Monday, April 21, 2014   

Lawyer Johnson confirmed as US Homeland Security chief
(12-17 09:04)

US lawmakers confirmed Jeh Johnson, a former top Pentagon lawyer, to be the next head of the Department of Homeland Security.
Johnson will be the first African-American to lead the huge department, and only the fourth person to head DHS since it was created by then-president George W. Bush in 2002, one year after the 9/11 attacks.
Johnson won confirmation 78-16.
“In Jeh, our dedicated homeland security professionals will have a strong leader with a deep understanding of the threats we face and a proven ability to work across agencies and complex organizations to keep America secure,'' President Barack Obama said in a statement praising the bipartisan vote.
As the Pentagon's top lawyer, Johnson was responsible for a prior legal review of every military operation ordered by the president or the defense secretary.—AFP

   
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