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ICE HSI Issuing New Badges

The Department of Homeland Security has decided that the ICE brand is a failure. After attempting for more than seven years to brand ICE special agents, DHS has thrown in the towel.

ICE agents are now being branded as Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents.  The thousands of ICE special agent badges that were issued will be encased in plastic for a fee and given to the employees who were originally issued them. The new badges will show the entire name of the agency not just the three letter HSI moniker.

ICE was the only law enforcement badges in the United States that did not include the actual agency name on their badges. The old badges displayed the letters ICE, the three letter acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Here is a photograph of the new ICE/HSI badge.

This is the old badge that is being replaced
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ICE/HSI Finds Something to Do

Torrent-Finder.com is down today; the site was apparently seized by government agencies for reasons unknown. In all likelihood, the site was taken down due to intellectual property concerns including copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The agencies named in the notice include the Department of Justice, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) an arm of (ICE) Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

While torrenting in general is one of the seedier parts of the underbelly of the InternetInternet, Torrent-Finder itself did not host or link to any torrents. Instead, it simply acted as a sort of torrent search engine, returning iframes with other sites that do contain torrents.

Most troubling of all, however, are statements made by the owner of Torrent-Finder.com. He told the bloggers at TorrentFreak that his site was seized “without any previous complaint or notice from any court… While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation, and they say it was totally from ICANN.”

What do you make of this site’s seizure by the U.S. government? In the struggle to protect copyrighted works, should the powers that be still have to notify site owners that their websites are in violation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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HSI "Branding" via Hollywood

 "Public relations is such an important part of branding," he said. "They could go out and say 'we do all this cool stuff' with ad campaigns, and a Hollywood push, but if stories that come out don't support that, the rebranding program isn't going to work." 

DatelineHollywood June 30, 2010

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the launch Wednesday of “Operation In Our Sites,” a new initiative aimed at Internet counterfeiting and piracy.

In the first action carried out as part of the initiative, authorities seized nine domain names of Web sites that were offering first-run movies, often within hours of their theatrical release. Seven of those sites were targeted for seizure by the SDNY. Agents from  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) also seized assets from 15 bank, Paypal, investment and advertising accounts, and executed four residential search warrants in several states.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, joined on a Los Angeles sound stage by senior representatives from major movie studios, entertainment unions and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), made clear that the theft of such intellectual property is a serious crime and one the U.S. government has made a priority combating. Copyrighted material is known as intellectual property (IP) under the law.

“ICE and our partners at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center are targeting pirate Web sites run by people who have no respect for creativity and innovation,” said ICE Director Morton, who was in Southern California to meet with the leaders of the movie industry. “We are dedicated to protecting the jobs, the income and the tax revenue that disappear when organized criminals traffic in stolen movies for their own profit.”

“Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, resulting in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office handled the seizures of seven domain names Wednesday. “That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That’s why we took the actions we did. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

“Content theft online has become increasingly ubiquitous as technology and software improve and access to the Internet increases,” said Mike Robinson, chief of operations, content protection for the MPAA. “We are committed to working with law enforcement to get the illegal choices out of the marketplace and instead focus on continuing to offer more innovative and flexible legal options to consumers to enjoy the movies and TV shows that we all love. The American motion picture and television industry is one of our nation’s most valuable cultural and economic resources. We are grateful to ICE, the Obama Administration, and the federal agencies that have made the protection of intellectual property a priority for the United States.”

“We are facing a dramatic rise in the number of foreign and domestic Web sites that are in the business of making films and television shows – created by our members – available for illegal download or streaming,” said Kathy Garmezy, associate executive director of government and international affairs for the Directors Guild of America. “If left unchecked, this illegal activity threatens the very ability of filmmakers to both earn a living and create the content that is enjoyed by billions around the world.”

“We commend the action of ICE and the IPR Center in striking a significant blow against those who seek to profit from the copyrighted, intellectual property of others,” said Matthew D. Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). “Intellectual property is the basis of our modern economy. The stealing of digital content is not a victimless crime; it’s also the theft of tens of thousands of American jobs.”

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), based in Virginia and managed by ICE, is directing the government’s response to a crime that is estimated to cost American industry billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs every year. Its “Operation In Our Sites” is targeting not only films and music, but other items distributed over the Internet, such as counterfeit pharmaceuticals, software, electronics, games and other products that threaten public health and safety.

The investigation involving the SDNY together with the HSI New York Special Agent in Charge and the IPR Center, resulted in the seizure of seven domain names: TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, THEPIRATECITY.ORG, and ZML.COM. In an undercover capacity, investigators downloaded various newly released movies from the Web sites and their affiliates, to identify those Web sites that were involved in the distribution of stolen content.

