US govt faces veteran anger at extremism report

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  1. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Who put this female dog in charge? Were going down a very slippery slope
    it's becoming very alarming.

    The US Homeland Security Department, under fire for saying US forces returning from the Iraq and Afghan wars were potential right-wing extremist recruits, said Wednesday it honors US veterans.
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought to douse anger among conservatives and veterans groups like the American Legion over a report from her department warning of a rising threat of right-wing extremism.

    "We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not -- nor will we ever -- monitor ideology or political beliefs," Napolitano said in a statement amid charges that the department had done just that.

    American Legion chief David Rehbein on Tuesday blasted the report as "incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased" and took special aim at its warning that returning veterans having difficulties reintegrating society could be recruited by right-wing groups for possible terrorist attacks.

    In a letter to Napolitano, Rehbein underlined the document's mention of Oklahoma City bombing author Timothy McVeigh's US Army background and called it "as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam."

    "The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime," said Rehbein, who group comprises some 2.6 million members.

    Napolitano said she accepted Rehbein's request for a meeting and stressed: "I will tell him face-to-face that we honor veterans at DHS and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the deputy secretary."

    The report said that fears of possible new restrictions on firearms, as well as troubled veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, "could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

    Rehbein said the accusation, levelled in an April 7 document designed for local law enforcement officials, was "without any statistical evidence."
  2. suspenceman

    suspenceman Jerry's kid

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    wow, Thanks Mr. President. You make all Vets feel great, and a threat to society!!! 4 more years!!
  3. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report sent to law enforcement that lists veterans as a terrorist risk to the U.S. and defines "rightwing extremism" as including groups opposed to abortion and immigration.

    The outcry resulted in a demand from the head of the American Legion to meet with Ms. Napolitano, a request the DHS chief said she would honor next week when she returns to Washington from her current tour of the U.S.-Mexican border.

    "The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this departmentĀ“s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States," Ms. Napolitano said in a statement.
  4. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    well we don't have to worry about Nepolitino being a left-wing idiot
  5. bbgun

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    Was VCD a co-writer or something?
  6. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    I wonder what Hostile thinks of this? He was supportive and lauditory of her while she was Arizona governor.

  7. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    And I have Napolitano on my list of potential terrorist activity. I'm concerned on how she attacks ex-military, she might want to blow up a VA hospital.

    The Jarv-police will be keeping an eye on her.

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