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May 6, 2013
There are 875,000 on the terrorist watch list ("U.S. launches internal review," May 1). Unbelievable! This speaks out against the effectiveness of our immigration screening system and homeland security apparatus. Do I feel unsafe as I travel about my country? You bet I do, and it is a heavy topic of conversation. What are we to do about this? Just wait for the next 9/11 or Boston calamity? Even the dummies who voted in the past election are getting scared. However, we can all rest assured that Washington has the answer.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Dan McCall sells a lot of T-shirts, coffee cups and other products that tweak the government, so his designs parodying the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security were pretty typical fare. Until the cease-and-desist demands hit. The situation turned into a First Amendment primer - that it is, in fact, OK to use government agency seals to lampoon or criticize. McCall sued, his case handled pro bono by Public Citizen in Washington and Baltimore attorney Ezra Gollogly, and the two agencies agreed in a settlement to reverse course.
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NEWS
April 25, 2012
I now fell much safer knowing that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations authorities have captured the flea market gang that was threatening our country with phony merchandise ("Counterfeits long suspected at market," April 24). It seems to me that they could have deputized a Boy Scout troop led by a couple crossing guards to apprehend these desperadoes while homeland security folks were stopping the daily flood of illegal immigrants, including terrorists, from entering the country.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will speak with the secretary of homeland security about a controversial federal program that appears to be deporting an unusually large percentage of immigrants without criminal records from Maryland. O'Malley raised questions about the Secure Communities program last week in a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson. The two already were scheduled to attend a meeting as part of a gathering of the National Governors Association that began here this week. O'Malley said Friday he hadn't received a response to his letter yet, but added: "I will be meeting with the secretary … and I plan to talk about it. " Under the Secure Communities program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement generally focuses enforcement efforts on dangerous criminals who are in the country illegally.
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Tim Wheeler | July 12, 2013
Could Gov. Martin O'Malley be in the running to become the next secretary of Homeland Security? Not interested, says his press secretary. The National Journal named O'Malley Friday as a "dark-horse candidate " to replace Janet Napolitano, who announced earlier in the day she was leaving the Obama cabinet to become the first woman president of the University of California system. The Journal, which recently published a profile of Maryland's two-term governor asking if it was time to take his presidential ambitions seriously, noted that he had been tapped by President Obama earlier this year to be chairman of a national homeland security panel.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley will be working closely with his controversial Arizona counterpart on homeland security and public safety issues as part of a National Governors Association committee. The association announced during its annual meeting Sunday that Janice K. Brewer will serve a term as co-chair of a panel on homeland security and public safety issues with O'Malley, who is being reappointed to the post. Brewer has made headlines for an Arizona law described by supporters and foes alike as the toughest measure in the country against illegal immigration.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
President Barack Obama has nominated Baltimore native Roslyn A. Mazer to be inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the White House announced Thursday. The former Western High School student is currently the inspector general of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, for which she oversees inspections and audits. From 1993 to 2009 she served in senior positions at the Department of Justice. "During her tenure here, Roslyn has been instrumental in ensuring the highest standards of accountability," Stephanie O'Sullivan, the principal deputy director of national intelligence, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Dan McCall sells a lot of T-shirts, coffee cups and other products that tweak the government, so his designs parodying the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security were pretty typical fare. Until the cease-and-desist demands hit. The situation turned into a First Amendment primer - that it is, in fact, OK to use government agency seals to lampoon or criticize. McCall sued, his case handled pro bono by Public Citizen in Washington and Baltimore attorney Ezra Gollogly, and the two agencies agreed in a settlement to reverse course.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley one of two co-chairmen of a panel of state and federal officials focused on defense and homeland security, the governor's office said Monday. The Maryland Democrat will co-chair the Council of Governors with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa. The panel brings together 10 governors, the secretaries of defense and homeland security, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, the commandant of the Coast Guard, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and other key officials to discuss issues related to the National Guard, homeland security and defense support to civil authorities in the event of terrorism or natural disaster.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2011
