EBOLA NURSE IN MAINE REJECTS HOME QUARANTINE RULES

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“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” nurse says

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY 11:53 a.m. EDT October 29, 2014

Maine state police were stationed outside the home of Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox Wednesday as Gov. Paul LePage said he was seeking legal authority to force the “unwilling” health care workers to remain quarantined for 21 days.

The 33-year-old nurse, who has shown no symptoms of the deadly virus, arrived in Maine on Monday after being forcibly held in an isolation tent in New Jersey for three days under that state’s strict new law for health care workers who have recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa.

Over Hickox’s objections, Maine health officials insisted that she stay in her home in Fort Kent for 21 days until the incubation period for Ebola had passed.

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” Hickox tells Today show’s Matt Lauer. “I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage, however, said Wednesday that Hickox has been “unwilling” to follow state protocols and that he will seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine.

The governor’s office said state police were stationed outside her home “for both her protection and the health of the community.”

“We hoped that the healthcare worker would voluntarily comply with these protocols, but this individual has stated publicly she will not abide by the protocols,” LePage said in a statement on the governor’s website.

“We are very concerned about her safety and health and that of the community,” he said. “We are exploring all of our options for protecting the health and well-being of the healthcare worker, anyone who comes in contact with her, the Fort Kent community and all of Maine. While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state.”

Hickox, according to her attorney, had only agreed to remain home for two days after traveling from New Jersey on Monday.

The nurse for Doctors Without Borders was the first person pulled aside at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday under new state regulations after her return from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.

After speaking out publicly, Hickox was allowed to leave for Maine, where health officials have said they expect her to agree to be quarantined for a 21-day period, The Bangor Daily News reports.

Hickox said she believes the quarantine policy is “not scientifically nor constitutionally just.”

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She told the Today show she will pursue legal action if Maine forces her into continued isolation.

“If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to fight for my freedom,” she says.

Her attorney, Steven Hyman, told CNN Wednesday that his client had received no mandatory orders and that “the next step is up to Maine.”

“The only reason that there is a cry for quarantine is because the political side has decided that it would just be better if she stayed home and lost her civil right so we could all feel more comfortable, which is not supported by any medical evidence,” Hyman said.

Without naming Hickox specifically, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said Tuesday evening that the state has the authority to seek a court order to compel quarantine for individuals deemed a public health risk.

“We have made the determination that out of an abundance of caution, this is a reasonable, common-sense approach to remove additional risk and guard against a public health crisis in Maine,” said Mayhew, WLBZ-TV reports. She did not mention Hickox by name.

Hickox’s high-profile campaign from isolation in New Jersey, including a first-person account in The Dallas Morning News, underscored the shifting response to the Ebola crisis by state and federal authorities.

On Friday, New York Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan of mandatory quarantine for health care workers back from Africa who had been exposed to Ebola but showed no symptoms.

It was in part a reaction to the case of Craig Spencer, a New York City physician who tested positive for Ebola, but acknowledged he had left his apartment and moved around the city just before experiencing Ebola symptoms.

Saying they couldn’t rely on voluntary self-reporting, the governors pronounced themselves resolved to err on the side of caution and monitor people such as Spencer under confinement. Cuomo, however, quickly eased those rules, allowing such health care workers to self-quarantine at home.

The White House also weighed in, saying it had conveyed concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey that their stringent quarantine policies were “not grounded in science” and would hamper efforts to recruit volunteers to fight the epidemic in Africa. Christie said he had not heard from the White House before the plan was announced.

After the uproar in New Jersey, Hickox was allowed to leave on Monday, but Christie insisted that it did not represent a change of policy.

“I didn’t reverse any decision,” he said Tuesday. “She hadn’t had any symptoms for 24 hours. And she tested negative for Ebola. So there was no reason to keep her. The reason she was put into the hospital in the first place was because she was running a high fever and was symptomatic.”

