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  • The Replacements [Attorney General short list, according to NBCNews]

    09/26/2014 6:51:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    As for the short list to replace Attorney General, here are the top names our sources are giving us: Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York Outgoing U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of Seattle U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Current Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Labor Secretary Tom Perez No longer on this list is Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who was once considered the favorite. The reason why: “On Thursday, Patrick denied rumors that he is next in line for the job. According to an aide, he said at...
  • Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats

    09/21/2014 6:06:46 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Jerry Markon, Ellen Nakashima and Alice Crites
    An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database. The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top...
  • Homeland Secretary Shows Little Concern Over Open Border Terror Threat

    09/21/2014 12:00:33 PM PDT · by Son House · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    During an answer to another lawmaker about how to prevent terrorists from going undetected inside the United States, Johnson made the absurd argument that a "legal process" for citizenship would prevent terror infiltration and encourage terrorists to come forward and turn themselves in. That suggestion is not only unhelpful but politically motivated garbage. Second, if Johnson got out of his cushy D.C. office once in awhile to actually talk to Border Patrol agents on the ground, he would know that radical Islamists crossing the southern border into the United States from Mexico is nothing new. Unfortunately, a lack of enforcement...
  • DHS Secretary: ICE to Run Out of Money Next Month Without Supplemental Funding

    07/16/2014 7:48:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/16/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed confidence that the federal government can successfully deal with the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border but it likely will cost billions of dollars to deal with the ongoing crisis. In testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Johnson urged lawmakers to adopt the $3.7 billion plan proposed by President Obama, warning that revenues are running low in the Department of Homeland Security because of outlays already used to address the situation. Without the supplemental funding, Johnson told lawmakers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will run out of money sometime in...
  • Live Event: Immigration Funding Review (streaming video)

    07/10/2014 12:55:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2014 | Live Stream
    The Senate Appropriations Committee reviews President Obama's request for funding to address the child immigration crisis. (Live stream)
  • Illegal Unaccompanied Minors Admit to Engaging in Torture and Murder

    07/09/2014 4:21:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7-8-14 | Katie Pavelich
    Despite Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson vowing to "stem the tide" of unaccompanied illegal minors across the southern border with Mexico, thousands more are expected to enter the United States by the end of the year. With the system being overwhelmed, Border Patrol agents are concerned about minors who have admitted to being MS-13 members, a brutal street gang from El Salvador that has been successful in infiltrating American communities. Agents are also concerned about minors who have committed acts like torture and murder in their home countries before heading north to the United States. "We have six minors in...
  • Welfare State Doesn't Draw Illegal-Alien Children to U.S.

    06/14/2014 3:47:59 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 44 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 13, 2014 | Penny Star
    Jeh Johnson: Welfare State Doesn't Draw Illegal-Alien Children to U.S. June 13, 2014 - 5:25 AM By Penny Starr Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about the U.S. government's response to the growing number of youth crossing the border illegally on June 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr) ( – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the wide range of services the government is providing to unaccompanied minors who cross the border into the U.S. illegally will not encourage more of them to break the law.
  • Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations

    06/28/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, June 28, 2014 | Julia Preston
    President Obama will ask Congress to provide more than $2 billion in new funds to control the surge of illegal Central American migrants at the South Texas border, and to grant broader powers for immigration officials to speed deportations of children caught crossing without their parents, White House officials said on Saturday. Mr. Obama will send a letter on Monday to alert Congress that he will seek an emergency appropriation for rapidly expanding border enforcement actions and humanitarian assistance programs to cope with the influx, which includes record numbers of unaccompanied minors and adults bringing children. The officials gave only...
  • Carta Abierta a Los Padres de Los Nińos Que Cruzan Nuestra Frontera Suroeste

    06/22/2014 3:00:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    EFE ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014 | Sec. Jeh C. Johnson
    Translation by Google Translate Open Letter to the Parents of Children Crossing Our Southwest Border This year will be a record number of children who cross the southern U.S. border illegally. Only in the month of May, the number of children not accompanied by their mother or father who crossed our southern border reached more than 9,000 figure, making the total so far this year is about 47,000 . Most of these children come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where the violence generated by drugs and gangs terrorizing society. I have a very simple message for parents of these...
  • Obama’s DHS Chief Threatens Migrant Flood If GOP Rejects Amnesty Bill

    06/12/2014 3:11:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 68 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/12/14 | Neil Munro
    Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson suggested Thursday he would not block the growing wave of illegal immigrants who are crossing the Texas border until the GOP agrees to pass the Senate immigration rewrite that is backed by President Obama. He twice refused to set any limit on the number of foreign youths who would be given the opportunity to ask the administration’s immigration judges for permission to live in the United States. Johnson and several deputies delivered the threat to GOP legislators during a brief June 12 press conference. The threat was offset by statements........
  • DHS Secretary Sees 'Legal Ambiguity' in Status of Illegal Aliens

