A hand-drawn swastika was found on the third floor of a Department of Homeland Security building on Friday in Washington, a government official told CNN.
Some staffers in the building, on the St. Elizabeth campus in Washington, were notified about the Nazi symbol in an email from Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy, which was obtained by CNN.
“Unfortunately, today a hand drawn swastika was located on the third floor,” Murphy wrote in the email, sent out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. “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 then details 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.