Homeland Security nominee was major player in DADT repeal

Monday, October 21, 2013
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative military watchdog says the man picked by President Obama to be the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can’t be trusted.

Barack Obama's nominee to run Homeland Security is expected to shift the department from a focus on immigration toward protecting the nation from attack. Jeh Johnson has spent most of his career dealing with national security issues as a military lawyer.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, points out that he played a leading role in convincing the lame-duck Congress to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military.

Donnelly

“He cannot be trusted with national or homeland security matters,” she tells OneNewsNow. “Jeh Johnson [as co-chair of the study on implementing the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’] presided over the deception of Congress on the consequences of what should be called ‘LGBT law’ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender law and policies."

In late 2010, then-Pentagon general counsel Johnson testified before Congress that if “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed, military chaplains would not be required to change what they preach or counsels in a “religious context” – and that troops with religious objections to homosexuality shouldn’t be expected to change their beliefs.

Donnelly encourages senators to do a thorough job in the vetting process. "I think his record ought to be carefully scrutinized – the way the president's attitudes were not scrutinized in the election,” she says, “because he and the president are two of a kind in their ideology. They are very much partners in what the president wants to do."

Fox News points out that Johnson is a “major Democratic donor” who used to work with the 2008 Obama campaign – which led one senator to call the choice “deeply concerning.”

Johnson was nominated to replace Janet Napolitano, who resigned to assume the position of president of the University of California system.

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