facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Chertoff warns of political pressures

Dec. 3, 2008 at 9:18 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned his successor, Janet Napolitano, that she will have to fight off special interests in her new post.

The Hill reported Wednesday that Chertoff told reporters, "The biggest challenge to my successor (the Arizona governor) … is the willingness to take on very deeply embedded special interests that tend to have very specific views on particular issues," Chertoff said. "Every time you put a security measure in place you are goring somebody's ox."

He said while businesses usually complain about inconveniences, border towns complain about security measures that may seem unfriendly to tourists, Chertoff said.

"And the problem is ... those are great arguments until the attack occurs and then all of a sudden we have failure to secure identification; we have failure to check general aviation," he said.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback