Report: Top DHS Intel Official Responsible for Cross-Border Threats Has Office Raided. What’s Going On?
The top DHS intelligence official responsible for cross-border threats had his office raided Monday, Rolling Stone is reporting. (If you hit a paywall, MSN.com has the Rolling Stone story here.) The official is Brian Sulc, executive director of the Transnational Organized Crime Mission Center at DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
Sulc is a career officer, working at DHS since 2008. He was named to his current post in March 2022. Rolling Stone lays out the significance of his position:
Sulc is in charge of the office that produces intelligence assessments on border security, the opioid epidemic, and other high-stakes policy issues. Those assessments include intelligence on how fentanyl is crossing into the United States, as well as attempts to identify cartel members and human-trafficking operatives on both sides of the border. They’re used to inform policy decisions at the highest levels of DHS and elsewhere in the Biden administration.
As one source told Rolling Stone: “He is a big deal. This is why this is all so shocking.”
According to Rolling Stone, citing four sources with direct knowledge, three squad cars from the Federal Protective Services rolled up Monday, sirens blazing, escorted Sulc out of the building and sealed off his office with crime tape. FPS is the law enforcement/intelligence force charged with safeguarding government facilities and workers.
As of yet, Sulc has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Rolling Stone says Sulc is under “investigation for an alleged security violation, bringing an electronic device inside the secure office, where electronic devices and cellphones are prohibited.”
But would simply bringing a cellphone into a SCIF cause the cavalry to charge in? We spoke to a former intelligence analyst with the military. She doubts it. The Twitterverse seems to confirm that being escorted out of a building by FPS is “very bad.”
If We Have “Operational Control” of the Border, Are We Controlling What the Cartels are Doing?
What we do know is the cartels Sulc is supposed to be tracking and analyzing have control of much of the border. Fentanyl and human trafficking continues flowing unabated in record-breaking amounts. Yet Sulc’s boss DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sat before Congress again yesterday and again insisted the U.S. has operational control of the border.
Mayorkas is either lying under oath — and, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said last month, we do not have operational control. Or Mayorkas is telling the truth that his department has control of the border. Which means the flood of fentanyl, coke, human trafficking, the sex trafficking is happening by design. (Perhaps even in concert with the cartels.) Indeed, House Republicans yesterday charged Mayorkas with “intentionally” dismantling and transforming our border “into a lawless and dangerous open border.”
Which gets us to Sulc. Did the FPS catch Sulc feeding or preparing to feed DHS intel to the cartels or other bad actors?
Was he getting ready to be a whistleblower? A career officer horrified by what is happening at our border … and within DHS? You know how the security state reacts to people trying to air their dirty laundry.
The timing so close to last week’s arrest of the alleged leaker of embarrassing military secrets about Ukraine and elsewhere raises the possibility the Sulc situation is connected.
Of course, it’s possible this may not amount to much of anything. Again, Sulc hasn’t been charged with anything.
However, given Sulc’s rank and position, given the massive criminality at the border that DHS seems entirely disinterested in addressing, we need to keep an eye on this case.
We presume Sulc’s innocence. But we cannot assume the innocence of this government.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and now at TRUTH Social.