Also on Wednesday, as a result of a months-long operation, the IPR Center seized the domain names and Web site content of NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net, both of which generated revenue from donations and advertising. These sites allowed visitors to stream or download popular television shows and movies. Over the course of the investigation, agents observed links to more than 200 movies and more than 300 television programs on the NinjaVideo site. This investigation resulted in the execution of federal search warrants for their content and domain name at servers in the United States and the Netherlands. HSI agents also executed four residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington. The case is ongoing.

The IPR Center has united the U.S. government agencies that combat intellectual property theft. In addition to ICE/HSI, the partners include: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the FBI; the Department of Commerce; the Food and Drug Administration; the Postal Inspection Service; the General Services Administration, Office of the Inspector General; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Army Criminal Investigative Division’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit; and the Government of Mexico Tax Administrative Service.

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Re-Branding ICE

By Andrew Becker, Washington Post        tinyurl.com/237agcq

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has realigned its duties to promote criminal investigations over immigrant deportation, officials have announced. 

By streamlining and renaming several offices, officials hope to highlight the agency's counter-terrorism, money laundering and other complex criminal investigations and in the process "re-brand" ICE, turning the public -- and political -- spotlight away from its immigration work. 

ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton said that immigration enforcement remains a top priority but that the intention of the image makeover is to show the agency's "true face." 

"Public perception is dominated by civil immigration enforcement responsibilities, even though half of the agency is devoted to something else," Morton said recently after announcing the changes to ICE employees. "We're not going to get away from immigration. It's very important from a national security perspective." 

The realignment also aims to address ICE's identity crisis, which the agency has struggled with for years. Morton said in an e-mail to employees that one of his priorities "was to give a clearer sense of identity and focus." 

The agency will have a new reporting alignment with three main directorates: investigations, immigration and management. ICE will consolidate its civil immigration duties into a new Enforcement and Removal Operations division. The office, formerly known as detention and removal operations, took the brunt of criticism. 

Immigration advocates have expressed skepticism about an agency trying to rehabilitate its image without first making substantive changes. They say ICE is stricter than it was under the previous administration with enforcement, and problems persist with immigration detention. Most of the $5.5 billion in discretionary funds for ICE's 2011 budget request pays for efforts to lock up and deport immigrants. 

"ICE has more than a branding problem. You can't rebrand yourself out of a misallocation of resources," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. Noorani hopes "ICE is doing stuff about stopping terrorists," he said, "but the public doesn't know about it. The public only knows ICE is going after immigrants." 

Worksite raids and neighborhood sweeps that targeted illegal immigrants have helped shape ICE's image. The agency is hounded, too, by reports of poor treatment of noncitizens in ICE custody and allegations that the agency's rigid policies break up immigrant families. The agency has faced criticism over medical care for detainees, hiding the truth about deaths in detention and setting quotas for deportations. 

In recent months, the White House has hosted several meetings with immigration advocates frustrated with ICE. The Obama administration has vowed to reform the nation's immigration detention system. 

Efforts to overhaul the detention network, which locks up about 30,000 immigrants nightly in hundreds of federal, contract and local jails nationwide, have hit snags. Shortly after the reforms were announced last year, the first director of the new office to oversee the changes left the agency. 

Moreover, there's a fundamental inconsistency as the administration pursues immigration reform while ICE still deports 1,100 people daily, said Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress.

"Obama is the face of promise and also the face of deportations," he said. "ICE can make all the policy changes they want at the headquarters level, but out in the field is a different story." 

Liberals aren't alone in raising concerns. Conservatives and ICE's own agents have blasted the agency over immigration enforcement, saying that the agency isn't tough enough. They say the "realignment" signals a further shift in the Obama administration's approach to immigration. 

"Far too much is at stake for ICE to neglect every tool at their disposal for the sake of rebranding their image," said Rep. Harold Rogers  (Ky.), the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee for homeland security. 

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.), chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on the border, maritime and global counterterrorism, said ICE needs additional funding as more special agents are needed to investigate border crimes. About 20 percent of ICE's resources are dedicated to the border, Morton said. 

Morton said the realigned agency will continue to conduct criminal immigration investigations, such as worksite enforcement, national security and visa abuse. 

But, according to the agency's 2011 congressional budget request, ICE projects that 80 percent of detained immigrants will be criminals, captured by fugitive teams or found in prisons and jails. The rest will primarily come from apprehensions of illegal border crossers. Last year, only 6 percent of the detainee population was booked by ICE's office of investigations. 

