DHS is creating a national police force that spies on schools, nursing homes, strippers etc.
Monday, June 9, 2014
DHS has spent billions of tax dollars since 2003 outfitting state & local law enforcement agencies – including New Mexico’s – with armored vehicles, powerful weaponry and a massive illegal national cell phone spying network called ‘Stingray’.
DHS has a $60 billion budget, the worst employee morale in the federal government and a mission portfolio so big and varied it doesn’t have a single definition of “homeland security.”
A three-part series by The Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau reporter Michael Coleman makes clear that if there is a poster child for mission creep, Homeland Security is it. And unfortunately, “creep” accurately describes:
1. The department’s expanding mission since 2002,
2. Its stealthy reach into local law enforcement jurisdictions, and
3. Its opaque accountability and visible heavy hand.
In addition to protecting America’s borders and airports, DHS is interrogating people suspected of pirating movies at movie theaters, seizing counterfeit NBA merchandise in San Antonio and working pickpocket cases.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents are now working with local police all over New Mexico, aiming to become an integral part of domestic crime fighting in the state. HSI officers are deployed in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, as well as at police departments in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Aztec and elsewhere across the state, Abar said.
“We are working side-by-side, literally – we are entrenched with our state and local counterparts,” Abar said.
“Too many people think we do immigration, and we don’t really do any of that at all” said Abar.