Turnips pick to head DHS likes torture &DEA hates immigrants
Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:45 am
President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday that his pick to head the Department of Homeland Security is John Kelly, the retired Marine General who oversaw and aggressively defended mass torture at Guantánamo Bay, who calls immigration an “existential threat” to the United States and who urges an escalated war on drugs.
In a statement that appeared to signal hardline policies to come, Kelly responded to the appointment by declaring, “The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders, and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security.”
Meanwhile, Kelly has repeatedly signaled his hardline support for a crackdown on immigrants and an escalation of the war on drugs. “In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly told Defense One in 2014. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
Kelly told the Military Times in November that he staunchly opposes the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, stating: "The solution there is for Americans to stop using drugs. Now, you're never going to go to zero, but we've got great programs to convince Americans not to do things."
“Kelly is a big-time drug war zealot,” Michael Collins, deputy director of Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs, said in a press statement. “As head of Southern Command he demonstrated that he is a true believer in the drug war, and it’s incredibly worrying that he could now head up Homeland Security.”
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/t ... r-head-dhsKelly’s role is slated to be vast. According to DHS, the secretary oversees “efforts to counter terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage our borders while facilitating trade and travel, enforce and administer our immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, build resilience to disasters, and provide essential support for national and economic security—in coordination with federal, state, local, international and private sector partners.” Kelly is the third general to officially join Trump’s cabinet and will lead an agency that is one of the largest jailers in the U.S. government.
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