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General John Kelly Diverges from Trump in DHS Confirmation Hearing


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General John F. Kelly outlined some of his plans to run the Department of Homeland Security during his confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Kelly, who was introduced by Senator John McCain and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, diverged from President-elect Donald Trump's views on a few key issues.

While Trump has said he would bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse,“ Kelly said he would ”absolutely" follow American laws banning the torture practice. Kelly told senators:

“I don't think we should ever come close to crossing a line that is beyond what we as Americans would expect to follow in terms of interrogation techniques.”

Kelly made clear that his security priority is to stop potential enemies “well before” they reach the United States. However, the former commander of US Southern Command said a border wall won't be the only barrier needed to prevent bad foreign actors from entering the country:

“A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job. It has to be a layered defense.”

In addition, when asked about the surveillance of mosques and a Muslim database or special registration, Kelly said he didn't think it was ever appropriate to focus on religion.

If confirmed, General Kelly will be in charge of nearly 240,000 DHS employees.

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Douglas240,000 employees in DHS. Although right now 100's are on PAID leave, administrative leave or just not showing up for work. Senior exec's are getting bonus's and the Dept. hasn't stopped any terrorists that I've seen. Prime example are the hundreds of islamic terrorists who have been killing us for the last 8-10 years. Ft. Hood, Chatenooga, Orlando, now Ft. Lauderdale, etc.. While Obo pats himself on the back and lies, it's only a matter of time before we see a Paris or Brussels type attack on American soil. Let's hope the new administration gets a handle on the dept. and it's scope work, soon.
@SidsCardShopReligion should not be cause for concern? Religion with THESE COMMANDMENTS?  QURAN Surah 4 Women, verse 89. They would love to see you disbelieve, just as they disbelieve, so you would become equal. So do not befriend any of them, unless they emigrate in the way of Allah. If they turn away, seize them and execute them wherever you may find them; and do not take from among them allies or supporters.QURAN Surah 5 The Table, verse 33. The punishment for those who fight Allah and His Messenger, and strive to spread corruption on earth, is that they be killed, or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or be banished from the land. That is to disgrace them in this life; and in the Hereafter they will have a terrible punishment.QURAN Surah 7 The Elevations, verses 3-4: 3. Follow what is revealed to you from your Lord, and do not follow other masters beside Him. Little you recollect. 4. How many a town have We destroyed? Our might came upon them by night, or while they were napping.QURAN Surah 8 The Spoils, verses 12 & 60:  12. Your Lord inspired the angels: "I am with you, so support those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So strike above the necks, and strike off every fingertip of theirs." 60. And prepare against them all the power you can muster, and all the cavalry you can mobilize, to terrify thereby Allah's enemies and your enemies, and others besides them whom you do not know, but Allah knows them. Whatever you spend in Allah's way will be repaid to you in full, and you will not be wronged.QURAN Surah 9 Repentance, verse 5. When the Sacred Months have passed, kill the polytheists wherever you find them. And capture them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayers, and pay the alms, then let them go their way. Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.QURAN Surah 9 Repentance, verse 123. O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who attack* you, and let them find severity in you, and know that Allah is with the righteous. *This could be associated with the cartoons lampooning Muhammed. QURAN Surah 47 Muhammad, verse 4a. When you encounter those who disbelieve, strike at their necks. This is a good example of how confused the Quran is, because the rest of this verse talks about binding them, etc., which does not harmonize with beheading. Perhaps the beheading command is for “radicals” and the binding is for “non-radicals”.