On Friday afternoon a hand-drawn swastika was found inside the Department of Homeland Security building.
CNN reports that the hate symbol was discovered on the third floor of a Homeland security building in Washington D.C.
In an email from Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy he wrote that there was “no room in the workplace for such symbols of hate.” Murphy also added that the department was taking steps to remedy the issue.
“Unfortunately, today a hand-drawn swastika was located on the third floor,” Murphy wrote in the email. “First, I want to repeat what (Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis David Glawe), the Secretary and many others in the Department have said in the past: there is no room in the workplace for such symbols of hate. And there is no room in the workplace for those who ascribe to such a thing. I have communicated with USIA Glawe, who is currently in Israel, and he is disgusted by what has happened.”
Murphy also detailed a number of steps he said the department is taking, including “removing the swastika, asking staffers and cleaning personnel if they saw anything suspicious, notifying the Department of Homeland Security’s offices of the inspector general and security, asking the DHS Insider Threat Program to take steps as appropriate and hearing suggestions on steps we may want to take” from the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”
Murphy ended the email by stating that DHS has no “tolerance in our workplace for such acts of hate. And this email is just the next step in our communication and action plan.”
One Homeland Security employee accidentally hit reply-all while responding to Murphy’s email. The employee called the incident “insanity” then added, “as leadership really cares.” Murphy replied to the employee with “I do care.”
Andrew Meehan, the acting assistant secretary for public affairs from DHS, said “the act of drawing a swastika has no place” in the department.
“This display of hate and cowardice does not represent the dedicated hardworking men and women of the Department of Homeland Security,” Meehan said. “It has no place in an organization that works tirelessly to protect the American people and combat hate in all its forms. The situation was immediately referred to the Office of the Inspector General and is currently being investigating to ensure that swift and corrective action is taken.”