Napolitano Person May 24, 2009
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gov. Tom Ridge Person May 22, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Kareem Shora Person Jul 2, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Richard L. Skinner Person Jun 27, 2006

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Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever

QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.

Huffington Post
Sep 10, 2013 New details in how the feds take laptops at border

QUOTE: President Barack Obama and his predecessors have maintained that people crossing into U.S. territory aren't protected by the Fourth Amendment. That policy is intended to allow for intrusive searches that keep drugs, child pornography and other illegal imports out of the country. But it also means the government can target travelers for no reason other than political advocacy if it wants, and obtain electronic documents identifying fellow supporters.

Yahoo News
Jul 07, 2013 “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

QUOTE: It wasn’t even the first time a Virginia SWAT team had killed someone during a gambling raid.....Police have justified this sort of heavy-handedness by claiming that people who run illegal gambling operations tend to be armed, a blanket characterization that absurdly lumps neighborhood Hold ’Em tournaments with Uncle Junior Soprano’s weekly poker game. And in any case, if police know that people inside an establishment are likely to be armed, it makes even less sense to come in with guns blazing. Police have also defended the paramilitary tactics by noting that poker games are usually flush with cash and thus tend to get robbed. That too is an absurd argument, unless the police are afraid they’re going to raid a game at precisely the same moment it’s getting robbed. Under either scenario, the police are acknowledging that the people playing poker when these raids go down have good reason to think that the men storming the place with guns may be criminals, not cops.

Jan 29, 2013 Obama Urges Speed on Immigration Plan, but Exposes Conflicts

QUOTE: Seizing an opening to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, President Obama challenged Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to put 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on a clear path to citizenship. But his push for speedy action and his silence on proposals to defer the opportunity for legal residency until the country’s borders are deemed secure provoked criticism from a Republican leader on the issue.

New York Times
Dec 13, 2012 Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

QUOTE: In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens...Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases...

Apr 28, 2012 Buy Your Own Drone! Now Only $300 Online: We don’t need to imagine the future anymore.... In the dystopian reality of 2012, the drone can ruin your life in ways you never imagined.

QUOTE: independent data suggest that U.S. drones have killed hundreds of women and children. That should be no surprise, since the CIA is using the same forms of intelligence that landed 779 people in Guantánamo Bay, more than 80 percent of whom were subsequently shown not to be terrible terrorists. The intel the agency relies on is purchased by offering bounties to people who would sell their own grandmothers for half the price.

The Daily Beast
Dec 08, 2011 Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details...

QUOTE: The US government has effectively admitted that it totally screwed up and falsely seized & censored a non-infringing domain of a popular blog, having falsely claimed that it was taking part in criminal copyright infringement. Then, after trying to hide behind a totally secretive court process with absolutely no due process whatsoever...

Aug 25, 2011 Meant to Ease Fears of Deportation Program, Federal Hearings Draw Anger

QUOTE: A task force set up by the Obama administration to ease political tensions over a deportation program has held the last of four public hearings, which instead served largely to galvanize vocal protests against the policy....

New York Times
Aug 24, 2011 America’s Sweatshop Diplomacy (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: the J-1 visa Summer Work Study program, which allows foreign students to work in the United States for a few months, is meant to promote “lasting and meaningful relationships” between the students and Americans....Hershey’s business strategy is a microcosm of the downsizing and subcontracting that so many American companies have pursued during the past few decades in search of ever cheaper labor.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2011 My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

QUOTE: ...I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out....Last year I read about four students who walked from Miami to Washington to lobby for the Dream Act, a nearly decade-old immigration bill that would provide a path to legal permanent residency for young people who have been educated in this country...Their courage has inspired me.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2011 Indian Company Under Scrutiny Over U.S. Visas

QUOTE: A giant Indian outsourcing company with thousands of employees in the United States is facing an expanding federal investigation prompted by claims from an American whistle-blower that it misused short-term visitors’ visas to bring in low-cost workers from India. Accusations that the company, Infosys Technologies, repeatedly violated the terms of business visitor visas...

New York Times
Jun 07, 2011 Homeland Security Department curtails home-grown terror analysis

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security has stepped back for the past two years from conducting its own intelligence and analysis of home-grown extremism...The decision to reduce the department’s role was provoked by conservative criticism of an intelligence report on “Rightwing Extremism” issued four months into the Obama administration, the officials said.

Washington Post
May 31, 2011 Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War

QUOTE: The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2011 Deportation Halted for Some Students as Lawmakers Seek New Policy

QUOTE: ICE officials in central Florida recently invited immigration lawyers to bring forward illegal immigrants facing deportation who did not have criminal records, offering provisional authorization for them to remain here and work legally.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 Latinos and Democrats Press Obama to Curb Deportations

QUOTE: “We are asking the president if he could provide some sort of relief to innocent people who are the most impacted by the inequities of the immigration system.”

New York Times
Apr 04, 2011 Unfair to Immigrants, Costly for Taxpayers

QUOTE: Only about half of (the deported immigrants) have a criminal record, many of them are here legally, most of them have their due process rights violated and all of them are subjected to substandard conditions before being returned to their countries of origin... Not only is the program an injustice... it has cost the city tens of millions of dollars.

New York Times
Mar 28, 2011 IP is for Intellectual Property (and also for Invading Privacy)

QUOTE: As industry lobby groups continue to encourage the tightening of “intellectual property” laws, we find a troubling trend developing: governmental policy toward enforcement is sacrificing privacy on the altar of copyright.

Mar 17, 2011 Rights Group Faults U.S. on Detained Immigrants

QUOTE: Immigration enforcement in the United States is plagued by unjust treatment of detainees, including inadequate access to lawyers and insufficient medical care, and by the excessive use of prison-style detention... Since much of the research was completed, however, the Obama administration has begun a major overhaul of the detention system.

New York Times
Mar 16, 2011 Panel: Don't treat fliers like terrorists

QUOTE: If implemented, the recommendations could shorten wait times at security checkpoints and allow the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers based on risk...Right now, "everyone who checks in is treated as a potential terrorist," said Tom Ridge... The group called it a "one-size-fits-all solution" in which children and the elderly can be pulled aside for extra screening.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 17, 2011 Feds wrongly links 84,000 seized sites to child porn: Homeland Security overshoots as it takes down popular domain alongside child porn sites

QUOTE: As part of the successful seizure of 10 Web domains suspected of storing, displaying, or peddling child pornography, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) office also seized a domain called's home to some 84,000 websites primarily belonging to individuals and small businesses.


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