DHS Got Complaints of Racist Website Two Years Ago

Screenshot via War on the Horizon

The Homeland Security Department procurement specialist who moonlights running an anti-white and pro-violence website had prompted complaints as long as two years ago, though the department waited until Aug. 23 to place him on administrative leave, Government Executive has learned.

A longtime DHS employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said multiple employees had filed complaints with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection Joint Intake Center concerning the racially controversial activism of Ayo Kimathi, a senior contract and small business specialist employed by DHS since 2009.

Kimathi was exposed last month by the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center as being the character called “the Irritated Genie,” who runs a site called “War is on the Horizon.” The center describes him as a “gay-bashing revenge-seeking black nationalist who advocates…. the mass murder of whites and the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of ‘black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors.’ ”

Asked for a response, DHS Deputy Press Secretary Gillian M. Christensen said, “ICE does not comment on the existence or outcome of reports made to the Joint Intake Center unless the resolution results in some kind of criminal or other public administrative action. Generally, this is because the information reported and/or obtained through investigation may be law enforcement-sensitive or contain personal information protected by the Privacy Act.”

The Joint Intake Center is run by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility and CBP’s Office of Internal Affairs. It probes allegations that, if true, would constitute violations of state or federal criminal law or jeopardize or undermine the agency’s ability to perform its mission, according to DHS. The center also works with the DHS inspector general and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to review and assess complaints from employees about ICE agents involving race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or disability; violations of due process; and possible breaches of the Violence Against Women Act.

The center prepares reports that may result in management action, according to a DHS fact sheet, but it does not communicate back to the complainant, reporting instead on aggregate trends.

Meanwhile, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted that DHS has removed Kimathi’s name from its online list of procurement specialists. The center challenged a DHS statement that Kimathi is not involved in procuring guns and ammunition. The center used the previous DHS and ICE webpage that listed Kimathi’s regularly procured items as including: “Armed security guard services; law enforcement services and products, such as hand restraints, handcuffs, guns and ammunition; detention and removal services, (a) detention services include temporary housing, food, clothing, guards, and transportation, (b) detainee removal transportation services including air charter flights; fugitive operational support that involves data analysis and analysis support services; information technology supplies and services, to include computers, security equipment, maintenance, software, and telecommunication; law enforcement training development; procurement and clerical support services and interpreter services.”

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.