Connecting a few Jesuit dots

Janet Napolitano and President Giorgio Napolitano are both 3rd cousins and that they are Don and Dame in the Order of Malta. SAME FAMILIES, BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC, AND THE ORIENT; THEY ALWAYS ENTER POLITICS. It Doesn’t get closer than that

Janet Napolitano
3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Giorgio Napolitano
President of the Italian Republic.

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Giorgio Napolitano

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Giorgio Napolitano (born June 29, 1925) is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the eleventh and current President of the Italian Republic. His election took place on May 10, 2006, and his term started with the swearing-in ceremony held on May 15, 2006.

He has been nicknamed “Re Umberto” (i.e. “King Umberto”) both for his physical likeness to Umberto II of Italy and for his measured manners. Another nickname he has been given is “Il principe rosso” (“The red prince”), with “red” alluding to his Communist leanings.

Biography before presidency

Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples, Province of Naples.

In 1942 Napolitano matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II. He adhered to the local Gioventù Universitaria Fascista (“University Fascist Youth”), where he met his core group of friends, who shared his opposition to Italian fascism. As he would later state, the group “was in fact a true breeding ground of anti-fascist intellectual energies, disguised and to a certain extent tolerated”.[1]

A theatre enthusiast since high school, during his university years he contributed a theatrical review to the IX Maggio weekly magazine, and had small parts in plays organized by the Gioventù Universitaria Fascista itself. He played in a comedy by Salvatore Di Giacomo and as leading actor in Viaggio a Cardiff by William Butler Yeats, both at Teatro Mercadante in Naples. He later measured himself against Joyce and Eliot.[citation needed]

He has often been cited as the author of a collection of sonnets in Neapolitan language, published under the pseudonym Tommaso Pignatelli, entitled “Pe cupià ’o chiarfo” (“To mimic the downpour”). He denied this in 1997 and, again, on the occasion of his presidential election, when his staff described the attribution of authoriship to Napolitano as a “journalistic myth”.[2]

World War II

During the existence of the Italian Social Republic, a puppet state of Nazi Germany in the final period of World War II, he and his circle of friends took part in several actions of the Italian resistance movement against German Nazi and Italian fascist forces. [3] This included occupying the offices of the IX Maggio magazine and using it to publish writings of Karl Marx masked as articles signed by the various components of the group.

From post-war years to the Hungarian revolution

Following the end of the war in 1945, Napolitano joined the Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista Italiano, PCI). In 1947, he graduated in jurisprudence with a final thesis on political economy, entitled “Il mancato sviluppo industriale del Mezzogiorno dopo l’unità e la legge speciale per Napoli del 1904”. (Italian for “The lack of industrial development in the Mezzogiorno following the unification of Italy and the special law of 1904 for Naples”).[4]

He was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1953 for the electoral division of Naples, and was returned at every election until 1996.[4] He was elected to the National Committee of the party during its eighth national congress in 1956, largely thanks to the support offered by Palmiro Togliatti, who wanted to involve younger politicians in the central direction of the party. He became responsible for the commission for Southern Italy within the National Committee.[5]

Later on in the same year, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and its military suppression by the Soviet Union occurred. The leadership of the Italian Communist Party labelled the insurgents as counter-revolutionaries, and the party newspaper L’Unità referred to them as “thugs” and “despicable agents provocateurs”. Napolitano complied with the party-sponsored position on this matter, a choice he would repeatedly declare to have become uncomfortable with, developing what his autobiography describes as a “grievous self-critical torment”. He would reason that his compliance was motivated by concerns about the role of the Italian Communist Party as “inseparable from the fates of the socialist forces guided by the USSR” as opposed to “imperialist” forces.[1]

The decision to support the USSR against the Hungarian revolutionaries generated a split in the Italian Communist Party, and even the CGIL (Italy’s largest trade union, then overtly communist in nature) refused to conform to the party-sponsored position and applauded the revolution, on the basis that the eighth national congress of the Italian Communist Party had indeed stated that the “Italian way to socialism” was to be democratic and specific to the nation. These views were supported in the party by Giorgio Amendola, whom Napolitano would always look up to as a teacher. Frequently seen together, Giorgio Amendola and Giorgio Napolitano would jokingly be referred to by friends as (respectively) Giorgio ‘o chiatto and Giorgio ‘o sicco (“Giorgio the podgy” and “Giorgio the slim” in the Neapolitan dialect).[6]

From the sixties to the dissolution of the Italian Communist Party

Napolitano then became the party’s federal secretary in Naples and Caserta and later, between 1966 and 1969, he was coordinator of the secretary’s office and of the political office. During the 1970s and the 1980s he was the officer responsible first for culture and later for the economic policy and the international relations of the party.

His political ideas were somewhat moderate in the context of the PCI: in fact he became the leader of the so-called “meliorist wing” (corrente migliorista) of the party, whose members notably included Gerardo Chiaromonte and Emanuele Macaluso. The term migliorista (from migliore, Italian for “better”) was coined with a slightly mocking intent.

In the mid-seventies, Napolitano was invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to give a lecture, but the then United States ambassador to Italy, John A. Volpe, refused to grant him a visa on account of his membership in the Communist Party. Between 1977 and 1981 Napolitano had some secret meetings with the United States ambassador Richard Gardner, at a time when the PCI was seeking contact with the US administration, in the context of its definitive break with its past relationship with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the beginning of eurocommunism, the attempt to develop a theory and practice more adequate to the democratic countries of Western Europe. In 2006, when Napolitano was elected President of the Italian Republic, Gardner stated to AP Television News that he considered Napolitano “a real statesman”, “a true believer in democracy” and “a friend of the United States [who] will carry out his office with impartiality and fairness”.[7] Thanks to this role and in part by the good offices of Giulio Andreotti, in the 1980s Napolitano was able to travel to the United States and give lectures at Aspen, Colorado and at Harvard University. He has since visited and lectured in the United States several times.

