Homeland Security?

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both" - Benjamin Franklin


Homeland Insecurity in the News:

The news articles appearing below highlight Homeland Security misconduct that spans the spectrum - murder to bribery and nearly everything in between. After you finish reading the articles below, you may want to ask yourself how can a department that can't even secure itself possibly hope to secure the border. Then ask yourself:

Do you feel secure yet?

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A Border Patrol agent in Arizona was arrested this week on charges that he drove an undocumented female migrant to a remote location and sexually assaulted her. Dennis Johnson is the second Border Patrol agent in Arizona to...
Visalaw.com
15-Oct-2010
92
A U.S Border Patrol agent finds himself on the other side of the law, after a tense scene in North Laredo where at least a dozen police officers were on the search for him last night.
Pro 8 News
26-Sep-2010
91
Barely 15 percent of Customs and Border Protection applicants undergo polygraph tests and of those, 60 percent were rejected by the agency because they failed the polygraph or were not qualified for the job, said Sen. Mark Pryor
Washington Post
12-Sep-2010
90
A federal officer was sentenced to almost a year's probation and will have to install an ignition interlock device on his car after police say he switched places with his wife at a DWI checkpoint in February
Las Cruces Sun News
12-Sep-2010
89
CBP is "fully aware of and deeply concerned about arrests of our employees," the agency said. Since October 1, 2004, there have been 1,493 arrests of CBP employees — a figure that includes Border Patrol and customs agents — for off-duty misconduct and 114 arrests for corruption, the agency said.
Los Angeles Times
07-Sep-2010
88
A Border Patrol agent who helped drug traffickers smuggle cocaine and marijuana into the country for about two years was sentenced today by a federal judge in New Mexico to six years in prison.
CIR
14-Jun-2010
87
Officer Daniel Ledezma, 33, was arrested on Monday and has been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, a federal offense.
KFOX 14
09-Jun-2010
86
Prosecutors say 58-year-old Jose Lopez, of Sierra Vista, was found guilty Friday by a federal jury in Tucson of one count of theft of government money and 26 counts of making false statements to the Department of Homeland Security. He's scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9.
AZ Starnet
24-May-2010
85
James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs, told a Senate homeland security subcommittee in Washington that only about one in 10 of the new hires for agency jobs are given polygraph tests, and of those, 60 percent are deemed unsuitable for employment.
AZ Starnet
12-May-2010
84
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer stationed at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on a charge of receiving child pornography. The indictment charges that Eric Higgins, 31, received pornographic images of children via the Internet between February and June.
Times Herald
23-Dec-2009
83
In yet another example of illegal Homeland Security enforcement activity inside the country, 18 year old Iris Cooper is one of the latest victims of Border Patrol aggression against the traveling public.
Checkpoint USA
12-Dec-2009
82
After they were done beating him, they turned him over to local authorities who then arrested and charged him with assaulting a police officer. It should be noted, nothing illegal was found during the search, if one doesn't include the beating that is.
Roadblock Revelations
12-Dec-2009
81
His plea makes Cramer one of the highest-ranking ICE officials to admit to or be convicted of corruption in the six years since the agency was created. And it raises questions about the ability of Mexican drug cartels to reach the upper echelons of U.S. law enforcement.
AZ Republic
12-Dec-2009
80
A U.S. Border Patrol agent is on trial this week, accused of raping another agent.
Arizona Daily Star
18-Nov-2009
79
A four-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury alleges that Fierros accepted $1,000 for providing a drug trafficker with a law-enforcement-sensitive map of San Rafael Valley
Arizona Daily Star
31-Oct-2009
78
One immigration agent was accused of running an Internet pornography business and enjoying an improper relationship with an informant. Another let an informant smuggle in a group of illegal immigrants. And in a third case, an agent was investigated for soliciting sex from a witness in a marriage fraud case.
Associated Press
26-Oct-2009
77
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting bribes to allow illegal immigrants to enter the country.
KSWT13
21-Oct-2009
76
A former high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who had worked in Nogales, Ariz., and had a residence in Green Valley has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling charges.
