Category: Security Policy

Fugitive Found Working at Homeland Security

Fugitive Found Working at Homeland Security

Tahaya Buchanan, a 39 year old continued working for the Atlanta office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, while a fugitive wanted in Essex County, New Jersey for insurance fraud. It was not until yesterday that the CIS office in Atlanta became aware of the criminal charges, despite her having been arrested on July 9th and spending the subsequent week in a Georgia prison, a warrant in the National Crime Information Center system (nationwide law enforcement notification) issued on January 8th, 2008, and her pleading guilty to one charge of insurance fraud on Monday.

Panhandling and Policy

Panhandling and Policy

I have been watching an aggressive panhandler, sometimes with a second person, approach and threaten people (mostly old ladies, young girls, and tourists) at the corner of Church and Chambers Streets in New York City for the past month or so. While a nuisance, and problematic for the people he threatens, this is not terribly unusual in large cities although does seem to have become more prevalent based on what are likely a number of factors (including notably a down economy and a change in police enforcement). The problem in this case though, is that an NYPD police officer directs traffic at this intersection every day, watches and ignores what’s happening. What I’m observing unfold plays itself out similarly in every information security department in every company on a daily basis.