Acting Secretary Chad Wolf: Resign for Downplaying and Dismissing Security Threats for Trump’s Benefit

Target: Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Goal: Save the DHS from dangerous politicization that imperils the safety and security of America and its people.

In the audio tapes where President Trump admitted to publicly downplaying the threat of COVID-19, the president can be heard saying that his national security adviser warned him in late January that the emerging novel coronavirus would become the “biggest national security threat you face in your presidency.” A few days later, the president took to the podium and assured the public that the virus he characterized in these tapes as “deadly stuff…more deadly…than even your strenuous flu” as a minor obstacle that would soon “go away” with cases “down to zero.” According to an explosive new whistleblower complaint from Brian Murphy, the former head of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, the president’s  philosophy—“I always wanted to play it down”—may have tainted and warped  national security on multiple fronts.

Murphy alleges that his boss, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, demanded that the department hold back key intelligence information regarding Russia because “it made the President look bad.” He also implicates the acting deputy DHS secretary in directing him to “modify” intelligence assessments so that they downplayed white supremacy and overemphasized “left-wing” groups as domestic terrorist threats. The assessments were also allegedly altered to “overstate” the threat of terrorists crossing the Southern border. All of these changes, Murphy claims, were enacted so that intelligence information that state governments and law enforcement are supposed to use to defend the country would instead fall in line with the president’s public statements. Murphy has since been removed from his post: a decision he believes was payback for his filing of five separate complaints to superiors.

If this overt politicization of the nation’s premier national security agency is true, Secretary Wolf needs to go. Demand he admit to any abuses of his position and resign immediately if even a fraction of his former employee’s allegations happened as stated.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Wolf,

The Department of Homeland Security arose in an effort to protect Americans from serious national threats following the worst terrorist attack in this country’s history. This responsibility is among the gravest in the United States and should be spearheaded by an individual who realizes and respects its gravity. If the allegations of your former intelligence analyst Brian Murphy are true, then you, Mr. Secretary, are not the man for the job.

Supposedly downplaying and dismissing international and domestic threats (like Russia and white supremacy, respectively) while deliberately misleading about the threats posed by other sources is horrendous enough. Taking these apparent actions solely for your boss’s political gain is beyond atrocious and the highest dereliction of your duty. Please do not merely deny and deflect. We are seeing firsthand the destruction caused by this strategy.

Admit to any wrongdoing, and please do the right thing and step down if you have played any part in putting this nation and its people at greater risk because of politics.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Department of Homeland Security




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