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Janet Napolitano has announced she will be leaving her DHS post today, ending what has been a controversial stint as head of America’s most disliked agency. That’s the good news. And now for the legacy…
CROCODILE TEARS: An emotional Janet is consoled by her partners in crime.
Her legacy is not exactly an honourable one. She was head of the federal government’s most expensive department, the subcontractor gravy train known as the DHS, who managed to do very little in terms of “catching terrorists” except in the case of FBI-managed terror cells, but did a lot in terms of flexing their paramilitary prowess, and domestic spying on the American people.
President Obama weighed in on the political vaudeville with a standard Bush-style accolade to his outgoing commissar saying, “The American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks.”
“Our homeland”… Unsere Vaterland. Yes, and we know all about those terrorists. Thank you for reminding us, again.
Her next role will see a substantial pay rise, from $200K to $600K, as President of the University of California system, where she announced that she will “play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders”.
Why would the University of California system be so keen have someone like Napolitano run their chain of schools? Do not be surprised if we start seeing an increased flow of money in DHS-funded research grants into that university system immediately. That might just be her main role in that position – to bring those federal taxpayer dollars for the likes of UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and US San Diego and the rest.
Imagine that, only in America.
Napolitano will be remembered as one of the most unpopular and disliked figures of the Obama era, not least of all because of what the Department of Homeland Security represents to many Americans – an over-grown federal abomination, and it will be difficult for her to escape the fact that she played a central role in helping to push the police state forward and to compromise the Constitutional integrity of the United States of America, in effect, helping to ruin her country. The fact that the DHS was created under President George W Bush during the post 9/11 paranoia era of military industrial opportunism, and has grown larger under Napolitano says a lot.
Under Napolitano, the DHS and its ugly step child the TSA, have become nothing less than federally funded weapons, used against the American people – by assembling intimidating platoons of domestic storm troopers, damaging local police departments by over-taking jurisdictions, bribing local police with federal money for unneeded domestic drones and urban assault vehicles, and all along, showing little regard for securing the nation’s borders, and even colluding with Mexican drug gangs by allowing the black market along America’s southern border states to be flooded with illegally purchased fire arms through Operation Fast and Furious – the White House’s covert program intended to demonise gun sellers in Arizona and Texas – part of a federally orchestrated frontal assault on the Second Amendment.
She did what she had to do to protect the White House and herself from one of the most criminal scandals in US history, but she will have difficulty escaping her highly questionable performance in front of a US Congressional Committee, where, alongside AG Eric Holder, she is alleged to have lied in front of the nation by denying any knowledge of federal ‘gun walking’ programs relating to Operation Fast and Furious – a statement no one actually believes – and one which cannot be erased from the public record.
Did she jump ship in advance of another scandal? Who knows – we’ll find out sure enough.
More from the Daily Caller today…
(…) “For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” Napolitano said. “The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career.”
“We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity,” she continued.
In a statement, Obama praised Napolitano for her “outstanding work.”
“I want to thank Secretary Napolitano for her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years. At the Department of Homeland Security, Janet’s portfolio has included some of the toughest challenges facing our country. She’s worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild. Since day one, Janet has led my administration’s effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values,” Obama said. ”And the American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks. I’ve come to rely on Janet’s judgment and advice, but I’ve also come to value her friendship. And as she begins a new chapter in a remarkable career of public service, I wish her the best of luck.”
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