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    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), who is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, said that she doesn’t understand why the agency is creating the Disinformation Governance Board and that she wasn’t consulted on the idea. Harman also stated that while an agency with a narrow scope would be fine, “something very broad-scale that could become something” similar to the House Un-American Activities Committee, “would be highly unfortunate,” but she doesn’t think the board will turn into that. Harman stated, “Well, full disclosure, I’m on the Homeland Security…Advisory [Council]. I was in Congress when the agency was set up, and it has performed well. I don’t get this piece. I wasn’t consulted. It was leaked before it was rolled out, and if it were confined to a few missions that you mentioned, Bill [Russian disinformation and human traffickers], I think it would be fine, and maybe that’s what they will intend. But I certainly agree that something very broad-scale that could become something like HUAC, the old Richard Nixon...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — It appears South Floridians may be heeding a U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning regarding a planned flotilla to Cuba on Friday morning. As of 7:00 a.m., only three boats have arrived behind Bayside in downtown Miami, near the Hard Rock Café, planning to take part in a so-called Freedom Flotilla. READ MORE: Cuban Experts Sound Off On What Biden Sanctions Will Mean For People On The Island One of only 3 boats to show up early Friday, July 23, for planned flotilla to Cuba. (CBS4) Several U.S. Coast Guard boats are also there to keep an eye on the flotilla. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” according to an advisory issued by Homeland Security. Organizer Osdany Veloz, said the planned trip is to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters, to let island residents know they have supporters in South Florida. However, he said, they would only set sail if 100 boaters showed up. The trip...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to South Florida boaters planning to take part in a flotilla to Cuba. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” according to an advisory they issued on Thursday. READ MORE: Miami Police Need Help Finding Missing Man Delmar Wall DHS said in the advisory that any boater intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said. People who bring foreign nationals into the U.S. illegally risk facing fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison, the department said. The trip, planned for Monday, has been pushed back to Thursday. According to Osdany Veloz, an organizer of the boaters, the planned trip is to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters, to let island residents know they have supporters in South Florida. READ MORE:...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to South Florida boaters planning to take part in a flotilla to Cuba. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” according to an advisory they issued on Thursday. READ MORE: FHP Releases Dashcam Video Of I-95 Pursuit That Ended In Violent Crash DHS said in the advisory that any boater intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said. People who bring foreign nationals into the U.S. illegally risk facing fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison, the department said. The trip, planned for Monday, has been pushed back to Thursday. According to Osdany Veloz, an organizer of the boaters, the planned trip is to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters, to let island residents know they have supporters in South...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to South Florida boaters planning to take part in a flotilla next week to Cuba. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” according to an advisory they issued on Thursday. READ MORE: Florida Sees Surge In COVID Cases, FIUs Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Aileen Marty Said Delta Variant Is Big Concern DHS said in the advisory that any boater intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said. People who bring foreign nationals into the U.S. illegally risk facing fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison, the department said. According to Osdany Veloz, an organizer of the boaters, the goal of Monday’s planned trip is to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters, to let island residents know they have supporters in...
    JOE Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas fired nearly all Trump-era members of the department's advisory council despite the border crisis. Mayorkas has been slammed for the move, which including giving the ax to 32 members of the advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies. 4Biden's administration has been slammed for their handling of the border crisisCredit: Getty 4Mayorkas said he planned to 'reconstitute' the Homeland Security Advisory CouncilCredit: AFP  On Friday, Mayorkas sent out a letter to the ousted members telling them he planned to "reconstitute" the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), and that their roles were ending immediately. Only three members were kept on. The move to ax the majority of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) advisory council comes as the Biden administration is facing mounting criticism for an apparent influx in migrants attempting to cross into the US illegally. Among the axed is Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general who was a big supporter of the former president's immigration policies. 4Many Trump allies were given the axCredit: AFP Cuccinelli called the move "a mass firing,...
