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July 12, 2013 |
Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic, The Times has learned. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history. Napolitano's nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education.
February 28, 2013 |
The Department of Homeland Security began releasing immigrants from detention centers across the country this week, in anticipation of looming budget cuts. Contrary to what some Republicans in Congress have said, those released are not criminals but rather low-risk detainees, such as asylum-seekers, foreign nationals who overstayed visas and undocumented immigrants arrested for minor offenses who were granted bail but were unable to post the money. In other words, immigrants who pose no risk to public safety but are still facing deportation trials.
February 19, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said. The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity. Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time.
February 20, 2014 |
The new head of Homeland Security played down a recent warning that terrorists might try to sneak explosives onto commercial planes in passenger shoes, saying the threat has been around "for years. " In a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the advisory was "the type that we routinely issue in response to the latest intelligence. " Law enforcement officials, speaking anonymously, said the alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner.
November 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security moved a step closer to confirmation Wednesday, advancing to the full Senate after a swift committee vote. At a time when many top presidential appointments have been blocked by Senate Republicans, Jeh Johnson's nomination has proved remarkably smooth thus far. The Senate Homeland committee took just moments to approve Johnson with a voice vote during a meeting Wednesday, less than a week after his confirmation hearing.
September 8, 2011 |
In the face of what counterterrorism officials called a “credible but unconfirmed terror threat involving New York or Washington,” the Department of Homeland Security is calling on Americans to be vigilant this weekend as the anniversary of 9/11 looms. The threat was reported Thursday by Fox News and later by the Associated Press. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly are expected to give a news conference about 6:30 p.m. PT to talk about the threat, NBC News reported.