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DHS Chief Janet Napolitano Resigns 192

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schwit1 writes with news that the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has resigned her post. Napolitano entered the office at the beginning of President Obama's first term, and she was only the third person to hold the position since it was created in response to the September 11th attacks. In a statement, she said the Department of Homeland Security "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." Napolitano will be taking over the presidency of the University of California's 10-campus education system. "UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures — will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas."
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DHS Chief Janet Napolitano Resigns

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  • by Picass0 (147474) on Friday July 12, 2013 @10:57AM (#44261377) Homepage Journal

    "They said 'California is the place you outta be' so she loaded up he spooks and she moved to Beverly..."

    • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:14AM (#44261545)
      Except the beverly hillbillies got rich first then moved to Beverly Hills. In this case, UC is currently paying their president $600K and will probably pay her. Which is odd, because last I heard, the UC system was still cutting scholarships, teachers, and classes due to budget problems.

      But I'm sure that money is well spent: I mean, if Napolitano can bring the same magic to the UC system that she did to DHS, then maybe the UC system will be safe from imagingary threats from Al Quaeda. And isn't that more important than students getting an education? We decided it was more important than the constitution, so yes, the answer is yes whether you like it or not.

      /s. This is idiotic. Why is a taxpayer supported institution wasting money like she's a CEO?
      • by SJHillman (1966756) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:23AM (#44261639)

        The theory is that you get what you pay for. A $150,000 salary might attract someone who can save $5 mil. A $600,000 salary might attract someone better who can save $10 mil. In the end, taxpayers might be better off with a higher paid person if they can bring in the benefits. Professors at research universities operate on a similar principal... they might get paid $250,000 because they bring in $10 million in grants.

        Of course, that's the theory.

      • by phantomfive (622387) on Friday July 12, 2013 @12:01PM (#44261995) Journal

        /s. This is idiotic. Why is a taxpayer supported institution wasting money like she's a CEO?

        Why do you get a CEO? Sometimes it's only for the connections. And Janet Napolitano has a lot of connections. The key is this quote:

        "will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas."

        There are groups in the government that want to take those programs away from UC, and privatize them (or whatever). UC wants to keep them because they bring in a lot of money from the federal government. Janet will help with that because of her connections.

        • by khallow (566160)

          There are groups in the government that want to take those programs away from UC, and privatize them (or whatever). UC wants to keep them because they bring in a lot of money from the federal government. Janet will help with that because of her connections.

          A simple solution here would be to get rid of the facilities in question. Then you don't need to employ someone like Napolitano. You know, don't lie down with dogs, don't get up with fleas.

          • What does that solve?
      • by bjdevil66 (583941)

        if Napolitano can bring the same magic to the UC system that she did to DHS, then maybe the UC system will be safe from...

        If by "magic" you mean her using her DC connections to get more federal dough into the UC system one way or another, then probably. This reeks of hiring a DC insider to get cash...

      • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 12, 2013 @12:45PM (#44262451)

        You're thinking about it all wrong. They're not paying her to work there, they're paying her NOT to work at DHS!

      • Don't forget to budget for the extra half million or so rounds of ammunition needed by University Police, for training purposes of course.

      • More than that. I'd say Napolitano is probably the least knowledgeable person about terrorism in the Obama cabinet, which is just fucking sad.

        She repeatedly claims there is no violence along the US/Mexico border, even though Arizona happens to be the kidnapping capital of the world, and people as far north as Chandler, AZ have been beheaded by Cartel members.

        http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6848672&page=1#.UeBPe23aW2U [go.com]

        I remember it was her who made it sound like right wing groups were ready to stor

      • Better yet, UC will get all that money from educating illegal immigrants....oh wait....

    • That's the name of her Wife?

    • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:43AM (#44261813) Homepage Journal

      and a cry went up from the dark corners of campus, "woo-hoo, strip-search the co-eds."

