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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obersturmfuhrer Janet Twists It More

From the Washington Times:

Napolitano stands by risks report
Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

But the top House Democrat with oversight of the Department of Homeland Security said in a letter to Ms. Napolitano that he was "dumbfounded" that such a report would be issued.

"This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans - including war veterans," said Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in his letter sent Tuesday night.

The letter was representative of a public furor over the nine-page document since its existence was reported in The Washington Times on Tuesday.

In her statement Wednesday, Ms. Napolitano defended the report, which says "rightwing extremism" may include groups opposed to abortion and immigration, as merely one among several threat assessments. But she agreed to meet with the head of the American Legion, who had expressed anger over the report, when she returns to Washington next week from a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department'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 her statement.

"I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution," Ms. Napolitano said.

Ms. Napolitano insisted that the department was not planning on engaging in any form of ideological profiling.

"Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence," Ms. Napolitano said.

"We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources."

The Times reported Tuesday that the department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) issued April 7 the nine-page document titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." Outcry from veterans groups, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists followed, but the reaction spread Wednesday to Democratic lawmakers and liberal-leaning groups.

In his letter to Ms. Napolitano, Mr. Thompson demanded that Homeland Security officials explain how and why they wrote the report and whether it poses any threat to civil liberties.

"As I am certain you agree, freedom of association and freedom of speech are guaranteed to all Americans - whether a person's beliefs, whatever their political orientation, are 'extremist' or not," Mr. Thompson said.

Mr. Thompson said the report "blurred the line," and that he is "disappointed and surprised that the department would allow this report to be disseminated" to law enforcement officials nationwide.

Homeland Security officials have declined to say who wrote report, except that it was a career official and not a political appointee.

Only three employees are listed in the Federal Yellow Book as working for the I&A office - acting Undersecretary Roger Mackin and two executive assistants.

Mr. Thompson's letter said, "I am particularly struck by the report's conclusion which states that I&A 'will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.' " He demanded to know what types of activities the Homeland Security Department had planned for "the next several months."

"Rightwing extremism," the report said in a footnote on Page 2, goes beyond religious and racial hate groups and extends to "those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely."

"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," said the report, which also listed gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as potential risks.

The assessment is not the first Homeland Security product to examine threats based on political extremism. In January, the department sent law enforcement officials an assessment of cyberterrorism threats from such left-leaning sources as environmental, animal rights and anarchist groups.

Mike German, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and a former FBI agent, said his organization was concerned about law enforcement agencies' focus on radicalization, regardless of the specific ideology.

"Certainly, the right-wing report is focused far too much on rhetoric and things people say and things people think rather than on criminal activity and the people involved in criminal activity," he said. "There is plenty of crime out there for federal, state and local law enforcement to worry about. They don't need to invent threats that they have no factual basis for supporting."

The American Legion on Tuesday said the latest report unfairly stereotypes veterans.

"I am aware of the letter from American Legion National Commander [David K.] Rehbein, and my staff has already contacted him to set up a meeting next week once I return from travel. 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," Ms. Napolitano said.

"As the department responsible for protecting the homeland, DHS will continue to work with its state and local partners to prevent and protect against the potential threat to the United States associated with any rise in violent extremist activity," Ms. Napolitano said.

Asked about the report at Wednesday's White House briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs said he has not spoken with President Obama specifically about it.

"Without getting into the report, I think the president works hard every day to make sure that all Americans are safe and secure," Mr. Gibbs said.

"And I would say that, as it relates to some aspect of the report, that the president believes those who serve our country represent the very best of it," Mr. Gibbs said.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Wednesday that the department owes veterans an apology.

"To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable," he said. "Everyone agrees that the department should be focused on protecting America, but using such broad-based generalizations about the American people is simply outrageous."

Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, called it "inconceivable" that the Obama administration would categorize veterans as a potential threat.

"This kind of mischaracterization can lead to discrimination against veterans in our society, especially in the job market," Mr. Buyer said. "Vietnam veterans were subjected to this unfair treatment, and I call upon President Obama and members of Congress to refute any similar stereotyping of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."

• Jon Ward contributed to this report.


And don't miss Judge Andrew Napolitano's thoughts on the DHS report; key quote:

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...My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.
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Keep poking the wasps' nest, Frau Obersturmfuhrer.

Just keep poking.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing we must keep in mind about the report and the mindset of our elected officials from both parties.

These are basically manupulative Passive Aggresive personalities.

While really unlikely to poke anyone in the nose.. They will not hesitate to send someone else to do their dirty work or clean the messes they make..

They really live in a fantasy world created in their own minds.. Theu truly believe if they define something that is what it becomes..

In this case .. more than most.. one must harken back to the old ways and the sayings of old which for so many appear out of favor..

The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as the Lion..

These are at their heart are vain, wicked people.. in truth having no faith in God they manifest fear in nearly all their actions..

Watch them bluster and posture. At the core these are very frightened 3rd Graders trying to bluff their way thru life..

The problem being a 3rd Grader would be hard pressed to really harm their fellow students..

These frightened elitists who have wormed their way to power.. are more than willing to harm others to get what they want.. Whatever it is..

I have heard many say these creatures do not understand the issues. That is the ultimate self delusion.. Their well aware of the horrific historical results of gun control, Open Borders, Moral equivilency..

They simply do not care. Either for the people nor the Republic.

Based upon that.. they have every reason to try to disarm the people.
Which is what they in fact do now isn't it..

They hate the people, hold the people in contempt.. Why then would they allow the people to be armed?

W.

April 16, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

They are already on the march.

April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's the ticket Janet, lump patriots with the racists and haters.

April 16, 2009 at 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least we know where they stand and what they think about 'us' in a very public/official document. This is actually good, in that it makes for a more convincing argument with fence sitters that are just realizing that they too, are in the classification of 'potential terrorist'. Thanks for making things clear, plain and simple, Janet.

The Statists keep poking the wolverine with a stick as if to expect no response. Wolverines really don't want to fight initially and will feint before engaging in an attempt to dissuad an attacker. Have you ever seen the results of a wolverine attack? The results are horrific, as it gives no quarter to its enemy once the fight starts...No one can say we didn't try the peaceable method, for years and years. Patience is thin, very thin. The founding fathers of this Republic would never have let things degrade this much. When the wolverine strikes back it will be nasty.

Das Katz

April 17, 2009 at 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Ive got a lable now.

April 17, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous suek said...

Here's another one:

http://somd.com/news/headlines/2009/9833.shtml

April 18, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger W W Woodward said...

Joseph Goebels is not dead!

I've spent a good part of today reading and re-reading the DHS assessment on Right Wing Extremism. It is the most unmitigated example of state propaganda I've had the misfortune to read in quite a while.

The report pretty well boils down to; If you believe in and support the Constitution of the United States, especially if you are a veteran, you very well could be a right wing extremist and very possibly a potential threat to the government. The report also pretty well establishes that all "right wing extremists" are criminals as it differentiates between "right wing extremists" and "law abiding Americans".

A direct quote from the report - "Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, ..." And, then, "This document is unclassified for official use only. It contains information ... and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need to know ...".

Sooo, The most efficient way to conduct business in an "overt and transparent manner" is to ensure that no information should be released to the media or the general public. ????

One factor is self evident and has been since the 1700's - The harder the government attempts to push a free AMERICAN, the harder the free AMERICAN will push back. And, you can take that to the bank! The acronymic army of the federal bureaucracies is pushing untold millions of free Americans into what this document has labeled right wing extremism.

Are you listening, Janet??? - Do you care??

April 19, 2009 at 2:54 AM  

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