Janet Napolitano Bails From Homeland Security

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Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is bailing out of the Obama administration.

Napolitano announced today that she's stepping down as Homeland Security secretary and will move on to a new job -- president of the University of California.

After leaving Arizona with Jan Brewer, you'd think it would've been a nice gesture to stay for the whole administration -- especially when Brewer's talking about running for an unconstitutional third term.

Here's Napolitano's announcement, from DHS:
"For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. 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. After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation's next generation of leaders. I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects."
The current president of the University of California, Mark Yudof, announced at the beginning of the year that he'd be stepping down from that post, citing a "spate of taxing health issues" in the preceding 18 months.

Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that Napolitano was "quietly making it known" that she was considering a run for president, and the paper suggested that the chances increase if Hillary Clinton doesn't run.

In a statement from the White House, President Obama says Napolitano "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."

"And the American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet's leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks," the statement says.

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62 comments
Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

She allowed sexual harassment  and still gets a high paid gig. It must be nice.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good riddance to her. The next director of DHS needs to be a person who will actually be tough on illegal immigration.

DNichols
DNichols

Since the Start of the "Department of Homeland Security", and the so called "Patriot Act" our Nation has Fallen!

This Communist Police State Organization has overridden the U.S. Constitution, and Wasted Trillions of Hard Earned Tax Dollars!

There is 30,000 Dirty Disguised Spy Drones flying over America right now. All of these Drones are loaded with high tech. Thermal Dynamic Camera's, and Laser Listening to Scan "We the People" right inside the very "Privacy of our American Homes."

Telephone, and Internet Spying is NOTHING!

Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every Peeping, Perverted Coward in these Constitution Trashing Programs in front of a Firing Squad!

These Worthless Tyrants are Trashing Freedom, and Desicrating the very graves of our "Fallen Heroes" that fought and Died to Protect Freedom, Liberty, and our U.S. Constitution form Tyrants like the Spying Trash in the D.H.S.

 A true Patriot would not stand for this Treasonious Spying in our "Homeland"!!!

To See a couple of these Disguised Drones over my Gilbert Az. Home see my You Tube Post: "Un-reported Near Miss over Arizona."

To: Liberty, and Freedom, let them Ring!

jeanjb
jeanjb

remember before janet? Jane Hull!

now we have her back with bleached blond hair.

Brad Kachurka
Brad Kachurka

I can't believe PNT actually said something negative about a democrat.

Ghormeh Sabzi
Ghormeh Sabzi

I wish she never left AZ!!!! She was standing up to that Joe old fart sheriff wanna be. Now we're stuck with Jan the dumb-dumb who is trying to run for a third term. Congrats to California for having her!

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

She was our last good governor. She left us with no-brain Jan.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Most of the cabinet has moved on. She had the decency to not do revolving door, to go the way of Chertoff, whose next investment was in the security at airports, the "Rape-a-Scan."

Tom Havey
Tom Havey

I'm kind of surprised she has so many fans in this thread.

Stephanie Pratt
Stephanie Pratt

Quits? She served past a full term, longer than any other person that has been in that position. Tom Ridge 2 years, James Loy 15 days, Michael Chertoff 4 years.

4myEyes
4myEyes

Good thing Nappy quit before she was found out.  Glad she is going.

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

My thoughts exactly--and how would her accomplishments stack up to the accomplishments of, say, the person who wrote that headline?

Christa Severns
Christa Severns

I think you headline is so off base and I think you know it. Chalk up a good example of irresponsible journalism.

Liz Reagan
Liz Reagan

Bails ?? Quits ?? Wow. I appreciate her serving in both capacities. No one serves in a cabinet position forever. I think her progression is natural and a testament to her character and hard work.

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

I would love her back in AZ. We lost a great governor when she left AND got stuck with dumb and dumber legislators

Josh Smusz
Josh Smusz

Homeland Security director becomes head of education, only in America where people are too stupid to see why that is problematic would this fly. The world would be better off if Democrats and Republicans just stopped voting or talking or bothering people with their ideas that have gotten us in this mess.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

UC is hiring her to bring to heel rebellious students who have been resisting tuition increases, privatization and militarization in the universities. Bad news for the students.

Amanda Blum
Amanda Blum

i think that's a unfair assessment and sensationalist headline. She did the job for four years. How is this "quitting again" ?

