Rest easy: hundreds of DHS badges, guns, phones go missing

posted at 9:21 am on January 28, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

If you were up to no good and looking to cause a bit of mayhem – particularly at the border – think of some of the tools you might like to get hold of. Explosives and weapons are a given, natch. But what if you could get your hands on some honest to goodness credentials making it look like you were a federal law enforcement official? Well start checking on E-bay because there may be some out there. A new report indicates that the Department of Homeland Security has somehow “lost track” of many of their badges, guns and government cell phones. (Fox News)

Hundreds of badges, credentials, cell phones and guns belonging to Department of Homeland Security employees have been lost or stolen in recent years — raising serious security concerns about the potential damage these missing items could do in the wrong hands.

Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015.

The majority of the credentials belonged to employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while others belonged to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees.

1,300 badges in four years seems like an awful lot, doesn’t it? We shouldn’t assume that each and every one of them wound up in the hands of terrorists and other assorted criminals, of course. There are probably some that get left in the wash, wind up in a landfill when they are accidentally dropped in the trash or are picked up by the maid when an agent checks out of a hotel in a hurry. But still, even accounting for random, innocent loss, that’s an alarming amount of official ID to go missing.

The cell phones are less disturbing and more easily dealt with. Other agencies probably break as many as DHS lost anyway, and as soon as a phone goes missing you can have the service shut off. As for the guns… well, it’s always extremely disturbing when a law enforcement weapon goes missing, but after Fast and Furious we may have saturated the market anyway. Besides, Homeland Security is hardly the only agency where this problem takes place. All of DHS lost 165 guns in three years, but check out what’s been going on in San Francisco. (NBC News)

An NBC Bay Area investigation into the loss and theft of police firearms uncovered more than 500 weapons have gone missing from eight different law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and six local departments since 2010.

The investigation found the problem of lost and stolen law enforcement weapons goes far beyond the gun stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s vehicle in San Francisco. That gun was later tied to the shooting death of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco on July 1, 2015, police confirm.

NBC Bay Area’s investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies, stolen from officers’ homes or vehicles, or simply unaccounted for. The BLM, the agency responsible for the gun that killed Steinle, did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s open records requests submitted in July, shortly after the shooting, and the question of how many firearms that federal agency can’t account for remains open.

At some point I should really try to compile all of these reports from across the nation. The numbers are probably enough to turn your hair gray. But now that everyone is feeling nice and safe and secure, I’ll leave you to go about your business.

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Shut the government down…

OmahaConservative on January 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Relax, Janet Napolitano took them when HE left the department. He likes to use them for roleplay when doing his girlfriend.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

And all I ever hear from dim-bulb gun-grabbers is how having a gun in my house is dangerous because someone might steal it or take it away from me.

But they never worry about this.

All my guns are safe and in one place.

At the bottom of Lake Bishop.

(BTW, has anyone seen him??)

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Obviously the gov’t needs more gun control.

HumpBot Salvation on January 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

(BTW, has anyone seen him??)

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Interesting… Haven’t noticed him posting lately.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

This is what I’ve awaiting; the perfect reason to deny the Dept of Homeland Insecurity firearms. We’ll all be safer for it.

vnvet on January 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Interesting… Haven’t noticed him posting lately.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

He’s in the sticks of Minnesota. Probably still shoveling out.

But seriously, I hope he’s well.

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Government that wants to control your guns can’t seem to control their own. And they wonder why we reject their arguments.

dkmonroe on January 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

The majority of the credentials belonged to employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while others belonged to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees.

Part of me wouldn’t mind learning that these credentials fell in the hands of some good-guy patriots who used them as the basis for convincing illegals at the borders to return home because the borders are now closed.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Good lord,

its an epidemic:
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O.C. sheriff’s deputy loses AR-15 rifle; public’s help sought in search
January 27 2016 12:53PM
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An Orange County sheriff’s deputy lost his AR-15 assault rifle Tuesday after placing it on the trunk lid of his patrol car and driving off, a sheriff’s official said Wednesday.
(More….)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-deputy-loses-rifle-20160127-story.html
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OC Sheriff, CA
[email protected]

PHOTO (similar) of the missing AR-15: Model Colt M-16,

https://twitter.com/OCSD/status/692432071768326144
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OC Sheriff, CA [email protected] 20h20 hours ago

#OCSDPIO: NEWS RELEASE – Missing AR-15 Patrol Rifle

canopfor on January 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

With exponential growth comes exponential incompetence…

ExpressoBold on January 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Interesting… Haven’t noticed him posting lately.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

He’s on the campaign trail for Kasich

katy the mean old lady on January 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Government that wants to control your guns can’t seem to control their own. And they wonder why we reject their arguments.

dkmonroe on January 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Just a reminder: The Government is NOT granted the right to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.

