U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Court: ICE Prosecutor Cheated Drug-Dealing Mexican Caught In USA Fourth Time

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has rebuked a federal judge and a Department of Homeland Security lawyer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for abusing the rights of a drug dealer with a history of illegally entering the United States from Mexico. The appeals c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Smaller Boats Join Container Ships in Being Scanned for Radiation at Port of Long Beach

    Don't know whether to feel safer that boats and ships coming into the Port of Long Beach are being screened for radiation or alarmed because I had not known it was a threat. Large container ships are already scanned as part of a separate screening process, but the new "Maritime Chokepoint Operation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    ICE Special Agent Admits Guilt In Lengthy, Immigration Bribery Scheme

    A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent today admitted guilt for his role in a bribery scheme that illegally funneled confidential Department of Homeland Security records to a Los Angeles immigration lawyer, doctored information in secret databases and sanctioned sham marriage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    After Lie To Federal Agents About $21,000, SoCal Beauty Salon Owner Gets Punished

    A Southern California woman, who lied earlier this year to federal agents about the source of $21,000 confiscated by the Department of Homeland Security, received her punishment this month inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse. Armine Nazaryan (a.k.a. Marian Nazaryan), who had bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Secret Service Nabbed Artist Who Used Craigslist For Job Scams Gets Punished

    A gifted Southern California artist who participated in a multi-year con game that used Craigslist and newspaper ads to entice victims to send deposits for imaginary jobs and to rent imaginary vacation properties found himself on the good side of U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter this month. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Craigslist Distributor of Counterfeit Erectile Dysfunction Pills Signs Guilty Plea With Feds

    A Yorba Linda man caught last year by federal agents with 8,223 Chinese counterfeit Viagra, Cialis and Levitra pills he sold in Craigslist ads has signed a guilty plea. When Department of Homeland Security officers arrested Nathan Welter in March following a federal indictment for trafficking in fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    [Exene Says] This Is the Attitude of the Future Generation? We're Fucked

    [Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    OC Deputies Union Gives to Boston Victims, Reward Funds and Lobbies Sanchez to Boost Homeland Security Dollars for Local Agencies

    The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) has contributed to a fund for victims of the Boston terror attacks and to the reward for the capture of whoever planted the bombs. But the Santa Ana-based AOCDS wants to loosen up even more funding, calling on Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Boston Marathon Explosions Bring "Heightened Alert" in Orange County: Sheriff Hutchens

    Orange County is on "heightened alert" due to today's Boston explosions that have killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen people, according to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. "Although the tragic incident in Boston, Massachusetts this afternoon appears to be isolated, the Orange County Sheriff's D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    [Exene Says . . .] Part Two of 'I Had a Dream That I Woke Up, But It Was Too Late!'

    [Editor's Note: Our esteemed punk-rock columnist Exene Cervenka wanted to share a short story. Since most everything she does is badass, we figured this would be no different. The first part ran in last week's issue.] Her friends told her she spent too much time online. She followed YouTubers and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    OC DREAMers to Demand OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Stop Collaborating with ICE

    It's been one hell of a busy week for any and all things immigrant! From the Gang of 8's framework for immigration reform to the Deporter-in-Chief Barack Obama's own speech on the subject in Las Vegas, politicians have been putting their dos centavos in. After Inauguration Day banner drops along the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    CIA Secret War Files Discussion Set For This Afternoon at Richard Nixon Presidential Library

    Are you bored and a history buff?Well, today was made to liven up your life in Yorba Linda at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, which is holding a party this afternoon entitled, "Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War."[Insert joke here, if you wish.]

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Edder Giovani Nieves-Bera, Once Deported Tattoo Artist, Allegedly Plied 14 y.o. Girl with Drugs, Alcohol, Free Tattoo, Creepy Advances

    A tattoo artist who was previously deported after serving time for child annoyance in Murrieta in 2004 was arrested Tuesday at Dana Point Harbor, where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he'd allegedly lured to his Mission Viejo home with promises of drugs, alcohol and free ink.Waiting ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Orange Coast Community College Student From Jordan Busted For Alleged Stockpile of Child Pornography

    A California grand jury has indicted a 26-year-old Jordanian student at Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa for suspected possession of 2,029 images of child pornography on his computer.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrested Ohanes Hamparsoum Haladjian after an undercover operat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    Anaheim PD's Confidential Action Plan for July 29 Protests: Have Undercover Cops, Feed Tired Officers with Fancy Food, and Let the City Burn

