Last week I broke the story here at PJM about Homeland Security adviser Mohamed Elibiary’s alleged attempt to attack Texas Gov. Rick Perry by obtaining sensitive Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) documents from the Homeland Security State and Local Intelligence Community of Interest (HS SLIC) database and unsuccessfully shop those documents to a left-leaning publication claiming they represented a pattern of “Islamophobia.” The materials allegedly circulated by Elibiary to the publication were marked “For Official Use Only.”
In an interview I conducted with TX DPS Director Steve McCraw for that article, he confirmed that “We know [Mohamed Elibiary] has accessed DPS documents and downloaded them.”
On Monday I reported that McCraw had requested last week that DHS conduct an investigation into the matter in a telephone call to DHS Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Bart Johnson.
Now I can add one additional detail to the story: Multiple sources have confirmed this week that Elibiary has had his access to the HS SLIC database revoked.
Whether this represents DHS taking the matter seriously, or if it is just a cosmetic move while they hope these allegations blow over, remains unknown since DHS continues to stonewall PJM requests for information. Questions we asked of DHS spokesman Chris Ortman more than a week ago on the phone and in writing about Elibiary’s access to the HS SLIC database remain unanswered.
We’ll bring you more as we have it.