According to Reuters:
Government source says U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set to resign today (Friday). @Reuters
— Reuters Insider (@ReutersInsider) July 12, 2013
And this from the LA Times:
“Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history.”
Napolitano has been a controversial Homeland Security Secretary to say the least. First there was the 2009 memo about supposed lydangerous “right wing extremists,” which did not exactly endear her to Republicans. This brought renewed scrutiny from the right to the border and immigration issues, and especially her role in the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal. And her popularity wasn’t helped by the steady stream of news stories about the TSA’s heavy handed tactics against crying six year-olds and retirees with colostomy bags.
Who will replace her? This announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, but I’m sure President Obama has known long enough to come up with a few possible successors. Hopefully, the President will use this vacancy as an opportunity to reset the conversation on the surveillance state and to signal an end to the climate of fear that spawned it more than a decade ago.
But I’m not holding my breath.