Arizona Daily Star
05-Sep-2009
75
An Associated Press investigation has found U.S. law officers who work the border are being charged with criminal corruption in numbers not seen before, as drug and immigrant smugglers use money and sometimes sex to buy protection, and internal investigators crack down.
Associated Press
09-Aug-2009
74
As security tightens along the porous US border with Mexico, authorities are seeing an alarming increase of corruption and bribery cases among US Border Patrol agents.
Digital Journal
24-Apr-2009
73
The former deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in Blaine has pleaded guilty to child rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who lived in his home.
Seattle PI
23-Apr-2009
72
A Homeland Security employee at Orlando International Airport is in the Brevard County Detention Center on numerous drug trafficking and gun charges. Timothy Monroe, 41, was arrested Wednesday at his Palm Bay home on Coral Reef Road.
Freedom's Phoenix
13-Apr-2009
71
Federal immigration officials allowed scores of violent criminals some ordered deported decades ago to walk away from Harris County Jail despite the inmates' admission to local authorities that they were in the country illegally, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.
Houston Chronicle
16-Nov-2008
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A high ranking U.S. Border Patrol agent was booked into Whatcom County jail Thursday after he was charged Wednesday with three counts of the third-degree child rape of a 14-year-old girl who was living with him and his wife, court documents say.
Peninsula Daily News
17-Oct-2008
69
Two Border Patrol agents assigned to Southern Arizona are suing the agency, accusing the Tucson Sector chief of illegally retaliating against them for publicly exposing illegal practices.
AZ Starnet.com
22-May-2008
68
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Yuma and two others were arrested Monday on charges related to a scheme to sneak illegal immigrants through the San Luis port of entry for money.
AZ Starnet.com
14-May-2008
67
Cedres was an agent stationed in Douglas at the time of his arrest but he has since been fired, said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jose Gonzales.
AZ Starnet.com
23-Apr-2008
66
Bribery. Drug trafficking. Immigrant smuggling. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supposed to stop these types of crimes. But instead, so many of its officers have been charged with committing those crimes themselves that their boss in Washington recently issued an alert about the "disturbing events" and the "increase in the number of employee arrests."
AZ Starnet.com
05-Mar-2008
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Argumedo, 31, said she shouted in protest across the border at a helmeted agent on Dec. 8 after opening her front door to a cloud of tear gas. "He said: 'I'm the policeman of the world and I can do what I want.'"
17-Dec-2007
64
Responding to such calls from across the border is not uncommon in those parts. What was different in this latest attempt by Canadian firefighters to race to the aid of their fellow New York firefighters is that they were stopped at the border. 
28-Nov-2007
63
Decorated Border Patrol agent Paul Skaists was arrested last weekend by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and charged with one count of impersonating a peace officer and one count of unlawful imprisonment. 
AZ Starnet.com
23-Nov-2007
62
The motion, filed Tuesday in federal court, comes after an immigration official testified in the Senate last month that 50 immigrants over a seven-month period were forced to take psychotropic drugs. Many of them had no psychiatric diagnosis.
Freedom's Phoenix
10-Oct-2007
61
A judge dismissed first-degree murder charges against a Border Patrol agent in the shooting death of a Mexican man near the border but ordered him to stand trial on counts of second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide.
AZ Starnet.com
07-Aug-2007
60
The report shows significantly large numbers of arrests of department employees, and a department besieged by complaints --  with a total of 8,619 complaints for this 6 month time frame -- nearly double the 4,314 filed complaints for the period ending in October of 2006.
Greatscat
08-Jul-2007
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Joe Tony Villa, 38, of Mesa, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on Tuesday to one year of probation and a $1,000 fine for trying to modify a database to show that he detained and deported a pregnant woman in April 2004, when in fact she was released.
Associated Press
03-May-2007
58
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican illegal entrant in January has been charged with murder by the Cochise County attorney, who said Monday that the shooting was not justified.
AZStarnet.com
24-Apr-2007
57

