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Chorus of Protest Grows Over Report Warning of Right Wing Radicalization

Conservative groups are up in arms following a recent Department of Homeland Security report that warns of the possible radicalization of right-wing extremists.

 

 

That's what House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Wednesday in response to a Department of Homeland Security report warning of the rise of right-wing extremist groups.

 

Smith, who said the report on "right-wing extremism" amounts to "political profiling," said that DHS is "using people's political views to assess an individual's susceptibility to terror recruitment." He joins a growing chorus of protest from irate conservative groups that are protesting the report's findings.

 

The report, titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," released last week by DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said while there is no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are planning acts of violence, it suggests acts of violence could come from unnamed "rightwing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms -- and it singles out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment.

 

A senior Republican Judiciary Committee aide tells FOX News that the Obama administration "should immediately retract the report and apologize," saying that according to the report, pro-lifers, anyone who lost their jobs or are one of the thousands of military veterans who have fought to prevent another 9/11 could be suspect.

 

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the report Wednesday, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on "violent radicalization" in the United States.

 

"Let me be clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States," Napolitano said in a statement. "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."

 

The report follows a similar report released in January by DHS that detailed left-wing threats, focusing on cyberattacks and radical "eco-terrorist" groups like Earth Liberation Front, accused of firebombing construction sites, logging companies, car dealerships and food science labs. The report notes that left-wing extremists prefer economic damage on businesses to get the message across.

 

"Their leftwing assessment identifies actual terrorist organizations, like the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights," said Smith. "That's like saying if you love puppies you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions of Americans."

 

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL, told FOX News he was "offended" by the report's suggestion that returning troops could be potential targets for extremist groups.

 

"I am very offended and really disturbed that they would even say our military veterans, our returning war heroes would be capable of committing any terrorist acts," he said. "Where do they get off doing that? I demand an apology from [Napolitano] and even the President of the United States."

 

Veterans' groups are also taking issue with the report, which says disgruntled vets are considered coveted recruits for groups looking for "combat skills and experience."

 

"Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists," the report reads. "[DHS] is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities."

 

Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom, said the report represents a "gross misunderstanding and oversimplification" of the country's service members.

 

"It's amazing they would single out veterans as a threat to this country," said Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. "It underscores a pervasive belief that some are trying to spread that veterans are victims and we're coming home as damaged goods that need to be coddled instead of celebrated."

 

The report prompted a harsh and swift reaction for the American Legion on Tuesday. In a letter to Napolitano, American Legion National Commander David Rehbein blasted the report as incomplete and politically-biased.

 

"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," Rehbein wrote. "To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical 'disgruntled military veteran' is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam."

 

Napolitano said in her statement on Wednesday that she was aware of the letter, and plans to meet with Rehbein sometime next week.

 

"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."

 

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

 

Herb London, president of the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, said DHS' latest report "clearly appears to censor right-wing opinion," while its earlier assessment of left-wing extremists does not.

 

"I must say it's chilling, it worries me a great deal," London said. "I never have encountered a time in American life when condemnation of a president is not permitted. This really did strike me as odd, indeed."

 

London called on President Obama to repudiate the right-wing report.

 

"What is the message here? That conservative organizations are not permitted to engage in any language that might be described as unfavorable to the president," London said. "Keep in mind this is entirely subjective to begin with."

 

FOXNews.com's Joshua Rhett Miller and FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz contributed to this report.

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I am a military and combat veteran that has served in numerous campaigns, humanitarian efforts, peace keeping missions and a couple undeclared wars...and it troubles me that I and my brothers in arms are labeled as potential right wing extremist and terrorists. It also troubles me that disapproving of the tax system, the bail outs, the move towards a more liberal and somewhat socialist society with huge expansion of govt control is also being likened to a subversive violent group.

 

Where was this when people were burning effigies of Bush.....asking for him to be jailed...to overthrow Govt...and protesting against everything he said or did for last 4 years whether he was right or wrong.

 

I am guessing they are logging attendees of the Tea Parties and viewers of Fox News or online Conservative Blogs looking for potential terrorists in our country.

 

 

So sad we wont call radical muslims that conduct 90% of the terrorist acts around the world and conducted the single largest act of terrorism on US soil with the loss of over 3000 American lives will no longer be called terrorist.....but calling Americans that are using their Constitutional right to protest peacefully or that have served in the military overseas as terrorists is accepted.

 

2010 Congressional elections cant come soon enough......I sincerely believe that is why all of their changes are being fast tracked and occurred the first 100 days in office as they are worried if they dont get it all through this year then they wont be able to the remaining 3 years due to new elections.

 

So much for the administration of openness and transparency with no lobbyist sitting in appointed positions.......he lied and lied and lied during his campaign and popularity speeches to the masses but some are too proud to admit we were right....he was not the right man...he did not have the right experience...and we are now seeing the result of Chicago Politics on a national scale.

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Chorus of Protest Grows Over Report Warning of Right Wing Radicalization

Conservative groups are up in arms following a recent Department of Homeland Security report that warns of the possible radicalization of right-wing extremists.

 

 

That's what House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Wednesday in response to a Department of Homeland Security report warning of the rise of right-wing extremist groups.

 

Smith, who said the report on "right-wing extremism" amounts to "political profiling," said that DHS is "using people's political views to assess an individual's susceptibility to terror recruitment." He joins a growing chorus of protest from irate conservative groups that are protesting the report's findings.

 

The report, titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," released last week by DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said while there is no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are planning acts of violence, it suggests acts of violence could come from unnamed "rightwing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms -- and it singles out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment.

