Tag Archive: Janet Napolitano


• Issue dominates Sunday talk shows after Times editorial

• Paul: Snowden ‘would come home for a few years in prison’

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Edward Snowden is currently in Russia, where he was granted asylum. Photograph: The Guardian/AFP/Getty Images

The former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano on Sunday added her voice to opposition to clemency or a plea deal being offered to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked thousands of documents on the agency’s surveillance operations to media outlets including the Guardian.

Also on Sunday, the Republican senator Rand Paul, who has advocated a softer line on Snowden than many in his party, said he thought the whistleblower “probably would come home for a few years in prison”.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an editorial calling for Snowden to be allowed to return to the United States. He is currently in Russia, where he was granted one year’s asylum.

The editorial, entitled “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower”, called for the offer of “a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home” and said: “Mr Snowden is now … on the run from American charges of espionage and theft, and he faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.”

“From where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” said Napolitano, who was homeland security secretary from 2009 to September last year, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. She added: “I think Snowden has exacted quite a bit of damage and did it in a way that violated that law. The damage we’ll see now and we’ll see it for years to come.”

 

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Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security Department secretary, with President Obama in 2010.

 

 

 

WASHINGTON — Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, announced Friday that she was stepping down, setting off a search to fill one of the most challenging positions in government at a time when the Obama administration is struggling to get a team in place for the president’s second term.

 

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As secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano oversees a department with an array of high-profile responsibilities.

 

 

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Ms. Napolitano, a former Arizona governor who for four and a half years shaped the administration’s response to hurricanes, terrorist attacks, illegal immigration and a catastrophic oil spill, will leave in September to become president of the University of California system. Ms. Napolitano had her eye on becoming the next attorney general, but now is taking herself out of the Washington arena.

Her departure deprives the administration of one of its most prominent voices on immigration even as it is in the throes of pushing Congress for an overhaul that would provide a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million foreigners who are here illegally. Ms. Napolitano said she decided to leave only after concluding that her absence would not affect chances for the immigration legislation, a person close to her said, but confirmation of a successor could become wrapped up in the larger immigration debate.

Her move west creates an opening that could be hard for President Obama to fill. The secretary of homeland security presides over a sprawling department that was created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, by combining nearly two dozen agencies as varied as the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Aides said the president had made no decision about who would take her place, but jockeying began instantly. Some lawmakers even began campaigning for preferred candidates.

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, called Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, to recommend Raymond W. Kelly, the New York police commissioner, a choice also promoted by Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York. Senator Thomas R. Carper, Democrat of Delaware, chairman of the homeland security committee, made a case for Jane Holl Lute, the department’s former deputy secretary.

Other names mentioned as possible candidates included FEMA’s administrator, W. Craig Fugate; John S. Pistole, the T.S.A. administrator; William J. Bratton, who has headed the Police Departments in New York, Los Angeles and Boston; Adm. Thad W. Allen, a former Coast Guard commandant; and Jane Harman, a former Democratic congresswoman from California.

Ms. Napolitano, 55, a New York native, is one of Mr. Obama’s favorite cabinet secretaries, and was one of his finalists for the Supreme Court. After Mr. Obama’s re-election, when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. considered stepping down, her associates said she was interested in succeeding him. But Mr. Holder stayed and has not said when he might leave.

The homeland security job put Ms. Napolitano in the middle of volatile issues ranging from the Boston Marathon bombings to Hurricane Sandy and the BP oil spill. She presided over the extensive deportation of illegal immigrants while enacting a policy intended to allow some to stay if they were brought here as children.

Republicans were often critical, saying she selectively enforced the law.

“Secretary Napolitano’s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was defined by a consistent disrespect for the rule of law,” Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, said Friday. He added that her successor “must disavow these aggressive nonenforcement directives, or there is very little hope for successful immigration reform.”

 

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Published on May 7, 2013

Ben Swann – Reality Check
For months now, the Internet has been buzzing with rumors of massive ammo buys by the U.S. government.
Now, some members of Congress have taken notice and have begun holding hearings about just how much ammo is being bought and for what purpose.

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By: Dana Loesch (Diary)  via RedState.com (reprinted with permission)

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon repeatedly denied knowing anything about Missouri illegally sharing its citizens private CCW information with the federal government, even after his own head of Missouri Highway Patrol contradicted him in a public hearing. Now we’ve learned that Nixon not only knew about the violation of Missouri law, but he was thanked in a letter by Janet Napolitano:

DHS- Letter to Nixon- REAL ID Compliance — ongoing MO CCW Scandal
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Missouri law — signed into effect by Gov. Nixon himself — prohibits full compliance with the Real ID Act. This includes sharing Missouri’s conceal carry list, which officials under Nixon did, with his full knowledge, according to this letter.


