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Gov. Janet Napolitano

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July 2013: 'But even before Newtown, progressives have been advocating for the use of more government force against political factions they find unsavory. In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a controversial report on what the author—DHS analyst Daryl Johnson—called a resurgence of right-wing extremism and the threat it posed to domestic security. The report was widely criticized on the right and was eventually criticized and revoked by DHS secretary Janet Napolitano. But after a spate of mass killings in the following years by assailants with political views that in some cases could loosely be characterized as right-wing, Johnson became something of a progressive hero. Most of the incidents involved clearly mentally ill attackers whose politics were all over the place. Even Johnson acknowledged that the incident most in line with his thesis—the massacre at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page—was the work of a “lone wolf” attacker and likely would not have been prevented by the recommendations in his report.'

November 2012: "The secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, visited Staten Island and defended the federal government’s response to Hurricane Sandy, saying relief supplies were close by before the storm and were ready to be delivered once it cleared out."

November 2011: "In August, the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, announced additional measures to put Mr. Morton’s guidelines into effect, including a review of all deportation cases — about 300,000 — currently in the immigration courts, with the aim of closing cases that do not meet the administration’s priorities."

December 2010: 'Napolitano has taken her "See Something, Say Something" campaign far beyond the traffic signs that ask drivers coming into the nation's capital for "Terror Tips" and to "Report Suspicious Activity."'

April 2010: '“It is clear that after several unsuccessful attempts to secure the source of the leak, it is time for BP to supplement their current mobilization as the slick of oil moves toward shore,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said pointedly, as the government announced steps to supplement its response with people and equipment from the Defense Department.'

April 2010: "But a few candidates have never served on the bench, including, in addition to Ms. Kagan, Martha Minow, who succeeded her as dean of Harvard Law School; Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan; and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano."

April 2010: "Among other things, the Arizona measure is an extraordinary rebuke to Janet Napolitano, who had vetoed similar legislation repeatedly as a Democratic governor before she was appointed homeland security secretary by Mr. Obama. Her successor, Governor Brewer, is a Republican."

April 2010: "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the Transportation Security Administration will select passengers for extra screening based on matches with intelligence, including physical descriptions or travel patterns. Senior administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, had described the new policy a day earlier."

June 2009: "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced yesterday that she will kill a controversial Bush administration program to expand the use of spy satellites by domestic law enforcement and other agencies."

May 2009: 'Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has made it "very clear" that her top priority is deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, said David J. Venturella, program director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.'

December 2007: 'Gov. Janet Napolitano, a moderate Democrat, became a target of criticism after she signed the law last July, after Congress had failed to reform federal immigration policy...."Without the federal government taking action, the states must move ahead," she tells NEWSWEEK. "If Arizona is a laboratory for democracy, then so be it."'

May 2006: So far this year, the Republican-controlled legislature has passed several bills designed to crack down on illegal immigration; Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano has vetoed several of them. Pearce, sponsor of the employer-crackdown legislation, said the anti-illegal-immigration majority in the legislature plans to package all the measures into a comprehensive bill. That would set up a new confrontation with the governor.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Arizona (State Government) Organization Nov 7, 2003
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Organization May 24, 2009
Succeeded by Supervisor of (past or present) Gov. Janice "Jan" K. Brewer Person Apr 23, 2010
Successor to Michael Chertoff Person May 24, 2009
Supervisor of (past or present) Appointed/Selected by Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person May 24, 2009
Supervisor of (past or present) David J. Venturella Person May 24, 2009

Articles and Resources

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Jul 07, 2013 “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

QUOTE: It wasn’t even the first time a Virginia SWAT team had killed someone during a gambling raid.....Police have justified this sort of heavy-handedness by claiming that people who run illegal gambling operations tend to be armed, a blanket characterization that absurdly lumps neighborhood Hold ’Em tournaments with Uncle Junior Soprano’s weekly poker game. And in any case, if police know that people inside an establishment are likely to be armed, it makes even less sense to come in with guns blazing. Police have also defended the paramilitary tactics by noting that poker games are usually flush with cash and thus tend to get robbed. That too is an absurd argument, unless the police are afraid they’re going to raid a game at precisely the same moment it’s getting robbed. Under either scenario, the police are acknowledging that the people playing poker when these raids go down have good reason to think that the men storming the place with guns may be criminals, not cops.