Only individual Americans.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM

If you were up to no good and looking to cause a bit of mayhem – particularly at the border – think of some of the tools you might like to get hold of
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Dr. Strangelove: Check List

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5qqfsQGYus

canopfor on January 28, 2016 at 9:41 AM

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM

I read that he quit HA over davidk’s banning…

OmahaConservative on January 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Gee maybe Obama should take their guns away form them to make America safer. I mean look how well it has worked in Chicago, Mexico and France. Guess we just need some more rapeugees in the country to kill, rape,steal and spend America citizens hard earned money.

pwb on January 28, 2016 at 9:44 AM

(BTW, has anyone seen him??)

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

CurtZHP: No I haven’t. I assume, hes on the Ice Fishing circuit?:)

canopfor on January 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM

That’s just great. The cops and feds can’t stop their guns and badges from disappearing but the left thinks they’ll be able to track all of our guns?

This is why liberalism is a mental disorder…..

Hank_Scorpio on January 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Gee maybe Obama should take their guns away from them to make America safer like Chicago, Mexico and France. Guess we just need some more rapeugees in the country to kill, rape,steal and spend America citizens hard earned money.

pwb on January 28, 2016 at 9:47 AM

I bet the government has not done the easy thing and checked ebay for the badges.

But we can trust the government to run every aspect of our lives.

bartbeast on January 28, 2016 at 9:49 AM

There was a time when this would cost them their jobs.

katy the mean old lady on January 28, 2016 at 9:50 AM

So … When that knock comes on my door with some guy/gal showing me a badge through the peep hole maybe I shouldn’t open the door.

Dec_of_Ind on January 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM

I suppose a positive way of looking at this is that it does explain why they need to arm themselves up so heavily lately.

ghostwalker1 on January 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM

There was a time when this would cost them their jobs.

katy the mean old lady on January 28, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Now I think it gets you a raise and possibly command of a field office.

ghostwalker1 on January 28, 2016 at 9:53 AM

A new report indicates that the Department of Homeland Security has somehow “lost track” of many of their badges, guns and government cell phones

The best argument against big government is the activities of big government. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” to allow criminals to impersonate government officials. Or actually be government officials.

rbj on January 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

OT, but where’s the story on the allegation that the feds. shot and killed an oregonian who was lying down with his hands up in an ambush by feds., state and local cops?

KrisAnne Hall, the legal advisor for the Coalition of Western States, was interviewed today on The Joe Miller Show. Ms. Hall, who was just in Burns, Oregon this last week teaching several constitutional law courses, spoke with protesters present at the refuge. She also discussed what happened regarding LaVoy Finicum’s shooting with Ammon Bundy’s sister.

Ms. Hall states that no shots were fired by any of the protesters, but that there were multiple shots fired by federal agents at the protesters’ car. She characterized the stop as an “ambush.” Additionally, Ms. Hall states that LaVoy Finicum was “summarily executed,” shot while he was on the ground with his hands in the air. She contends that because of the Patriot Act, the federal government will likely never release the video of the stop.

http://joemiller.us/2016/01/krisanne-hall-lavoy-finicum/

they lie on January 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

I read that he quit HA over davidk’s banning…

OmahaConservative on January 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Damn. He was one of the people that made this place bearable.

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 10:07 AM

There was a news report this morning of an officer in Ohio (I believe) who left his AR on the trunk of his car and drove off. Can’t find it! Surprise! In he case with three thirty round magazines. At least they are taking it seriously.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Well, I feel safe.
Nobody is going to use those for nefarious purposes.

LoganSix on January 28, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Dang, what self respecting DHS impersonator would be rocking an teeny little pea shooter handgun like the one in that picture. Puuuleeez.

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 10:19 AM

LOL, and liberals want a data base for private citizens who own guns. I’m telling you, you can’t make this sh!t up.

antipc on January 28, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Relax, Janet Napolitano took them when HE left the department. He likes to use them for roleplay when doing his girlfriend.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

HE cannot possibly have that many girlfriends, or the country would run out of booze already.

Rix on January 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM

There was a news report this morning of an officer in Ohio (I believe) who left his AR on the trunk of his car and drove off. Can’t find it! Surprise! In he case with three thirty round magazines. At least they are taking it seriously.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Cindy Munford: I found the story, it was in California.
If there was another one, I wouldn’t
be too surprised.:)

canopfor on January 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM

canopfor on January 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM

That’s probably right. That’s a lot of firepower to go missing.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM

This may be the replacement program for arming cartels known as Fast and Furious.

antipc on January 28, 2016 at 10:39 AM

So … When that knock comes on my door with some guy/gal showing me a badge through the peep hole maybe I shouldn’t open the door.

