July 12, 2013
Photo: Office of the Maryland Governor
Janet Napolitano, also know as Big Sis, will resign as boss of the Department of Homeland Security. She will seek the post as president of the University of California, according to media reports.
Napolitano’s departure is scheduled for September.
“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she said in a statement. “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.”
She said “I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects.”
Obama issued a statement commending Napolitano for “her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years.”
“At the Department of Homeland Security, Janet’s portfolio has included some of the toughest challenges facing our country. She’s worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild,” he said. Obama also said the American people “are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks.”
During her tenure, the TSA accelerated its effort to intimidate passengers in airports and train and bus stations with intrusive body searches, thus increasing the footprint and visibility of the post-9/11 police state. Napolitano also oversaw the “see something, say something” campaign that resembles the worst of Stasi East Germany and its pervasive police state.
Napolitano also pushed public-private partnerships, an effort compared to similar initiatives promoted by fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Most notably, the DHS engaged in an effort with megastore Walmart. The agency ran “public service” announcements in stores across American urging customers to turn suspected terrorists into store managers.