Mexican / American Border Images 2014

July 12, 2014

Take a virtual tour of the fencing along the US / Mexico border.


See where Department of Homeland Security used its stimulus money

December 30, 2009

Banner hung in Lagos (circa 2008) which is the most populous urban area in Nigeria (pop. over 8 million)

In the wake of a “knicker” bomber attempt (the Nigerial with the explosive in his briefs), alot of attention is being given to the Department of Homeland Security. The curious may want to review how much money has been thrown at this department before we throw more money at it in an effort to fix a problem that – apparently – this years’ “extra” $3.5 billion didn’t fix.

Like other federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was not immune to stimulus money when the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed in February.

To give you a reference point, the DHS agency was formed in 2003. It employs around 180,244 persons with a December 2008 payroll of $993,631,929. About 34,000 of those persons work for TSA.

In March, 3.5 billion taxpayer dollars was awarded to “stimulate the economy” for DHS programs above and beyond it’s normal operating expenses.

While the whole country tightened its’ belt, DHS chose to use “stimulus” funding for such things as building itself a new headquarters.

Stimulus money appropriated by DHS:

St. Elizabeths/DHS Headquarters Consolidation:
$650 million ($200 million to DHS; $450 million to GSA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
$720 million for construction at land ports of entry ($300 million GSA; $420 million CBP)
$100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology
$100 million for border technology on the southwest border
$60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
$20 million for ICE automation modernization and tactical communications

Transportation Security Administration:
$1 billion for explosives detection systems and checkpoint screening equipment

U.S. Coast Guard:
$142 million for Alteration of Bridges program
$98 million for construction, which may include the following:

Shore facilities and aids to navigation facilities:
Vessel repair/acquisition (includes High Endurance Cutter, National Security Cutter)

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
$100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
$150 million for transit and rail security grants
$150 million for port security grants, no non-federal match required
$210 million for Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants for firehouse construction; maximum grant is $15.0M
$5 million expansion in authority for FEMA Community Disaster Loans
Requires the establishment of an arbitration panel to resolve Katrina/Rita public assistance disputes
Requires FEMA to accept additional applications for Katrina/Rita public assistance
All non-federal matching requirements for SAFER grants waived for FY 2009-2010

DHS Office of Inspector General:
$5 million to conduct related oversight and audits

Pakistan website displays TSA secrets

December 9, 2009

A Pakistan website has retrieved and displays TSA (Transportation Security Admin.) security procedures mistakenly released on a US government website.

The story points out instances where security procedures are waved by TSA officials.

The article goes on to display visual samples of the different official ID cards that bypass security measures.

As if that information isn’t damaging enough to our national security it gives a link to download the full 93-page operating manual for viewing.

The manual is used by homeland security transportation screeners in an effort to retain a safe America. The TSA branch of homeland security was formed after the 9/11 attack to prevent any further terrorism attacks.

Feel safe?

News not widely reported for June 16

June 16, 2009

Some great news articles not widely reported for June 16 includes the Department of Homeland Security network getting hacked, online poker transactions seized by the feds, facial recognition program used at DMV nets criminals, the ongoing Presidential eligibility billboard campaign, drug dealer reports from the DOJ.  Enjoy the read!

Will Web poker bust spark fight or flight? — The federal government’s recent seizure of millions of dollars from bank accounts used to process online poker transactions is sending shock waves through the Internet gambling community [read it at the Las Vegas Sun]

Homeland Security Information Network suffers intrusions — The files that were accessed contained administrative data such as telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of state and federal employees [read it at Federal Computer Week]

ID thieves caught by DMV software — Two people have been charged with identity theft after facial recognition software caught them. One person had a Nevada identification card under a false name since 2003. His records were flagged after he was photographed for a change in his real license earlier this year. The other held a commercial driver’s license under a false name since 2006 and worked as a driver in Las Vegas. His records were discovered when he applied for a non-commercial instruction permit under his real name [read it at Nevada Appeal]

Hundreds of school and government websites hacked to sell Viagra and pornography — The websites were affected in different ways. Some contained inappropriate links on their home pages and others in different sections of their sites. Hackers are motivated by the money they can earn from porn sites by boosting their traffic [read it at the]

Record-breaking trousers — Forty-four people and almost two kilometres of fabric were needed to make the 60 metre long trousers [see video and read it at]

Grassroots sign onto eligibility billboard campaign – A national billboard campaign focused on putting the question “Where’s The Birth Certificate” in front of President Barack Obama and voters wherever it can [See the photos and read it at world net daily]

Drug dealers’ secrets revealed in Justice Department reports — Drug Market Analyses examine the market dynamics and the trafficking, distribution, and abuse patterns associated with dangerous drugs within United States high intensity drug trafficking areas [read it at the Department of Justice website]

See links to obscure news from days past

May 31 obscure news

May 31, 2009

My May 31 daily jaunt  renders these interesting articles for those of you too busy to sift through the internet for the “obscure.”