After the dissolution

After the dissolution of the Italian Communist Party, in 1992, Napolitano joined the Democratic Party of the Left, later Democrats of the Left (Democratici di Sinistra, or DS). Successively, he served as President of the Chamber of Deputies (1992–1994), and between 1996 and 1998 he was the first former Communist to become Minister of the Interior, a role traditionally occupied by Christian Democrats. In this capacity, he took part together with fellow lawmaker and Cabinet Minister Ms. Livia Turco in drafting the government-sponsored law on immigration control (Legislative Decree No. 40 of March 6, 1998), better known as the “Turco-Napolitano bill”. He also served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. In October 2005, he was named senator for life, and was therefore one of the last two to be appointed by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, together with Sergio Pininfarina.

Election as president
Main article: Italian presidential election, 2006

In 2006, his name was frequently suggested for the office of President of the Italian Republic. Napolitano was the second person proposed by the centre-left majority coalition, The Union, in place of Massimo D’Alema, after the chance of a joint vote on D’Alema had been rejected by leaders of the centre-right coalition The House of Freedoms. Even though Napolitano appeared at first a candidate The House of Freedoms could converge on, the proposal was rejected much like that of D’Alema.

The centre-left majority coalition, on May 7, 2006, officially endorsed Giorgio Napolitano as its candidate in the special election that began on May 8. The Vatican endorsed him as President through its official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, just after the Union named him as its candidate, as did Marco Follini, former secretary of the UDC, the right-leaning Christian party, member of the House of Freedoms.

Napolitano was elected on May 10, in the fourth round of voting—the first round which required only an absolute majority, unlike the former three which required two-thirds of the votes—with 543 votes (out of a possible 1009). He was the first former Communist to become President of Italy, as well as the third Neapolitan after Enrico De Nicola and Giovanni Leone. After his election, expressions of esteem toward his person and his authority as future President of the Italian Republic were made by both members of the Union and of the House of Freedoms (who had issued a blank vote), such as Pier Ferdinando Casini.[8] Nevertheless, some Italian right-wing newspapers, such as il Giornale, expressed concerns about his communist past.[9] He started his term on May 15.


On July 9, 2006, Napolitano was present at the FIFA World Cup final, in which the Italian team defeated France and won its fourth World Cup, and afterwards he joined the players’ celebrations. He is the second President of the Italian Republic to be present at a triumphal World Cup final, after Sandro Pertini.

On September 26, 2006, Napolitano made an official visit to Budapest, Hungary, where he paid tribute to the fallen in the 1956 revolution, which he initially opposed as member of the Italian Communist Party, by laying a wreath at Imre Nagy’s grave.[10]

On February 10, 2007 a diplomatic crisis arose between Italy and Croatia, after President Napolitano publicly condemned the foibe massacres on the Foibe Memory Day. The European Commission did not comment on this event, but did comment (and partly condemn) the response by Croatian president Stjepan Mesić, who described Napolitano’s statement as racist, because Napolitano did not refer either to Slovenians or Croatians as a nation, when he spoke about a “Slavic annexationist aspiration”” for the Julian March[11] (at the time, Slovenians and Croatians fought together in the Yugoslav Resistance Movement). Another matter of debate in Croatia was that the Italian President made awards to relatives of 25 foibe victims, who included the last fascist Italian prefect in Zadar, Vincenzo Serrentino, convicted to death in 1947 in Šibenik.[12] That was seen by Mesić as “historic revisionism” and open support for revanchism. President Napolitano’s remarks on the foibe massacres were praised by both centre-left and centre-right in Italy, and both coalitions condemned Mesić’s statements, while the whole of Croatia stood by Mesić, who later acknowledged that Napolitano didn’t want to put in discussion the Peace Treaty of 1947.

On February 21, 2007, Prime Minister Romano Prodi submitted his resignation after losing a foreign policy vote in the Parliament;[13] Napolitano held talks with the political groups in parliament, and on February 24 rejected the resignation, prompting Prodi to ask for a new vote of confidence.[14] Prodi won the vote in the upper house on February 28[15] and in the lower house on 2 March[16], allowing his cabinet to remain in office.
Main article: 2008 Italian political crisis

On 24 January 2008 Romano Prodi lost a vote of confidence in the Senate by a vote of 161 to 156 votes, after the Popular-UDEUR party ended its support for the government.[17] President Napolitano requested the president of the Senate, Franco Marini, to assess the possibility to form a caretaker government. On 4 February 2008 Marini acknowledged impossibility to form an interim government due to the unavailability of the centre-right parties,[18] and on 6 February 2008 Napolitano dissolved the Parliament.[19] Elections were held on 13 April and 14 April 2008,[20] together with the administrative elections, and won by Berlusconi, depriving Prodi of his office.

On May 7, 2008 Napolitano offered Silvio Berlusconi the post of Head of the Italian government, following his victory in the general election. The cabinet was official instantiated one day later, with Berlusconi thus becoming the second prime minister under President Napolitano.

