Secretary Napolitano lost credibility, say critics
By Jim Kouri
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is faulted for states such as Arizona taking matters into their own hands. Her alleged lax attitude towards illegal aliens and her opposition to tough law enforcement contributed to Arizona passing its own illegal immigration law.
Last year Secretary Napolitano's reportedly stripped Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- also known as "America's Sheriff" by many admirers who hail him as a hero -- of his federal authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants based solely on their immigration status. The federal authorities under President Barack Obama wish to do away with local cops enforcing our nation's immigration laws.
Arpaio's deputies attended the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Center in order to be trained for immigration enforcement as part of their regular law enforcement and jail management duties. In addition to the DHS attempting to curtail Sheriff Arpaio's immigration enforcement activities -- he states he will not stop arresting illegal aliens -- Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, began to investigate Sheriff Arpaio and his department.
In the same week that the nation's Homeland Security secretary assured Congress the southern border is more secure than ever, an Arizona sheriff deputy got shot by Mexican drug smugglers and an illegal immigrant drop house got busted in separate areas.
Is it possible that Janet Napolitano misspoke at last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when she confidently asserted that the U.S.-Mexico border is "as secure now as it's ever been?" She is after all, the Obama Administration official charged with protecting the country's safety and securing its borders, said officials at the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Her words certainly lost credibility because they were delivered within days of two separate incidents that contradict her seemingly delusional assessment of the southern border. Additionally, there has been solid documentation—from the media as well as the government—of a drastic increase in violence by drug and human smugglers that routinely make their way north, according to the legal team at Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates government corruption.
"If Secretary Napolitano were a conservative Republican, the news media would have lambasted her daily and editorial writers would have demanded her resignation. They would have whipped up the public to demand her removal if she were a member of the GOP," claims political strategist Mike Baker.
Just a few weeks ago a federal report revealed that Mexican drug cartels continue to be the nation's largest supplier of illicit narcotics and that violent Mexican gangs have expanded into every region of the country, including idyllic rural areas. Thousands of metric tons of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine were smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico in the last year and tens of billions of dollars in drug proceeds flowed back south, according to the Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center.
Weeks before that the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to warn U.S. law enforcement officers and their families that a deadly Mexican gang is actively plotting to kill them in retaliation for a sweep targeting its thugs. The alert warns cops to wear body armor and vary routes to avoid being tracked by the violent gang that has spread throughout the U.S.
This month alone, local authorities in west Phoenix discovered about a dozen illegal immigrants and their smugglers holed up on a drop house. A few days later Mexican drug smugglers ambushed a Pinal county sheriff's deputy in a remote area of south Phoenix and shot him in the stomach. The rugged desert area is well known as a high traffic and drug smuggling corridor.
These incidents seem to indicate that the Secretary of Homeland Security is lying to Americans about securing the porous and increasingly dangerous southern border, according to legal watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner and New Media Alliance. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.