“If people are symptomatic they go into the hospital,” Christie said. “If they live in New Jersey, they get quarantined at home. If they don’t, and they’re not symptomatic, then we set up quarantine for them out of state. But if they are symptomatic, they’re going to the hospital.”

Hickox told The Dallas Morning News that her brief fever spike, recorded by a forehead scanner at the airport, was the result of being flushed and angry over her confinement and that an oral temperature reading at the same time showed her to be normal.

What do they know that we don’t know? Chicago Police To Begin Random Explosives Screenings At CTA Stations

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CHICAGO (CBS) – New security measures have been announced to improve safety on CTA trains, under a federal counter-terrorism initiative.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, starting Nov. 3, if you ride the “L,” prepare to be asked to hand your bags, purses, or suitcases to a Chicago police officer to be screened for explosives at some stations.
Passengers will be selected at random before passing through turnstiles at CTA train stations.
Police officers with a mobile explosive screening team will swab bags and place the sample in a machine to check for explosive compounds. Bags will not be opened. The test takes only about 30 seconds.
“We know the fears and the possibilities. It’s going to take 20 to 30 seconds of someone’s time. While we know our commuters’ time is precious, we think their safety is probably priceless,” Chicago Police Public Transportation Cmdr. Nancy Lipman said.
Anyone chosen for a random screening must comply, or they will be denied entry to the platform. If they try to access the platform after refusing a screening, they could be arrested.
“If they refuse to be screened, and still attempt to access to our system, they are subject to arrest. That’s still within our own discretions. We’ll attempt to stop them from making that choice to enter the system, but at the end of the day … they are subject to arrest,” Chicago Police Officer Adam Paulsen said.
The city has invested in three such screening machines. Four to five officers will be designated each day to screen at various stations. Police will select a random number of passengers to screen each day.
The program is being funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to provide an extra level of protection against possible terrorist attacks. A dollar amount for the program was not available.
A similar initiative has been launched in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak uses a similar screening process at some stations.

Two of Obama’s Illegal Alien ‘Children’ Escape Detention, Carjack 91-Year Old WWII Veteran

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Don’t they sound like “wonderful additions to the fabric of America,” as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) called them back in August?

by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

The narrative of Barack Obama’s virtual amnesty for 60,000 “poor unaccompanied children” took a hit this week as two illegals escaped from DHS custody and led police in two states on a 220-mile crime spree.

Two teenage illegal aliens who were allowed into the U.S. in recent months by Barack Obama, broke out of a detention facility in Illinois and committed two carjackings, including of a 91-year-old Navy veteran.

The Guatemalan illegals, ages 16 and 17, were eventually caught. That’s the good news. The bad news is that despite their crimes, they will remain in the United States.

As TRN has reported for months, Obama engineered this border bum rush of tens of thousands of illegals, who swarmed an overwhelmed Border Patrol and were quickly transported to all 50 states — skipping critical medical checks that have led to the spread of dangerous disease in at least 14 states.

But in conjunction with a lapdog media, the Administration and leading Democrats have pretended these illegals were all helpless, harmless “children” escaping crime and miserable poverty in Central America.

What we we not told is that of the 60,000 “unaccompanied minors”, only 20% were actually children under 13, but another 20% had known criminal records, including violent crimes, gang activity, and drug and human smuggling — and were still allowed to stay and even transported to every state in America.

One such state was Illinois, where these two carjackers went. The teenagers were being held at the Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, a suburb of Chicago. In July, Democrat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the illegals, saying he would take more than 1,000: “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions,” Emanuel said to CNN

Well it looks like they brought some “dangerous conditions” into America with them. According to the DailyMail:

Police say the teens escaped about 6am and committed a carjacking of a victim nearby about 40 minutes later. During the carjacking, the teen threatened the victim with violence, Des Plaines police Commander Randy Akin told MailOnline.

They drove 165 miles southwest to Moline, Illinois, where they targeted the 91-year-old man at a Walmart about noon. The teens threatened to beat up the 91-year old Navy WWII veteran, and made him give them his keys.