Gonzalez was supposed to be guarding the suspect's truck, loaded with pot. Instead, he helped himself to a 20 pound bundle.  And the whole thing was recorded on the DPS agent's dashcam.

KVOA News
28-Mar-2007
56
Cruz is one of 117 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested in 2005 and 2006, according to the U.S. Inspector General's Office.
Azstarnet.com
01-Mar-2007
55
Auditors said the agency's finances were exposed to possible error and fraud at four of its biggest units: the Coast Guard, FEMA, TSA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Azstarnet.com
22-Dec-2006
54
A semi-annual report filed this week by Homeland Security Inspector General Richard L. Skinner showed a marked increase in arrests of department and other government employees
Freedom's Phoenix
06-Dec-2006
53
When 12 bodies were found buried in the garden of a Mexican house, it seemed like a case of drug-linked killings. But the trail led to Washington and a cover-up that went right to the top.
The Guardian
03-Dec-2006
52
A former supervisor at the Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting at least $600,000 in bribes to provide fraudulent citizenship documents to hundreds of Asian immigrants.
Associated Press
30-Nov-2006
51
Two former supervisory Border Patrol agents were sentenced Tuesday to more than six years in prison for taking nearly $200,000 in bribes from what authorities say was eastern California's largest smuggling ring of illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Azstarnet.com
31-Oct-2006
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Criminal charges have been brought against Border Patrol agents, local police, a county sheriff, motor vehicle clerks, an FBI supervisor, immigration examiners, prison guards, school district officials and uniformed personnel of every branch of the U.S. military, among others.
LaTimes.com
23-Oct-2006
49
Border Patrol attrition rates doubled from 5 percent to 10 percent between the early and late 1990s, and then spiked to 18 percent in 2002.
Freedomsphoenix.com
29-Oct-2006
48
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has admitted he accepted cash to allow a vehicle he believed was loaded with about 440 pounds of cocaine across the border.
Azstarnet.com
28-Oct-2006
47
"Federal agents do not get to shoot unarmed people as they are running away in the back and then lie about it and cover it up," said Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney for Texas' Western District.
KTSM
20-Oct-2006
46
The U.S. Border Patrol has reactivated checkpoints on highways 80 and 90 in Cochise County that were dismantled in April after years of intermittent operation.
Associated Press
13-Aug-2006
45
A former border detention officer was sentenced to four months of home confinement Thursday after pleading guilty to marrying an illegal entrant.
Arizona Daily Star
28-Jul-2006
44
A Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico, some of them in his government truck, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
Associated Press
28-Jul-2006
43
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a series of bribery and smuggling cases in what they fear is a sign of increased corruption among officers who patrol the Mexican border.
Washington Post
17-Jul-2006
42
Two Customs and Border Protection Agents skip town after discovering they were the subject f an internal investigation regarding smuggling illegal immigrants into the country
Associated Press
01-Jul-2006
41
A senior immigration enforcement agent was arrested last week after an argument with his estranged wife turned violent, authorities said.
Arizona Daily Star
16-Jun-2006
40
While routinely refusing to share information with the American people in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, the Border Patrol is only too eager to share information about American citiznes with the Mexican Government. Kind of makes you wonder who the Border Patrol is working for...
Daily Bulletin
09-May-2006
39
Yet another Border Patrol aircraft crashes in the Southwestern desert. See news links below for additional articles on at least three Border Patrol helicopter crashes in as many years
Arizona Republic
26-Apr-2006
38
Yet another Homeland Security employee charged with a sexual crime
Tampa Bays 10
04-Apr-2006
37
Fives executives of a Pima County federally funded drug task force give themselves large raises in violation of the law...
Arizona Daily Star
20-Feb-2006
36
Frank Figueroa, the head of immigration and customs in Tampa is accused of exposing himself to a teenage girl
Orlando Sentinel
27-Oct-2005
35
Border Patrol agent who accepted $50,000 bribe to allow drugs into the country had fled the country 10 years earlier after being brought up on drug smuggling charges
Arizona Daily Star
13-Oct-2005
34
Another Border Patrol agent is charged with accepting bribes to turn the other way while illegal narcotics are smuggled into the country
Arizona Daily Star
04-Oct-2005
33
All those willing to give up a little liberty for perceived security may want to take a closer look at the motivations of the homeland security agents in this article...
Washington Times
03-Oct-2005
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It's a win-win for the Border Patrol. According to them, they're doing great when apprehensions are up or down...
AZ Republic
23-Sep-2005
31
ICE/DOJ officials allegedly knew about the torture and murder of several individuals in Mexico from a participating undercover informant but kept the information secret so as to not jeopardize another investigation.
NarcoSphere
12-Sep-2005
30
Yet another Border Patrol agent violating the law
AZ Daily Star
22-Sep-2005
29
Border Patrol Agent shoots and kills individual running away in the Southern Arizona desert after a vehicle chase on Arizona 92
AZ Daily Star
13-Aug-2005
28
A Border Patrol agent was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal alien who was helping other illegal aliens to enter the country while working as a Border Patrol agent
San Diego Union Tribune
05-Aug-2005
27
A Border Patrol agent indicted on harboring an illegal alien for over 4 years.
