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The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.

The US Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

In addition to ICE criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency’s international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 46 countries around the world.

Within the HSI is a small, poorly funded classified program called the Tactical Response Unit (TRU). TRU is the United States Government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice special operations force poised to respond to national security threats worldwide. TRU consists of five specialized teams (dubbed TRU Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo) as well as an administrative and logistical support unit called Department B. TRUs are comprised of seasoned experts from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the Intelligence Community, academia, and the private sector.

On 1 June 2011, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination established a new TRU: TRU Echo.

This is the story of TRU Echo.

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