Can Jeh Johson Fix the Department of Homeland Security?
Johnson’s previous support for drone use is more relevant to his new post than it might originally seem. A Customs and Border Patrol report obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation this summer showed that the agency was considering equipping its Predator drones with “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets—perhaps the first-ever proposal for flying weaponized drones domestically. But Johnson might have a more complicated—and more remorseful—view on drone use than in the past. According to Gregory Johnsen’s book The Last Refuge, Johnson was distraught after watching a drone attack in Yemen from a monitor in the White House—a device often referred to as “Kill TV.” “If I were a Catholic, I’d have to go to confession,” Johnson told a friend.