On February 6, 2009 President Napolitano refused to sign an emergency decree made by the Berlusconi government in order to suspend a final court sentence allowing suspension of nutrition to 38-year old coma patient Eluana Englaro; the decree was enacted by Berlusconi himself despite being already notified from Napolitano regarding the unconstitutionality of such a measure. This caused a major political debate within Italy regarding relationship between the President and the government in office.[21]

^ a b Napolitano, Giorgio (2005) (in Italian). Dal Pci al socialismo europeo. Un’autobiografia politica. Laterza. ISBN 88-420-7715-1.
^ La Repubblica. “Governo, Napolitano annuncia “Martedì inizio le consultazioni”” (in Italian). Retrieved 2006-05-13.
^ Graziani, Nicola. “Quirinale: Giorgio Napolitano, il compagno gentiluomo” (in Italian). Retrieved 2006-05-13.
^ a b “Biography”. Retrieved 2007-02-11.
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^ Corriere della Sera. “«Principe rosso», violò il tabù del Viminale” (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-02-11.
^ CNN. “Italy finally agrees on president”. Retrieved 2006-05-13.
^ La Repubblica. “Da Berlusconi auguri con freddezza. Calderoli: “Non lo riconosciamo”” (in Italian). Retrieved 2006-05-16.
^ Il Giornale. “Sul colle sventola bandiera rossa” (in Italian) (PDF). Retrieved 2006-05-14.
^ International Herald Tribune. “Italy’s president pays tribute in Hungary to 1956 revolution”. Retrieved 2006-10-06.
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^ > News > World – Italy Senate speaker fails to form govt, vote looms
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President of Italy

Assumed office
15 May 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Romano Prodi
Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Minister of the Interior of Italy
In office
17 May 1996 – 21 October 1998
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Giovanni Rinaldo Coronas
Succeeded by Rosa Russo Jervolino
President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
In office
03 June 1992 – 14 April 1994
Preceded by Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Succeeded by Irene Pivetti
Lifetime Senator
In office
23 November 2005 – 15 May 2006

Born 29 June 1925 (age 84)
Naples, Province of Naples, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Communist Party, Democrats of the Left
Spouse(s) Clio Maria Bittoni
Children Giulio Napolitano
Giovanni Napolitano
Residence Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy
Alma mater University of Naples Federico II
Profession Politician
Religion Atheism

He’s not an Atheist, he’s a Luciferian!

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Janet Napolitano

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Janet Ann Napolitano (born November 29, 1957) is the third United States Secretary of Homeland Security. She assumed the job on January 21, 2009, and is the first woman to serve in that office. An American politician from the Democratic Party, Napolitano was serving as governor of the state of Arizona when designated by then-President-elect Barack Obama to be his Secretary of Homeland Security. She was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in one day after Obama’s inauguration. She was chair of two state Governors’ associations and was named by Time as one of the top five governors in 2005. Prior to the governorship, she served as Arizona Attorney General from 1999 to 2002.

Napolitano was first elected governor in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006. She was Arizona’s third female governor, and the first woman to win re-election. Napolitano was succeeded by Arizona’s Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, who became Arizona’s fourth female governor and third consecutive female governor.

Early life

Janet Ann Napolitano was born on November 29, 1957 in New York City, the daughter of Jane Marie (née Winer) and Leonard Michael Napolitano, who was the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.[1] She is of Italian heritage[2] and is a Methodist.[3] She was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she graduated from Sandia High School in Albuquerque in 1975 and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. She graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she won a Truman Scholarship, and was valedictorian. She then received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then joined Schroeder’s former firm, the Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca.[4]

Political career

In 1991, while a partner with the private Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, Napolitano served as an attorney for Anita Hill.[4][5] Anita Hill testified in the U.S. Senate that then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her ten years earlier when she was his subordinate at the federal EEOC.[6]

In 1993, Napolitano was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.[4] As U.S. Attorney, she was involved in the investigation of Michael Fortier of Kingman, Arizona, in connection to the Oklahoma City bombing. She ran for and won the position of Arizona Attorney General in 1998. Her tenure focused on consumer protection issues and improving general law enforcement.

While still serving as attorney general, she spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention just three weeks after having a mastectomy. Napolitano remembers the pain being so bad she could hardly stand up, but persevered. “Work and family helped me focus on other things while I battled the cancer,” says Napolitano. “I am very grateful for all the support I had from family, friends and Arizonans.” [7]


She won the Arizona gubernatorial election of 2002 with 46 percent of the vote, succeeding Republican Jane Dee Hull and defeating her Republican opponent, former congressman Matt Salmon, who received 45 percent of the vote. She is Arizona’s third female governor and the first woman in the United States to be elected governor to succeed another elected female governor.[8] She spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention[9] after some initially considered her to be a possible running mate for presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 U.S. presidential election but Kerry selected Sen. John Edwards instead. In November 2005, Time magazine named her one of the five best governors in the U.S.[10]

As Governor, Napolitano set records for total number of vetoes issued. In 2005, she set a single session record of 58 vetoes, breaking Jane Dee Hull’s 2001 record of 28.[11][12] This was followed in June 2006, less than four years into her term, when she issued her 115th veto and set the all-time record for vetoes by an Arizona governor. The previous record of 114 vetoes was set by Bruce Babbitt during his nine years in office.[12][13] By the time she left office, the governor had issued 180 vetoes.[14]

In November 2006, Napolitano won the gubernatorial election of 2006, defeating the Republican challenger, Len Munsil, by a nearly 2–1 ratio and becoming the first woman to be re-elected to that office. Arizona’s constitution provides a two-consecutive-term term limit for its governors[15], meaning Napolitano would have been barred from seeking a third term in office in 2010.

