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'He is a big deal': Senior DHS official has office raided, leaving more questions than answers
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'He is a big deal': Senior DHS official has office raided, leaving more questions than answers

A top Homeland Security official is reportedly on administrative leave after his office was raided on Monday.

Brian Sulc is executive director of the Transnational Organized Crime Mission Center at the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. The office is responsible for providing intelligence assessments on major transnational organized crime operations, border security, and terrorist activity.

On Monday, Federal Protective Service officers escorted Sulc out of the DHS building and searched his office, Rolling Stone reported. It's not clear what agents were searching for.

While the search was ongoing, Sulc was taken for questioning. It's not clear how long he was held or if he was officially detained. His office reportedly remains sealed shut with crime scene tape.

"He is a big deal," a source told Rolling Stone. "He does the border, all the big issues and crises. This is why this is all so shocking."

According to Rolling Stone, Sulc is being investigated for a security violation in which he allegedly brought a personal electronic device into a secure location where they are prohibited.

While the DHS is not commenting on the details of the matter, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed that a "security incident" is being investigated. The statement said:

DHS is committed to ensuring all operational security protocols are followed and is conducting an inquiry into a reported security incident. DHS will not comment on ongoing internal investigations. DHS conducts its national security mission with adherence to the highest standards

The office raid is leaving more questions than answers.

That is because such security violations — taking a personal electronic device (i.e., a cellphone) into a secured space — happen probably every day, and there are self-reporting guidelines that dictate how such incidents should be handled. Rarely does it result in an investigation.

In such cases, the person would likely be a repeat offender or there would be another reason for an investigation. Unfortunately, the DHS is not saying anything else about the "inquiry."

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