The teens then sped off and hit a parked car on their way out of the parking lot. They headed west on Interstate 80 into Iowa. They made it 80 miles, past Iowa City, when they were finally caught. Troopers used spike strips to shred the teens’ tires and then pulled them over.

The teens did not speak, and only indicated that they spoke little English, Lt Jones said.

DHS: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SURGE EXPECTED THIS WINTER

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Despite an anticipated spike in immigration, feds claim no threat posed by Ebola or terrorists

by ADAN SALAZAR | INFOWARS.COM | OCTOBER 10, 2014

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security have admitted they expect another surge in illegal immigration this coming winter.

DHS is already building facilities for immigrant families in expectation that “the influx could grow again this winter,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

“We believe it is necessary to build more of that capability in the event we have another spike,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies meeting on Thursday.

The surge is expected to increase as the scorching Texas summer and fall months come to an end, the DHS head says, even though overall immigration numbers have decreased to mid-2013 levels.

Seeking to allay concerns over terrorist and biological threats to the homeland, Secretary Johnson blamed “overheated rhetoric” for prompting fears that the Obama administration’s de facto open border policy is putting Americans in harm’s way.

“In the absence of facts, the American public is susceptible to claims that we have an open, ‘porous’ border, through which unaccompanied minors and members of terrorist organizations such as ISIL may pass,” Johnson said.

Labeling claims that ISIS fighters had been caught at the southern Texas border “categorically false,” Johnson asserted that the people apprehended at the border were actually Kurdish immigrants who had fought against ISIS in Iraq, but who reportedly “had no link to terrorism.”

The DHS Secretary’s comments follow concerns raised by vice president of the National Border Patrol Council local chapter 3307 Chris Cabrera, who told news outlets last week that he was worried for the safety of his fellow agents after immigrants from Liberia and other Ebola-stricken African nations were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S.

Yesterday, Marine Corps General John F. Kelly told the National Defense University in Washington that during his travels in Costa Rica he witnessed “a handful of Liberian men preparing to be smuggled into the U.S. as illegal immigrants,” according to the Washington Times.

Gen. Kelly speculated that, as the Ebola crisis grows more out of control, immigration from Ebola-stricken nations would increase, making this summer’s immigrant surge “look like a small problem.”

“If Ebola breaks out in Haiti or in Central America, I think it is literally ‘Katie bar the door’ in terms of the mass migration of Central Americans into the United States,” General Kelly said.

The general’s concerns were echoed by several medical experts this past summer, who also warned that the Obama administration’s lax immigration enforcement could potentially lead to people infected with Ebola coming into the United States.

“If risk is so low for the U.S., why is the CDC quietly setting up Ebola Quarantine Centers in 20 cities across the U.S.? Why did the Congressional Record report that Ebola bio kits have been deployed to National Guard units in all 50 states?” Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet questioned in early September, weeks before the first U.S. case of Ebola was diagnosed in Dallas.

Despite the feds’ attempts to calm the public over potential disease and terrorist threats crossing the open southern border, the fact that the DHS is actually admitting the surge will increase during the winter season will no doubt keep the American public guarded.

INVESTIGATOR TOLD TO DELAY SECRET SERVICE PROSTITUTION REPORT UNTIL AFTER ELECTION

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Obama administration repeatedly denied anyone from the White House was involved

By Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura, Washington Post

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts — the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved.

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Investigator claims he was told to delay Secret Service prostitution report until after election

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The lead investigator into the Secret Service prostitution scandal told Senate staffers that he was directed to delay the release of the report until after the 2012 election, according to a published report.

According to The Washington Post, David Nieland also said that he was instructed by his superiors in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general’s office to “withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration.” He likely gave the account to aides on the Senate homeland security committee, which had looked into the case.

The Post also reported that senior White House aides were given information suggesting that a prostitute had stayed in the hotel room of a member of the White House’s advance team, contrary to earlier denials that any member of the administration was involved.

