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Tag: Janet Napolitano

Napolitano Sharply Opposed Clemency for NSA Leaker Edward Snowden, Saying He Hurt U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NSA leaker Edward Snowden hopes to get clemency, it won’t be from Janet Napolitano, CNN reports.

The Homeland Security secretary said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that Snowden caused significant damage to U.S. intelligence-gathering.

Snowden is charged with three counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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Ex-Homeland Chief Janet Napolitano Talks About Security Issues at Winter Olympics in Russia

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Sen. McCain Still Unsatisfied with Senate’s Confirmation of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Already, the new Homeland Security secretary and Sen. John McCain have gotten off on the wrong foot, the Arizona Republic reports.

After missing the Senate’s 57-37 vote to confirm Jeh Johnson, McCain said he would have voted against the nomination. 

Johnson was tapped by President Obama to replace Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who left in September to take a university position.

McCain said he’s frustrated with Johnson’s refusal to explain the metric behind measuring the effectiveness of border security.

“My question to him was, ‘When you are the secretary, will you give me that information?’ ” McCain said Thursday. “And he refused to say that he would, which is really very unusual.”

LAX Gunman a “Pissed-Off Patriot” Who Wanted to Kill TSA Officers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The gunman behind the deadly rampage at Los International Airport planned to kill multiple TSA officers to “instill fear in your traitorous minds” when he unloaded his .223-caliber assault rifle, the Associated Press reports.

Gunman Paul Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, is heavily sedated after he was shot several times. But he told the FBI in a handwritten note that he is a “pissed-off patriot” upset over what he considered the constitutional violations of invasive TSA searches, the AP reported.

Ciancia also said he was angry at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Ciancia could be sentenced to death.

Washington Times: Obama’s Poor Choice for Homeland Security Secretary

By the Washington Times 
Editorial Page

Janet Napolitano finally retired as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California.

That’s good news for friends of reason, good sense and liberty, considering her tenure was marked by the implementation of backdoor amnesty schemes.

The not-so-good news is that President Obama’s replacement doesn’t sound much better. Jeh Johnson, formerly the top lawyer at the Pentagon, was crowned, or bemedaled, or beribboned, or whatever may be appropriate for that job, in a Rose Garden ceremony Friday. He was a Manhattan trial lawyer and a lobbyist who was general counsel at the Defense Department during Mr. Obama’s first term.

The department looks dysfunctional, and may need someone more than a professional lobbyist.

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President Obama to Nominate Jeh C. Johnson As Next Homeland Security Secretary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If President Obama gets his way, Jeh C. Johnson will be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Times reports.

Obama plans to soon nominate Johnson, who worked on many of the administration’s national security policies while he was the Defense Department’s general counsel.

Johnson, 56, would replace Janet Napolitano, who resigned in July to lead the University of California system, the New York Times wrote.

The Times reported that Johnson lacks experience with issues such as border security and immigration, but he shares many of the president’s view of the future of U.S. counterterrorism.

Homeland Security Remains without a Leader As Authorities Struggle to Find Nominee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With Janet Napolitano out, Homeland Security is without a nomination for a new chief.

Maybe that’s because it’s a thankless job that can spoil a reputation, the Washington Post reports.

“It’s a high-risk job,” one observer told the Post. “If something happens on your watch, you’re done.”

 

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Takes Over as UC President

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took over as the president of the University of California on Monday, but she’s already facing challenges.

A group of student activists are asking for a “no-confidence” vote to express disapproval over her hiring, the Associated Press reports.

The activists said Napolitano is a bad choice because she’ll be overseeing a campus where protests and residents living in the U.S. illegally are going school, the AP wrote.

“There are a lot of students with some very large concerns centered around her past history in Homeland Security,” University of California Student Association President Kareem Aref said. “Students are concerned that her presidency may be accompanied by a militarization of the UC.”