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DHS Sec. Napolitano testifies on security issues in Washington

The Center for Security Policy (CSP), a self-described bipartisan nonprofit research and advocacy coalition, chided President Barack Obama in a press release Friday, calling on the White House to chart a different domestic security course than the one set by Janet Napolitano.

As Napolitano departs her cabinet position as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to head the University of California system, the CSP offered the President some advice: “[N]ominate a replacement for Napolitano that takes into account, especially, the failures of her counter-terror strategy.”

The CSP correctly notes that, under Obama, the DHS has actually subverted its stated mission of ferreting out terror threats fueled by Islamist extremism, preferring instead to neglect any investigation that might insinuate a link between a terror cell and Islam:

As Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano oversaw a hyper-partisan leveling of her department’s awareness of the domestic terrorist threats we face, scandalously equating Tea Party conservatives and returning veterans with Islamists intent on advancing shariah in this country.

Under her watch, DHS came in line with the Obama administration’s failed and highly ideological approach to counter-terrorism; its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) strategy wiped clean any attempts to identify the enemy we face. The imperative of Napolitano’s CVE, in fact, was less to adequately prevent homegrown Islamist terror attacks but to prevent any association of terrorism with Islam, no matter the cost.

Replacing accurate analysis of Islamic jihad with the meaningless “violent extremism” was part of an administration-wide effort to understand and reflect the grievances of local Muslim communities. Community engagement became more important than counter-terror policing, as career subject matter experts who correctly identified the nexus between jihad and acts of terror were silenced and purged. With the makeup of Napolitano’s CVE Advisory Board — including a who’s-who of Muslim Brotherhood-linked individuals — this strategy is unsurprising.

The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11 to unify efforts to combat terrorism against Americans. The Center for Security Policy urges President Obama to nominate a replacement for Napolitano that takes into account, especially, the failures of her counter-terror strategy.

That’s a fine suggestion. Here’s another: Abolish the DHS (for starters).

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    Well, I hope “CSP” doesn’t mind being placed on the “watch list”.

  • cribster

    As happy as I am to see the Dung Beetle go I wonder what kind of monster will be installed next.

    • FreedomFighter

      The song remains the same. Dung Beetle was so corrupt they could not even keep he/she/it in office.

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

    • momo

      That idiot Kelley, who runs NYPD, is supposed to be in the running. I wonder if stop and frisk is going to go national?

  • Alan

    DHS has subverted it’s mission because thats the way Obama wanted it.