Nearly two dozen Secret Service agents were disciplined or fired as part of the scandal, which began when Secret Service agents brought prostitutes into their hotel in Cartagena, Colombia ahead of President Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas in April 2012. The Post reports that the Secret Service twice shared the findings of its own internal investigation with top White House officials, who concluded that the advance team member had done nothing wrong.

Charles Edwards, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting inspector general at the time of the investigation, told the Senate staffers that any changes to the report were part of the editing process, a statement that was backed by White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

“As the bipartisan Senate investigation found … changes made to the IG Report were ‘part of the ordinary process of editing the report’ and found that allegations that changes were made because they were embarrassing could not be substantiated,” Schultz said in a statement late Wednesday.

The White House advance team member has been identified as Jonathan Dach, then a 25-year-old Yale Law School student and volunteer who helped to coordinate drivers for the White House travel office. The Post reports that Dach has repeatedly denied bringing prostitutes to his hotel room. Prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia, including in Cartagena.

The DHS inspector general’s office conducted its own investigation into the scandal at the request of a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Nieland told staffers that Edwards had asked him to remove references to Dach in their report after Edwards had briefed then-Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano on the advance team member’s possible involvement. A spokesman for Napolitano denied that she had asked for the report to be altered or delayed.

Nieland and two other members of the office later claimed that they were put on administrative leave for questioning the changes to the report, claims that The Post reports their superiors denied.

Homeland Security to scan federal computer networks without prior authorizat​ion

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After failing to identify the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug, the United States Department of Homeland Security has successfully lobbied to have the ability to conduct “regular and proactive scans” of civilian agency systems.

Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the White House Office of Management and Budget, wrote on Friday that “growing cybersecurity threats,” including this year’s Heartbleed bug, have prompted the federal government to embrace better tactics aimed at ensuring the computer networks used by agencies stays secure.

“In a rapidly changing technological environment, we must have robust procedures, policies and systems in place to protect our nation’s most sensitive information,” Cobert wrote in a blog post first published last week by the White House. To accomplish as much, her office has announced the establishment of a new process that subjects civilian agency networks to greater scrutiny.

According to the official memorandum published last week by the White House OMB, the new mechanism being rolled out by DHS will see to it that the agency “Scan[s] internet accessible addresses and public facing segments of Federal civilian agency systems for vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis as well as in response to newly discovered vulnerabilities on an urgent basis, to include without prior agency authorization on an emergency basis where not prohibited by law.”

By having the DHS “formalize” this process, the memo continues, critical cybersecurity areas of the federal government will be hopefully be better prepared in the event of a cyberattack or major network issue.

“The Federal Government’s response to the ‘Heartbleed’ security vulnerability highlighted the need to formalize this process, and ensure that Federal agencies are proactively scanning networks for vulnerabilities,” the memo reads. “This year’s guidance clarifies what is required of DHS and Federal agencies in this area.”

But according to NextGov reporter Aliya Sternstein, the new process unveiled last week by DHS does more than just ensures networks stay safe — it also provides DHS with the unprecedented power to monitor these public-facing civilian agency networks.

“DHS officials Friday toldNextgovthat, in the past, the department would have to obtain essentially permission slips from agencies before using Einstein and scanning their systems,” Sternstein wrote, referring to the diagnostic hardware and software suite currently used to detect and prevent cyberattacks. “Officials added that DHS now has 110 agreements from agencies to scan for vulnerabilities.”

Cobert’s announcement of the new DHS initiative was made just one day after Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the US lacks solid policies for both protecting its networks and launching cyber offensives.

