A hand-drawn swastika was found inside a Department of Homeland Security building on Friday afternoon, on the third floor of one of the department's buildings in Washington D.C.
The Nazi symbol was removed and and cleaning personnel was investigated. In a statement to CNN, 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," agency spokesperson Andrew Meehan said in a statement. Homeland Security is the cabinet department that oversees US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, TSA, FEMA, and other agencies. The federal government is investigating the incident.
For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years with a very different connotation and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance - on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol. But Adolf Hitler decided to use it too in the 20 th century and because this today people around the world are reticent to see it.