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ACLU Blasts Drug Task Forces
Yet more charges of impropriety against Texas' much-maligned supernarcs
News Story  May 28, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...Since regional TF operations are fraught with scandal and void of meaningful oversight, the ACLU report recommends disbanding the units and focusing Texas' Byrne funds on initiatives such as drug treatment and drug court programs, homeland security operations, crime lab upgrades, or any of the other numerous "allowable programs."..."

What If ... Media Terrorists Landed on Sixth Street?
We assume it would go something like this ...
News Story  February 4, 2005, by Kevin Brass
"...Organized by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, the National Academies, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the exercise was reminiscent of the old Saturday Night Live skit, "What if ...?" – as in, "What if ....."

Capitol Chronicle
Would David Dewhurst really know a terrorist if he saw one?
News Column  November 16, 2001, by Michael King
"...Everybody got a big laugh this month when Land Commissioner David Dewhurst, trying to jump start his campaign for lieutenant governor, advertised his recent appointment as director of the new state Task Force on Homeland Security in Texas Monthly -- and unwittingly featured in his ad a German Luftwaffe officer standing in front of an American flag. The columnists are still poking fun at Dewhurst's mistake..."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  January 17, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Proclaiming that its job was done, Gov. Rick Perry last week abolished the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security along with several other ad hoc boards..."

Naked City
Don't You Feel Safer Already?
News Story  February 8, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security, chaired by Land Commissioner (and lieutenant governor candidate) David Dewhurst, last week recommended 44 ways to make Texas safer from terrorist attacks. Despite having "heard the good news that Texas is amazingly well prepared to handle emergencies," the Task Force devised ways for the state to spend many, many millions of dollars it does not have...."

Naked City
Gesundheit, Herr Dewhurst
News Story  November 2, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...Rick Perry was filming B-roll for his patriotic gubernatorial campaign just days after the Sept. 11 attacks (Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt vehemently denied the allegation.) Now we have David Dewhurst chest-thumping his role as head of the Guv's Homeland Security Task Force in the text of a political ad prominently featured in this month's Texas Monthly...."

Weird, Spooky, and Rich
David Dewhurst runs against everybody but money.
News Story  October 18, 2002, by Robert Bryce
"...The Web site embarrassments followed on the heels of last November's notorious advertising pratfall. Dewhurst's campaign ran a four-page ad in Texas Monthly, which cost $74,196, touting his experience as a budget cutter and expert in security matters due to his position as chairman of the state's task force on homeland security..."

Legislature Gets It Together
News Story  January 24, 2003, by Michael King
"...Also, GOP Sen. Steve Ogden of Bryan chairs a new Infrastructure Development and Security Committee, expected to continue the work of the now-disbanded Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security, chaired by Dewhurst...."

Naked City
Breaking news from Austin, Texas, and elsewhere.
News Story  November 29, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...We've liberated a country. We recognize our greatest security is found in the relentless pursuit of these cold-blooded killers." -- President Bush, as he signed the Homeland Security Act...."

Naked City
Obese military budget crushes local governments, group alleges
News Story  May 27, 2005, by Michael King
"...The group urged the Texas congressional delegation to oppose the new generation of military weapons proposed in the Bush administration's 2006 budget (to be debated in the U.S. House beginning this week) and to support nonmilitary security tools like state and local emergency preparedness and renewable energy initiatives..."

Austin: “Strong, Unique, and Special”
“State of the City” emphasizes change, permanence, independence
DAILY News  January 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...The mayor’s theme, broadly speaking, was Welcoming Change While Remaining Austin, and his biggest applause line, near the end of the speech, was: “The world can completely lose its mind and we’re still gonna be Austin.” It was impossible to separate that declaration from the larger, immediate national context, of the Donald Trump regime in D.C. and the day’s worst news, originating from the White House: an ill-conceived and tyrannical executive order to ban refugees and immigrants from seven targeted, Muslim-majority countries, under the guise of “homeland security.”..."

Naked City
News Story  March 21, 2008
"...• Conservation groups Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on March 17 a petition requesting justices "hear [their] argument that the REAL ID Act, which grants Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff unprecedented and sweeping authority to waive any and all laws to expedite the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, is unconstitutional," as well as "harmful to the environment and border communities," states a press release from both organizations..."

Point Austin: Waxing “Presidential”
Trump delivers the same threats in a more polite package
News Column  March 2, 2017, by Michael King
"...He said he's asked the Department of Justice to form a "task force on reducing violent crime" – presumably they'll have plenty of resources to address those diminishing returns, as under Attorney General Jeff Sessions the DOJ will no longer be defending minority voting rights or addressing racial gerrymandering designed to protect Republican majorities. More ominously, Trump announced the creation of something (an "office"), within the already foreboding Department of Homeland Security, to be called "VOICE": "Victims of Immigration Crime Engage­ment." Although he failed to specify any details, the function of this office will apparently be to publicize (i.e., sensationalize) crimes ("ignored by our media") committed by undocumented immigrants...."

Austin @ Large: Bulletproofing Betty
Despite being a council freshman, Betty Dunkerley has already taken the lead on health care.
News Column  August 30, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Despite her grandmotherly air, Betty Dunkerley describes herself as a "tough lady." But is she tough enough to defend Austin's safety and security? Well, it appears she already has...."

DPS Documents: More Questions About Killer-D Manhunt
The back story of the hunt for the House Democrats gets more and more intriguing.
News Story  June 13, 2003, by Michael King
"...Rick Perry, the federal Dept. of Homeland Security (and its state counterparts), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and possibly even the White House in the hunt for those House Dems who split town rather than enable a Republican vote for congressional redistricting..."

Letters at 3AM
Three fronts of transformative change in U.S. society: the allowance of Christian proselytizing in the U.S. Air Force Academy, Halliburton's receipt of government contracts to build detention centers for Homeland Security, and the rise of the Latino electorate
Columns  April 28, 2006, by Michael Ventura
"...2: Jack of Spades. "The Army just awarded Halliburton a $385 million contract to build detention centers for the Department of Homeland Security" (The New York Times, Feb..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  July 30, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, for failure to make all voting precincts accessible to voters with disabilities; Dillard's department store, where aisles are too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs; Bank of America, because two Austin branches allegedly have inaccessible entrances and counters too high for wheelchair-using patrons; and Spaghetti Warehouse, whose wheelchair ramp and restrooms pose access problems. Also, TCRP and ADAPT have sued the federal Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security on behalf of a man with a prosthetic limb who was allegedly harassed at a Bergstrom security checkpoint..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  May 28, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Gov. Perry on May 20 announced receipt of $58.3 million in federal homeland security First Responder Equipment Grants that will be distributed among 544 Texas jurisdictions..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  September 29, 2006
"...• Also, the UT System has agreed to release the location of some – but not all – of its security cameras on campus, finally settling a 3-year-old open-records request the university newspaper filed with its university. Then reporter Jonathan Young of The Daily Texan had asked for the location of the cameras prior to the state's homeland security law under an open-records request..."

Breaking the Chains
Slavery may be illegal, but it's not eradicated
News Story  June 18, 2015, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...This task force, established in 2004 and coordinated by law enforcement agencies in and around Austin, aims to train area law enforcement in identifying victims of human trafficking, and to increase the successful prosecution of human traffickers. The task force is composed of 21 entities representing various federal, state, and local interests, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin Police Department, Hays County Sheriff's Office, San Marcos Police Department, and more...."

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