“As the [US government] writ large, we don’t have the policies down. We debate it a lot — I can’t tell you how much time we spent in the intelligence committee trying to figure out the way forward on what that looks like — and part of the challenge is the government has about 15 percent of the networks, and the private sector holds about 85 percent of the networks,” Rogers said. “And, contrary to popular belief, the NSA is not monitoring those networks. It is not on those networks. The only way that they see anything coming in is from the outside, so most of the offensive talk is from the private sector saying, ‘I’ve had enough and I’m going to do something about it.’ Because basically what we’ve done today by doing nothing in Congress is telling the 85 percent of these private networks, ‘You’re on your own. You have nation states who are targeting you; who are raving your networks. But you’re on your own. Good luck.’”

Rogers has twice introduced bills in Congress that would let the government monitor activity on private sector networks, but privacy advocates have opposed the act citing the potential of unnecessary surveillance on those systems.

CONGRESSMAN: ISIS COMING ACROSS SOUTHERN BORDER

“They are going to be bombing American cities”

by WORLD NET DAILY | OCTOBER 8, 2014

A congressman is warning that members of ISIS, the brutal Islamic jihadist group that has taken over portions of Syria and Iraq, have been caught entering the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico.

A congressman is warning that members of ISIS, the brutal Islamic jihadist group that has taken over portions of Syria and Iraq, have been caught entering the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico.

“If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said in an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren.

“It’s that simple. ISIS doesn’t have a navy, they don’t have an air force. They don’t have nuclear weapons. The only way they have to harm America is by coming in the southern border, which they already have done.”

Hunter said his information comes from the Border Patrol.

“They were caught at the border … therefore we know that ISIS is coming across the border,” he said. “If they catch five or 10 of them, we know there are dozens more that did not get caught.

“That’s where we’re at risk here … from ISIS and radical Islamists coming cross the border.”

WND reported the Department of Homeland Security, which claims there is not an imminent danger of ISIS breaching the nation’s southern border, has nevertheless confirmed ISIS may be thinking about making such a move.

Francis Taylor, the undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, provided that assessment to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at a congressional hearing, Bloomberg News reported.

“There have been Twitter and social media exchanges among ISIL (ISIS) adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Taylor said.

Taylor said ISIS “doesn’t pose an immediate threat” to the homeland, but the jihadist organization, which claims to have established a caliphate ruled by Islamic law, can attack American targets overseas without warning, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor explained during the hearing that ISIS has “capabilities” that most jihadist groups lack.

Taylor’s warning was echoed by Nicholas Rasmussen, the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who said there already have been attacks in France and Belgium by former ISIS fighters.

WND reported a Washington watchdog organization warned there was an ISIS presence in Mexico, just across the border from Texas.

The warning was followed by an increase in security imposed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

“It’s a significant issue when this is done,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin said of the higher security measures at Fort Bliss, which is just across the border from Juarez, Mexico

“That means they’re getting a threat stream. Fort Bliss had to have a clear and present threat,” said the former Delta Force commander, who also was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence for four years.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters said that based on Department of Defense “guidance from recent nationwide incidents, and our own internal assessments coupled with recent media reporting, we decided to implement increased security measures on Bliss.”

“These changes are not as a result of a specific threat but rather to simply get prudent security measures in place to protect our military, employees and visitors,” the statement said.

The move was made shortly after Judicial Watch said Islamic terrorist groups are “operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”

The report said high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.

“Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.”

The organization said the sources “reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.”

The report said commanders at Fort Bliss were briefed.

The online news source Policy.Mic said: “Forget immigration: The Islamic State may be the best reason yet to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The report noted that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had warned a Heritage Foundation audience weeks ago that ISIS militants “may have already slipped across the Mexican border.”

While he said there was no clear evidence then of terrorists being in the U.S., Perry said, “I think there is the obvious, great concern that – because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across – that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be.”

One Texas sheriff said he wasn’t really worried about it.

“If there are ISIS fighters that may already be in the United States, or in your area who’ve crossed the border, what’s your message to them?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter.

“If they rear their ugly heads, we’ll send them to hell,” Painter said

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/congressman-isis-coming-across-southern-border/#eTboIYqQ0p6IXF5p.99