Published on Apr 24, 2013

Glenn reads the evidence on the Saudi national that shows that Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano is lying about the Saudi national, and broke many important particulars regarding this third suspect in the Boston Islamist Terrorist Attacks of 4/15/2013.

Glenn Beck Reveals More about Saudi National

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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Earlier today on his radio program, Glenn Beck, revealed more information about the Saudi national that was a suspect in the Boston bombings last week.

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Exclusive: Key Congressmen Request Classified Briefing on Saudi ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombing

House Committee on Homeland Security Requests More Info on Saudi National From Napolitano

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The letter reads:

We are writing to request a classified briefing on Department of Homeland Security information and actions related to the case of the original person of interest in the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 22, 2013.

On Thursday, April 18th, you testified before the Committee on Homeland Security and responded to a question related to this individual’s immigration status by saying that you “were unaware of anyone being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston.”  However, media reports have continued to raise concerns about this individual and adjustments that may have been made to his immigration status, including possible visa revocation and terrorist watch-listing, in the days following the bombing.

We request the Department provide a detailed overview of the records associated with this individual to include his law enforcement and immigration records prior to April 15, 2013, as well as his current status.  We request briefers from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection.

We appreciate your immediate attention to this issue and anticipate your prompt reply.

The committee says it has copies of the original deportation order, and has confirmed to TheBlaze and several other media outlets that the facts are as we reported last week.

Glenn Beck will break more news about the story during his Monday radio and television broadcasts.

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US Congressmen Follow Up on Glenn Beck’s Boston Bombings ‘Saudi National’ Theory

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By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Mon, April 22, 2013

The House Committee on Homeland Security has requested more information from Janet Napolitano on the Saudi national who was named the initial “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.

The committee formally requested a classified briefing from Napolitano on April 19, according to the letter published by TheBlaze.

This original suspect, named Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was reportedly set to be deported on Tuesday, according to Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. Alharbi was supposedly in violation of section 212 3B of the Immigration and Nationality Act, citing “security and related grounds” and “terrorist activities.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, expressed concerns that the man, who was here on a student visa, was being deported “due to national security concerns.” The full exchange appears on YouTube.

Napolitano responded that she was not aware of “anyone who is being deported for national concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where that rumor come[s] from.”

“I’m not saying it’s related to Boston, but he is being deported,” Duncan continued.

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Janet Napolitano refuses to answer questions about the deportation of Saudi national 04/18/13

Published on Apr 18, 2013

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is questioned by Congressman Jeff Duncan about the detainment and deportation of a 20 year old Saudi national in respect to the Boston marathon bombing

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Members of Congress Begin to Question Large Scale Homeland Security Ammo Purchases

Frank Simms

Activist Post

In the last year and a half the Department of Homeland Security has purchased upwards of 2 billion rounds of ammunition that many believe will eventually be used within the United States and on the American people.

The alternative media and even a few select mainstream reporters have heavily questioned these purchases and theorized about their actual purpose, with many coming to the conclusion that there is simply no other explanation as to what DHS has planned other than confronting some sort of massive civil unrest.

More recently, over a dozen Congressman have either individually demanded answers from the DHS or have signed onto a letter calling for an investigation into the ammo buildup.

On Friday March 15th, New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance, speaking at a Morristown Tea Party Organization meeting, was asked about the Homeland Security ammo buildup by a concerned citizen.
In response to the question Lance called for Congress to immediately get involved and demand answers from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

I think Congress should ask the Department about both of those issues and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I have every confidence that the oversight committee should ask those questions.

Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.

Less than a week later, during an interview with We Are Change reporter Luke Rudkowski at the annual CPAC convention, Congressman Timothy Huelscamp revealed that DHS had actually refused to provide multiple Congressmen with any information on their massive ammo buildup.

They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer that.

I’ve got a list of various questions of agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed and opaque.

They refuse to let us know what is going on, so I don’t really have an answer for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions.

March 15, 2013
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
via  CNS News
March 15, 2013
John MortonIn this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton speaks during a news conference at ICE headquarters in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Washington (AP) – After weeks of denials, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday that it had, in fact, released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from immigration jails due to budget concerns during three weeks in February. Four of the most serious offenders have been put back in detention.

The administration had insisted that only a “few hundred” immigrants were released for budgetary reasons, challenging as inaccurate a March 1 report by The Associated Press that the agency had released more than 2,000 immigrants in February and planned to release more than 3,000 others this month. Intense criticism led to a temporary shutdown of the plan.

