August 14, 2012, - 11:46 pm
BREAKING: After Schlussel Story Starts Firestorm, ICE Chief of Staff Suzy Barr on Leave; New Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against Male Agents
*** UPDATE, Sept 2, 2012: Suzanne Barr, ICE Chief of Staff, Resigns After Firestorm Started by Schlussel Story – Buh-Bye! ***
*** UPDATE, August 21, 2012: EXCLUSIVE: Explicit DHS/ICE Lawsuit Sexual Harassment Affidavits; More Harassment of Men @ Obama’s Homeland Security ***
Because of the firestorm that started last week, when I broke the story about Homeland Security’s top New York cop suing the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr a/k/a Suzy “Stripper Pole” Barr has “put herself on leave,” tonight. Translation: Barr was put on leave by her only real boss at the Department of Homeland Security, its chief Janet Napolitano (with whom Barr plays tennis every Tuesday). For years, I’ve written about Barr’s sexual harassment of male ICE agents. She thinks the place is the set of “Magic Mike” (read my review). But, after I announced the suit by ICE New York Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes, detailing some of Barr’s sexual harassment, the story went international. And now Homeland Security and Members of Congress are investigating her. Today, two more affidavits were signed by ICE officials, detailing more graphic sexual harassment by Suzy Barr of male ICE agents. I understand more such affidavits are forthcoming.
Suzy Barr on Leave, Under Investigation: Obama Homeland Security Official Thinks ICE is the Set of “Magic Mike”
The top Homeland Security official accused of cultivating a “frat-house”-style work environment has “voluntarily placed herself on leave” amid an internal review . . . .
Two more Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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 ICE chief of staff Suzanne 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.
“ICE has referred these allegations to the DHS Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility for review. Ms. Barr has voluntarily placed herself on leave pending the outcome of this review,” ICE Public Affairs Director Brian Hale said in a written statement.
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.
“Several employees laughed nervously,” the affidavit said. The names of the workers making the claims have been redacted.
The other account recalled a trip to Colombia in late 2009, attended by ICE Director John Morton, Barr and Ray Parmer, who is ICE special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
The account said Parmer and Barr were “drinking heavily” at the house of the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy there. It said Parmer took the BlackBerry of another employee, Peter Vincent, and sent “lewd messages” to Barr.
The affidavit went on to say: “During this party, Suzanne Barr approached me and offered to” perform oral sex.
Remember, as I’ve repeatedly noted on this site, Suzy Barr was installed by Janet Napolitano to run ICE. Napolitano has been aware of Barr’s behavior for the last three-plus years at ICE and this pattern of harassment of men didn’t just start in 2009. It probably began in the Arizona Governor’s office.
But Janet Napolitano continues to look the other way because men don’t matter in her lesbian-centric world. She should be under investigation and on leave, herself. The fish rots from the head down (not from the sensible shoes).
This is the Department of Homeland Security. Feel safe? We are less safe than before 9/11. The people supposed to be in charge of protecting us are too busy looking for sex from their male (or in Napolitano’s case, female) underlings.
Artwork by David Lunde/Lundesigns
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