Dept. of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano—her detractors coined the nickname “J-No”—was one of President Barack Obama’s most questionable appointments. She had no experience in law enforcement, the military or for that matter, homeland security. Napolitano is a lawyer who served as governor of Arizona.
Now a scandal is brewing because of a lawsuit.
This isn’t just any lawsuit—there’s a backstory involving allegations about sex, humiliation and gender bias.
When Napolitano chose a chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she picked another attorney, Suzanne Barr.
When the chief picked a special advisor to DHS, she chose Dora B. Schriro, an attorney who had a glowing background in corrections, specializing in “reentry.”
None of the women had a background in national security, law enforcment or border security.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The scandal is brewing because of a lawsuit filed by James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE.
Hayes did have a background in his field.
Hayes was demoted after Napolitano was appointed—he had been serving as director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations in Washington, D.C.
The New York Post said:
“Hayes’ suit says that when it became clear he was going to be removed from his post, he “felt that he was being targeted because of his gender.”
He charges that in April and May 2009, ICE chief of staff Barr “removed the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including nameplates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters.”
That's the mild part of the story.
Blogger Debbie Schlussel broke the story, and there are a number of sordid allegations related to the two women appointed by Napolitano.
Napolitano’s approach got off to a bad start, with DHS officially targeting small government supporters and other conservatives as “extremists.” That approach stemmed from concerns about the fact that Americans had elected a president who was biracial. DHS admitted there was no specific reason for what amounted to a political attack.
The Post also said:
“Barr also created a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees,” court papers say.”
ICE employees have repeatedly expressed concerns about agency policy, with a letter expressing no confidence in ICE director John Morton in 2010. Morton had overseen improvements in detention facilities for illegal aliens, including hanging plants and repainting to enhance aesthetics. In July 2012, agents from ICE and the Border Patrol came forward publicly, stating that any alien can now claim to be a “dreamer.”
The agents spoke in response to Obama’s de facto overturn of immigration law, with DHS now exercising “prosecutorial discretion” when an illegal is detained.
No American citizen enjoys that type of reprieve from federal law—at present, any illegal alien enjoys more flexible rights than U.S. citizens or immigrants.
The lawsuit alleges that Barr demanded a male ICE Special Agent engage in oral sex with her and that she relocated three top male ICE agents’ offices to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters. All of the alleged misconduct was the behavior of Barack Obama’s hand-picked people running the Department of Homeland Security, who’ve created a hostile work environment for straight male agents, a story I recently broke on this site.
Scandal ahead, but the big question is will big media actually report it? After all, the same media has routinely given a pass to Obama administration officials on every controversy, from Fast and Furious to national security leaks.
Only new media like The Daily Caller published information about the impact of Obama's border policy:
“Illegal aliens who have been released from custody between 2008 and mid-2011 have been charged with 16,226 subsequent crimes, including 19 murders, 142 sex crimes and thousands of drunk-driving offenses, drug-crimes and felonies, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.”
Before Obama put Napolitano in charge of DHS, the only thing most of us knew about her was that she defended Anita Hill who, along with a number of Democrats, politically attacked now Asso. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas when his nomination was being considered.
Less than half of the U.S. southern border has been secured during Napolitano’s tenure at DHS.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/August 10, 2012)
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