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What else is DHS hiding in the annual ICE report?

The public is left to wonder what happened to our immigration laws

CASA Director Adam Turner’s op-ed in the Washington Times

Initial data leaked from the government’s 2021 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Annual Report shows why agency leadership may be sitting on it.

For the first time in at least a decade, ICE failed to release its congressionally mandated annual report on deportations of illegal immigrants by the end of the calendar year. Data from the report was reportedly leaked to the Free Beacon. The numbers show that in 2021, the Biden administration deported just 55,590 illegal immigrants, the smallest number in five years (taking us back to the Obama-Biden administration). This is less than a third of the deportations in 2020 and about one-fifth the number in 2019…

Read the whole thing at the Washington Times

Indisputable Facts, Unacceptable Conclusions: DHS’ Latest Effort to Stamp Out ‘False or Misleading Narratives’

CASA Director Adam Turner’s op-ed at Townhall

Today, everywhere you look, the First Amendment and/or free speech are under attack.

The most prominent recent example involves Joe Rogan.  Rogan, a comedian with a large podcast following, has found himself under pressure from critics who want to cancel him and his show on Spotify because of alleged “false” or “misleading” information presented by some of his guests.  As a result of these criticisms, Rogan has already apologized for some of his podcasts, and removed some of the offending ones from Spotify.  Needless to say, his critics are not mollified, and have moved onto other attacks on his speech…

Read the whole thing at Townhall

Lawmakers fear new terrorism bulletin another step in march toward police state

(Joseph Clark, Washington Times)

Republican lawmakers say the Department of Homeland Security warning of “the proliferation of false or misleading narratives” in its latest terrorism threat advisory bulletin is a state-sponsored threat to free speech.

The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee said the bulletin is yet another step toward authoritarianism under President Biden.

“From targeting parents who express concerns at school board meetings to Americans who disagree with authoritarian vaccine mandates, the Biden administration is attempting to silence and demonize anyone who objects to their radical agenda,” Rep. James Comer, Kentucky Republican, said Friday.

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Earlier this week, the Center to Advance Security in America, a watchdog group based in Washington, said the Biden administration’s policy involves “the use of the domestic security state to potentially target political opponents, squash free speech and deliver federal dollars to special interest allies.”

“What is a ‘misleading narrative,’ and who’s deciding what’s misleading, and how are they going to go after and conduct intelligence on it?” CASA Director Adam Turner said Wednesday in an interview. “I think they’re referring to people that don’t agree with whatever their talking points are for that time.”

He said the policy could lead to chilling free speech on such matters as the origins of COVID-19, the effectiveness of vaccines or election integrity claims.

Read the whole thing from Joseph Clark in the Washington Times

DHS issues terrorism advisory citing ‘misleading narratives’ that ‘undermine public trust in U.S. government’

(Savannah Hulsey Pointer, FISM News)

The Department of Homeland Security has declared a “heightened threat environment” in their National Terrorism Advisory memo posted on Feb. 7.  

The advisory cites the promotion of “misleading narratives” that “undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions” as a crucial reason for their assessment of heightened threat levels across the country. 

“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors,” the DHS stated in their memo.

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The Center to Advance Security in America (CASA) said it intends to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the basis of the DHS bulletin, according to The Washington Times

“What is a ‘misleading narrative,’ and who’s deciding what’s misleading, and how are they going to go after and conduct intelligence on it?” CASA Director Adam Turner said Wednesday in an interview. “I think they’re referring to people that don’t agree with whatever their talking points are for that time.”

Read the whole thing from Savannah Hulsey Pointer at FISM News

Group targets DHS threat bulletin citing false, misleading narratives in domestic terror warning

(Dave Boyer, The Washington Times)

A watchdog group is pressing the Department of Homeland Security to disclose its methods behind a new domestic terrorism threat bulletin that warns of “the proliferation of false or misleading narratives” as a cause of undermining public trust in the federal government.

The Center to Advance Security in America (CASA) said it will file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the basis for the DHS bulletin.

The group said the Biden administration’s policy involves “the use of the domestic security state to potentially target political opponents, squash free speech and deliver federal dollars to special interest allies.”

“What is a ‘misleading narrative,’ and who’s deciding what’s misleading, and how are they going to go after and conduct intelligence on it?” CASA Director Adam Turner said Wednesday in an interview. “I think they’re referring to people that don’t agree with whatever their talking points are for that time.”

