Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security, addresses the threat of networked terrorist organizations and the Department of Homeland Security's strategy to prevent and respond to them.
Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is leading our nation's collective efforts to secure our country from the threats we face - from terrorism to natural disasters.
To counter the threat of terrorism, Sec. Napolitano has forged new partnerships with international allies, and expanded information sharing with federal, state and local law enforcement - building a collaborative effort to detect and disrupt threats early on.
She has initiated a new, more strategic course to strengthen security along our southwest border, deploying additional personnel and advanced technology, while working closely with Mexico to combat violent international drug cartels - resulting in increased seizures of illegal contraband along the border and throughout our country's interior.
Napolitano also has forged a smart and effective approach to enforcing our immigration laws and prioritizing public safety while targeting criminal aliens and aggressively pursuing employers that knowingly take advantage of illegal labor.
She has strengthened the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters by cutting through red tape and expediting decision-making along the Gulf Coast, providing new resources to build resilient communities and bolster their response capabilities, and calling on all Americans to play a role in the shared responsibility of making our homeland secure.
In each of these areas - counterterrorism; border security; immigration enforcement; and disaster preparedness, response and recovery – Sec. Napolitano is building upon the skills and resources of this young department by deploying the best that science and technology have to offer; reinvigorating partnerships with state, local and tribal governments and the private sector - our nation's first detectors and first responders; and implementing a bold Efficiency Review that is making the Department a leaner, smarter agency better equipped to protect the nation.
Prior to becoming Secretary, Sec. Napolitano was in her second term as Governor of Arizona and was recognized as a national leader on homeland security, border security and immigration. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association and was named one of the top five governors in the country by Time Magazine. Napolitano was also the first female Attorney General of Arizona and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Sec. Napolitano was born in New York City and grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Albuquerque, N.M. She graduated from Santa Clara University, where she won a Truman Scholarship and was the university's first female valedictorian, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before entering public office, Sec. Napolitano served as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Phoenix at the firm of Lewis and Roca.
Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security, addresses the cyberterrorism threats of a networked world. "While the shock and the pain and images of 9/11 stay with us, the terror threat is even more decentralized, more networked, and more adaptive than on 9/11," she says.
Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security, says the American people must not live in a state of fear, but rather one of preparedness. She warns that complacency is a threat to national security.
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Ms. Napolitanoi and the Obama have done a fine job in combatting terrorism. We have only had two attacks in the first year of the adminstration. Bravo! If she had any character, she would admit she is not up to the task and resign. The Department of Homeland Security, the TSA and other government agencies have FAILED. Her claiming Obama is on top of the terrorism problem is not credible.
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I agree with many of the points the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano brought up as to their efforts into our international and national security. I am pleased that she went through the complete list of countries that the 911 terror attackers of the World Trade Center were from, trained in and planed in, No mention of Iraq which only a few years ago would have made the room go agasp, so I would guess the intelligence agencies are less political now than then.
I agree that we as a people need to be vigilant and watchful for unusual things and happenings to protect ourselves from other such attacks but I wonder just how much we should be snooping about our neighbors.
The last administration taught us that we are extremely gullible and naïve to what ever the administration of the time tells us for what ever purpose that it may have and though it is probably on the level now and is with sincerity that warns us about potential threats I can't help wonder what of other administrations to come. Would, and could, the Homeland Security Agency become a internal agency that uses the possible threats as a means to control us.
As far as terrorism in foreign countries, I am concerned that “our interest” often means -American capitalist interest-, such as the driving force that we now find ourselves involved with in the Mideast.
We know that all too often American Corporations are up to no good here, not to mention influencing the government with their money, what makes one think that they would behave any better in a foreign country where their money might have even more influence, and if that interest should be threatened then our reaction would be to send in the air-strikes, hit squads or subversive agents or even troops. I am not saying that American corporations are always conniving but who watches over them?
Several years ago the usual events were a corporation would be involved with a foreign government, or head of state, be they a ruthless dictator or whatever, and be very much involved in the oppression of the people for profits, or whatever, but should the people revolt then we would send in assassination squads, subversion personal, air-strikes and we would be told that we are helping our good friends put down a communist uprising.
The point is, can we trust our intelligence agencies in the future to use their abilities for the good, truth and for the public good.