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Our picksWhat border crisis?; Irma is still spreading misery; GPS alternative, and more

Published 14 May 2018

· DHS: Not entitled to its own facts

· Donald Trump is reportedly furious that the U.S. can’t shut down the border

· Five top ISIS officials captured in U.S.-Iraqi sting

· Eight months later, Irma is still spreading misery in keys canals and Florida Bay

· White people keep calling the cops on black people for no reason. That’s dangerous.

· McCaskill drafts bill aimed at giving states power to regulate air ambulances

· Austin stops selling police guns after Texas Standard/Reveal investigation

· Defense Department moves to augment GPS with alternatives

DHS: Not entitled to its own facts (Andrew Boyle, Just Security)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came out with a press release late last week, proclaiming that the “number of illegal border crossers” at the southwest border had more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, according to DHS, “we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States.” Despite DHS’s breathless claims to the contrary, the numbers don’t demonstrate a “continuing security crisis along our southwest border.” Rather, DHS’s blatant misrepresentation of newly released Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data is typical of the agency’s efforts to re-make data in support of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. It follows the bad example set by the misleading and inaccurate January 2018 report issued by DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which cherry-picked information to find ways to blame foreign nationals and foreign-born Americans (especially Muslims) for all terrorism in the U.S., and which has prompted the Brennan Center and others to file a lawsuit under the Data Quality Act.

Donald Trump is reportedly furious that the U.S. can’t shut down the border (Dara Lind, Vox)
Officials like Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told America the border was in crisis. Trump listened.

Five top ISIS officials captured in U.S.-Iraqi sting (Margaret Coker, Cipher Brief)
Five senior Islamic State officials have been captured, including a top aide to the group’s leader, in a complex cross-border sting carried out by Iraqi and American intelligence, two Iraqi officials said Wednesday.

Eight months later, Irma is still spreading misery in keys canals and Florida Bay (Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald)
Only 16 canals and about 3,000 cubic yards of debris have been cleared, Haag said, leaving an estimated 97,000 cubic yards of awnings, roofs, downed trees, RVs, broken docks and other debris blocking canals not only for boats but manatees and other marine life.

White people keep calling the cops on black people for no reason. That’s dangerous. (P. R. Lockhart, Vox)
Calling 911 means different things to white and black people.

McCaskill drafts bill aimed at giving states power to regulate air ambulances (Samantha Liss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The legislation would force air ambulance providers to clearly separate the transportation costs from the cost to provide care on a consumer’s bill.

Austin stops selling police guns after Texas Standard/Reveal investigation (Alain Stephens, Reveal)
City officials said they were worried that guns sold to the public would end up in the hands of criminals.

Defense Department moves to augment GPS with alternatives (Kym Gilhooly, FedTech)
To deliver assured PNT in the age of cyberwarfare, the stalwart GPS needs some help from supportive systems.