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Homeland Security Choice Suggests Priority Shift

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President Barack Obama on Friday nominated the Pentagon‘s former top lawyer to help craft the nation’s counterterrorism policy as secretary of homeland security, suggesting a shift from the department’s emphasis on immigration and border issues to a greater focus on security against possible attacks.

Charles Dharapak/AP

If confirmed by the Senate — and no organized opposition has been indicated — Jeh C. Johnson would replace Janet Napolitano, who left her post last month to become president of the University of California system. Johnson, whose first name is pronounced “Jay,” is now a lawyer in a private firm.

Obama said he was nominating Johnson because of his “deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the United States.” He credited Johnson with helping design and implement policies to dismantle the core of the al-Qaida terror organization overseas and to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the U.S. military.

“He’s been there in the Situation Room, at the table in moments of decision,” Obama said as he announced the nomination from the Rose Garden on a crisp and sunny fall afternoon.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/homeland-security-choice-suggests-priority-shift-20617313

 

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 19, 2013 at 4:46 am

Posted in 9/11, Uncategorized

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