    • FWIW the police in Berkeley have long had a reputation for being strict and unkind. They are virtually the figurative personification of the man. So she'll fit in that niche.
      • FWIW the police in Berkeley have long had a reputation for being strict and unkind. They are virtually the figurative personification of the man. So she'll fit in that niche.

        Plus, being California, the vast majority of people who have the balls and/or means to fight against such authoritarian bullshit are already in prison.

        Should make completing the fascist takeover a fairly straightforward manner.

      • Recall that University of California ran (and half way still does run) Los Alamos Nat. Lab - where Nukes are designed.

        University of California's not just a bunch of hippies.

        Their Chancellor talked in February about how fe feared they were "morphing into a federal university". http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/chancellor-uc-berkeley-morphing-federal-university-8816 [californiawatch.org]

        This is just one more step in that progression.

    • Hahahaha- yeah, where more than half her students can be the "Dreamers" she gave 2 year deferments of deportation to.

  • I'd say "good riddance!", but I'm fully confident that the administration will find some crony just as eager to continue our security theater.
  • Immigration? (Score:5, Informative)

    by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Friday July 12, 2013 @10:59AM (#44261395)
    Its going fantastically after $100 BILLION/10 years spent. Well done results are fantastic. See immigration reform = surveillance reform as military tactics move inland from US borders [nakedcapitalism.com]
    • How can this be modded off-topic: DHS is all about immigration control. The story even says "make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation's borders;". 100 Billion certainly sounds like "record resources", but the real story [nakedcapitalism.com] certainly does not sound like it is more fair.
      • How can this be modded off-topic

        A troop of macaques on LSD got access to an account with mod points. It happens, just wipe the poop off and move on.

    • as military tactics move inland from US borders

      So you're saying highly armed SWAT teams with tanks driving around on city streets, breaking down doors in residential homes and slaughtering house pets doesn't make you feel safer?

      Land of the free, baby! At least for very small values of free.

  • by Gothmolly (148874) on Friday July 12, 2013 @10:59AM (#44261397)

    GFY Janet, you fascist, power-grabbing hooligan.

    • by AHuxley (892839)
      On the fascist timeline we have reach ~1934. No more simple Blueshirts.
      Welcome our new political police and security services that will ensure the internet stays packet pure with every more vigilant "network hygiene"
      • A bit over the top, no? The night of the long knives was in 1934 - I don't think we're up to mass murder of political opponents yet.
        • No we force feed them and hold them without trail.
          • Which political opponents are being held without trial? Hint: those held at Guantanamo (a shameful thing) are not political opponents.
            • by dgatwood (11270) on Friday July 12, 2013 @01:22PM (#44262829) Journal

              Whether they are or not depends entirely on your perspective:

              • If your perspective is that the U.S. was legitimately fighting against a corrupt regime that attacked them, then they are war criminals who were jailed for illegal combat.
              • If your perspective is that the U.S. illegally invaded a sovereign nation and took its citizens captive, then they are at best militia POWs whose only crime was defending their homeland, whom the U.S. is no longer at war with, which means that the Geneva conventions demand that they be released immediately (and indeed, that many should have been released several years ago). Continuing to hold them past the cessation of primary hostilities makes them political prisoners.

              So the question of whether they are or are not political prisoners hinges entirely upon whether the U.S. invasion was a legal action or not. Given that nobody is big enough to force a war crimes trial against the U.S., it is unlikely that the latter question will ever be fully resolved except by default, so there's really no way to say whether they are or are not political prisoners....

        • by AHuxley (892839)
          We seem to be moving to a merger of corporate and government security.
          The private sector seems to be in the news wrt cybersecurity in the past few days.
          A new view on cyber offense http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/?p=110420-ga [wired.com]
          Terms like network hygiene http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/28/us-army-blocks-guardian-website-access [guardian.co.uk].
          The internet seems to be taking on a whole new role wrt to security from the desktop to corporate to the role of media.
          The fun of "citation needed" to many of the bigger q
    • by bjdevil66 (583941) on Friday July 12, 2013 @12:26PM (#44262237)

      With her resigning her post, this day is a great day for the entire country.