To burnish the agency's image, ICE officials are considering a strategy that has helped the FBI for years: the aid of Hollywood and other venues of popular culture. Timothy Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University, said such efforts could be squandered if internal problems aren't addressed. 

"Public relations is such an important part of branding," he said. "They could go out and say 'we do all this cool stuff' with ad campaigns, and a Hollywood push, but if stories that come out don't support that, the rebranding program isn't going to work." 
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Homeland Security Investigations

Text from email was sent to ICE special agents this week concerning name change for OI

ICE will operate through three new directorates—Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and Management and Administration.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI): HSI will align the existing ICE offices that are primarily devoted to criminal investigation, namely the Offices of Intelligence, International Affairs, and Investigations. This directorate will continue to pursue ICE’s existing role as DHS’ principal investigative program, with responsibility for ICE’s national security programs and ICE’s investigative authority over criminal violations of U.S. law relating to illicit trade, travel, immigration, and finance. The directorate will also continue to investigate violations of the employment verification laws and visa violations in the U.S. and abroad. James Dinkins will serve as Executive Associate Director of HSI.

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO): ERO will align the existing offices in ICE that are primarily devoted to civil immigration enforcement, namely the Office of Detention and Removal Operations and the Secure Communities program. This directorate will ensure a coherent and consistent approach to civil immigration enforcement in a manner that prioritizes convicted criminals, fugitives and illegal re-entrants, and recent border violators. The directorate will also oversee the agency’s detention system, removal flight operations, and efforts to locate aliens subject to criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry. James Chaparro will serve as ERO Executive Associate Director.

Management and Administration: The directorate will consist of the Offices of the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, Human Capital, Acquisition Management, Policy, Privacy, Training and Development, National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit, Freedom of Information Act, the Chief Diversity Officer, and Equal Employment Opportunity. These offices support the missions of HSI and ERO and provide sound agency management. The directorate will oversee management of ICE’s budget, expenditure of funds, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources and personnel, workforce recruitment, equal employment opportunity, information technology systems, facilities, property, equipment, and the identification and tracking of performance measurements. Daniel Ragsdale will serve as Executive Associate Director for Management and Administration.

Speculation remains that legislation will be introduced to move Commerce OEE agents to ICE as well as mandating that ICE be the lead agency at the CPI fusion center.
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ICE is a National Disgrace

An illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds, Washington last Sunday has been deported nine times by ICE. An illegal caught twice in Mexico is imprisoned for 10 years. 

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement won't comment on the case of Jose Lopez Madrigal. But KING 5 news received the information through confidential sources in Seattle.

Police say Madrigal, a Mexican national,  pulled a woman off the street to a dumpster and raped her. 

Madrigal's arrest and immigration record includes a staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since 1989. That's the year he was convicted of theft using a firearm in California.  

He was deported a couple of times after that. Then in 1999, he was arrested for drug sales in both San Diego and San Francisco. Records show that he was deported three times that year between April and August.

He was arrested for drugs again in Stockton, Calif. in 2000. In 2002, he pleaded to third degree sexual assault in Denver. Later that year, he was deported again. And in 2003, records show he was deported three more times.

People who live near the scene of Sunday's alleged rape wonder how it could keep happening.

"Makes you wonder, what are we doing wrong? How is he getting back in here?" said Kirby Aumick.

"It’s troubling. I mean, if this man should not have been in this country, he should have been behind bars then, really, this is a senseless tragedy," said Klein.

According to our sources, Madrigal's last contact before Sunday was around 2003. So, it's not clear how much of that time Madrigal was in this country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has refused to comment on the case which started making national headlines when it was learned that Madrigal had been deported several times prior to the Edmonds case.

In reviewing records and talking with confidential sources, the KING 5 Investigators learned just how extensive Madrigal’s immigration and arrest record is.

They found he was first deported in California in 1989 and since then he’s returned from his Mexican homeland and been arrested for drug crimes, a sex assault in Colorado and other offenses.

One criminal justice source says Madrigal is a "poster boy" for the federal governments ineffectiveness at keeping the most serious "criminal aliens" – illegals who commit crimes – out of the  United States.

See the entire KING 5 report and video tape here www.king5.com/news/local/Investigators-Edmonds-rape-suspect-deported-nine-times-94637479.html

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God Bless the Great State of Arizona

The polls indicate 70% of Arizonans support the toughest state immigration law ever passed, and 60% of Americans favor tougher immigration enforcement. 