    Click here for our Anaheim police shooting and subsequent desmadre archivesLike the good Boy Scouts they are, Anaheim cops were über-prepared two weeks ago when protesters, angered by the officer-involved shooting deaths of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, announced they would demand justice on July 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Filipino Sham Marriage, Illegal Alien Scam Operators Reluctantly Saying Bye, Bye to USA

    Filipinos Wilfredo Tiongco Ngo and Maria Teresa Lamayo Ngo operated a massive scheme that kept illegal immigrants secretly working in the United States at the pair's elderly health care assistance business in Orange County.By repeatedly changing their company's name, encouraging sham marriages and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    How Much is a Dead Mexican Worth? According to the U.S. Government, Less Than a Used Hyundai

    One night in July 2008, U.S. Border Patrol agents with the Department of Homeland Security found Tomas Sanchez Orzuna on a street in San Clemente, sprayed him in the face with toxic chemicals, handcuffed him, beat him, took him to a check point station and hosed him down so violently with water he d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Will Untapped Latinos Sink Mitt Romney?

    You may have missed it on the tele, but apparently Latinos are being counted on to play a huge role in determining who will be elected president in November.To that end, the liberal Center for American Progress is singling out the top 10 states with the most unregistered eligible voters as well a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Cacophony Society Inclusion in Santa Ana Art Walk Rings U.S. Homeland Security Alarm Bells

    ​Is the ultimate arbiter of art and culture in the city of Santa Ana the federal Department of Homeland Security?Seems to be so based on a recent letter Vicky Baxter, executive director of Downtown Incorporated of Santa Ana, sent to Reverend Al Ridenour of Cacophony Los Angeles, a scheduled parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Korean Tourist Nabbed at LAX with 63 Pounds of Erection Medicine

    ​Was a 40-year-old Korean national visiting Southern California hoping to obtain the biggest, longest-lasting erection in world history?Or did he just want everybody he knew to be, well, excited for weeks?Authorities briefly detained the unidentified tourist earlier this month at Los Angeles Inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Feds Bust Alleged Internet Auto/Boat Sales Scam By Russians

    ​The U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles announced this afternoon that a federal grand jury has indicted six foreign nationals--including one in Costa Mesa--for operating an Internet-based sales scam that allegedly defrauded more than $4.2 million from unsuspecting shoppers since 2007.Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Osama Bin Laden Oil Tanker Terror Plot Hits Close to Home

    ​The Department of Homeland Security announced today that among the materials Navy SEALS found in Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout were al-Qaida plans to hijack and detonate oil tankers last summer to provoke an "extreme economic crisis" in the West.Officials disclosed no specific U.S. targets. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Government Shuts Down Torrent Sites; Where Will People Steal Music Now?

    ICE's message on the seized sites​The New York Times reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, seized a number of sites that "either hosted unauthorized copies of films and music or allowed users to search for them elsewhere on the In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Phony Products Grow in Garden Grove

    ​Federal and local officials swooped down on several Southern California locations to arrest 30 people and seize dodgy DVDs, phony jewelry, fake designer clothing and other items over the past week.The 47,000 goods confiscated had a total suggested retail price of more than $12 million. Yes, Oran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Kutmah Gives First Interview Since Deportation​Our sister publication LA Weekly has an exclusive interview with Dublab and Low End Theory-affiliated DJ, Justin "Kutmah" McNulty. He was detained by Department of Homeland Security authorities in May, after failing to honor a voluntary deportation notice that he had si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Some Salvadorans Here Can Breathe a (Temporary) Sigh of Relief

    ​If you're a Salvadoran whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is about to expire, you're in luck.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the Department of Homeland Security will extend the TPS for eligible nationals from the current Sept. 9, 2010, date through the new exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    She's Got the Mercedes Bends

    Courtesy of U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityMore leg room than a Ford Focus.​Did you get a load of immigrant compartments outfitted inside a Santa Ana man's black Mercedes-Benz? The ones a stuck man and unconscious woman had to be pulled out of?

  • Music

    February 18, 2010

    Aliso Black on Life and Death

    The Aliso Viejo-based rapper rhymes about workin' the Great Recession

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez: "American Hero"

    ​Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is an "American Hero."

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Week: "Weed 'Em Out!"

