Janet Napolitano: Another day another verbal stumble

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?


10 Responses to Janet Napolitano: Another day another verbal stumble

  1. MacBeth says:

    And here I thought you was going to say she reconsidered the use of the term “passive surveilance” as being too strong!

  2. John Williams says:

    JNo has become the amusement of the day. Too bad she’s not funnier than she is frightening.

    And we were told she was just about as smart as Hillary Clinton when she became AZ governator, remember?

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    Any bettors here? How long before she says she’s “leaving to spend more time with her family”? Well…her extended family. Maybe she’ll take the time off and go find herself a wife.

  4. SherriAZ says:

    Passive? When buses from Mexico are rolling right into Phoenix? Nobody is getting stopped at the border and now Americans will die. Gee, B.O., maybe you should bring up amnesty NOW!

  5. Trudy Schuett says:

    I went to Mexico on Monday and they only asked me what I bought there — which was nothing since I just went to the dentist. It was business as usual.


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  7. Jack says:

    Trudy, I read your link and see you have credibility. So let me ask you the nagging question: Why in the world would you go to Mexico for dental care? And why would you do so under the current health crisis? It makes mo sense to me.

  8. Jack: I went b/c I needed a bridge replacement that would’ve cost $3000 here, which I couldn’t afford, and our insurance wouldn’t cover. I’d already started the process before the flu hit, and this was the last visit.

    Mexican dentists are very popular here in far SW AZ.

  9. RA says:

    Nappy is clearly incompetent for the position she has been selected to fill. Recall Janet today – the life you save may be your own!

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