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April 24, 2009

Republicans growl at but do not bite Janet

Filed under: Congress and HLS — by Philip J. Palin on April 24, 2009

There are times when “Dog does not bite man” is news, as when the dog is considered rabid.  This is apparently the case now. 

Thursday several GOP leaders were at the White House and, according to Patrick O’Connor at Politico, they did not mention Janet Napolitano, much less call for her head to be delivered on a silver tray. 

O’Connor writes, “Conservatives are still incensed about a Homeland Security memo that draws attention to the possible threat of “right-wing extremists” here in the U.S. But Democrats and other Napolitano supporters argue the memo itself originated with the Bush administration.  On Wednesday night, a quartet of seething conservative Republicans, led by Texas Rep. John Carter, spent an hour on the House floor trying to make a case for Obama to remove his secretary of Homeland Security. Other colleagues have echoed those complaints, but many fellow Republicans were eager for this whole episode to blow over. Even Boehner questioned the origins of the memo itself — while calling on Napolitano to offer Congress a more complete explanation.”

Postscript: In researching this quick piece I stumbled across this list  of those attending a “bipartisan” reception held at the White House on Thursday night.  Well… I guess whenever two or three are gathered, the spirit of bipartisanship can be claimed.

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 24, 2009 @ 8:32 am

Was not the report largely prepared under Secretary Chertoff and his minions, including Charles Allen now his partner in the private sector. Hey right and left wing extremism is always going to be a problem. The real problem is when the democratic majority becomes extreme. Maybe about there now with respect to the FIRE sector which the Congress, owned in part by the FIRE sector, and the Executive Branch appointees hoping for jobs in the FIRE sector after government really don’t get the ire of the average citizen. By the Fire Sector I mean the Financial and Real Estate sector not to confused with the FIRE SERVICE that helps protect lives and property in the US.

Comment by N Waff

May 3, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

Dear President Obama,

In 2004, congress introduced legislation called the “End Racial Profiling Act” to stop the offensive discriminatory act of stereotyping ordinary citizens as criminals. The ACLU said this act was “a key step in the fight to ensure that no one in America is subject to law enforcement encounters based on crude bias.” Now, your administration, under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has committed the same criminal act against our citizens, denying them equal protection and, instead, holding them under criminal suspicion because they hold a conservative political position. This action taken by your administration is offensive, un-American and has already eroded the trust between citizens, the federal government and law enforcement. It needs to be retracted and the appropriate disciplinary action needs to be taken against those who implemented this federally sanctioned discrimination. I am requesting your prompt attention to this matter.

Regards

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