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Tag: Napolitano

Homeland Security Director Napolitano Denied Role in Release of Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Department of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said she had no part in the recent release of hundreds of low-risk, undocumented immigrant detainees ahead of impending federal spending cuts under the sequestration, ABC News reports.

“Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field,” Napolitano said, acknowledged the timing was bad.

Two Arizona officials, Gov. Jan Brewer and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, complained to CNN that they were never notified of the release.

“This is a criminal element that the federal administration has decided to release into the communities,” the Republican governor told CNN. “It’s wrong and it’s outrageous and it’s appalling to do something of this magnitude and not contact myself or my homeland security people.”

Homeland Chief Napolitano Issues Statement on Colo. Shootings

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a statement following the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater early Friday morning, saying “I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting.”

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies continue to respond to this horrific event and I have directed the Department of Homeland Security to provide any support necessary in the ongoing investigation. We are committed to bringing those responsible to justice. Our hearts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by this tragedy, especially the family and friends of those killed or injured.”

The Denver Post reported that about 50 people were shot — at least 12 fatally — at an Aurora theater during a premiere of the new Batman movie.

The paper reported that a 24-year-old man James Holmes is in custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to Holmes was being evacuated to search for explosives.

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle Denies Secret Service Request to Monitor Its Phones During Visit by Napolitano

Janet Napolitano/file photo-bill maher show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service may have touched a on a sensitive nerve with the San Francisco Chronicle.

The agency  asked the paper if it could monitor its phone traffic during a visit by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday. She had gone to the paper to talk to the Editorial Board.

The agency wanted to monitor phone numbers, not conversations, in case of a bomb or other type of threat.

The paper denied the request. The paper asked Napolitano during an interview if the request was part of a new protocol.

“I don’t know the answer,” she told the Chronicle, and said she’d look into the matter.

On Tuesday, the Secret Service released a statement to the paper:

“A request for a caller ID device referred to as a ‘phone trap’ is standard operating procedure for sites visited by protectees of the Secret Service in San Francisco in order to quickly identify phone numbers should they call in a bomb threat or other type of threat to a protected site. There is no monitoring of phone conversations nor are there any lists of phone numbers generated.”

Napolitano Freezes Funding for Trouble-Plagued Virtual Fence Along Southwest Border

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The fate of the once-touted virtual fence designed to protect the Southwest border along Mexico is in doubt.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday that she was freezing additional funding and work on the uncompleted virtual fence that was supposed to stretch across 2,000 miles of border. She has ordered an assessment of the problem-plagued project that to date has cost the government $1.1 billion.

“Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost effective way possible,” Napolitano said in a statement posted on the agency’s website.

“The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.

“Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will redeploy $50 million of Recovery Act funding originally allocated for the SBInet Block 1 to other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border, including mobile surveillance, thermal imaging devices, ultra-light detection, backscatter units, mobile radios, cameras and laptops for pursuit vehicles, and remote video surveillance system enhancements.”

To read more on the virtual fence go to AOL  News.

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Sec. Napolitano Exudes Confidence By Keeping Old Hands at Homeland Security

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By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON–Secretary Napolitano has decided to keep a number of DHS non-career employees on board at the Department through an extended transition phase. It’s a wise move, and one that highlights the confidence the former Arizona Governor brings to her role. As Washington Post writer Spencer Hsu points out, Napolitano’s decision runs contrary to typical approaches.
The attempt at continuity is unusual in presidential transitions between parties, which typically lead to wholesale purging of politically appointed personnel. At the Justice Department, for example, almost no Bush holdovers remain beyond Deputy Attorney General Mark R. Filip, who is acting as attorney general pending confirmation of Obama nominee Eric H. Holder Jr., and Filip’s two top aides.
By contrast, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has retained the department’s second-ranking official, Deputy Secretary Paul A. Schneider, and its top border security official, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham, as well as its operations director and the assistant secretaries responsible for policy and private sector coordination. The heads of the Coast Guard and Secret Service, who are not political appointees, and DHS Undersecretary for Management Elaine C. Duke, whose tenure is set by law, also remain.

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