What will it take for agents protecting our borders to be taken seriously? Answer: the Obama administration’s rear ends ripped of all authority. In August 2010, SEVEN THOUSAND ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agents voted “No Confidence” in their leadership and specifically “Acting” Director John Morton and Phyllis Coven. Morton is still the “acting” Director. Suzanne Barr, a Chief of Staff at the agency is now accused of “lewd” conduct in the working environment.
Two more ICE employees came forward this week to complain about “lewd” conduct inside the agency, submitting sworn affidavits that depict graphic comments made by two top officials working under DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The affidavits were given as part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed earlier this year by James T. Hayes Jr., the head of the New York office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The two new affidavits described separate incidents in 2009. Both accounts described the actions of Barr, who was also mentioned in Hayes’ lawsuit.
ICE Public Affairs Director Brian Hale said in a written statement that the department would respond “directly and strongly” to the lawsuit in court, but noted internal measures were being taken over the claims against Barr.
In the newly emerging affidavits, one of the employees claimed that in October 2009, while in a discussion about Halloween plans, the individual witnessed Barr turn to a senior ICE employee and say: “You a sexy” (expletive deleted)…
“She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit…
She has been accused of drinking heavily at agency conferences, and one affidavit says she offered “oral sex.” Here’s the “frat house” claim:
Barr is also mentioned in that lawsuit, which alleges Napolitano turned the Department of Homeland Security into a female-run ‘frat house’ where male staffers were routinely humiliated and on the receiving end of ‘sexually charged games’.
Apparently the agency is being forced to take the matter seriously. Too bad 7,000 agents voting no confidence in their “acting” Director did not get the same serious consideration:
While Napolitano is named as the sole defendant, Hayes’ suit focuses on Barr and Dora Schriro, who joined DHS in February 2009, five months after Hayes was promoted to director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations.
Hayes claims Schriro, who was brought on as a special adviser to Napolitano, was not qualified for the job because she lacked law enforcement experience. Hayes maintained Schriro enjoyed a “long-standing relationship” with Napolitano, and soon pushed him aside “because of this relationship (with Napolitano) and because he was not female,” the suit says. Read it all at Fox News. There is a lot of detail.
Barr is on “leave” while the matter is being sorted out. Unfortunately, Janet Napolitano, who has never married and has no children, continues to undermine US security at the highest levels of our Government.