In January 2006, she won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. She was a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee. Furthermore, she has also served previously as Chair of the Western Governors Association, and the National Governors Association. She served as NGA Chair from 2006 to 2007,[16] and was the first female governor and first governor of Arizona ever to serve in that position.

Secretary of Homeland Security

In February 2006, Napolitano was named by The White House Project as one of “8 in ’08”, a group of eight female politicians who could possibly run for president in 2008.[17] On January 11, 2008, Napolitano endorsed then Illinois Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president.[18] On November 5, 2008, Napolitano was named to the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.[19] On December 1, 2008, Barack Obama introduced Napolitano as his nominee for United States Secretary of Homeland Security.[20][21] On January 20, 2009, Napolitano was confirmed, becoming the first woman appointed Secretary in the relatively new department. Secretary of State Jan Brewer became the governor of Arizona, as the state does not have a lieutenant governor.

In March 2009, Napolitano told the German news site “Spiegel Online” that while she presumes there is always a threat from terrorism: “I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”[22] In April 2009 Napolitano, trying to defend her plans to thicken US-Canadian border security, claimed incorrectly that September 11 attack perpetrators entered the United States from Canada. Her comments provoked an angry response from the Canadian ambassador, media, and public.[23] In response to criticism, she later said, “Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.”[24]

Right-wing extremism memo controversy

Napolitano was the subject of controversy after a Department of Homeland Security threat assessment report initiated during the administration of George W. Bush, entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,”[25] was made public in April 2009. The report indicated several factors, including the election of the first black or mixed race President in the person of Barack Obama, perceived future gun control measures, illegal immigration, the economic downturn beginning in 2008, and disgruntled military veterans’ possible vulnerability to recruitment efforts by extremist groups as risk factors for rightwing extremism.[26]

On April 16, 2009, the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed suit against DHS on behalf of radio talk show host and political commentator Michael Savage, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Gregg Cunningham, and Iraqi War Marine veteran Kevin Murray.[27][28] Savage stated that the document “encourages law enforcement officers throughout the nation to target and report citizens to federal officials as suspicious rightwing extremists and potential terrorists because of their political beliefs.”[29]

Napolitano made multiple apologies for any offense veterans groups had taken at the reference to veterans in the assessment, and promised to meet with those groups to discuss the issue.[25] The Department of Homeland Security admitted a “breakdown in an internal process” by ignoring objections by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to an unnamed portion of the document.[30][31]

While the American Legion reportedly criticized the assessment, Glen M. Gardner Jr., the national commander of the 2.2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars, defended it generally, saying it “should have been worded differently” but served a vital purpose. “A government that does not assess internal and external security threats would be negligent of a critical public responsibility,” he said in a statement.[32]

Personal life

Napolitano is an avid basketball fan and regularly plays tennis.[33] Whitewater rafting and hiking are some of Napolitano’s hobbies. She has hiked in Arizona’s Superstition mountains and New Mexico’s Sandia mountains and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and the Himalayas. [34] Napolitano survived breast cancer that was discovered in 1998.

^ Reitwiesner, William Addams. “Ancestry of Janet Napolitano”.
^ Radzischewski, Andre F. (December. 7, 2008). “Napolitano’s Heritage, Border Strategies Fascinate Italy”. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
^ “Elections: Janet Napolitano (Dem)”. Washington Times. August 26, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
^ a b c Goldstein, Dana (July 7, 2008). “Janet Napolitano and the New Third Way”. The American Prospect.
^ David Brock, “The Real Anita Hill”
^ “Opening Statement: Sexual Harassment Hearings Concerning Judge Clarence Thomas”, Women’s Speeches from Around the World
^ Danielle D’Adamo, “Janet Napolitano: Getting to Know AZ’s Governor”
^ Tom Squitieri, “Democrat attorney general finally wins in ‘ugliest race'”, USA Today, November 11, 2002.
^ Janet Napolitano CBS News, July 23, 2004
^ Ripley, Amanda; Tumulty, Karen (2005-11-13). “America’s 5 Best Governors”. Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
^ “With 42, Napolitano is State’s Veto Queen”. The Arizona Daily Star. May 5, 2005. p. A4.
^ a b “Ariz. Governor Is Close To Record for Vetoes”. The Washington Post. June 5, 2006.
^ Archibold, Randal C. (June 7, 2006). “Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Aimed at Illegal Immigration”. New York Times. p. =A5.
^ Benson, Matthew; Pitzl, Mary Jo (November 21, 2008). “Napolitano Exit Would Clear Way for GOP to Define State Agenda”. The Arizona Republic.
^ “Term limits on executive department and state officers; term lengths; election; residence and office at seat of government; duties” (in English). Arizona State Legislature. 1992. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
^ National Governors Association
^ The White House Project (2006-02-16). “8 for ’08 : The White House Project and Parade Announce Eight Female Candidates for 2008 Presidency”. Press release. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
^ Davenport, Paul (2008-01-11). “Napolitano endorses Obama”. Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
^ Sweet, Lynn Jarrett, Podesta, Rouse to lead Obama transition; Bill Daley co-chair Chicago Sun-Times, November 5, 2008
^ (1 December 2008). “Key members of Obama-Biden national security team announced” (Press release). Newsroom. Office of the President-elect. Retrieved December 1, 2008.
^ “Obama names Napolitano to Cabinet post”. Tucson Citizen. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
^ Meyer, Cordula (2009-03-16). “Away From the Politics of Fear”. Spiegel Online.
^ Alberts, Sheldon (2009-04-21). “Homeland Security boss rebuked by Canada for erroneous 9/11 statement”.
^ News, CBC (2009-04-21). “Canada more lax than U.S. about whom it lets in, Napolitano says”.
^ a b “Homeland security chief apologizes to veterans groups”
^ Huffington Post – Homeland Security Report Warns Of Rising Right-Wing Extremism.
^ The Thomas More Law Center – Napolitano is Lying to Americans About Her Department’s Rightwing Extremism Report; TMLC Files Suit
^ Thomas More Law Center law suit
^ Michael Savage Lawsuit
^ “Ariz. governor picked for Homeland Security post” The Guardian. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
^ “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Janet Napolitano”. US News and World Report. Retrieved December 4, 2008.

