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Homeland’s top cop eyes border threat

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March 20, 2009
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Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has dispatched her top cop to border cities under threat from Mexico’s insurgent cartels to gather on-the-ground intelligence for an aggressive security operation, drawing people from her agency, the Pentagon, the White House and the Justice Department.

Napolitano announced on Thursday that former Alabama sheriff Edmund “Ted” Sexton is spending two weeks with sheriffs and police from Brownsville to San Diego as she telegraphed the Obama administration’s preparations for an offensive expected to enlist National Guard troops and agents from across the federal government.

“This is going to be a major effort,” she said. “We are doing a lot now — and we can do more.”

Cartel-on-cartel violence in Mexico, she said, “is upticking in the border areas.” (Houston Chronicle)