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NRSC - UL: Ayotte: TSA Vetting 'Mind-Boggling' 



NOTE: Ayotte questioned John Roth, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, regarding a report that the TSA’s vetting process failed to identify 73 aviation workers found to have had terrorism-related links. ... Ayotte, as a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said it was inexplicable why the TSA was not vetting workers against the FBI database. “I think all of us are quite shocked by this in terms of basic common sense,” she said.

Ayotte: TSA Vetting 'Mind-Boggling'
New Hampshire Union Leader
Dan Tuohy
June 9, 2015

Holes in the Transportation Security Administration’s vetting process for workers are simply “mind-boggling,” U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said in an oversight hearing Tuesday.

Ayotte questioned John Roth, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, regarding a report that the TSA’s vetting process failed to identify 73 aviation workers found to have had terrorism-related links.

An Inspector General investigation, designed to test airport screening, also saw undercover auditors smuggle simulated explosives or weapons past security checkpoints 95 percent of the time, according to media reports of classified information.

Ayotte, as a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said it was inexplicable why the TSA was not vetting workers against the FBI database.

“I think all of us are quite shocked by this in terms of basic common sense,” she said.

Ayotte pointed to the Inspector General report, released June 4, which stated that current law and FBI policy does not authorize the TSA “to perform recurrent criminal checks of aviation workers because aviation worker vetting is considered to be for non-criminal justice purposes.”

Ayotte said that bureaucratic steps should be taken post-haste to fix or update what the TSA refers to as the “interagency watchlisting policy.”

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NHDP - US Sen. Kelly Ayotte Sides with D.C. Republican Leadership

GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend NSA’s Bulk Data Collection Authorities, Ayotte Immediately Throws Her Support Behind D.C. GOP Leadership

Concord, N.H. – Following Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s introduction of a bill to extend the NSA’s bulk data collection program, which has come under fire from both sides ofthe aisle, Kelly Ayotte wasted no time in throwing her support behind her party’s Washington leadership and against the privacy of New Hampshire citizens.
When asked about reigning in the NSA’s bulk data collection program, Kelly Ayotte told Politico yesterday, “I don’t think eliminating this type of program is the right direction for us to go right now.”

“As Republican leadership pushes to extend the NSA’s authority to collect bulk data on Granite Staters without oversight or accountability, Kelly Ayotte is once again focused on following her party’s Washington leadership and advancing her national interests, not representing the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Granite Staters value our privacy and it’s time for Ayotte to stop siding with her party’s leadership against the interests of New Hampshire.”
Ayotte’s comments fit a pattern of siding with her party’s leadership against the privacy rights of New Hampshire’s citizens, including her vote against the bipartisan USA Freedom Act that would have ended NSA’s bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata. 
Ayotte has also voted repeatedly against measures to increase disclosure and congressional oversight of government surveillance programs, even opposing one amendment that simply would have required the Director Of National Intelligence to report to Congress the number of domestic communications obtained under the 2008 foreign surveillance law.
Ayotte Voted Against Bipartisan USA Freedom Act That Would Have Ended NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Domestic Telephone And Internet Metadata. In November 2014, Ayotte voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism. Under the bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would be required to authorize data collection, except in defined emergencies, and appoint a special panel to oversee individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would increase the amount of information service providers can report to the public.” The motion was rejected 58-42. [S.2685, Vote 282, 11/18/14]
Ayotte Voted Against Three Amendments To Increase Disclosure And Congressional Oversight Of Government Surveillance Programs:
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring Director Of National Intelligence To Report To Congress Number Of Domestic Communications Obtained Under 2008 Foreign Surveillance Law. [S.Amdt. 3439 to H.R. 5949, Vote 235, 12/28/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring The Government To Disclose FISA Court Decisions, Orders, Or Opinions On Surveillance Requests Unless Disclosure Was Not In U.S. National Security Interests.  [S.Amdt. 3435 to H.R. 5949, Vote 233, 12/27/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Adding Oversight Protections To FISA Bill And Shortening Reauthorization From Five Years To Three.  [S,Amdt. 3437 to H.R. 5949, Vote 232, 12/27/12]

DMLDaily - ID's Pave Way To Another 9/11, More Unemployed Americans 

As recently reported by Fox News, several states are issuing ID cards to illegal aliens that are virtually identical to a standard driver's license, which is in direct violation of federal law. The REAL ID ACT was passed by Congress as a post 9/11 safety measure and these barely distinguishable ID cards create a huge security risk. 

Illegal immigration and national security expert, Dennis Michael Lynch, is sounding the alarm. "Not only do these cards invite another 9/11 to take shape, but they guarantee a safer, easier path to voter fraud.  They also level the playing field for illegal aliens to access jobs that should be going to Americans." says Lynch.  
This is a video statement from Dennis Michael Lynch:



CONCORD, N.H. – State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) urges families, communities, schools and workplaces to participate in April’s PrepareAthon by being informed about disasters likely to occur in New Hampshire, making an emergency plan, building an emergency kit and getting involved with community preparedness.


“Taking simple and inexpensive steps now, before a disaster strikes, can save the lives of those closest to each of us,” HSEM Director Perry Plummer said. “For this PrepareAthon, we’re asking everyone to do one thing each week to increase preparedness.”


The PrepareAthon is a community-based campaign encouraging groups to plan and execute simple, specific activities that increase preparedness, Plummer said.


Each week during the April PrepareAthon, HSEM will ask residents and visitors to perform simple preparedness tasks and then post pictures of the results to HSEM’s Facebook or Twitter accounts, or via U.S. mail, Plummer said. HSEM will randomly select participants to receive an item they can add to their emergency kit, he said.


Residents and visitors should start their preparations by staying informed through NH Alerts, the State’s free alert system, Plummer said. Residents and visitors can download the NH Alerts app or sign-up for the landline service at


The goal of HSEM is to have each person in the State prepared to support themselves, if necessary, during the first 72 hours following a disaster when first responders may be stretched to their limits, Plummer said.


Each community in the State is encouraged to hold a local PrepareAthon as well. Local PrepareAthon activities are a great means of encouraging families and individuals to build emergency kits and to stock emergency supplies like food and water, Plummer said.  A variety of planning materials including detailed step-by-step instructions of what to do before, during and after a disaster can be found at




US Rep Guinta on passage of DHS funding bill 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today following the passage of H.R. 240 – a bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of FY 2015:


“Like many Granite Staters, I oppose President Obama’s executive overreach granting de facto amnesty to millions of individuals who came here illegally.  The President has lost more than a dozen, unanimous decisions before the Supreme Court in the last few years alone; and, most recently a court found that he had exceeded his authority with regard to amnesty.  This was the correct decision.  We have an obligation to provide for the common defense; and, I believe that our national security is of utmost importance.  For these reasons, I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year; and, look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our border is secured and our nation is protected.”