Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Ran Agency Like A Female 'Frat House,' Suit Charges

Janet Napolitano homeland security secretary agency sexually charged

There's been no shortage of government workers alleged to have engaged in bad behavior in recent years. The revelation last spring that the General Services Administration blew nearly $800,000 on an extravagant conference for its staff in Las Vegas is just one such example.

But allegations that the nation's current chief of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, ran her agency like a sexually charged "frat house" and promoted women over men are giving taxpayers more reason to ponder just who is running their government.

The charges are contained in a lawsuit filed by James Hayes Jr., the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. News of the suit was first reported Wednesday by conservative blogger Debbie Schussel.

Hayes alleges that when Napolitano was appointed to head the agency in 2009, following President Barack Obama's election, that he was pushed aside from his role as director of ICE's detention and removal operations to make way for a less-qualified worker, Donna Schriro, with whom Napolitano "enjoyed a long-standing relationship," the New York Post reports.

The tabloid adds that the nature of the Napolitano's purported relationship with Schriro isn't specified in Hayes' lawsuit. Schriro nows runs New York City's Department of Corrections.

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Hayes claims that he was denied a prized promotion while employed at ICE's Washington office, New York's Daily News reports. His suit also says that Schriro's lack of "experience in managing a federal law enforcement department" didn't prevent the cabinet chief from naming her a special adviser.

Hayes further alleges that Suzanne Barr, Napolitano's chief of staff at ICE, has engaged in "numerous" acts of "sexually offensive behavior" intended to "humiliate and intimidate male employees."

Those include allegations that Barr called a male ICE agent into her hotel room, screaming at him that she wanted his 'c*** in the back of her throat,' " the Post reports. Hayes also accuses Barr of stealing a male staffer's BlackBerry to send a message to his female boss to tell her that he "had a crush on [her] and fantasized about her."

The suit also alleges that Barr "moved the entire contents of the offices of three employees, including nameplates, computers and telephones, to the men's bathroom at ICE headquarters."

ICE spokesman Brian Hale told the Post, "ICE doesn't comment on unfounded claims and will respond to Mr. Hayes' allegations as appropriate through the judicial system."

Hayes seeks $335,000 in damages. He has held his New York post since October 2009.


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stonez88

Why dont they put that punk "Holder" in charge of the investigation? If he cant cover it up, have out great leader use his muscle. Why not, its al turned out to be a big joke anyway. Do you honestly think for a second that any decent American trusts anyone in this administration.....please!

August 11 2012 at 5:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
James Stodola

Duh...... It is now and has always been a completely useless agency. They haven't done a damn thing right since day one.

August 11 2012 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timetojumpout

I saw the handwriting on the wall when 9/11 occurred. Just another reason for billions of dollars to be spent lining pockets to what effect? Are we safer now? Any idiot terrorist could cross our borders with any kind of mass destruction weapon because we don't have any enforcement officers in Customs any longer. Just observation officers, that can't interfere for fear that they would lose their jobs because they are stopping potential democratic illegal aliens from voting.

August 11 2012 at 1:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
johnjhenry1

Maybe soon they can call it Homoland, like it is becoming.

August 11 2012 at 12:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
hughembriaco

You put a filthy cockroach in the White House, you're going to get a nasty infestation. What do you expect?

August 11 2012 at 12:17 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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soccerus

at least Bush and Cheney are gone now

August 11 2012 at 6:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gail Dukes

Just when things seem like they may get better .... you learn they never will.

August 10 2012 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vc462

A female FRAT house? Last I checked, that would be called a sorority. But then, the word, sorority, doesnt have the negative "animal house" connotations as the male version.
Hard to believe, with all the sensitivity training in bureaucraces about sexual harrassment issues-a prerequisite with most jobs nowadays.
Could be politically motivated, since it's an election year also. We'll see. May the truth win out..

August 10 2012 at 11:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hazel

never liked her something about her face and eyes can;t trust her .some one owed her a favor and she called it in

August 10 2012 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wlouche

Sounds like a stereotype of a female bullies.

August 10 2012 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
keith

stupid fat bloated dyke

August 10 2012 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Frank

absolutely

August 10 2012 at 11:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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