Read the whole thing from Dave Boyer at The Washington Times

CASA Investigates Potentially Frightening Assault on Civil Liberties

February 8, 2022

Washington, DC – The Center to Advance Security in America (CASA) today expresses grave concern over the potential for infringement on Americans’ rights from the Department of Homeland Security’s recent National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin.

The highest duty of the federal government is to protect the rights of American citizens. The NTAS cites “the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions” as one of three factors contributing to the increased “volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment” that sparked the NTAS.  

We live in an environment where social media censorship is becoming commonplace for those presenting contrarian viewpoints. Against this backdrop, the DHS has issued a memo prioritizing “false or misleading narratives” as a top domestic security threat. Any “narrative” that undermines public trust in U.S. institutions, such as reporting about officials’ misconduct, potential corruption within the First family or political leaders, or a variety of statements questioning the scientific basis for many COVID policies could potentially fall subject to the new Domestic Terrorism Branch’s intelligence gathering and dissemination. While this is concerning enough, it is made worse by the repeated reference to false or misleading “narratives” in the NTAS announcement, suggesting that DHS views true and accurate information as potentially threatening if citizens draw what DHS considers to be the “wrong” conclusions.

“This nation was founded on a healthy distrust of government institutions,” Adam Turner, Director of the Center to Advance Security in America, said. “In fact, distrust of government institutions was the driving force behind such fundamental American principles as separation of powers, a government of limited powers, and federalism. The NTAS represents a potentially frightening assault on the First Amendment and the expression of legitimate protest and dissent. CASA will be opening an inquiry into the use of the domestic security state to potentially target political opponents, squash free speech and deliver federal dollars to special interest allies.”

In response, CASA will be asking the hard questions:

  1. How much money will be sent out to politically motivated non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting the current Administration’s policy agenda through the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3)?
  2. What is a “misleading narrative” and who will determine whether true information contributes to a “misleading narrative?”
  3. Will this bulletin be the basis to fund groups that purport to “correct” misinformation or articulate the “approved narrative of events?”
  4. Will the Nonprofit Security Grant Program be used to hand money to partisan organizations or those with close ties to public officials in an effort to bolster their public communications efforts?
  5. Will any of the “collaboration with private sector partners” be used to work with social media companies (as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested at a recent press conference) to censor and identify peaceful but politically active opponents of the Administration?

CASA will be submitting requests to find out.

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Press release (pdf)

Discovering What Is a “Diplomatic Boycott” and Other Questions About the Approach to China the American People Deserve Answers to

February 7, 2022

Washington, DC – Today, the Center to Advance Security in America (CASA) Director Adam Turner announced a series of new Freedom of Information Act requests into the U.S. government’s approach to U.S.-China relations in the midst of a “diplomatic boycott” at the Beijing Olympics. The issues facing the United States are extensive, ranging from alleged human rights abuses of the Uyghur people to escalating tension with the Taiwanese and ongoing developments in the inquiry behind the origins of COVID-19 virus.

Many of the Administration’s public statements and approach toward these issues have raised confusion among the public over the last year as to what the top priorities of the new Administration are and which issues will take precedence. Turner’s latest op-ed lays these questions out and seeks to understand what the Biden Administration’s “diplomatic boycott” of the Olympics means as the 2022 Winter Olympics get underway. The Turner op-ed may be found at WND here.

“The Administration has advanced what it calls a ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Olympics,” said Director Adam Turner, “but we don’t know much about this strategy, as it has never been implemented before. Through a series of new FOIA requests, CASA intends to find out more about what the broader strategic approach is to China, and what are the actual priorities for the U.S. government.  The American people deserve to know the answers to these questions.”  

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Press release (pdf)

Biden’s ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Olympics: Underwhelming

Exclusive to WND: Adam Turner says TR’s ‘big stick’ isn’t what it used to be, at least in relation to China

In any normal Olympic year, athletes, fans and officials would be flocking to the site of the Games. But this is no normal Olympic year, nor is it a normal Olympic venue. In fact, the White House, citing China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. According to press secretary Jen Psaki, this means that…

Read the whole thing at WND

President Joe Biden wanted out of the Afghanistan War in the worst way

CASA Director Adam Turner’s op-ed in the American Thinker

On April 14, 2021, President Biden made his withdrawal announcement regarding U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  Over the next few months, contrary to most Americans’ expectations, as the U.S. left, the U.S.-supported Afghan government lost more and more territory to the resurgent Taliban.  On August 15, 2021, the U.S.-supported Afghan government collapsed.  This shouldn’t have been a complete surprise…

Read the rest in the American Thinker