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EXCLUSIVE: TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union

 

EXCLUSIVE: TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union

 

BreitBart.com
by Brandon Darby
July 11, 2014

 

 

TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union (pic: AP)
TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union (pic: AP)

 

MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.

“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”

Spokesman Garza continued, “We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.”

 

Department of Homeland Security Form #I-862 given to unidentified illegals as a promise to appear and permission to fly.
Department of Homeland Security Form #I-862 given to unidentified illegals as a promise to appear and permission to fly.

 

The shocking assertions by Garza were further validated by the national body of the NBPC. Breitbart Texas obtained an exclusive statement from the NBPC.

“The National Border Patrol Council adamantly opposes the decision of DHS to release the illegal aliens who have been transported from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector to other locations for processing. The lack of consequences has furthered this crisis and will only continue to do so. The fact that TSA is accepting the I-862 (Notice to Appear) as a form of identification and allowing illegal aliens to travel commercially shows just how little regard the federal government has for its own immigration laws.”

Breitbart Texas also spoke with Shawn Moran, the vice president of the NBPC and he stated, “Why waste money and effort transporting people from the RGV if we are only going to release them with no real way to track them? Why are we allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer.”

Spokesman Garza highlighted the significance of the NBPC’s assertions regarding security threats posed to the American public and stated, “The threat this poses from terrorists upon the American people is absolutely unacceptable. Central Americans are not the only people crossing our border and being released. Does anyone actually think that cartels and others criminal or possible terrorist organizations are not taking advantage of the fact that we are having to leave our border wide open while we reassigning the majority of our agents to process family units and minors? Of course this situation is being exploited by such threats.”

The concerns raised by the NBPC about possible security risks, especially in regards to the safety of commercial airliners, are reinforced by a 2012 United Nations (UN) report previously covered by this reporter. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s “Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean” revealed that individuals from the terror-prone Somalia were traveling to Central America in efforts to illegally enter the United States. The report states:

“Central Americans are not the only ones being smuggled through Mexico to the United States. Irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Somalia, and Ethiopia), as well as South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, India), China, and other African and Asian states are being smuggled through Central America.”

In light of the UN report, possible public safety risks posed by illegal aliens who claim to be from Central America flying unidentified and without effective documentation are further illuminated by a previous in-depth analysis of Somalia by the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. They wrote on Somalia:

“Its porous borders mean that individuals can enter without visas, and once inside the country, enjoy an almost complete lack of law enforcement. Somalia has long served as a passageway from Africa to the Middle East based on its coastal location on the Horn of Africa, just a boat ride away from Yemen. These aspects make Somalia a desirable haven for transnational terrorists, something Al-Qaeda has tried to capitalize on before, and is trying again now.”

Breitbart Texas reached out to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) for comment without receiving a response at the time of this article’s publication.

 

Direct Link:  http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/11/Exclusive-TSA-Allowing-Illegals-to-Fly-Without-Verifiable-ID-Says-Border-Patrol-Union

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Former F.B.I. Agent Pleads Guilty in Leak to A.P., and already plead guilty in a separate F.B.I. investigation for distributing child pornography!

Former F.B.I. Agent Pleads Guilty in Leak to A.P.

 

The New York Times
by Charlie Savage
September 23, 2013

WASHINGTON —

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year, the Justice Department announced on Monday. Federal investigators said they identified him after obtaining phone logs of Associated Press reporters.

The retired agent, a former bomb technician named Donald Sachtleben, has agreed to serve 43 months in prison, the Justice Department said. The case brings to eight the number of leak-related prosecutions brought under President Obama’s administration; under all previous presidents, there were three such cases.

Read the full article at… Direct Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/fbi-ex-agent-pleads-guilty-in-leak-to-ap.html?hp&_r=0

 

Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data

Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data

Info-Security
July 23, 2013

 

 Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data
Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data

 

Even though the revelation of the US National Security Agency’s widespread electronic surveillance program has heightened discussions over personal and corporate privacy, it turns out that well over half of IT professionals within large corporations were sure that the government was snooping on their data even before Operation PRISM hit the news.

An industry survey from Voltage Security found that pre-PRISM, 62% of senior-level IT and security respondents already thought the government looks over corporate data, without their knowledge, while it resides in the cloud.

“Any sensitive information, including financials, customer and employee data or intellectual property needs to be protected across the entire lifecycle of that data”, said Dave Anderson, Voltage senior director, in a statement. “Any loss or exposure of that data can result in compliance or regulatory fines, loss of brand and reputation and, as the recent NSA events further validate, a loss of privacy around how we communicate and the content of those communications.”

An organization’s data protection strategy should include proactive data protection controls, such as the ability to supervise and manage how underlying data levels are secured through encryption, tokenization and data masking, he noted. In addition, companies should have policies in place governing how secured data can be used across the organization while still ensuring compliance.

As more organizations leverage the cloud for data processing and analytics, security and privacy become the core requirement across these initiatives. Yet, requirements for regulatory compliance have made security, privacy and compliance somewhat of a tactical, check-the-box activity for some organizations, but in the wake of Edward Snowden blowing the lid off of PRISM, that’s changing. There is an increasing understanding that the only way to provide the necessary levels of security to guard against data loss – either through surveillance, a malicious attack, or an inadvertent disclosure – is through a data-centric security program, Anderson indicated.
“Supervisory data protection controls can deliver and maintain compliance with sanctioned government regulations, and avoid any unnecessary ad-hoc snooping and surveillance activities”, he said.

A comprehensive data protection program provides an underlying foundation for data privacy as well, ensuring that not just the data level itself is secure, but also that the information can only be accessed and used by authorized users and the specific intended recipients. As a result, privacy and security become much aligned, and users and organizations have the ability to secure any sensitive data, while ensuring communications and use of that data can remain private.
“We believe that this approach, which can protect sensitive data across the entire data lifecycle, can allow companies to leverage the benefits of cloud adoption, and ensure their sensitive data is protected from any prying eyes”, concluded Anderson. “This approach can completely change the negative view of 62% of companies regarding the security of their data in the cloud.” 

Direct Link:  http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/33667/most-companies-think-government-spies-on-cloud-data/

Less Transparency & Continued Persecution: Justice Department places ‘hold’ on Trayvon Martin trial evidence, including George Zimmerman’s gun – which Florida law says must be returned to him

Justice Department places ‘hold’ on Trayvon Martin trial evidence, including George Zimmerman’s gun – which Florida law says must be returned to him

 

Daily Mail / UK
by David Martosko
July 18, 2013

 

 

The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial – including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun.

Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month’s end.

The development is a sign that the criminal section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is seriously investigating Zimmerman to determine if federal civil rights charges should be filed.

 

Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda showed the jury George Zimmerman's gun during his closing argument on July 11. Jurors ruled that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin with the weapon while he was defending himself
Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda showed the jury George Zimmerman’s gun during his closing argument on July 11. Jurors ruled that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin with the weapon while he was defending himself

 

Sighs of relief: Jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Florida law requires that Zimmerman regain possession of his gun, but the DOJ has stepped in to prevent it
Sighs of relief: Jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Florida law requires that Zimmerman regain possession of his gun, but the DOJ has stepped in to prevent it

 

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on Sunday in a Florida courtroom, but civil rights violations provide an exception to the U.S. Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy after a defendant has been found ‘not guilty’ in a state or local jurisdiction.

That’s because if Zimmerman were tried in federal court, he would be charged with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, not causing his death.

WESH-TV in Orlando reported Thursday afternoon that police had confirmed the evidence ‘hold,’ meaning that everything related to the trial, from Zimmerman’s gun to the Skittles and iced tea Martin was carrying when the pair’s altercation began, will remain in the hands of law enforcement.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to questions about whether it will take custody of the evidence, or when that might occur.

Attorney General Eric Holder told NAACP convention-goers that the DOJ still has an open civil rights investigation in Zimmerman, despite his acquittal in Florida
Attorney General Eric Holder told NAACP convention-goers that the DOJ still has an open civil rights investigation in Zimmerman, despite his acquittal in Florida

 

MSNBC host Al Sharpton has planned a series of 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies, one of whose goals will be to call on the federal government to prosecute Zimmerman
MSNBC host Al Sharpton has planned a series of ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies, one of whose goals will be to call on the federal government to prosecute Zimmerman

 

But Holder himself confirmed on Tuesday during the NAACP’s annual convention that the Justice Department still has an open investigation into Zimmerman’s actions on Feb. 26, 2012.

‘I am concerned about this case,’ Holder told the assembled black civil rights activists, ‘and as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Department has an open investigation into it.’

‘While that inquiry is ongoing, I can promise that the Department of Justice will consider all available information before determining what action to take.’

Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher drew boos from audience members on Tuesday during a taping of The Late Show With David Letterman, by saying that ‘the Florida state law is that he can get his gun back. I say that if he gets a gun, Casey Anthony gets a baby.’

Anthony was acquitted in 2011, also in Florida, of killing her two-year-old daughter in 2008.

Bill Maher drew boos from David Letterman's audience on Tuesday night when he cracked two jokes about Zimmerman
Bill Maher drew boos from David Letterman’s audience on Tuesday night when he cracked two jokes about Zimmerman

Direct Link:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2369592/Justice-Department-places-hold-Trayvon-Martin-trial-evidence-including-George-Zimmermans-gun–Florida-law-says-returned-him.html?ICO=most_read_module