AZ Daily Star
23-Jun-2005
26
Southern California ACLU Press Release with links to 1,000 pages of Border Patrol documents highlighting illegal internal agency sweeps conducted last summer
Southern California ACLU
09-Jun-2005
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An example of Department of Homeland Security agents violating the First Amendment?
The Narcosphere
24-May-2005
24
A follow-up to an earlier link regarding the unprovoked shooting death of an unarmed man in the desert by a Border Patrol agent.
AZ Daily Star
18-May-2005
23
A four year FBI investigation has unearthed a drug smuggling ring involving agents from a multitude of federal and state agencies operating in Arizona - including the U.S. Border Patrol. Some of the same agents who have been manning suspicionless B.P. checkpoints in the interior of the country have been aiding drug smugglers in transporting their illicit cargo through Border Patrol checkpoints & into the interior of the country.
KOLD News 13 - Tucson, AZ
13-May-2005
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The owner and editor of the Tucson Tumbleweed was explicitly denied access to a press conference in Southern Arizona by Chief Patrol Officer Michael Nicley of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol because of his work with the Minute Man Project. This serves as yet another example of the blatant disregard for the First Amendment and the public's right to know that this agency routinely engages in.
Sierra Vista Herald
06-May-2005
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At the same time the Department of Homeland Security is ignoring FOIA requests, denying members of the press access to press conferences, and invading the privacy of law abiding Americans, they are seeking even more access to private information by bypassing legal safeguards.
GovExec.com
29-Apr-2005
20
Based upon an anonymous report of suspected illegal aliens, a Blackhawk helicopter was diverted to I-10 North of Tucson where armed agents in paramilitary gear jumped out of the helicopter after landing near the highway and ran into backed up traffic with weapons drawn to surround a truck carrying a dozen individuals. Given the ambiguous nature of the notification, the presence of many travelers in the immediate vicinity, and available ground-based enforcement resources, the Customs Border Protection (CPB) response to the report seems to be grossly disproportionate to the threat.
KOLD News 13 - Tucson, AZ
29-Mar-2005
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After millions of dollars spent on beefing up Border Security, the illegal alien entrant rate has not decreased
Tucson Citizen
16-Mar-2005
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A Border Patrol agent turned himself in after being indicted on charges of harboring a female illegal alien for over eight months while working for the Border Patrol.
AZ Daily Star
11-Mar-2005
17
Border Patrol Agent shoots and kills an unarmed man who was not threatening anybody at the time of the shooting.
AZ Daily Star
26-Feb-2005
16
Former U.S. Customs Officer in charge of the Tucson SAIC Office, Robert M. Gattison, is being sued for assault by another U.S. Customs agent. The article also indicates Gattison was arrested in 2003 for breaking his daughter's collarbone.
AZ Daily Star
11-Feb-2005
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Border Patrol agent arrested after assaulting his girlfriend who is believed to be an illegal alien the agent was harboring for an extended period of time.
AZ Daily Star
11-Feb-2005
14
The Border Patrol and the TOPD team up to harass a Tohono O'odham activist.
Arizona Indymedia
04-Feb-2005
13
A Federal audit reveals Border Patrol mismanagement of millions in tax revenue for a border surveillance system that doesn't live up to it billing.
KIRO TV - Seattle, WA
13-Jan-2005
12
A discussion thread regarding a Houston Chronicle article that alleged Border Patrol agents threw rocks at illegal immigrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande. Three immigrants drowned in the incident.
Able2Know.com
28-Sep-2004
11
While Border Patrol agents engage in suspicionless profiling of the traveling public along state highways over 40 miles from the border - illegal border crosser's meet little resistance while crossing the border. A special report by KVOA Tucson - Channel 4 News.
KVOA News - Tucson, AZ
13-Aug-2004
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No longer constrained to only enforcing immigration law, Border Patrol agents routinely stop vehicles under color of immigration law to search for drugs absent individualized suspicion of wrongdoing
The Tucson Weekly
22-Jul-2004
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Article highlighting 3 Border Patrol helicopter crashes in the Tucson sector over the past several years
AZ Daily Star
14-Jun-2003
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Congressman Kolbe highlights widespread fraud among Border Patrol agents
Congressional Press Release
08-Jan-2003
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An article highlighting a Border Patrol agent under investigation for murder
Tucson Citizen
02-Feb-2002
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Article highlighting the absence of adequate checks and balances regarding Border Patrol hiring practices
Tucson Citizen
02-Feb-2002
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First part of a two part series highlighting Border Patrol abuses in 2002
Tucson Citizen
01-Feb-2002
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Second part of the two part expose on Border Patrol abuses in 2002
Tucson Citizen
02-Feb-2002
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Article highlighting the arrest of four BP agents in early 2003
Tucson Citizen
01-Feb-2002
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Article highlighting an investigation into the murder of a Border Patrol agent's girlfriend
Tucson Citizen
01-Feb-2002
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The title speaks for itself.
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