 

A senior Republican Judiciary Committee aide tells FOX News that the Obama administration "should immediately retract the report and apologize," saying that according to the report, pro-lifers, anyone who lost their jobs or are one of the thousands of military veterans who have fought to prevent another 9/11 could be suspect.

 

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the report Wednesday, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on "violent radicalization" in the United States.

 

"Let me be clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States," Napolitano said in a statement. "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."

 

The report follows a similar report released in January by DHS that detailed left-wing threats, focusing on cyberattacks and radical "eco-terrorist" groups like Earth Liberation Front, accused of firebombing construction sites, logging companies, car dealerships and food science labs. The report notes that left-wing extremists prefer economic damage on businesses to get the message across.

 

"Their leftwing assessment identifies actual terrorist organizations, like the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights," said Smith. "That's like saying if you love puppies you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions of Americans."

 

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL, told FOX News he was "offended" by the report's suggestion that returning troops could be potential targets for extremist groups.

 

"I am very offended and really disturbed that they would even say our military veterans, our returning war heroes would be capable of committing any terrorist acts," he said. "Where do they get off doing that? I demand an apology from [Napolitano] and even the President of the United States."

 

Veterans' groups are also taking issue with the report, which says disgruntled vets are considered coveted recruits for groups looking for "combat skills and experience."

 

"Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists," the report reads. "[DHS] is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities."

 

Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom, said the report represents a "gross misunderstanding and oversimplification" of the country's service members.

 

"It's amazing they would single out veterans as a threat to this country," said Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. "It underscores a pervasive belief that some are trying to spread that veterans are victims and we're coming home as damaged goods that need to be coddled instead of celebrated."

 

The report prompted a harsh and swift reaction for the American Legion on Tuesday. In a letter to Napolitano, American Legion National Commander David Rehbein blasted the report as incomplete and politically-biased.

 

"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," Rehbein wrote. "To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical 'disgruntled military veteran' is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam."

 

Napolitano said in her statement on Wednesday that she was aware of the letter, and plans to meet with Rehbein sometime next week.

 

"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."

 

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

 

Herb London, president of the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, said DHS' latest report "clearly appears to censor right-wing opinion," while its earlier assessment of left-wing extremists does not.

 

"I must say it's chilling, it worries me a great deal," London said. "I never have encountered a time in American life when condemnation of a president is not permitted. This really did strike me as odd, indeed."

 

London called on President Obama to repudiate the right-wing report.

 

"What is the message here? That conservative organizations are not permitted to engage in any language that might be described as unfavorable to the president," London said. "Keep in mind this is entirely subjective to begin with."

 

FOXNews.com's Joshua Rhett Miller and FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz contributed to this report.

Pete!! You really don't beleive that do you! :huh:

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Do I believe that they think that? Yes Tim I do. I tried to give this administration a chance, I tried not to have knee jerk reactions to their policies, I'm done after this.

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...and we are now seeing the result of Chicago Politics on a national scale.

 

BINGO!!!

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truth hurts huh?jk

but i am sure there are a few mcvey's out there in wait. plus, i keep hearing "the revolution is coming" bs..

 

honestly, i don't see why the flap from vets. I thought i heard the initial report was actually from a veteran's affairs group or something? but maybe not..

 

truth is, some vets are at risk. esp when coming back home to unemployment after being under paid for a while over seas. a lot of these extremist are ex military or para-military. remember the group that was a part of the airborne? remember the motorcycle gang (the crotch rocket ones)?

 

but this is nothing different than saying "there's a problem in some black community" and some get offended, and someone else apologizes...doesn't mean it's not true..

 

the report i read (at least around here) said that neo-cons, neo-nazi and supremacist groups where planning to participate in the tea party(ies) here.

maybe the report was not pc? they apologized and are meeting with vet's groups..will get past it and move forward...some will not..

 

i do believe there is a potential upswelling.... fear breeds ignorance..ignorance breeds fear.. the circle continues. recession, unemployment, a half black, democrat president.. let's be real..

 

PETA and tree hugger groups rose in ranks over the last 8 years i bet..

 

thanks to all vets for their service..

 

just my .02

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I know this post is old, but very relevant and we cannot let the subject die. It shows the Ultra Left Wing leaning of the current occupant of the White House and his administration. The far left agenda continues and will until he is gone and reducing their influence on our government. I, too am a veteran of the US Army and served in many conflicts with the Field Artillery, Infantry and Special Operations until retiring.

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oh I thought this post was about me..... :Cartoon_1238:

nevermind....

 

 

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...try cocktails instead of cold medicine tonight..

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Comrade Obama and the leftist democrats who are left in the senate and congress still do not get it, America rejects you and your anti - American agenda. I question any suggestion of change, as what type of change are you talking about? What exactly is hope, anyway? Wishing for something out of thin air?

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:buttrock::grouphug:

 

I know, I miss you too! Get well soon and I'll get a hug from ya in a couple of months...I hope you still don't have "The Cold'...it's a nasty lengthy deal and everybody gets it.....unless you keep enough alcohol in your bloodstream and it can't get thru...

 

..Nan is monitoring my internet experience today and says to say Hi!

She thinks you are kinda funny.......the good kind... P5180124.jpg

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I know, I miss you too! Get well soon and I'll get a hug from ya in a couple of months...I hope you still don't have "The Cold'...it's a nasty lengthy deal and everybody gets it.....unless you keep enough alcohol in your bloodstream and it can't get thru...

 

..Nan is monitoring my internet experience today and says to say Hi!

She thinks you are kinda funny.......the good kind... P5180124.jpg

I'm on the mend thanks! :Beer-Chug[1]: :Beer-Chug[1]:

 

Tell Nan I said:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWINtUCshxY

 

:Beer-Chug[1]:

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