We oppose the nomination of Jeh Johnson to be head of the Department of Homeland Security because of his legal justification of killer drones, his support of mass surveillance, his strong anti-whistleblower stance, and the conflict of interest posed by the fact that he has made major financial contributions to President Obama and key members of Congress.
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While he was top lawyer at the Pentagon, Johnson provided the legal justification for President Obama's drone wars. This has resulted in the death of innocent people, spread anti-American...
While he was top lawyer at the Pentagon, Johnson provided the legal justification for President Obama's drone wars. This has resulted in the death of innocent people, spread anti-American sentiment, and is a clear violation of international law.
Johnson is also an advocate for mass surveillance. This dragnet spying is an invasive breach of privacy that has shocked and outraged people across the globe, including our allies. Johnson has also called for the criminal prosecution of the heroic whistleblower who alerted the American public to government mass spying, Edward Snowden, as well as imprisoned Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
It is also an obvious conflict of interest that Jeh Johnson, a former Obama fundraiser, should be nominated for any major position in the President's administration. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Johnson donated more than $33,000 to Obama's campaign, and has given large sums of money to influential Senators such as Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer.
On November 13th, Johnson will appear before Senator Carper's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. We are asking that the Committee only support candidates who have a proven commitment to stopping American involvement in extrajudicial killings, ending government mass surveillance, protecting whistleblowers, and keeping money out of politics. In short, they should reject Jeh Johnson's nomination to be head of the Department of Homeland Security!