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Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano Getting High Marks in Administration

Taking over an agency that is still a work in progress isn’t easy. But apparently she’s getting high marks within the Administration.  Her name also pops up as a candidate for the Supreme Court or for Attorney General should Eric Holder ever leave.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By Anne E. Kornblut
The Washington Post

BARCELONA — Janet Napolitano stood near the water’s edge, arms crossed, gazing up at a giant X-ray contraption.

It was a sleepy Saturday in Barcelona, and the city port was deserted. But the secretary of homeland security, who had flown in for a few hours on her way to Nigeria, was confronting this elephantine tangle of metal. This stop was the second on an international tour she launched after an attempted airliner attack on Christmas nearly became the Obama administration’s Sept. 11, 2001.

Surrounded by rows of shipping containers, 42,000 of which are sent to the United States each year, Napolitano quickly summed up the magnitude of her task, which even a machine this large could hardly address.

“Is there only the one scanner for the entire port?” Napolitano asked.

Yes, her guide replied. Napolitano winced.

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Sec. Napolitano Visits Africa to Discuss International Airline Security

nigeria mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met Sunday in Nigeria with top officials from Africa and the International Civil Aviation Organization to discuss ways to improve aviation security worldwide, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

“The attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25 demonstrated that international terrorist threats must be countered with a coordinated, global response through enhanced security standards, increased information sharing and stronger screening measures,” Napolitano said in a statement. “My meetings with our African partners underscore our commitment to working together to strengthen global aviation security measures and better protect the traveling public.”

In Abuja, Nigeria, Napolitano addressed more than 30 African ministers and representatives and stressed the importance of working together to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial flights, the agency said.

The agency also said Napolitano “applauded the measures taken since Dec. 25 to strengthen aviation security in Africa—including Nigeria’s installation of advanced imaging technology units at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the nation’s busiest airport.”

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano Reportedly on Supreme Court List

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  Janet Napolitano, who has served as Secretary of Homeland Security since January 2009, is reported to be among the top candidates to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Napolitano has a pretty deep resume. She served as Governor of Arizona, Attorney General of the state and as U.S. Attorney for Phoenix under the Clinton Administration.

Other top choices reportedly being considered include Elena Kagan, 49, the U.S. Solicitor General, the fourth highest ranking post at the Justice Department,  Diane Pamela Wood, 59, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Chicago and Merrick B. Garland, 57, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in D.C.

Other longer shots include Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Homeland Chief Janet Napolitano to Head to Rhode Island to Assess Floods

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The head of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will head off to Rhode Island on Friday to assess the devastating damage from the floods, the Associated Press reported.

The floods have been the worst the state has seen in 200 years.

“I hope that it will show Rhode Islanders, some of whom are feeling pretty beleaguered after a tough economy, a flood, a cleanup after the flood and then, bam, another one, that they are being heard in the highest levels of the Obama administration,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) told the AP.

Homeland Chief Napolitano Says Austin Suicide Pilot Was “Lone Wolf”

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano echoed what has been said pretty much all along: Suicide pilot Joseph Stack, 53, who crashed his plane into the IRS building in Austin last month was not a domestic terrorist but simply someone carrying out a personal agenda.

Napolitano made those remarks Tuesday in a radio interview on WAMU-FM’s “Diane Rehm Show”, according to a report in the Washington Post.

“To our belief, he was a lone wolf,” Napolitano said. “He used a terrorist tactic, but an individual who uses a terrorist tactic doesn’t necessarily mean they are part of an organized group attempting an attack on the United States.”

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Commentary: Note to Janet Napolitano: Be Careful About Trying to Hoodwink the Public

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show
Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and the Obama administration learned a valuable public relations lesson in this latest incident involving the Detroit terror incident: Don’t try to hoodwink the public with positive spin– at least not on something so obvious.

Napolitano came out after the Christmas Day incident involving  a Northwest flight and said “the system worked”.  It seemed to have the same ring of credibility as Bill Clinton’s infamous remark:  “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

Snow job. (Or in Clinton’s case, the other kind of job).  Both had a cost: a loss of credibility.

Sure, Napolitano backed off her statement and said it was taken out of context. She says she was referring to the response after the incident. And then President Obama stepped up to the plate on Tuesday and conceded that the system had failed.

But some damage was done. You only get so many chances in this unforgiving town. Be careful how you use up those credibility chips. In many instances, once they’re gone, so are you.

Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Hits The Daily Show

Homeland To Back Off Stimulus Funding Until It Reviews Priorities

The spending of stimulus funds should come under intense scrutiny. There’s going to be some misspending of stimulus funds, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to keep waste and misguided priorities to a minimum.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Facing criticism for her handling of federal stimulus money, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she would not start any new border construction projects and would review how her department selected projects that would get money.

Napolitano has faced questions since The Associated Press reported last month that Homeland Security officials did not follow their internal priority lists when choosing which border checkpoints would be financed for renovations. Under a process that is secretive and susceptible to political influence, officials planned to spend millions at tiny checkpoints, passing over busier, higher-priority projects.

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