Dec_of_Ind on January 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM

If you see a cruiser in the street, it’s probably OK, but don’t hesitate to ask them to call for backup.

CurtZHP on January 28, 2016 at 10:47 AM

DHS, the dysfunctional gift that Bush brought us that keeps on giving.

Mr. Arrogant on January 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM

So where are the libtard trolls to tell us again how only government people should be allowed to have guns?

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2016 at 10:57 AM

FISH ROT FROM HEAD.

jukin3 on January 28, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Outrageous……..we need to close the missing gun loophole, ASAFP!

antipc on January 28, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Dang, what self respecting DHS impersonator would be rocking an teeny little pea shooter handgun like the one in that picture. Puuuleeez.

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 10:19 AM

I believe the oxymoron in your statement provides the answer…..

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Dang, what self respecting DHS impersonator would be rocking an teeny little pea shooter handgun like the one in that picture. Puuuleeez.

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 10:19 AM

OTOH – it looks a lot like my Glock 26 (9mm) – which I got for CCW.

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2016 at 11:07 AM

teeny little pea shooter handgun like the one in that picture

Looks to be a Glock 26 (9mm) or 27 (.40) which is today’s functional equivalent of the .38 snub nose revolver in the law enforcement world. No Desert Eagle but hardly a pea shooter.

Lammo on January 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Looks to be a Glock 26 (9mm) or 27 (.40) which is today’s functional equivalent of the .38 snub nose revolver in the law enforcement world. No Desert Eagle but hardly a pea shooter.

Lammo on January 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

And you should see what that Glock 26 looks like, and how it shoots, with a 33 round mag in it – hard to conceal that way though…..

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Hundreds of Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.

jake49 on January 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Hundreds of Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.

jake49 on January 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM

But we do need a sh!tload of dimes for the toll…..

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Top. Men.

GrumpyOldFart on January 28, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Corrupt hispanics in America sold the guns and badges to corrupt hispanics in Mexico.

TX-eye on January 28, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Just a reminder: The Government is NOT granted the right to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.

Only individual Americans.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM


Just a reminder: the Constitution doesn’t grant anyone anything.
It prohibits the government from infringing our natural rights, not all of which are listed therein.

Carry on.

garnkikaloid on January 28, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Looks to be a Glock 26 (9mm) or 27 (.40) which is today’s functional equivalent of the .38 snub nose revolver in the law enforcement world. No Desert Eagle but hardly a pea shooter.

Lammo on January 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

In most cases a 22 would do the job anyway.

CWforFreedom on January 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

http://joemiller.us/2016/01/krisanne-hall-lavoy-finicum/

they lie on January 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Check my post on last night’s QOTD; comment#3

Solaratov on January 28, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Perhaps King Barack can issue an executive order forbidding the Feds to carry weapons.

That should cut down on one avenue of obtaining weapons illegally.

GarandFan on January 28, 2016 at 1:47 PM

My Badge was stolen by TSA in Oakland airport,I noticed immediately and reported it to security and DHS,never heard a word back.

IXXINY on January 28, 2016 at 2:58 PM

That many missing badges is not kosher.

hillbillyjim on January 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Rest easy: hundreds of DHS badges, guns, phones go missing

More like Rest in Peace.

Marcola on January 28, 2016 at 4:22 PM

hundreds of DHS badges, guns, phones go missing

…but I’m sure that Obama’s IRS, SSA, EPA, etc all know where the millions of rounds of ammunition they purchased are located…

/sarc>

BTW: Ever noticed how Waco, Ruby Ridge, and now Oregon Occupiers all happened under feckless and corrupt Democrat administrations which featured corrupt, incompetent, and misguided Justice Departments?

landlines on January 28, 2016 at 6:56 PM

With exponential growth comes exponential incompetence…

ExpressoBold on January 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Bumper sticker.

AesopFan on January 28, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Government that wants to control your guns can’t seem to control their own. And they wonder why we reject their arguments.

dkmonroe on January 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Just a reminder: The Government is NOT granted the right to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.

Only individual Americans.

ConstantineXI on January 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Interesting point.
Might be covered in the right to raise armies and navies.

AesopFan on January 28, 2016 at 10:58 PM

The majority of the credentials belonged to employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while others belonged to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees.

Part of me wouldn’t mind learning that these credentials fell in the hands of some good-guy patriots who used them as the basis for convincing illegals at the borders to return home because the borders are now closed.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Part of me thinks that if you notice which agencies are the worst offenders that there may be enough corrupt agents that would provide these items for profit or ideology to bad guys who would aid in free passage by using the credentials. Kinda like corrupt airline employees that have been involved in drug smuggling, major theft rings and even aiding terrorists by using their trusted access.

Big John on January 28, 2016 at 11:40 PM