DHS chief Jeh Johnson agreed with Chuck Todd that drones could make protecting 2016 presidential candidates more difficult. And, Johnson said as an example, he was a giving a speech recently when he looked up to see "a little drone flying over my head."
"I'm thinking about campaign events in 2016 and I'm thinking about you're going to have -- how panicked is Secret Service about this issue of the proliferation of drones? Because I'm sitting here wondering how hard it's going to be to secure outdoor campaign events now in 2016. You're going to have -- just trying to distinguish between we in the news media are using drones now and we love these aerial shots," said Todd. "Boy, i'm looking at it, if I'm Secret Service, I'm thinking, boy which drone is which. Is that an NBC drone or is that some crazy man that wants to do damage?"
Johnson responded, "When you refer to a drone in this context, Chuck, I'm assuming you're referring to the smaller --"
Todd replied, "Look, I'm referring to any of the stuff. Because some of it's small and some of it could be big. Look, in this case, it was smaller stuff."
"This is something that U.S. NORTHCOM, me, Secret Service, Capitol Police, Metro police here in the Washington, D.C. area, we need to refine our protocols for airborne stuff in the national capital region to deal with what we're referring to as the low and slow stuff," said Johnson.
Todd replied, "You said just national capital region, but I'm thinking Des Moines, Iowa, Fair Grounds. I hate to be that kind of conspiratorial--"
"It is definitely an issue," said Johnson. "I was giving a commencement address a couple weekends ago and in the middle I look up and I see a little drone flying over my head. Fortunately the Secret Service was on this guy in a second, but it was a little distracting in the middle of what I thought was an inspirational speech and all of a sudden I see this thing buzzing over my head. But the Secret Service was on him pretty quickly."
Pamela Geller, the woman targeted by terrorists in Texas over the weekend, says the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have yet to contact her after the thwarted attacked. She made the comments last night in an interview with Sean Hannity.
"This is a serious threat," said Hannity. "Basically a Fatwa, a death threat, has now been issued. Your reaction to that? Have you had any contact with the FBI?"
Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson basically warned against going to the Mall of America today, after threats of a terror attack by al Shabaab. " I would say that, if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they have got to be particularly careful," said Johnson.
Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America's southern border, but on Wednesday the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C.
In an email to reporters with the subject line reading, "SECRETARY JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN A LET’S READ! LET’S MOVE! EVENT," the department announced that Jeh Johnson will be attending an event Wednesday morning at the library of Congress, along with other government officials, a chef, and a retired NFL player. Here's an excerpt from the email:
Last month, Angel Echevarria, an off-duty Department of Homeland Security official, was arrested in Florida for pulling his gun and shooting a car that allegedly cut him off on the highway. According to police, Echevarria had absolutely no legal authority to do this. The episode was a classic “road rage” incident, and Echevarria is lucky he didn’t harm any of the passengers in the car, which included a 2-year-old child.
Today, the Government Accountability Office issued a report of preliminary finding on the progress the Department of Homeland Security has made in its efforts to reduce the backlog of immigrant visas. Although almost 863,000 records were "closed" in the last two years, the backlog of potential overstays remains at more than one million [emphasis added]: