Myers worked briefly as chief of staff to Michael Chertoff when he led the Justice Department's criminal division before he became Homeland Security secretary.It all sounds like one big cozy family. Yet, some people still have questions:
Myers also was an associate under independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr for about 16 months and has most recently served as a special assistant to President Bush handling personnel issues.
Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She married Chertoff's current chief of staff, John F. Wood, on Saturday.
"It appears she's got a tremendous amount of experience in money laundering, in banking and the financial areas," said Charles Showalter, president of the National Homeland Security Council, a union that represents 7,800 ICE agents, officers and support staff. "My question is: Who the hell is going to enforce the immigration laws?"I don't know whether she can do the job or not, but - even just in the interests of looking good - shouldn't the Bush administration - just once - choose someone who's overqualified? I mean, don't they have a tiny little wee bit of a fiduciary duty to we the populace?
I. Michael Greenberger, a former Clinton administration official who heads the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, said the Myers appointment represents "pre-Katrina thinking, where political relationships were a very large factor."
"Post-Katrina, we now see that people need to be eminently qualified," Greenberger said.
[Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.] threatened Tuesday to block approval of a Homeland Security Department nominee until he receives a secret FBI memo about terror suspect interrogations that he's been seeking for months.Of course, if he gets that then he'll probably just go ahead and approve her, rather than considering all the reasons why he shouldn't.
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