Maryland's technology development agency announced the launch of a new funding program that will help small businesses in the state develop technologies for the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The federally funded program will make grants of up to $75,000 each — $825,000 total —available to 11 small businesses over the next two years, according to the state's Technology Development Corp., or TEDCO. The program will fund collaborative projects between small businesses and the two federal agencies.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Our governor seems a bit confused. He wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asking why they are doing their job and deporting illegal immigrants who do not have a serious criminal history ( "Groups target inconsistencies in immigration enforcement," Feb. 16). The answer is that anyone who sneaks into this country illegally is a serious criminal and should be deported. Kurt S. Willem - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explain why federal officials are deporting a higher share of noncriminals from Maryland than from most other states under a controversial immigration program called Secure Communities. In a sharply worded letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the governor called on the federal agency to document why the program has led to the deportation of undocumented immigrants with either no criminal record or only misdemeanor convictions, when its long-stated intent is to target dangerous criminals.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Bye bye, blimp. Hello, helicopter. For the second time in recent months, Baltimore residents will see an unfamiliar aircraft flying above the city as part of surveying work by the federal government. Last time it was a blimp. This time a helicopter will be flying a lot closer, a lot louder and a lot faster. On Wednesday and Thursday, a helicopter performing an aerial survey of "naturally occurring background radiation" will repeatedly fly over Baltimore at low altitudes and at a speed of about 80 mph, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
While a top Major League Baseball security official said Friday that fans should expect beefed-up security next year, including possibly walk-through metal detectors, a MLB spokesman said no decisions for 2014 have been made.   Speaking on a sports symposium panel at Harvard titled “Preparing for the Worst: Crisis Management,” MLB security director John Skinner suggested that while some aspects of screening will be left up to the teams, the commissioner's office plans to recommend walk-through metal detectors next season, according to an Associated Press report.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
After "60 Minutes" ran a devastating piece on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham pledged to block President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and for the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Last week, after the CBS report was retracted because the star witness interviewed in the report, a former British security contractor, had been caught lying about whether he was at the site of the attack, the senator's position did not change.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Rafael Mation came to the United States four years ago from Brazil with a degree in accounting and an interest in pursuing a career in English. But somewhere along the way, the 27-year-old Anne Arundel Community College student and Roland Park resident determined he was hard-wired for something else and, buoyed by a long-standing fascination with computers, opted instead to pursue a career in information technology. It proved a wise decision. Though he came to the United States with scant knowledge of computer technology, he recently earned one of 50 spots at a U.S. Cyber Camp in Roanoke, Va., sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and was part of the winning team in the camp's Capture the Flag competition, featured on "CBS This Morning.
EXPLORE
February 12, 2013
More than 100 police, fire, first responders, military and civilian personnel participated in a one-day Homeland Security exercise on Feb. 4 at Battelle in Aberdeen. Those attending included representatives of federal, state, county and local governments, as well as military representatives from the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade. The exercise was coordinated by the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations in cooperation with the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security and Aberdeen Proving Ground.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2011
Baltimore-born Donna A. Lewis is a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security who moonlights as a stripper. A comic stripper. Her semi-autobiographical strip, "Reply All," about a successful career woman struggling with self-doubt, has just been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group. It debuts Monday in about a dozen newspapers nationwide, including The Post, Boston Globe and Charlotte Observer. While the strip is based loosely on Lewis' life, you won't see any "Dilbert"-style references to her day job. And not just because, as her bio on http://www.replyallcomic.com deadpans, "Donna is not funny or interesting at all by day. " Homeland Security has given her the OK to write the comic strip in her spare time, with the caveat that she must steer clear of anything related to her work for the department's Office of General Counsel.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay is in line to receive $21 million to continue its ship repair mission in fiscal year 2014 under the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday. The 113-acre yard on the Baltimore-Anne Arundel County line is the Coast Guard's only shipbuilding and repair facility and also provides all logistical support for Coast Guard vessels. "The Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel," said Mikulski in a statement.
NEWS
Tim Wheeler | July 12, 2013
Could Gov. Martin O'Malley be in the running to become the next secretary of Homeland Security? Not interested, says his press secretary. The National Journal named O'Malley Friday as a "dark-horse candidate " to replace Janet Napolitano, who announced earlier in the day she was leaving the Obama cabinet to become the first woman president of the University of California system. The Journal, which recently published a profile of Maryland's two-term governor asking if it was time to take his presidential ambitions seriously, noted that he had been tapped by President Obama earlier this year to be chairman of a national homeland security panel.
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