      While governor of my home state (Arizona), she was a friend of big government and an enemy of libertarian views. She ran up the Arizona state budget by billions, starting new and costly programs, with no long-term plans on how to pay for them in leaner times. She also pushed hard for planting the roots of a surveillance state, led by state-wide photo radar on state highways.

      Then in 2008, seeing the writing on the wall - she was term-limited and couldn't run again, the state's economy/budget was about to tank as the first signs of the housing collapse were appearing - she sucked up HARD to Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail and grabbed the first government post thrown her way as payment.

      Many of us here in Arizona cheered when she left, but quietly shuddered when we realized what position she'd taken, knowing her views. IMO, we're lucky we've only had to deal with naked body scanners and that enough people pushed back against her, "to hell with privacy - we need to keep these idiots safe," mentality to keep her in check. Maybe we're also lucky she was generally incompetent and became more of a DC bureaucrat that became too politically paralyzed to push for her grand views of what she would've really wanted to implement?

      And you've gotta wonder what changes she could possibly bring to a university system. She was part of a sprawling bureaucracy in DC - I guess the UC system wants a bigger bureaucracy? Maybe they just want to capitalize on her connections in DC to get federal funds (making her a de facto lobbyist)?

      On the future DHS replacement - here's to hoping the president doesn't pick another bureaucrat. Maybe the president will live up to some of his campaign promises now on openness in government when picking her successor? Realistically, I'm pretty sure it won't be a Ron Paul type...

      • by bjdevil66 (583941)

        I forgot to add that the state government and her replacement (Jan Brewer) did a great job of managing the fiscal disaster Napalitano bailed on for her cushy job. Instead of accounting gimmicks like what Janet did (selling state government properties and leasing them from new owners, etc.), they tightened their belts and got the job done by raising revenue and cutting costs. Even hard core, liberal Democrats that hate Jan Brewer for wagging her finger at President Obama have to appreciate what she did to be

  • Napolitano is heading out there to ensure that the Sharknado [imdb.com] does not come to pass. She's going to take flying lessons so she can hover a helicopter 50 feet away from the up-coming EF4 tornado and "blow it up".

  • by MetalliQaZ (539913) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:03AM (#44261439)

    "implemented smart steps"

    With the huge pile of body scanners sitting unused in warehouses thanks to DHS's wild (and illegal) binge on ineffective and invasive scanning technology, I have a hard time with their using the phrase "smart steps". In fact it's so bad, it almost seems like an inside joke. Not funny. And Janet? You make me sick

  • It's so dull when a public figure resigns for reasons other than "to spend more time with my family".

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdo ... g ['kis' in gap]> on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:03AM (#44261443)

    "UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures — will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas."

    It's a good thing there's no need to have the head of a university system have experience in anything like education or research. All that matters is those security-industry connections!

  • I've got this one (Score:5, Insightful)

    by grasshoppa (657393) <skennedy@nOSPAm.tpno-co.org> on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:03AM (#44261445) Homepage

    has improved the safety of travelers;

    Prove a negative. Nice.

    implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation's borders;

    So...nothing. No, wait! Nothing, but we spent "record resources" achieving it.

    worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation's emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust;

    So..nothing again. At least, nothing quantifiable, which is pretty much the same thing.

    and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.

    Did...she just list PRISM as an accomplishment on her resume?

    Stunning.

    • by bhlowe (1803290) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:12AM (#44261517)
      Our borders are so secure, we're only going to have to give amnesty to 30 million.
    • Did...she just list PRISM as an accomplishment on her resume?

      Stunning.

      No silly. PRISM is NSA. Janet is DHS. Get your TLA's straight.

