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DHS Mission Statement changed....

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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:15 PM
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About three months ago Jeh Johnson's Department of Homeland Security changed the Mission Statement from this:


We will lead efforts to achieve a safe, secure, and resilient homeland. We will counter terrorism and enhance our security; secure and manage our borders; enforce and administer our immigration laws; protect cyber networks and critical infrastructure; and ensure resilience from disasters. We will accomplish these missions while providing essential support to national and economic security and maturing and strengthening the Department of Homeland Security and the homeland security enterprise.


To this:


“With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”


Is it merely less words saying the same thing, or are the omissions glaringly important?

In one of Jeh Johnson's speeches, he said, "When I took this job, I accepted an obligation to enforce the law consistent with the enforcement priorities of President Obama’s Administration." Notice he didn't say "consistent with the laws of the land or our Constitution".

What is the streamlined Mission Statement really saying? Am I reading too much into this watered-down version?



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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:25 PM
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With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”


"Our values", should read 'their' values (the american people and the constitution).

When these people and other unelected officials say 'we', they don't mean you and me. They mean they and their cronies.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:26 PM
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a reply to: queenofswords

I tried researching an official explanation for why the change occurred, but had no luck.

Here is the DHS website where it says the current mission statement, as well as some more background info on the purpose of DHS activities



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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It would seem that, when it comes to the mission statement of one of the most vital departments in the United States, specifics are key. The mission statement at my work is more specific than that. That we are seeing a change, and at this particular junction, is disconcerting at best.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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Double post (sorry!
edit on 31-8-2016 by zosimov because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:29 PM
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It is just saying the same general thing while using CYA methods so as to allow deniability.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:32 PM
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Jeh Johnson's Department of Homeland Security is basically saying we will rig the presidential election.
That is all.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:36 PM
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“With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

I do think it's odd to add "our values" while eliminating specific duties of the DHS. I don't think we need an agency to "safeguard" or enforce our "values". The Devil is in the details, or lack of in this case, very weird.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:45 PM
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It's essentially a 'prologue' ... when you click on 'mission' _ it states the objectives in the same manner.

From what I gather, the overall mission is just categorized/cataloged into sections.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:49 PM
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The change was made in May. This was an effort to improve morale and it was created with input from DHS workers. Johnson touts new, slimmer DHS mission statement for agency unity



Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is looking to give DHS a morale makeover before a new administration takes over in January, and Step 1 starts with a new mission statement.




“This statement is intended to reflect the views and the values of our employees, and to be in their voice, not mine,” he said in the email.





Johnson said that across the agency, the terms “honor,” “integrity” and “safeguard” were consistently repeated in submissions and that he hopes the new mission statement will bring together the agency’s many elements in a unified effort.


Pretty much it is just a cheap way to try and raise morale in an organization that is to large, with many diverse mission keeping anything from getting done without massive head aches.
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 01:51 PM
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originally posted by: queenofswords
What is the streamlined Mission Statement really saying? Am I reading too much into this watered-down version?


Less words means broader interpretations of their actual function. In essence, they're giving themselves freedom to do other jobs outside their initial mission statement by freeing their accountability. This reeks of lawyers manipulating what DHS can now get away with. And it's not good news they've broadened their reach.

My question is, now that's there's jurisdiction overlap with the US Marshall's, FBI, ICE, CIA [maybe]... why? Who are they serving to keep another agency in-check, or to take power away from?


edit on 31-8-2016 by Jason88 because: Words.... missing



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:00 PM
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I can't help but see the omission of the specifics in the wording about securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.

I couple that with his own words about adhering to the priorities of President Obama, and I see a huge gap in this "new" Mission Statement.

While on the surface, or to those not paying close attention, the wording appears benign, but, when you examine it more closely, you are hyper aware that something has been removed. The question is, was it removed for a specific reason? I say 'yes'.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:00 PM
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Wouldn't the DHS still be limited in the scope of their abilities by the laws/legislature that was used to define their purpose, unless Executive Orders or other means have been used to open up such barriers?



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:14 PM
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The "change" is part of the Obama Administration's effort to get Hillary elected.




posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:18 PM
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originally posted by: Jason88

originally posted by: queenofswords
What is the streamlined Mission Statement really saying? Am I reading too much into this watered-down version?


Less words means broader interpretations of their actual function. In essence, they're giving themselves freedom to do other jobs outside their initial mission statement by freeing their accountability. This reeks of lawyers manipulating what DHS can now get away with. And it's not good news they've broadened their reach.

My question is, now that's there's jurisdiction overlap with the US Marshall's, FBI, ICE, CIA [maybe]... why? Who are they serving to keep another agency in-check, or to take power away from?



No, DHS still has the same mission, it is on their website. The statement is just a summery, something to toss up on slides. It was created by a survey of DHS employees to make them feel valued. In the end it is, just a statement and changes nothing.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:22 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
The "change" is part of the Obama Administration's effort to get Hillary elected.



Probably part of it. Labeling the federal election system as part of national infrastructure puts it all in one big basket of control. What could possibly go wrong there.....Just "safeguarding our (whoever THAT is) values".
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:24 PM
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And the Next Mission Statement will simply be "OBEY".



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:36 PM
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How does changing that particular Mission Statement build morale? Really.

If a group of employees are disgruntled, do you think that they really get hyped up and newly stoked about this particular wording change: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:43 PM
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“With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

Sounds a lot like a slogan/propaganda the National Socialist German Workers' Party would cook up. Leaving a lot open for interpretation/abuse.
Perhaps they are just admitting their faults?

The border is "secure" as a storm door.
Haven't actually heard of them foil a terrorist attack.
No real help for the recent flood victims.

So they can technically scratch borders, terrorists, and disaster relief of their list. They will hand over global internet security to the UN in September. So the cyber warfare part can go too.

Like most government entities the only things they do efficiently is go above budget and achieve half of what promised in twice the time. In the case of the absolute failure that is DHS they have to be so broad in their mission statement as to not include anything they failed us with.

The next next DHS mission statement will read.
"We do stuff."



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 02:49 PM
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originally posted by: queenofswords
I can't help but see the omission of the specifics in the wording about securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.

I couple that with his own words about adhering to the priorities of President Obama, and I see a huge gap in this "new" Mission Statement.

While on the surface, or to those not paying close attention, the wording appears benign, but, when you examine it more closely, you are hyper aware that something has been removed. The question is, was it removed for a specific reason? I say 'yes'.



We have heard Obama say numerous times in regard to immigration, "That's not who we are"...implying the "VALUES" of most Americans is to embrace immigration, I see your point completely. The rise of Trump shows that not all Americans embrace immigration, particularly of immigrants not willing to "embrace" American culture.

It's a complicated issue and I can actually see both sides. I don't think re-writing the Mission statement in a more vague way does anything to reassure the public that existing immigration laws will be vigorously enforced and ironically that used to mean vetting people to try and ensure the people wanting citizenship are willing to live by the laws and "values" of the USA.




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