Pel Abbott
Pel Abbott

"Quits again?" Your publication SUCKS since it was sold to whoever you are in Colorado. FAIL.

Lurkeshah
Lurkeshah

Absent in all reporting of her transition is the sexual harrassment lawsuit against her and others in the HS department.  Guess we can focus on small things like that?

slappy
slappy

Babeu's people think he will get the call to take over DHS.  They say he has the experience. 

Syd Vishus
Syd Vishus

Geesus Heather....what rock have you been hiding under?? She did nothing for AZ...couldn't get the border fixed as a GOV..and failed miserably at Homeland Security..and still couldn't get the border fixed!! now, she's moving onto another job..at which she has no qualifications!!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I wonder if he'll toss his hat in for the 2016 Presidential election against that other fella.

DNichols
DNichols

@ Arpaio's Butt Monkey:

Or perhaps the next DHS Director will be  tough on Arpaio's Child Molesting/Racist  Pals?!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYCLIT, & Who do U suggest Einstein......how about URself?LMFAOROTFF.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@DNichols Please reset your tinfoil helmet to the original factory settings.  Something seems to have overloaded.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@Brad Kachurka  PNT has blasted Nappy so many times it's ridiculous. Search her name in PNTs search engine. They rarely, if ever, said nice things about her. 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows She will likely expand the CA Dream Act and put the system in further debt, causing more tuition increases.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Evan C. Paul She should never have come to Arizona.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Lurkeshah word is, Suzanne Barr is following Nappy to California and going to be the Dean of Student Affairs and Sorority party planner.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Syd Vishus She was the only governor who, in my 30 years in Az., didn't leave office under criminal indictment (Mecham), as a convicted felon (Symington) or in a cloud of incompetence (Methane Jane). Say what you will but she was, overall, the sanest and best governor to hold office since I've lived here.

Also, I don't remember anything she said or did, being featured on "The Daily Show like Stinky Finger Jan has.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

She may be better than the current Governor but no, we don't need her.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Are those veiled references to the rumors that Napolitano and/or Clintion may be gay?   You are so funny.....calling one them a he and the other a fella.   Clever, YPS, just clever.  Of course, it would probably be more clever to address Napolitano's politics and competence, but stick with the veiled slights about her rumored sexual orientation - I'm sure that will go voer better with the fellas in your office. 

DNichols
DNichols

@bob-lablaw96

Go to Mesa 's Falcon Field Airport and watch the Constitution Trashing Drones take off and land?!

Go to Mesa's Polytechnic School, or Prescott's Emery Riddle School and learn to build, and fly these Disgusting Spy Toys for Perverts, including the Thermal Dynamics?!

This Out of Control Spying of "We the People" inside our very Homes has been going on for Ten Years over America!

 "We the People" can just be complacent Sheep, and stick our heads in a crevace while pretending that Freedom is not being Trashed by Worthless Peeping Cowards, we can pretend that the Patriot Act did not overide our Constitutional Rights, that Congress has been stalled since the Patriot Act by Bi-partisonship, and that our new Ballooning National Deficit has nothing to do with the wasted Trillions on these Communist Programs in our "Homeland"

Why don't you just keep watching Barney, pretend and stay happy?

To: Liberty.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@MotherJones She is kinda unique in that way.  You have to admit that there are fewer than two others that they have scorned.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@JohnQ.Public C'mon!  Janet and Hillary have bigger dicks than most of the Democratic Party.  Even Barney Frank was impressed with them!


yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public If you want to discuss Nappy's politics, lets start with how any woman can stand idly by and allow another woman to be raped repeatedly over the period of numerous weeks, all whilst weilding the authority to intervene but instead choosing to do the opposite.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public Pointing out their masculinity is not calling them gay.  Quit being a stick in the mud.

I wonder if you scoff at Will Ferrel playing Janet Reno with the same contempt...

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Bnbk @yourproductsucks If they are never prosecuted, does that give Janet Napolitano a free pass on her deplorable performance at that prison riot?

Vote for people that are not Arpaio. Vote for people that will not appoint Janet Napolitano, or her ilk, to any position of authority. That might well include Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, the gay Sheriff in Tucson.  

