Feb, 2018

In the news: A sensitive DHS report about anthrax got outed — because it was left in a plane’s seat pocket

Another source:

“Recipients of the draft “after-action” reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding.”


Back in 2011 – The Garage Sale Incident:

Charge: Bellingham man tried to sell border security map found at garage sale

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale.

Quite a story about the bad guy & his fate.

Zero reporting on how these sensitive documents left the workplace. Any violation of procedures?

“It’s not known how Rankin got the government documents, as Ellsworth said authorities were told several stories.”

Not known how Rankin got ahold of the documents?

Why try to change the story now?

The embarrassing connection to a garage sale has been out since October 2011.

Question to ask:

How do sensitive DHS documents leave the workplace without being signed out for official business?

Were government officials held accountable in any way?

“We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their hard work, commitment and dedication to this case” said Chief Patrol Agent John Bates of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector.

Chief Bates-

Were procedures violated Re: handling of sensitive documents?

What steps have been taken to prevent a similar event from happening again?

How does the US Department of Homeland Security compare to the US Navy in working to prevent such incidents?

Navy COs get fired for this sort of stuff.

In the DOD/US Armed Forces- sensitive documents/computer disks, etc. are tightly controlled.

These procedures are not new- & serve to prevent misplaced/sensitive documents from being released to the public at garage sales.

People without a proper security clearance & need to know- do not have access to sensitive documents.

We are talking about DHS- an agency tasked with preventing another 911.

Original blog: The Garage Sale Incident


Elsewhere on the local scene-

Oct, 2010

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA:

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors.

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Did any government employees lose their job related to the 2010 & 2011 stories above?

Was there any follow-up from the press anywhere in the Puget Sound area related to the 2010 & 2011 stories here?


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Photo- Amphibious landing – Blaine Sector