Janet Napolitano

3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Assumed office
January 21, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Michael Chertoff
21st Governor of Arizona
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 21, 2009
Preceded by Jane Dee Hull
Succeeded by Jan Brewer
Chairman of the National Governors Association
In office
2006 – 2007
Preceded by Mike Huckabee
Succeeded by Tim Pawlenty
23rd Arizona Attorney General
In office
1999 – 2002
Governor Jane Dee Hull
Preceded by Grant Woods
Succeeded by Terry Goddard

Born November 29, 1957 (age 51)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia School of Law (JD)
Santa Clara University (BA)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Methodist

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Napolitano (modern Italian “Napoletano”) is translated in English as Neapolitan. The word can refer to people from Napoli (Naples), their language, culture in addition to being an Italian surname.
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Grace Napolitano

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Graciela Flores Napolitano (born December 4, 1936), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing California’s 38th congressional district. She was born in Brownsville, Texas, attended Texas Southmost College (but did not graduate), and was a member of the Norwalk, California, City Council and a member of the California State Assembly before entering the House.

Committees and caucuses

Natural Resources Committee

Napolitano has been a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources since the 106th Congress and was selected the Chair of the Water and Power Subcommittee for the 110th Congress. She has promoted conservation, water recycling, desalination, and sound groundwater management and storage to address Southern California’s need for adequate water quality and supply. She is proud of her legislative efforts on a number of fronts — assisting in the implementation of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, a water management plan for the State of California, protection of the ecosystem in the Bay-Delta and promotion of the use of advanced technologies. She is also a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

At the start of the 110th Congress, Napolitano became the most senior new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with jurisdiction over America ‘s surface transportation, freight and passenger rail, the inland waterway system, international maritime commerce, the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ support of the nation ‘s water resources, and the federal clean water program. Napolitano’s experience includes 6 years on the California State Assembly Transportation Committee, and current work on rail safety and congestion relief in the San Gabriel Valley.

Congressional Mental Health Caucus

Statistics showing one in three Latina adolescents contemplated suicide prompted Napolitano to spearhead a school-based Latina adolescent mental health program in three local middle schools and one high school. She co-chairs the Congressional Mental Health Caucus with Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA). The bipartisan caucus included more than 70 members during the 108th Congress and over 90 members during the 109th Congress. As co-chair, Napolitano has hosted congressional briefings on children and on veteran’s mental health needs, working on proposals to improve VA mental health services. A key priority is legislation to provide mental health parity in health insurance.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

During the 109th Congress, Napolitano served as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which continues to address national education, immigration, health, and civil rights issues, and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community.

Committee assignments
Committee on Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Subcommittee on Water and Power (Chairwoman)
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Caucus membership
Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus

In the district

She claims responsibility for a $2.8 million Labor Department grant for precision and computer numeric control (CNC) machinists, $4 million to spur reuse and redevelopment of the Northrop Grumman B-2 facility in Pico Rivera, $1 million for upgrades to Cal Poly Pomona’s Aerospace Engineering Laboratory Facilities, and $1 million for Central Atmospheric Monitoring Systems in Navy Submarines. These programs support research and development, helping expand the reach of local academic institutions and enhancing the local economy.

Napolitano is also concerned with suicide prevention among Latina adolescents noting that nearly one-out-of-three has seriously contemplated suicide, the highest rate for any ethnic or racial group in the country. In 2001, she claimed responsibility for getting funds included in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for a pilot project supporting school-based, mental health services in her district. To date, $1.6 million has been secured for this program now operating in 4 local schools.

Health Task Force

Napolitano established a 38th district Health Task Force composed of health providers, educators and experts throughout the local area. The Task Force helps keep the Congresswoman apprised of key health issues facing her constituents and works with the Congresswoman to devise programs and projects to improve health care and health outcomes for the local area. The Congresswoman also works with the Health Task Force to pursue funding options through California’s Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Expansion and for additional training of nursing professionals at both the entry level (CNAs and LVNs) and RNs with advanced degrees.

Manufacturing Task Force

The Congresswoman has initiated a Manufacturing Task Force in the 38th district, composed of various small and mid-sized companies. The task force meets as needed to examine key issues and work on strategies that will foster more manufacturing jobs and create a positive climate for manufacturing retention and growth.

Local events

Napolitano hosts various events throughout the year, informing residents of the 38th District on the impact of federal legislation and policy, and honoring local constituents for their outstanding achievements. Prominent among these events are the annual Congressional Art Competition and Women of the Year recognition ceremonies.


Napolitano was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. After high school, she married and moved with her husband to California where they raised five children.