    Hello haters! Here we go with another edition of...​Let's talk about illegals, shall we?Two fun stories this week. The first one is by Cindy Carcamo--and we know where this señorita's sympathies lie, don't we? It concerns an effort by PATRIOTIC AMERICANS to put something on the June Ballot called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    New Hate-Group Tracking Website Tracks O.C. Hate Groups, Annoys Hugh Hewitt

    Brian Levin is the director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, a frequent guest on my KPFK-FM 90.7 radio show, and someone who condemns hate groups on the left (that anti-Semitic imam whom the UCI Muslim Student Union always invites) and right (too many t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 34

    Orange County Register: A hushed county awaits the jury verdict in Steve Rocco's trial for alleged ketchup theft. . . . County officials are talking settlement with ex-Sheriff, current-felon Mike Carona's former right-hand man George Jaramillo. . . . Orange County may be among the first in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    The Border Patrol Gets Pimped Out On Reality T.V.

    If you didn't think reality television could get any more crass than the grating weekly doses of collagen-injected OC busybodies, guess again. ABC is scheduled to air its new border patrol  reality T.V. show during the same time slot as our desperate little OC housewives beginning in January. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    Wake Up And Suck The Orange 1.24.08

    Good morning children. On this day in history in 1848, James Sutter first found gold at Sutter's Mill, starting the California Gold Rush. In 1935, the first cans of beer were sold in the US. And in 2003 the Department of Homeland Security began operation. Hooray beer, boo Homeland Security. Read th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2007

    New test of American-ness

    The pool of 100 questions unveiled today to be used on naturalization tests starting in October 2008 doesn't look all that different from the 96 questions they're replacing. At least not $6.5 million different, the reported sum spent on the revamp. Some hard questions were simplified – applicant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Hanging with Loretta

    Rebecca Schoenkopf reporting from . . . SANTA ANA, OC Performing Arts Pavilion, Victory Party for Loretta & Linda Sanchez--The food: salmon and couscous studded with pomegranates. The drink: $6 for a beer, even after the $40 entry ticket. Seriously: What the fuck? People to whom I complained of ... More >>

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Calling the County 'Orange'

    Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Bait and Switch (Great Wall edition)

    It looks like it's not a not a good week to be a Minuteman or Minuteman sympathizer (Minnie-symp?). Not because those kids at Columbia were mean to Aliso Viejo's own Minute-Grand Wizard Jim Gilchrist– when you're working the xenophobia racket, you really don't expect to get much love from Ivy ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Flying Blind

    A birds-eye view of 9/11

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Standard Operating Procedures

    There are those who say that the Department of Homeland Security, which the Bush administration frankensteined into existence in 2002, is a dysfunctional government agency, but this morning's New York Times brings evidence that DHS is clearly following in the steps of such well established and widel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2006

    Protecting your toner from terror

    Big terrorism news yesterday– and this time it involves a real terrorist, not one of that motley assembly of the largely misidentified down at Guantanamo Bay. And as is usual when we're talking about real terrorism in America, the terrorist is a disgruntled white guy. Yesterday, a jury in Jac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Muzzling Troy

    Troy High School in Fullerton has a lot going for it. The combined public and magnet school is known for its high SAT scores, Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate programs, its wins or high placements in the U.S. National Science Olympiad and Western Regional Science Bowl sponsored by NASA/JPL, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2006

    Ask not for whom the (Radio Shack) bell tolls

    President Bush, as he never tires of reminding us, considers protecting the American people to be his top priority. So, how's that working out? The New York Times gives us an idea: Mismanagement of a $1 billion technology contract by the Transportation Security Administration resulted in the expendi ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 23, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2006

    Earthquake weather or whatever...

    Yesterday, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was submitting to a public humiliation ritual before a Senate committee, his only punishment for letting New Orleans drown (in other countries, such incompetence would result in dismissal from office and permanent disgrace, but in the land o ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 10, 2005

    Carpet Bombers

    Ken Urban wants lesbians to blow shit up. So should you.

  • Culture

    January 6, 2005

    Playing for Keeps

    365 Days of Dramaturgical Delights

  • News

    March 25, 2004

    Bring Us Your Torturers Yearning to Breathe Free

    U.S. Plans to Boot OCs Thi Dinh Bui. How about the rest?

  • Columns

    January 29, 2004
  • News

    January 30, 2003
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