DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis

The Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California, did not respond to a request for comment.

Voces de la Frontera, a Milwaukee immigration group that has called for Clarke to be removed from office, tweeted this weekend that allegedly plagiarizing parts of his thesis was "definitely the least scandalous thing Clarke has done".

According to the school's standards, if a student directly quotes a passage or source, they must indicate the source's words with quotation marks - which Clarke failed to do - or with an indented paragraph if the quote is long.

Sheriff David Clarke's thesis compared side-by-side with the sources he used and discovered that many passages Clarke wrote in his master's thesis were actually directly copied from his sources without proper attribution.

Clarke tweeted that Kaczynski had written unfavorable articles about Sen. The post linked to a story in which Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky pushed back against a Kaczynski story for Buzzfeed News, in which he was accused of using disputed quotes.

Sources Clarke plagiarized include a 2002 ACLU report about "The Government's Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers After September 11", a 2003 ACLU report critical of the FBI's records-collection practices, a 2007 ACLU report on "fusion centers", and a 2011 ACLU report on the need to overhaul secrecy laws.

Prospective members of Trump's administration have previously faced allegations of plagiarism.

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He is also going to be assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke suggested that the narratives coming about as a result of of these deaths stem from political prejudice because of his views and support for Trump.

Clarke is known for his alignment with Pr*sident Donald Trump, tough talk, disgust with dissent, and over-the-top characterizations of people he disagrees with, including Black Lives Matter and anyone to the left of Genghis Khan. Clarke has also referred to members of BLM as terrorists seeking "to bring down the US from within".

- David A. Clarke, Jr.

Clarke, who campaigned around the country as a surrogate for Trump, said Wednesday that he would leave Sheriff's Office next month to become an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A spokesperson for DHS later said Thursday that no announcement had been made regarding Clarke's appointment.

According to CNN's KFile, which first reported the news late Saturday, there are at least 47 instances in Clarke's thesis on USA security where he failed to properly attribute a source that he directly quoted.

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