Elected folks are harder to control.  Be sure of who you vote for

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@JohnQ.Public You make a valid point.  But, you stop at the part where Nappy was appointed, and the Joke is elected.  We cannot always get rid of our elected assholes, but should be able to dump our appointed ones.

Why can't we appoint Joe Arpaio to something, just so that we can dump him in shame?  I would vote for that


yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Bnbk @yourproductsucks The huge difference is, napolitano didn't ignore it...she facilitated it.  She was being given up to the minute information of the repeatedly vicious rapes and beatings the two convicts were imposing on their two victims, and she allowed it to continue WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING and having the ability to immediately stop it.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Bnbk @yourproductsucks What are you suggesting bnbk?  Are you assuming I have the answers?  Are you under the impression that I think the sex crimes ineptitude is somehow acceptable?  What happened was unacceptable and I have the same heart wrenching disgust for the lack of justice and safety to those victimized.

Now, lets get back on track and focus on Napolitano rather than apologizing for her ineptitude by pointing at others and saying- look what they did!

Bnbk
Bnbk

@yourproductsucks I have never been a fan of Napolitano. I was just pointing out that she was not the only one to ignore crimes. Amazing what people in positions of power can get away with. The list is long here in AZ.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@yourproductsucks @Bnbk How are those cases going YPS ? Have not heard anything about them. Were they just all swept under the rug ?

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Bnbk Hooray!  Another Comparison-Other argument!  Are you arguing that what Napolitano didn't do was acceptable?

Bnbk
Bnbk

@yourproductsucks @JohnQ.Public Do you mean how MCSO and AARPiehole stood idly by while women and children were raped and abused,when they had the authority to intervene and investigate ? How are those cases going by the way ? Any perps arressted yet ?

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public She ignored the advise and counsel of SWAT community, who were all in agreement with what must be done.

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that I act as an apologist for all things arpaio. 

That being said, I agree with your points regarding her rise and departure from Az Politics. 

You are wrong, again, to infer I am the least bit concerned with napolitano's sexuality.  If we are to be "uniformely outraged" as you suggest, then why are your haughty remarks regarding other's appearance absent when people disparage arpaio's age/ appearance?  You know, that whole "ignoring their own side's transgressions" comment; how are you excluded from the litmus?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I agree that I don't want her back as Governor in large part because she gave Arpaio a free pass both as US Attorney and Governor in what appeared to be a quid-pro-quo for his political endorsement.  Also, her budgets overspent in the good years (with the legislature as an accomplice) which left us in a really bad place when the economy went to hell.  And then when the economy went to hell, she left us mid-term to sort it out instead of completing her commitment to us.  See there are lots of reasoins to diss on her before you even get to dissing on her appearance or sexuality. 

I'm not trying to dilute the conversation, I just want to make sure that outrage about allowing people to be assaulted, raped and/or murdered is used by one side to hammer the other while ignoring their own side's transgressions.  Lets be unifromally outraged when this occurrs regardless under whose control or direction it happens.

I don't remember the Lewis Priosn Hostage situation well enough to argue that her approach was right or wrong - I would hope that she followed the strategic and tactical advice of the experts, including law enforcement and SWAT leaders regarding the ability to storm that guard tower and rescue the hostage without further ham to the hostage.   . 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public Your attempt at dilluting the conversation with "comparison other" arguments involving the Sheriff leads to another issue regarding Napolitano; specifically her relationship with Arpaio.  It's oft ignored by Napolitano Banner Carriers that Arpaio crossed party lines to endorse Nappy for Governor shortly after Nappy gave the "all clear" on an investigation against the Sheriff's Office reference mishandling of funds she headed while at the AG's office.  

The Lewis Prison Hostage debacle led by the spineless Napolitano which allowed a female guard to be gang raped by two inmates for over 15 days while snipers watched and SWAT teams waited below, because Nappy chose to "wait it out."

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I'm not aware of that incident, but how any person can stand by idly while another person is raped is fair game.  Again, gender neutral - as men, I would hope that neither you nor I would stand by idly while another person was assaulted or raped.  If in fact she did that, that would clearly be an appropriate topic for discussion - more so than your opinion of her appearance.  And then we can include in the coversation how other elected officials have stood by and done nothing and allowed people to be assaulted and murdered while in their care - you know, people like Brian Crenshaw and Marty Atencio.

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