    05/31/2014 2:12:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Susan Jones
    "We have to accept the fact that we have 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in this country," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. "We have to deal with that. I don't think we should allow them to exist in a state of legal ambiguity or in a dark hole." Johnson noted that some states now issue drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants, and he also mentioned that they can practice law in California. "So they're not going away. They're not going to self-deport. I would rather see us reckon with this population than continue in the...
  • DHS, Dems to Huddle on Deportations

    05/25/2014 3:50:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will huddle with House Democrats next month in a meeting that's sure to focus on potential changes to President Obama’s controversial deportation policies. Obama has asked Johnson to examine ways the agency can implement those policies “more humanely,” and many Democrats are pressing the administration to scale back deportations in the name of keeping immigrant families intact. The June 10 gathering – a “meet and greet” breakfast with Johnson and Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee – is being framed as an opportunity for members to sit down for the first time...
  • U.S. Mulls Curbing Deportations

    04/21/2014 12:47:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2014 | Erica Werner
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President Barack Obama, could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order or missing an immigration court date. However, it would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. They want Obama to...
  • APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

    04/21/2014 11:19:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2014 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally but without serious criminal records. On President Barack Obama's orders, Johnson is conducting a politically charged review of U.S. deportation policy. The potential change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country after being deported. The change would fall short of deportation curbs demanded by activists frustrated by congressional inaction on immigration legislation. The possible move was confirmed by two...
  • Homeland Security Chief Swoons Over Terrorist Support Group CODE PINK – Asks For Medea Benjamin’s

    03/18/2014 6:35:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/18/14 | Jim Hoft
    Medea Benjamin, left sans vagina costume, leads group meeting Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson, photo by Code Pink.It’s an Obama world. As the United States faces a Cold War showdown over Russia annexing Crimea and an international passenger jet having seemingly disappeared, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with leaders of the terrorist support group Code Pink at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Medea Benjamin wipes her feet on ‘Homeland Security’, photo by Code Pink.It is another feather in the cap of a group that has a history of working with terrorists and state sponsors...
  • Department of Homeland Security cancels national license-plate tracking plan

    02/19/2014 8:09:31 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | Ellen Nakashima and Josh Hicks,
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to develop a national license-plate tracking system after privacy advocates raised concern about the initiative. The order came just days after ICE solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license-plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers. Officials said the database was intended to help apprehend fugitive illegal immigrants, but the plan raised concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.
  • Is al Qaeda on the ‘Path to Defeat?’ Clapper, ‘No’; DHS Chief, ‘Yes’

    02/13/2014 12:14:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 12, 2014 - 2:47 PM | Penny Starr
    In less than one week, top officials in the Obama administration have contradicted one another about the threat al Qaeda poses to the United States today. On Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center is Washington, D.C., where he credited President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for putting the terrorist group “on the path to defeat.” “Through our government’s counterterrorism efforts in both the Bush and Obama administrations, we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on the path to defeat,” Johnson said. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said,...
  • Administration ends ban on asylum seekers with 'limited' terror ties

    02/06/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by standingfirm · 46 replies ^ | 2-6-14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered
  • Administration eases restrictions on asylum seekers with loose terror ties

    02/06/2014 1:25:11 PM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    foxnews ^ | 02/06/14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S. Supporters of the change, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., argued that the current ban on anyone who has ever aided terrorists has unfairly blocked thousands of refugees. "The existing...
  • Jeh Johnson: DHS already preparing to implement immigration reform

    02/10/2014 12:03:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2014 | Caroline May
    The Department of Homeland Security is already preparing to implement immigration reform legislation, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. “When reform legislation is enacted, DHS must be prepared to implement reform. So to prepare for this potential outcome, I have already directed the deputy director of homeland security to coordinate the process to ensure we are ready to implement the law,” Johnson said Friday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, during his first major policy address since becoming DHS’s fourth secretary. He praised the House Republicans recent statement of principles on immigration, calling them a “serious step forward” that “contains...
  • DHS Secretary on Illegal Aliens: ‘They’re Here, and They’re Not Going Away’

    02/07/2014 1:03:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 2/7/14 | Penny Starr
    ( – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the nation’s top immigration law enforcer, said on Friday that the estimated 11.5 million illegal aliens in the United States are “not going away.” “They’re here, and they’re not going away,” Johnson said at the Woodrow Wilson Center in remarks billed by the Obama administration as his “first major speech.”
  • U.S. to Grant Immigrants Who Give Terrorists “Limited” Support Asylum