Nov 02, 2012 Hardship Strains Emotions in New York

QUOTE: Emotions, frayed after almost a week of desperation, darkness and cold, approached a breaking point on Friday as the collective spirit that buoyed New York in the first few days after Hurricane Sandy gave way to angry complaints of neglect and unequal treatment. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, facing criticism that he was favoring marathon runners arriving from around the world over people in devastated neighborhoods, reversed himself and canceled the New York City Marathon.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2011 Deportations Under New U.S. Policy Are Inconsistent

QUOTE: A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2011 Arizona Redistricting Panel Is Under Attack, Even Before Its Work Is Done

QUOTE: the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, with two Republican members, two Democratic members and an independent chairwoman, has found itself subject to such fierce attacks that its work is being questioned even before that work has been done. The stakes are high — explosive population growth over the last decade, especially among Latinos, entitles the state to one more Congressional seat, its ninth.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2011 Homeland Security Department curtails home-grown terror analysis

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security has stepped back for the past two years from conducting its own intelligence and analysis of home-grown extremism...The decision to reduce the department’s role was provoked by conservative criticism of an intelligence report on “Rightwing Extremism” issued four months into the Obama administration, the officials said.

Washington Post
Dec 20, 2010 Monitoring America (Top Secret America)

QUOTE: Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Washington Post
Apr 30, 2010 Rare Breed Now: A Justice Who Wasn’t a Judge

QUOTE: Ms. Kagan has a glittering résumé. But it lacks the one qualification that every member of the current Supreme Court possesses: past judicial service. The possibility that she will be nominated has ignited a debate over what scholars call “the norm of prior judicial experience.”

New York Times
Apr 30, 2010 BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act

QUOTE: BP officials said they did everything possible, and a review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP...

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona

QUOTE: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The governor’s move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle over immigration reform nationally. Even before she signed the bill at a 4:30 p.m. news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.

New York Times
Apr 03, 2010 Cautious praise for travel screening change

QUOTE: Lawmakers, civil liberties groups and security experts cautiously praised the Obama administration's decision to abandon using nationality alone as a basis for deciding which U.S.-bound international air travelers to subject to additional screening, but they warned that too little is known to conclude that the revised policy will be effective and not discriminatory.

Washington Post
Jul 29, 2009 Immigration detention centers failed to meet standards, report says

QUOTE: The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards regulating immigration detention centers across the country...

Los Angeles Times
Jul 27, 2009 Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned: Tornado Alley May Not Be Safe, GAO Says

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.

Washington Post
Jul 27, 2009 U.S. citizens wrongly detained, deported by ICE

QUOTE: [ Hector] Veloz is one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who have landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and struggled to prove they don't belong there, according to advocacy groups and legal scholars, who have tracked such cases around the country. Some citizens have been deported.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jul 21, 2009 Report Says Immigration Agents Broke Laws and Agency Rules in Home Raids

QUOTE: Armed federal immigration agents have illegally pushed and shoved their way into homes in New York and New Jersey in hundreds of predawn raids that violated their own agency rules as well as the Constitution, according to a study...

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 Federal Protective Service Faulted After GAO Sting With Bomb Parts

QUOTE: The recent sting by the Government Accountability Office exposed lax security procedures by the Federal Protective Service,

Washington Post
Jun 24, 2009 Will Congress End the Immigration 'Widow Penalty'?

QUOTE: While the Veteran Affairs Department deemed the Russian immigrant [Natalia Goukassian] (not yet a legal resident) eligible for surviving-spouse benefits, immigration officials at Homeland Security took a very different view: at Natalia's interview for legal residence the next year, she was told that because she hadn't been married long enough before Tigran [her American husband] died, she would be deported.

Time Magazine
Jun 24, 2009 DHS to Cut Police Access to Spy-Satellite Data: Democrat Calls Bush Program 'Ill-Conceived'

QUOTE: President George W. Bush's top intelligence and homeland security officials authorized the National Applications Office to expand sharing of satellite data with domestic agencies. But congressional Democrats barred funding for what they said could become a new platform for domestic surveillance that would raise privacy and civil liberties concerns.

Washington Post
Jun 23, 2009 Illegal immigrants netted by local police could be released: The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.

QUOTE: Some undocumented immigrants swept up on minor charges such as fishing without a license won’t face federal detention. Instead, they’ll be released on their own recognizance... could affect at least some of the 66 US law enforcement jurisdictions that are part of a controversial program which, in essence, deputizes local police to act as de facto immigration agents.

Christian Science Monitor
May 19, 2009 U.S. to Check Immigration Status of People in Local Jails: Obama Administration's Enforcement Push Could Lead to Sharp Increase in Deportation Cases

QUOTE: The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails....By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody.

Washington Post
Apr 14, 2009 U.S. Stymied as Guns Flow to Mexican Cartels (War Without Borders: A Paradoxical Struggle)

QUOTE: The federal system for tracking gun sales, crafted over the years to avoid infringements on Second Amendment rights, makes it difficult to spot suspicious trends quickly and to identify people buying for smugglers, law enforcement officials say.

New York Times

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