The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, told a congressional panel Thursday that the agency had actually released 2,228 people from immigration jails over the course of three weeks, starting February 9, for what he described as “solely budgetary reasons.” They included 10 people considered the highest level of offender.

After the administration had challenged the AP’s reporting, ICE said it didn’t know how many people had been released for budget reasons but would review its records.

Morton, who testified with two other agency officials, told lawmakers that the decision to release the immigrants was not discussed in advance with political appointees, including those in the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. He said the pending automatic cuts known as sequestration was “driving in the background.”

“We were trying to live within the budget that Congress had provided us,” Morton told lawmakers. “This was not a White House call. I take full responsibility.”

 

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By Alexander Bolton – 02/02/13 01:00 PM ET
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Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor.The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and other safeguards against illegal immigration have been met? Who will decide whether the metrics have been achieved?

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should decide.

“What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is, will have final say on [whether] whatever metrics we proposes are met,” Schumer said. “We think those metrics will be quite objective.”

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the lead Republican sponsor of the framework, said the issue is under discussion within the Gang of Eight.

“We’re working on a lot of it,” he said.

But the idea of letting Napolitano, who plans to stay in the cabinet for President Obama’s second term, or a future secretary of Homeland Security make the final call on the border has sparked alarm among other Republicans.

“My constituents are not going to accept a Washington bureaucrat making a representation the border is secure when they know it’s not true. So that’s unacceptable,” said Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, who represents Texas.

There are other tough issues that could derail immigration reform negotiations. These include the establishment of an entry-exit visa system to track whether persons who enter the country leave when they are supposed to. An estimated 40 percent of illegal immigrants have overstayed their visas.

Another is the question of how to handle the future flow of workers for so-called low-skill jobs in meat processing, hospitality and other service industries. Some lawmakers say disagreements over a guest worker program blew up a comprehensive reform bill in the Senate in 2007.

The proposal to make border security a condition for allowing illegal immigrants onto a pathway to citizenship has emerged as the biggest disagreement in the early debate. Obama pointedly did not call for it during a speech in Las Vegas, Tuesday.

 

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Mini-drones are being tested in Oklahoma withing the framework of a program called “Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety,” indicating that small spy planes will be used to keep tabs on Americans in the near future. The drones are said to be used for ventures like “law enforcement operations, search and rescue, and fire and hazardous material spill response” and will fly for 30 minutes to two hours at a time, weighing around 25 pounds so they can be launched by hand. However those devices are reportedly set to spy on the public. Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation joins RT’s Liz Wahl for more.

 

DHS to start testing drones over US for ‘public safety’

 

The Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in flight. (AFP Photo)

The Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in flight. (AFP Photo)

Don’t be surprised if you catch a federal fleet of sneaky spy drones soaring over your head in the near future, but don’t be too terrified — it’s all in the name of public safety.

The US Department of Homeland Security is asking the makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles to submit their crafts for consideration as the agency ramps up the construction of a full-fledged surveillance state across America. The DHS plans to soon conduct drone tests over the Fort Sill, Oklahoma US Army base, and they’re already soliciting spy planes from the private sector so they can select what kind of UAV to use.

According to a request for information published on the Federal Business Opportunities website recently, the DHS is determined to begin drone tests over the military base soon and is seeking submissions from drone makers that don’t mind making a few bucks by having their products put into the US airspace to conduct sweeping surveillance.

The Borders and Maritime Security Division of the DHS “will conduct flight testing and evaluation of airborne sensors and small unmanned aerial systems,” the request reads, and now invites vendors to submit drones to be tested “under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operation scenarios.”

The solicitation says that drones will be evaluated to see how well they perform law enforcement operations and conduct search and rescue missions, but once a craft is handed over to the DHS then the details will be put under lock and key. Specifically, the call for work says, “the information within each test report will be classified as For Official Use Only, and will not be shared with the general public.”

Given that the department has already addressed the issue of acquiring drones to give the DHS a better eye of domestic doings, though, those law enforcement operations in question could very well transcend away from legitimate uses and quickly cause civil liberty concerns from coast-to-coast.

Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told a House Committee panel in July that the DHS was “looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster” and the next piece of the puzzle is already being put into place. With their latest solicitation, the DHS acknowledges that it is specifically testing a “Robotic Aircraft For Public Safety,” but the components necessary to be considered suggest that any drone adopted by the agency will be brought in for sweeping surveillance.

The solicitation request requires that all drones be equipped with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensors, as well as the technology to sniff out certain chemicals from thousands of feet from above. The UAV must also have an integrated laser designator, can be hand-launched by a single person and must be able to be remotely managed by a pilot with only one day of training.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end.