Arizona’s new law grants the state’s law enforcement agencies the authority to enforce federal immigration regulations similar to the duties of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are suppose. Obama prefers that ICE agents seize counterfeit T-shirts rather than enforce immigration laws. In short, ICE is a bad joke that is sucking billions of dollars from the taxpayers.

At a town hall meeting in Casa Grande, Ariz., Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.), flanked by a dozen state police chiefs and sheriffs who support his border security plan said, “If the President doesn’t like what the Arizona Legislature and governor may be doing, then I call on the President to immediately call for the dispatch of 3,000 National Guard troops to our border and mandate that 3,000 additional Border Patrol be sent to our border as well.”

While protesters and false characterizations of the law have made the headlines, Utah’s state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R.-Orem) announced that he will sponsor the “exact same legislation” in Utah.  Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who heads a government that encourages illegal immigration and has failed to control the drug cartels and rampant corruption, said the law “opens the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination."

Under the new law, Arizona officers will enforce immigration violations that arise from traffic violations or investigations that give probable cause for a stop or detainment and will inquire about immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion of status. Racial profiling is prohibited.

There are reports that some of the 460,000 illegal immigrants are already leaving Arizona because of stricter immigrant enforcement.

I applaud the great state of Arizona for standing up to the liberal fascists by passing this legislation. I plan to support their efforts by taking a vacation and spending money in Arizona later this year. It is time for all the States to stand up to Washington D.C. Enough is enough.
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The ObamaNation Continues to Lie about Law for Persons ILLEGALLY Present in Arizona

The Liberal Fascist leaders of the ObamaNation are intentionally misrepresenting the new Arizona state law concerning people illegally present in their state in violation of United States law.  We are not asked to produce our birth certificate or passport on a daily basis. We are instead confronted routinely by people of all stripes asking to see our driver's license.

When we board an airplane, we are asked to produce a government-issued photo ID, usually a driver's license. When we make some credit- or debit-card purchases in department stores, we are asked to produce a driver's license. When we enter many office buildings, both private and government, security guards often ask us to produce a driver's license. When we go to doctors' offices and hospitals, we are asked to produce a driver's license. When we check into hotels, we are asked to produce a driver's license. When we purchase some over-the-counter drugs, we are asked to produce a driver's license. If we go to a bar or nightclub, anyone who looks at all young is asked to produce a driver's license. And needless to say, if we have any encounter with police or other authorities, we are asked to produce a driver's license.

Some situations involve an even higher level of scrutiny. When we get a new job, we are asked to provide not a driver's license but a passport or birth certificate to prove citizenship. In other situations, too, like when you renew your drivers license under federal Real ID law, you have to produce a passport to prove citizenship, even if you already have a valid, unexpired license.  And in many states, buying a gun -- a constitutionally-protected right -- involves enormous scrutiny.

Have left wing radicals never experienced any of those situations? And by the way, have any of them  read the Arizona law? Do they know that it specifically states that in any encounter with police, when a person produces a valid Arizona driver's license (or, for non-drivers, other forms of ID listed in the law), that person is immediately presumed to be in the United States legally?

Given all the situations listed above, can anyone argue that being asked to produce a driver's license, if one is in some sort of encounter with police in which police are acting lawfully (that is also specified by the new law) is overly burdensome? Being asked to produce identification is a burden that falls on everyone.

That is simply a fact of life today. Many of the situations in which we are asked to produce ID are the result of laws passed by our representatives, Democrats and Republicans, that are, overall, good things. But they require Americans to produce their papers, in the form of a driver's license, quite frequently. If Americans responded with "Go to hell" and "See you in court" each time they were asked to produce their license, both hell and court would be very crowded.

All the discussion above relates to people who are American citizens. In addition to the situations requiring a driver's license, some people might not know that since the 1940s, federal law has required non-citizens who are in the United States permanently to carry on their person, at all times, the official documents proving that they are here legally -- green card, work visa, etc. That has been the law for 70 years, and the new Arizona law does not change it.

The federal government, specifically ICE is not doing its job. ICE under direct orders from the Obama Administration is refusing to arrest persons illegally present in the United States.  Arizona, a sovereign state is doing what every other state needs to do.  When the federal government refuses to do their constitutional duty, the states must act to protect their own interests.

God Bless Arizona and the millions of patriots who love this country.  We must continue to use every legal means at our disposal to stop the spread of liberal fascism, which could bring down our constitutional Republic.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/What-America-is-Michael-Gerson-living-in-92301779.html#ixzz0mQxCD5FI