Nearly a year after riots first erupted in Portland and a week after the latest riot, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter demanding justice from the Department of Homeland Security. This is his second letter in two months.
The letters are addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
First, Jordan asked to know what DHS is doing to protect federal land in the future. During the riots, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal building, the Pioneer Courthouse, and the Gus J. Solomon United State Courthouse, have all been vandalized to varying degrees.
Jordan also noted that rioters caused $20,000 in damage last week to the Portland Boys and Girls Club, which supports underserved children and families.
In that first letter, Jordan asked that Mayorkas and Garland provided the requested information, in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 12. Then, afterward, the lawmaker asked for them to provide a staff-level briefing. The deadline came and went without any communication, according to Jordan.
Now, Jordan is writing again to make his same demands. The damage is costing the city with every riot; demonstrators caused as much as $20,000 worth of damage just las week, according to the Congressman.
“Americans deserve answers,” Jordan tweeted. His letter asks the following questions:
- Please explain the Justice Department’s current efforts to identify and prosecute
individuals who are attacking federal law enforcement and damaging and vandalizing
federal property in Portland, Oregon.
- Please explain how the Justice Department, in coordination with other relevant
federal law enforcement agencies, is working to prevent individuals from damaging
and vandalizing federal property in Portland, Oregon.
- Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes Portland, Oregon, has
“permitted violence and destruction of property to persist” and has “refused to
undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”
- Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes that “peaceful protestors
do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars,
or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under
statutes enacted by this Congress.”
Report: Hezbollah tunnels ‘more advanced’ than Hamas, extend into Israel and possibly Syria
A new report indicates that the Iranian-supported Shiite militant group Hezbollah “possess a covert tunnel system” believed to be more advanced than that of Hamas in the Gaza Strip reports Foreign Desk News. Tap Be’eri, who heads the research department at the Alma Center, an Israel-based think tank, said Hezbollah possesses an extensive subterranean network spanning hundreds of kilometers, extending into Israeli territory, with potential extensions into Syria.
Be’eri said in an interview with Radio North 104.5FM “Our assumption is that everything we see in Gaza in the past few months – all this and more is happening in Lebanon,”
“Hezbollah started building in the 1980s, with the help of Iran and North Korea, who brought the professional know-how. The result is a large system of tunnels under Lebanon.” Be’eri added that the tunnels are “divided into different types.”
“The types we are familiar with are the attack tunnels, whose purpose is to cross the fence and invade the Galilee area, but here we are also talking about strategic tunnels that allow people to move from place to place, spread over many kilometers. Unlike the attack tunnels, they allow for the movement of vehicles and even medium-sized trucks,” he added,” Be’eri told Radio North 104.5FM.
Be’eri estimated that the tunnel network is “hundreds upon hundreds of kilometers” but did not provide an exact number.
“We [Alma Center] follow what is happening in Lebanon, and we see that civilian companies, companies owned by Shi’ites, build different infrastructural projects, especially water transfer projects. You see the ability and the know-how, and to an outside observer, it is clear to everyone that this can result in a tunnel that can be used militarily,” he explained to Radio North 104.5FM.
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