Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making Americans less safe

Frank Gaffney details the many ways Janet Napolitano has undermined our national security and put America at considerably more risk of catastrophic terror attack.


Making Americans less safe
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

Give Janet A. Napolitano her due. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has taken to heart President Obama's campaign pledges of "change" and "hope." Unfortunately, the changes she has effected seem generally to be to dismantle sensible Bush-era internal security policies and practices, replacing them with politically correct nostrums and generally inadequate programs.

The cumulative effect of such change can only be to give hope to our terrorist foes. If this keeps up, Ms. Napolitano's agency should be renamed the Homeland Insecurity Department. Consider the following illustrative examples:

Ms. Napolitano has been at the cutting edge of the Obama administration's efforts to define away the conflict in which we are engaged. Her most notable contribution has been to replace the term "terrorism" with "man-caused disasters." She claims it reflects her desire to "move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur." Sadly, such gambits predictably have the effect of further confusing the public about the gravity - let alone the source - of the dangers her department was established to counter.

Speaking of dangers, a report recently released by Ms. Napolitano's staff warned of the threat posed by veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other "right-wing extremists." This defamation is all the more egregious for its coming on the heels of a no-less-benighted Bush administration lexicological exercise - one that concealed the role of what authoritative Islam calls Shariah in spawning terrorism.

Then there is the problem posed for homeland security by untold numbers of persons illegally in the United States. A few months ago, Ms. Napolitano suspended workplace raids aimed at apprehending employees not legally here. Her department then freed and gave work permits to 27 of those previously arrested on her watch. She authorized resumption of the raids last week, but their principal target reportedly will be American employers rather than the illegals they hire. It is not clear whether the net effect of the Napolitano program will be to discourage or incentivize aliens to try to penetrate our borders.
Here's another straw in that wind: The Obama administration has submitted a budget to Congress that would deny state and local governments currently incarcerating illegal aliens the federal help they heretofore have received to defray the associated costs. If that is allowed to stand, the inevitable result would be to release into the general population thousands of possibly dangerous aliens, compounding our homeland insecurity problem.