Senior Homeland Security staffers have no law enforcement experience?
Obama’s Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, has presided over the hiring of at least four senior staffers and advisers who have no law enforcement experience but align politically with the president.
Jordan Grossman was a special adviser and deputy to the deputy chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, for instance, yet his resume shows no law enforcement experience. Before Grossman got his post in January 2009, he was a “special assistant” at the Obama-Biden presidential transition team after working for Obama’s 2008 election campaign.Vladimir Skoric serves as a “special assistant” to the Homeland Security “deputy under secretary for cybersecurity.” Skoric began his career in politics in May 2007 as a “volunteer coordinator” at Obama For America. He then interned for Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and served as Obama For America’s Washington, D.C. youth director.
Chris Stelmarski describes his Homeland Security Department work as “digital strategy.” Before landing in the upper echelons of the Obama administration’s law enforcement headquarters, he worked as a freelance photographer for Penn Ave Photography, and as a political strategist for Blue State Digital, a political campaign firm that helped Obama win the 2008 election. Before that, Stelmarski worked as a technology staffer for Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2006 campaign.
Like the others, Stelmarski lists no law enforcement experience on his resume.
The Daily Caller recently reported on the case of Nate Snyder, the department’s Counterterrorism Working Group staff and CVE [Countering Violent Extremism] Working Group lead.
Snyder has had his current Homeland Security post since March 2011, according to his profile on the LinkedIn social networking website. He was previously the department’s deputy White House liaison.
Before joining the Obama administration, Snyder worked for the Service Employees International Union and for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Snyder also lists no law enforcement experience on his resume.
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