Wikileaks published a database last week that supposedly had personal info on over 9,000 people in ICE.
It looks like you got your wish, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). She told MSNBC that #TheResistance will “harass them [members of the administration] until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.'”
Professor Jacobson documented the times that members of President Donald Trump’s administration has faced harassment just this past week.
Now the Department of Homeland Security has issued safety warnings for its staff after someone left a burned animal carcass on one official’s front porch.
From CBS News:
“This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees — although the veracity of each threat varies,” says the message from Claire M. Grady. “In addition, over the last few days, thousands of employees have had their personally identifiable information publically [sic] released on social media.”
The memo recommends numerous safety precautions, including not displaying work badges in public, being careful with public conversations and using caution on all social networks. It also recommends DHS employees “always keep doors and windows locked” and “be aware of unexpected changes in and around your home.”
DHS employees are encouraged to call 911 if they feel threatened and if local law enforcement doesn’t respond, to call Federal Protective Service.
One official told ABC News that DHS has received at least “two dozen threat reports” these past few days, mostly against ICE agents. Gee, I wonder why. Could it have something to do with Wikileaks? The Washington Examiner reported:
WikiLeaks on Thursday published a database that it claims reveals personal information on more than 9,000 current and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.
All of the information on the database was taken from the workers’ LinkedIn profiles and includes deportation officers, information technology workers, interns, legal assistants and others. WikiLeaks said the information was published for the purpose of “increasing transparency.”
“This information is an important public resource for understanding ICE programs and increasing accountability, especially in light of the extreme actions taken by ICE lately, such as the separation of children and parents at the U.S. border,” WikiLeaks wrote in its dataset description.
ICE spokesperson Liz Johnson expressed disgust over the move to The Washington Examiner:
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson on Friday called WikiLeaks’ decision to publish personal information and name the agency’s more than 9,000 current and former employees “unconscionable.”
“People can disagree on policy, but it is unconscionable to target our employees and advocate violence against federal law enforcement officers, who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. This kind of rhetoric is reckless and irresponsible, and potentially puts at risk those who have taken an oath to uphold the law and protect public safety” Liz Johnson, director of ICE’s Office of Public Affairs, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
All of this stems from the policy of separating children from their parents at the border, but even that has been construed. Trump even signed an executive order to stop the policy.
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