    02/06/2014 1:30:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2014
    As if President Obama’s backdoor amnesty weren’t bad enough, the administration just issued an official order allowing the U.S. to take in once-banned refugees and asylum seekers who have provided “limited material support” to terrorists. With the stroke of a few pens—those belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry—the nation’s zero tolerance for any sort of terrorism-related support has vanished. It also marks yet another alarming example of a president who changes or replaces laws passed by Congress when he doesn’t like them. Besides immigration, we’ve seen this in the selective enforcement of Obamacare....
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Homeland official was key figure in Pennsylvania corruption case

    02/02/2014 7:00:49 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s newest appointee to his inner circle, chief of staff Christian Marrone, rose to Washington power player via the streets of Pennsylvania’s pay-to-play politics. Mr. Marrone acknowledged in court that as a Pennsylvania legislative aide he oversaw the private renovation of his politician boss’s mansion — all while drawing paychecks from taxpayers ... “You’re looking at a state not unlike New York, New Jersey and Illinois for pay-to-play politics,” Mr. Madonna said. “But it’s pretty fundamental that you aren’t supposed to work privately when you’re supposed to be on the state payroll, and he was on...
  • New DHS chief endorses ‘earned’ citizenship idea

    01/28/2014 8:15:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 28, 2014 9:54 AM EST | Alicia A. Caldwell
    The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security. It was the first time Jeh Johnson, who had little experience with immigration policy before he was appointed, had outlined his approach on the subject. The Defense Department’s former top lawyer, who worked on U.S. drone policies and helped end the Pentagon’s ban on gays in the military, said offering a path to citizenship would encourage such immigrants “to come out of the shadow, to be accountable, to participate in the...
  • Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned the Right to be Citizens’

    01/24/2014 2:33:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 131 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 24, 2014 - 4:17 PM | Penny Starr
    ( – Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.”
  • The Crony Obama Donors in Charge of DHS

    12/18/2013 4:20:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Dirty Harry Reid sabotaged the filibuster, and now the Democrats are running wild in Washington. Mark my words: We all will pay a price. Thanks to Reid's crony-coddling rule change, unqualified stooges will manage the Obama Department of Homeland Security. It's a bundler's world, and we're just living in it. God help us. On Monday night, Senate Democrats voted 57-37 to end debate on the nomination of Jeh Johnson to head DHS. That's three votes short of the traditional 60-vote filibuster threshold that Reid nuked last month. Johnson went on to win his appointment by a 78-16 margin. The White...
  • Coburn: DHS nominee Johnson used cribbed answers for confirmation hearing (Crib notes)

    11/13/2013 7:40:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2013 | Catherine Herridge, Chad Pergram and Joseph Weber
    The Obama administration was accused Wednesday of providing cribbed answers to 23 questions in the form the Senate received for the hearing of its nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security -- as the nominee also ran into criticism from one senator who said he won't vote for him unless he makes a major border security pledge. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., got into a heated exchange with nominee Jeh Johnson, pressing him to commit to boost border security to 90 percent effectiveness. Johnson did not make the pledge. McCain said he, then, could not support his nomination. That was...
  • Obama Homeland Security pick defended Happy Meal Hoaxer [planted rat tail in son's Happy Meal]

    10/22/2013 12:58:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Charles Johnson
    Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s nominee to head Homeland Security, represented a disgraced scientist who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for planting a fried rat’s tail in his son’s Happy Meal french fries as part of a failed extortion attempt. Michael Zanakis took a rat’s tail from the medical research laboratory where he worked, had it fried and then placed it in a package of french fries he bought at a Long Island McDonald’s on Jan. 15, 1996, prosecutors said at the time. Zanakis threatened to go public with accusations that McDonald’s served the fried rat’s tail to his...
  • Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor; senators question credentials

    10/19/2013 11:54:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2013 | (with AP)
    President Obama’s newly nominated pick to lead the sprawling Department of Homeland Security is a major Democratic donor who used to work with the president’s 2008 campaign, leading one senator to call the choice “deeply concerning.” The president nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson on Friday afternoon. … But his background, aside from being a trusted legal adviser helping oversee those two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), is also that of a big-money Democratic donor. … Federal campaign finance records show that over the past decade, Johnson has contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups. During the 2008 presidential...
  • Anti-white discrimination in President Obama's appointments

    10/18/2013 8:54:05 PM PDT · by SayCanYouSee · 9 replies
    Say Can You See Blog ^ | October 18, 2013 | SayCanYouSee
    Likely DHS Secretary Jeh JohnsonThis week President Obama announced his pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. In addition to being the chief legal proponent of international drone assassinations, long-time Democrat advocate Mr. Johnson argued the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, one of the most significant steps in the progressive subversion of our military men and women through pro-homosexual indoctrination. Mr. Johnson is, like Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama, of largely African heritage.If it seems like a disproportionate number of President Obama’s appointees are minorities, that’s because it is indeed disproportionate. For example, of...
  • Meet Jeh Johnson: Drone Lawyer and Obama's Homeland Security Nominee