Napolitano began her political career as a member of the Norwalk City Council, winning her first election in 1986 by a mere 28 votes. Four years later she won re-election by the highest margin of votes recorded in city history. In 1989, Napolitano was elevated by her council colleagues to serve as Mayor. During her council tenure, she focused much of her attention on providing access to constituents and on redevelopment and transportation issues to address the city’s need for jobs and a more diversified economic base.

Napolitano made her way up through the ranks of Ford Motor Company for 21 years. Following her retirement in 1992, she was elected to the California Assembly, and became a leader on international trade, environmental protection, transportation and immigration. In 1996 she requested and received the creation of the first new California State Assembly Standing Committee in nine years, the Committee on International Trade, which she chaired until being termed out in 1998. In her six years in the Assembly, she also served as chair of the Women’s Caucus and vice-chair of the Latino caucus.

Grace is married to Frank Napolitano, retired restaurateur and community activist. They have five grown children, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandson.


On February 13, 2009, Timothy J. Burger, writing on, noted that, “During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign. The Democrat made the $150,000 loan in 1998, when she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Through Dec. 31, her campaign committee has used donations to pay Napolitano $221,780 of interest while reducing the principal by just $64,727, a review of her Federal Election Commission filings shows.” [1]

Napolitano is a co-sponsor of HR 669, which would deny owners of pet birds, reptiles, fish, and small mammals the rights that other pet owners enjoy simply because the animals they care for are nonnative species. This is despite the fact that most breeds of pet cats, dogs (including President Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog, Bo), and many breeds of livestock are also nonnative species. Should it become law, the bill calls for euthanization of the subject pet in response to any violation by the owner.

Fantasy Congress rankings

In 2006, Napolitano was tied with Ike Skelton for last place on Fantasy Congress’s cumulative point rankings for House members. At the time, rankings were solely determined by legislation.[2]


^ “California’s Napolitano Makes $220,000 From 1998 Campaign Loan.”. 2-13-09. Retrieved on 2009-02-13.
^ “Fantasy Sports? Child’s Play. Here, Politics Is the Game.”. 2-01-09. Retrieved on 2006-10-23.

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 38th district

Assumed office
January 6, 1999
Preceded by Esteban Torres

Born December 4, 1936 (age 72)
Brownsville, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Frank Napolitano
Residence Norwalk, California
Alma mater HS diploma
Cerritos College
Texas Southmost College
Occupation automotive executive
Religion Roman Catholic

Posted by: craig-oxley Aug 18 2009, 03:26 PM
Dominic Napolitano

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Sonny Black (right) and Joe Pistone

Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano (born June 16, 1930 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – died August 17, 1981 Flatlands, Brooklyn), also known as “Mr. Blackstein” after killing Alphonse Indelicato, was a capo in the Bonanno crime family, perhaps best known for having allowed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Joseph Pistone (“Donnie Brasco”) to become an associate of the family and nearly getting him “Made” (inducting him into the Mafia).


Napolitano’s parents were immigrants from Naples, Italy. Dominick was born with blond hair, but by his forties it had turned a gunmetal white-silver color. To hide the embarrassing, at least to him, color he had it dyed black. This change earned him the nickname “Sonny Black” among mobsters. His children would later inherit this feature from their father, but their golden blond hair turned naturally to black over time.

He was a close friend of future Bonanno crime family don Joseph Massino, who would later order his execution, and incarcerated mob boss Phillip Rastelli, who knew Black before he went to prison.


Peter Napolitano (November 17, 1957-July 29, 1994), Aniello Napolitano and Rocco Napolitano were born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dominick told his fellow mobsters and Joseph Pistone all the time how he loved his sons very much and later on was worried about him and his estranged wife. But Joseph Pistone would later say that Dominick cared more for his prized messenger pigeons than his son. Their father was also a notorious womanizer who cheated on their mother repeatedly with his long-time mistress, Judith Brown. It is unknown who Dominick was married to at the time of his murder.

Personal Life

Dominick Napolitano was a sturdy 5’8″ man who weighed about 200 pounds with powerfully developed chest and arms. On his right forearm was a tattoo of a black panther. He was swarthy, with hair dyed jet black. His face was fleshy with rings under his brown eyes that made him look, depending on the mood, either tired or menacing. He was not a heavy drinker and at times only indulged in fine French liquor. He had dead straight hair, a square jaw and a Roman nose. Everything was hard and sinister in his personality, but compared to his sidewalk soldier, Benjamin Ruggiero, Napolitano ran his crew with a laid back style. When in Hallandale, Florida Dominick took up the sport of tennis with Joseph Pistone and was a doubles partner of Bonanno crime family mobster John Cersani.

Although he was a lousy tennis player, he enjoyed to play at King’s Court always wearing black socks with his tennis shoes. Joe Pistone would later say, “On the court he would run around and yell, “I’m going to kill you” between strokes”. Napolitano would also on occasion arm wrestle Joseph Pistone, but always lost because of Pistone’s height over Sonny. Pistone would later say in his book that he never saw Dominick challenge anyone else except him. Dominick reigned control over Greenpoint, Brooklyn and from 1979 to 1980 he operated in Pasco County, Florida out of Holiday, Florida after negotiating control of the territory with Santo Trafficante Jr.

Also at that time Dominick set his sights on operating a major bookmaking operation in Orlando, Florida which he was never able to develop before Pistone revealed his identity as an FBI agent. He was close to Carmine Napolitano (May 30, 1943 – February 15, 1999), a cousin and fellow Bonanno crime family mobster.

