Janet Napolitano is backtracking on her previous use of the term “passive surveillance,” saying the description she initially gave of the Mexican flu monitoring effort no longer applies.
Testifying today before a Senate panel, Homeland Insecurity Secretary Napolitano said that “passive surveillance” is “not an accurate picture of what is going on” at U.S. entry points.
She used that term only yesterday to describe the type of monitoring being conducted in an effort to observe signs of illness in those entering the United States.
Today Napolitano said that U.S. officials are “actively” questioning visitors at the border, asking questions about “whether they are ill, their travel history and the like.”
She discounted turning to thermal meters to gauge whether people are carrying a fever. Of course, she reiterated that she does not believe the facts of the current situation would merit closing the border.
In the open borders world of Naputopia nothing would merit such prudent efforts.
Napolitano has had a rough ride since assuming her duties with the Obama administration. Numerous calls for her firing have come on the heels of her unwillingness to secure the border as a precautionary method of controlling the increasing number of influenza cases.
And sometime Republican John McCain rushed to her aid, even as she insulted returning American military personnel by referring to them as potential terrorists in an absurd report put out by her agency, titled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. Read it here.
Does it ever stop?