    Former Trump officials who served in the Department of Homeland Security are criticizing a move by the Biden administration to fire almost every member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- with one describing it as a "purge" designed to rinse the Council of opposing voices. Mayorkas, in a letter sent Friday and obtained by Politico, told the committee that he is ending the terms of the more than 30 current members, and intends to "reconstitute" the council once a "new model" has been developed.   MAYORKAS FIRES ALMOST ALL MEMBERS OF HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL  Mayorkas said that Chairman William Bratton, Vice Chair Karen Tandy and Chair Emeritus William Webster will remain in their positions to help the council move forward. HSAC was set up for members, who are unpaid, to use their experience and expertise of Homeland Security issues like counterterrorism and immigration enforcement to offer guidance to the secretary. But a number of former officials expressed surprise at how most of the Council was fired. "While I respect the right for a DHS Secretary to alter the HSAC to...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has fired almost all members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) -- the latest sign by the agency of its intention to move away from the practices of the prior administration. Mayorkas, in a letter sent Friday and obtained by Politico, told the committee that he is ending the terms of the 32 current members, and intends to "reconstitute" the council once a "new model" has been developed. MAYORKAS BLAMES MIGRANT SURGE ON TRUMP ADMIN, NOT BIDEN POLICIES  HSAC was set up for members, who are unpaid, to use their experience and expertise of Homeland Security issues like counterterrorism and immigration enforcement to offer guidance to the secretary. Its current membership included Trump-era officials such as former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf, former Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan -- but include those appointed by secretaries by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Mayorkas said that Chairman William Bratton, Vice Chair Karen Tandy and Chair Emeritus William Webster will remain in their positions to help the...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has fired dozens of members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council as part of the effort to "reconstitute" the panel, according to a letter obtained by CBS News. The letter, first reported by Politico, tells members that he has "ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021," in order to facilitate "an orderly transition to a new model" for the panel. "I am considering how the HSAC can bring the greatest value to the Department and how the expertise, judgment, and counsel of its members can be harnessed most effectively to advance the Department's mission," Mayorkas wrote. "I expect to work closely with the HSAC and to rely on its Members to help guide the Department through a period of change." He thanked the members of the council for their service, and said he would "reconstitute the HSAC in the next few weeks, once the new model has been developed." Some members, however, will remain. William Bratton, the former New York City police commissioner, and Karen Tandy, former administrator of the Drug...
    The Biden administration on Friday fired most members of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) independent advisory board, including those appointed by both Democrats and Republicans.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today Arizona town declares 'state of emergency' over border crisis Biden taps Harris to lead on immigration amid border crisis MORE sent a letter to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) announcing that in “the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the HSAC, I have ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021.”  The letter, which was first obtained by Politico, added that the council, made up of former intelligence and security officials and other experts who advise the secretary on a range of policy matters, will be formed again “in the next few weeks, once the new model has been developed.”  Mayorkas thanked the council members for their service, adding, “I am considering how the HSAC can bring the greatest value to the Department and how the expertise, judgment,...
    (CNN)Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday dissolved the Homeland Security Advisory Council, according to a letter obtained by CNN, ousting a board of independent advisers that included Trump-era officials and setting up a plan to reconfigure the council. "In the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the HSAC, I have ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021," the letter to members reads. "I will reconstitute the HSAC in the next few weeks, once the new model has been developed."The unusual move dismisses former Trump-era officials who served on the council, Ken Cuccinelli and Tom Homan, as well as others like NFL Chief Security Officer Cathy Lanier, McCrary Institute for Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection Director and the Heritage Foundation's James Carafano. There were more than 30 members of the council, according to the most recent membership list.Council Chairman and former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told CNN that Mayorkas has indicated a desire to "move very quickly" to create a new council that reflects the priorities of...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a threat bulletin due to the potential for violence from extremists that object to the presidential transition, hold anti-government views or are motivated by other false narratives. Acting DHS Security Secretary David Pekoske issued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin "due to a heightened threat environment across the United States," which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the presidential Inauguration. "Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence," the bulletin reads. Earlier this month, CNN reported that discussions were underway about raising the terrorism threat level, according to two sources familiar with the discussions at the time.The National Terrorism Advisory System -- which replaced color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System -- falls under the Department of Homeland Security. Advisories are pushed out in the event of an imminent or elevated threat to the public.Read MoreThe last advisory...
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