As Caporegime

Dominick rose to prominence in the Mafia in 1973 as a sidewalk soldier for Michael Sabella and was promoted to capo, replacing his mentor after the gangland execution of the powerful rival capo Carmine “The Cigar” Galante. He became a trusted confidante of the imprisoned mobster Phillip Rastelli who took over leadership permanently again. This made the Bonanno crime family more of an organized crime family again. But when Rastelli took over it caused the Bonanno crime family to break into two factions, one side loyal to Rastelli, the other attempting to overthrow him and side with the Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily-immigrant faction of the family.

Dominick, who remained loyal to Rastelli was chiefly responsible for helping to end the struggle by killing most of the capos opposed to Rastelli, including the leader of the faction attempting to overthrow Rastelli, Dominick Trinchera. Joe Pistone would later say, “Dominick was more observant and disciplined than his old capo Michael Sabella and had a watchful eye…. In mob circles he had an excellent reputation for personal loyalty to his sidewalk soldiers…. He would kill you in a minute if you crossed him. Dominick was also a fine marksman with small caliber-pistols which made him an efficient killer”, although Joseph Pistone also would comment that he was still better because of his FBI training. In restaurants or when in the general public he was a gentleman and never flamboyant or brazen. He always carried his own suitcases when travelling which was not demonstrated traditionally by other capos.[citation needed]

Business ventures

Dominick owned the Wither’s Italian-American War Veterans Club at 415 Graham Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and also The Motion Lounge located at 420 Graham Street. He later ran an illegal casino in Pasco County, Florida after receiving permission from Santo Trafficante and owned a tennis club and night club called The King’s Court Bottle Club in Holiday, Florida.

Relationship with Pistone

When Joe Pistone infiltrated the mafia, he became attached to the crew that Black ran, and the two developed a close relationship. Black’s crew was involved in loansharking, bookmaking, and several casino operations. They were heavily involved in drug trafficking. Pistone was one of the few people that Black actually trusted and relied upon. Black regarded Pistone so highly that he planned to nominate him to be “made” (inducted into the Mafia), and began to use the formal introduction “A friend of ours” when introducing Pistone to other mafiosi, a code meaning that the “friend” is an inducted member of the Mafia. (Using such an introduction for a person who is not actually a mafioso is strictly forbidden; they must be introduced as “a friend of mine”.)

Messenger pigeons

Dominick was an avid racing pigeon and homing pigeon enthusiast. He kept his collection of birds on the roof of his apartment and criminal headquarters The Motion Lounge. The brilliantly colored pigeons had pedigree bloodlines that descended from prize pigeons in France, Germany and Russia. He once won three thousand dollars during a race from his pigeons. Dominick would race his prized messenger pigeons against many Brooklyn mobsters including Bonanno crime family consigliere Anthony Spero, Bonanno crime family associate Murray Kufeld and Genovese crime family capo Anthony Federici. He hired Anthony Casso to shoot hawks that preyed on his prized pigeons when Anthony was an aspiring mobster.

The Motion Lounge crew

Napolitano became a capo in 1973, replacing Michael Sabella. His crew was involved in burglary, extortion, robbery, bank robbery, loansharking and hijacking, one of the most successful crews in the Bonanno crime family. Dominick’s crew included Bonanno crime family street soldiers Nicholas Santora, Louis Attanasio, John Cersani, Jerome Asaro, Sandro Asaro, John Faraci, Daniel Mangelli, Robert Lino, Frank Lino, Richard Riccardi, Joseph Grimaldi, Nicholas Accardi, Peter Rosa, Patrick DeFillipo, Michael Mancuso, Vito Grimaldi, Anthony Urso, James Tartaglione, Joseph Cammarano, John Zancocchio, Edward Barberra, Benjamin Ruggiero, Frankie Fish, Bobby Badheart, Bobby Smash and his previous capo Michael Sabella, Joseph Puma, Steven Maruca, Salvatore Farrugia, Antonio Tomasulo, Anthony Rabito, Raymond Wean, Frank DiStefano, Salvatore D’Ottavio, James Episcopa, as well as Joseph Pistone.


Pistone’s undercover operation ended when Black requested that Pistone murder another mobster, originally Phillip Giaccone while he was in Miami, Florida. Later, after the decision was made to murder Giaconne at the same time as Indelicato and Trinchera, Pistone was given the task of murdering Alfonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato’s son, Anthony Indelicato. Two days later, FBI agents came to his home at The Motion Lounge to inform him that Pistone was an FBI agent.

Shortly thereafter, the order came down to kill Sonny Black for having allowed such a breach in mafia security. Rather than turn state’s evidence and enter the witness protection program, Sonny Black accepted his fate; on August 17, 1981, Black was asked to come to the basement of Bonanno associate Ron Filocomo for a “meeting” in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Knowing he would be killed, Black gave his jewelry to his favorite bartender who worked below his apartment at The Motion Lounge, along with the keys to his apartment, so that his pet pigeons could be cared for. Black then went to Filocomo’s basement, where he was ambushed by Filocomo and Bonanno Captain Frank Lino, both of whom shot him to death with .38 revolvers. Shortly before his death, Black told his girlfriend Judy that he bore no ill will towards Pistone, knowing that Pistone was only doing his job, and that if anyone was going to be responsible for taking him down, he was glad that it was Pistone.