    10/18/2013 7:32:09 PM PDT · by Old Yeller · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/17/13 | Brian Resnick and Matt Berman
    President Obama plans to nominate former Defense Department lawyer Jeh (pronounced "Jay") Johnson for Homeland Security secretary on Friday, The Daily Beast's Daniel Klaidman reports. Johnson will replace acting Secretary Rand Beers, who has been filling in since Janet Napolitano left to become president of the University of California system in September. Johnson was the Defense Department's general counsel from 2009 until last December. Johnson's legacy at the Defense Department is marked by two high-profile issues: his advocacy of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and—as chief lawyer at the Pentagon—his legal authority over all drone strikes carried out...
  • Payback: Obama Nominates Major Campaign Fundraiser to Head Homeland Security (Surprise? Not.)

    10/18/2013 11:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 18, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Now that former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is on the west coast fulfilling her new duties as the president of the University of California, President Obama has nominated major campaign donor Jeh Johnson to take her place. Federal campaign finance records show that over the past decade, Johnson has contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Johnson donated more than $33,000 to Obama's campaign, federal records show. Obama's campaign website listed Johnson as a member of the then-candidate's national finance committee and an adviser to Obama's foreign policy team during the...
  • Obama's DHS Appointee: Career Lawyer, Political Crony Who OK'd Drone Strikes on Americans

    10/17/2013 5:51:28 PM PDT · by montag813 · 17 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-17-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Obama's DHS Secretary-designee Jeh Johnson, former DOD General Counsel who led the reversal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" restrictions on "gays in the military".- Barack Obama once again demonstrated his lack of interest in choosing national security and immigration enforcement officials who have actual experience in their fields. Back in August, Obama surprised many in D.C. by selecting John Sandweg for new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director - despite the fact that Sandweg had zero law enforcement experience and had fought for the release of violent sexual predators and pedophiles as an attorney. Now Obama continues...
  • Former Pentagon Official to Be Nominated as Homeland Security Chief

    10/17/2013 2:49:46 PM PDT · by John W · 24 replies
    The New york Times ^ | October 17, 2013 | Michael S. Scmidt
    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate Jeh C. Johnson, who framed many of the administration’s national security policies as the Defense Department’s general counsel during Mr. Obama’s first term, to become the next chief of the Homeland Security Department, according to administration officials. Mr. Johnson has little experience with some of the issues Janet Napolitano faced, like border security, immigration and cybersecurity. During his tenure at the Defense Department, he spearheaded the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that had barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. He also shaped the Obama administration’s policies...
  • Obama To Name Jeh Johnson Next Homeland Security Secretary [obama crony]

    10/17/2013 2:36:54 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 70 replies
    ABC ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | MIKE LEVINE and MARTHA RADDATZ
    President Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary, ABC News has learned. --SNIP-- Johnson has called working for the Obama administration "the highlight of [his] professional life." "I have been on an incredible journey with Barack Obama ... going back to November 2006 when he recruited me to the presidential campaign he was about to launch," Johnson said in a speech at Yale Law School last year. "I remember thinking then, 'This is a long-shot, but it will be exciting, historic, and how many times in my life will someone personally...
  • Obama's Assistant Attorney General Tells Senate: Terrorists Captured on Battlefield...

    07/09/2009 1:59:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,291+ views ^ | Wednesday, July 08, 2009 | By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    "Obama's Assistant Attorney General Tells Senate: Terrorists Captured on Battlefield Have Constitutional Rights" SNIPPET: "“Does that infer that these individuals have constitutional rights?” McCain asked Kris. “Ah, yes,” Kris answered. “What are those constitutional rights of people who are not citizens of the United States of America, who were captured on a battlefield committing acts of war against the United States?” McCain asked. “Our analysis, Senator, is that the due process clause applies to military commissions and imposes a constitutional floor on the procedures that the government sets on such commissions …” Kris said. “So you are saying that these...
  • Top Defense Lawyer Calls for Military Commissions Reform

    07/07/2009 11:59:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 271+ views - AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | July 7, 2009 | By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    Note: The following text is a quote: News American Forces Press Service Top Defense Lawyer Calls for Military Commissions Reform By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 7, 2009 – Closing the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and reforming military commissions will enhance national security, the Defense Department’s chief legal advisor said today before Congress. Echoing President Barack Obama’s recent call to reform the Military Commissions Act of 2006, General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he welcomes the opportunity to help change military commissions into...