Shots from range hit near Md. nuclear plant – Stray bullets shattered glass and struck a command center near the plant’s reactors were caused by a SWAT team exercise being conducted on the secured grounds of the nuclear power plant [read it at WashingtonPost.Com]

FDA provides new standards for bottled water –  With rules going into effect December, 1, the $11 billion bottled water industry will have to eliminate any causes of fecal contamination in water sources before they can bottle the water for sale. Water that goes into bottles is already tested for coliform and fecal contamination, but the water source itself was not previously required to be tested [read it from Dow Jones Newswire]

Snake Caused Power Outage Northern Kentucky –  Eleven thousand homes and businesses lost power when two transmission lines unexpectedly failed. Remains of a snake inside a piece of equipment was discovered in a substation  [read it at Local12.Com]

Testing on track for GE Rolls-Royce F136 engine – The engine is the alternative to the Pratt and Whitney primary engine slated for use in the F35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter. The F136 engine could be flying in an F35 in 2011 if all goes according to plan. Expected to be the primary combat aircraft for all branches of the U.S. Military, the F35 Lightning Joint Strike are being developed by primary contractor Lockheed Martin [read it at Aero-News.Net]

Number of problem U.S. banks soars – In a 15-year high, the number of problem U.S. banks has seen a 40 percent jump in the first three months of this year. A total of 305 banks had financial woes in the first quarter [read it at BBC News]

Police: boy had incendiary device at airport – A 12-year-old was taken into custody at the Denver International Airport after allegedly trying to take an incendiary device through a security checkpoint in a backpack [read the AP story on Google.Com]

Phone scam targets all 22,000 residents of Connecticut town – The entire town of Guilford, Connecticut have received an automated call on their land line telephones claiming to be from the Guilford Savings Bank. The automated female voice prompted those on the other end of the line to enter bank card and PIN numbers, along with their card’s expiration date [read it at WMGT.Com]

Rice researchers to test ‘nanorust’ technology in Mexico — Rice University will begin testing a low-cost technology for removing arsenic from drinking water in Guanajuato, Mexico, a city located 230 miles northwest of Mexico City later this year. [read it at Houston Business Journal]

From Willnevergiveup archives: Congress, Cuba and the Postal Service

Fun fact: The US is about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union.

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Obscure news May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Obscure news I stumbled over on May 30, 2009 include the governments continued struggle to keep precise records to track mad cow disease within the beef herds and the University of Louisville gets free money to prepare for a pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it has begun collecting digital fingerprints at airports …read it here

Keeping food supply safe requires strong system, vigilance – With a goal of locating animals within 48 hours, the $119.4 million government program to trace livestock initiated in 2004 continues to be gummed up …read it here

$2.3 million federal grant positions University of  Louisville to take lead in pandemic planning – announced on May 27, the grant is geared for detection, preparedness, protection, response and recovery involving future (disease) outbreaks …read it here

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it has begun collecting digital fingerprints at airports …read it here

From Willnevergiveup archives: Immigration: testing more than just Americans

Fun fact: The US population is 307,212,123 (July 2009 est.)

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Obscure news unearthed for May 15, 2009

May 15, 2009

Swine flu H1N1 updates can be viewed here

WHO investigating claim that new H1N1 virus came from a lab …read the news

Scientist arrested for smuggling vials used in Ebola research into U.S …read the news

Feeling sick? Google begins asking some searchers who look for illness-related terms …read the news

Homeland Security Information-sharing platform hacked …read the news

Viruses now penetrating deeper …read the news

FCC: Landline number move should take 1 day, not 4 …read the news

Identity theft resolution services provided by Identity Theft 911 to Upland Mutual Insurance customers …read the news

Rural mail carrier accused of ID theft …read the news

From Willnevergiveup archives: Global Poverty Act and YOUR tax dollars

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