On August 12, 1982 a body was found at South Avenue and Bridge Street in Arlington, Staten Island, New York; both of the corpse’s hands had been severed and the face was so badly decomposed that dental records were required to verify the corpse’s identity. The FBI officially announced that they had found the corpse of Sonny Black. However, in 2000, the FBI publicly revealed for the first time since 1982 that it had long been doubted whether or not the corpse found on Staten Island was in fact Sonny Black. Black’s murderer, “Curly” Lino had turned state’s evidence, providing authorities with the details of Black’s murder. Although the FBI were reasonably sure that the body found in Staten Island was Sonny Black, one discrepancy existed: While Lino claimed that he and Filocomo had both shot Black with .38 caliber revolvers, and that he himself had fired more than one bullet, the corpse found on Staten Island only had a single bullet wound, which appeared to have been made by a .45 caliber pistol. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, not far from where he was murdered.


In early 2003, reputed Bonanno boss Joe Massino was arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, with the case centering around the murder of Sonny Black. At Massino’s trial, prosecutors claimed that Napolitano was murdered by his associates for allowing his crew to become compromised, and that his hands had been removed as a warning to other mobsters to follow the rule about proper introductions (the hands being chosen as the appendage for removal because of the association of shaking hands with being introduced to someone). Massino was convicted in 2004.

In popular culture

The 1997 film Donnie Brasco featured the character “Sonny Black” played by Michael Madsen. For dramatic purposes, many of Black’s character traits, and most of his relationship with Pistone, was combined with other real life Bonanno crime family mobsters Anthony Mirra and Benjamin Ruggiero, who in the film is played by Al Pacino.


Morton, James, East End Gangland & Gangland International Omnibus Chapter: “Florida”
Pistone, Joseph, Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia. Random House Value Publishing (February 1990) ISBN 5552531299

Dominick Napolitano

Born June 16, 1930
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, U.S.

Died August 17, 1981 (aged 51)
Flatlands, Brooklyn

Posted by: craig-oxley Aug 18 2009, 03:28 PM
Michael Napolitano

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Michael Napolitano is a former mayor of the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, succeeding Stephen Laffey. He defeated Councilman Alan Fung by 79 votes. He is a former Municipal Court Judge of the city, as well as a former instructor at Providence College. He oversaw his own law offices for 25 years before becoming Mayor.

He graduated from Providence College with a degree in Political Science and received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University.

Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island

In office
January 2007 – January 2009
Preceded by Stephen Laffey
Succeeded by Allan Fung

Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne

Posted by: craig-oxley Aug 18 2009, 03:29 PM
Luigi G. Napolitano Award

The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented every year at the Congress of the International Astronautical Congress.

It has been presented annually since 1993, to a young scientist under 30 years of age who has presented a paper at the International Astronautical Congress.

The award consists of the Napolitano commemorative medal and a certificate of citation, and is presented by the Education Committee of the IAF.

The International Academy of Astronautics awards the Luigi Napolitano Book Award annually.

Posted by: craig-oxley Aug 18 2009, 03:29 PM
Fox News is controlled by British Intelligence through front Knight of Malta, Rupert Murdoch. Himself a Luciferian under the front of Roman Catholism. -Craig

Andrew Napolitano

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Andrew P. Napolitano (b. June 6, 1950, in Newark, New Jersey is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and now an analyst for FOX News Channel. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998, and currently serves as the network’s senior judicial analyst, commenting on legal news and trials. He is a graduate of Princeton University (where he was a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton with Justice Samuel Alito) and Notre Dame Law School.

Judicial and academic career

Napolitano sat on the New Jersey bench from 1987 to 1995, becoming the state’s youngest life-tenured judge. He also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law for 11 years. Napolitano resigned his judgeship in 1995 to pursue his writing and television career.

Media career

Prior to joining FOX as a news analyst, Napolitano was the presiding judge on the television show, Power of Attorney, which was similar to shows such as, The People’s Court, where people brought small-claims disputes to a televised courtroom. The difference in Napolitano’s TV “courtroom” was that plaintiffs and defendants were represented, “pro bono,” by famous attorneys. The show ran in syndication during the 2000–2001 season.

Napolitano also co-hosts his own talk radio show on Fox News Radio titled, Brian and the Judge, with Brian Kilmeade. Judge Napolitano also hosts a show called Freedom Watch that can been seen on Strategy Room at on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Frequent guests to Freedom Watch are Congressman Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, John Stossel, and Lew Rockwell.

Writing career

In 2004, he wrote the book, Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks its Own Laws, a criticism of the American justice system. In National Review, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted that Napolitano had been a mid-level state judge and questioned his knowledge of the federal Constitution, citing numerous errors in Napolitano’s writing on the subject.[1]

In 2006, Napolitano wrote, The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land.

A third book, A Nation of Sheep, was released in October 2007. In April 2009, Napolitano’s fourth book, Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America, was released.


Napolitano describes himself as a pro-life libertarian. He splits his time living in Manhattan and Sussex County, New Jersey.

Professor Murray Sabrin and blogger Lew Rockwell mentioned Napolitano as a possible vice presidential running mate for Republican Ron Paul during the 2008 presidential election.[2]

In February 2009, Napolitano fans put up a website to encourage Napolitano to run for public office.

^ McCarthy, Andrew C. (February 23, 2005)”Judge Not:An ignorant analysis of the Lynne Stewart case”, National Review Online.
^ Eels, Marty (October 20, 2007)”USA Daily columnist, Murray Sabrin, poses Ron Paul-Andrew Napolitano dream ticket”, USA

Andrew P. Napolitano

Born June 6, 1950 (age 59)
Newark, New Jersey, United States

Occupation Judicial analyst (FNC)
Co-host of Brian and the Judge (Fox News Radio)

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