    • Personally, I'm a bit surprised she (are we sure of that?) didn't brag about how, under her(?) leadership, the DHS acquired enough guns, tanks, and ammo to wage war on the American people for a solid decade.

    • by TubeSteak (669689)

      and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.

      Did...she just list PRISM as an accomplishment on her resume?

      Maybe she was talking about HBGary and Stratfor

    • has improved the safety of travelers;

      Under Napolitano not a single passenger has been mauled by a tiger in American airspace.

    • You overlooked her assertion that the failure of the underwear bomber (or was it the tennis shoe bomber?) was evidence that the system worked, even though there were only two reasons he failed to blow up the plane, neither one of which involved anyone from her department. The two reasons were
      1. 1) the bomber was incompetent
      2. 2) the other passengers on the plane swarmed him as soon as they realized what he was up to

      The second may not have been necessary because of the first one, but it ensured that he did not

    • worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation's emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust;

      So..nothing again. At least, nothing quantifiable, which is pretty much the same thing.

      Oh, no, this one isn't "nothing", you've read it wrong. What they mean by this is "we have equipped your local police force will military equipment and trained them how to treat the local residents as enemy soldiers." And they've done a really good job at it. They're now using no-knock paramilitary raids for pretty much any suspect, whether they are considered potentially violent or not. And killing the pets.

  • uc system (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:12AM (#44261515)

    when will the official groping policy be implemented on the campuses?

  • by spacefight (577141) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:17AM (#44261569)
    [Citation needed]

    'nuff said.
  • The day seems a little brighter.

  • 1. better the enemy you know.... who's the next terrorist, i mean head of the dhs? 2. i only fly when i absolutely have to thanks to the tsa oil checks, what types of security 'improvements' will be increasing the drop-out rate of UC in the future?
  • Good (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PPH (736903) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:29AM (#44261705)

    We need someone to keep an eye on those hippies over at UC Berkeley.

  • by TheUglyAmerican (767829) on Friday July 12, 2013 @11:31AM (#44261721)
    I understand the UC admission process will now include fully body cavity searches.
  • Will be get a Big Brother to run it? How about Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria or just plain old Stalin?
  • So one of the regime's big thugs is out. This would be a good time for the president to declare DHS a failed idea and abolish it. Of course he wouldn't phrase it that way. he would laud this thug's accomplishments and declare the department's ten year reign of terror a grand success and say it was no longer needed due the regime's advancements, and he will be able to save a lot of money due to his superior administrative skills with DHS' duties performed by some of its components, and other activities not p

  • Do the "UC Officials" realize that J. does not use email? I suspect she doesn't even know how to use a computer. I'm not convinced someone like that is really suited to run a university system, where students should have those skills, and are in an environment where communicating electronically is essential.

  • At least the good news is that the US will finally be rid of her. After she left Arizona they ripped out the traffic revenue cameras on the highways. Hopefully, this means that the tsa and other overreaching programs can be dismantled.
  • by LifesABeach (234436) on Friday July 12, 2013 @01:26PM (#44262889)
    Maybe a new university that has colleges that specialize in grant writing? How about doubling the universities so that out of state kids can get a good education. How about the california students that slogged through the requirements to go to a UC school but can't get in, because the schools are full; because there are not enough facilities for them? How about hiring educators to teach the kids so that those kids can step into jobs? The job is a lot of work, I hope she's up to it.

    Something that may cause Chancellor Janet to grin, just a little. The difference between the UC system, and that candy ass operation she headed in DC is that in California, the Tea Party is forced to do something it doesn't feel comfortable doing; think.
  • I wonder if this has anything to do with the criminality being exposed in the U.S. government... ;)

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has resigned her post.

    All right!

    Napolitano will be taking over the presidency of the University of California's 10-campus education system.

    Crap. Hopefully she doesn't damage our university system too much before my daughters are old enough to attend...

  • Students entering and exiting UC dorms will now be required to submit to a cavity search.

  • ...ahhhh, you know the rest.

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