Top Democrat Hammers Homeland Security’s Napolitano; Cites Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association

Top Democrat ‘dumbfounded’ by ‘extremism’ report

The top House Democrat overseeing the Department of Homeland Security is demanding that officials there explain how and why they wrote and released a controversial report identifying veterans as potential terrorist threats.

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano that he was “dumbfounded” 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,” Mr. Thompson said in the letter sent Tuesday.

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.

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

Also Wednesday, Ms. Napolitano issued a statement standing by the report, which she personally had reviewed before it was issued.

The Washington Times reported Tuesday that the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) released a report titled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment on April 7. It identified as potential terrorist threats people who collect guns, veterans, supporters of border control, and pro-life advocates.

“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,'” Mr. Thompson said, demanding to know what types of activities DHS had planned for “the next several months.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/15/top-dem-dumbfounded-extremism-report/

McAuleys World: Contact your Representatives In Washington and demand Napolitano’s resignation now: http://www.usa.gov/Contact.shtml

2 Responses

  1. Napolitano should be fired. While there were reports of “left wing extremism” their report indicated current examples of them. The “right wing” one DOES NOT. And in fact states that it doesn’t know of any currently. This administration gets worse every day

    McAuley’s World: No other Administration has even suggested investigation of Private American citizens based on “political thought”, “speech”, or association without any pretense that criminal activity is taking place. The Report states that the “groups” listed in the report “may turn violent” or “maybe subject to recruitment”. Governmental investigation and action prior to the violation of any law is unconstitutional and smacks of the Third Reich during the Nazi reign in Germany.

  2. Napolitano’s use of the 1995 Oklahoma City attack as an example of why US military veterans are supposedly a threat to us all certainly is intriguing-

    That bombing was a single event, almost 14 years ago- hasn’t Al Qaida staged hundreds of attacks on US interests since then? Why so little mention of them since she was appointed three months ago- isn’t keeping a lid on those medieval savages 80% of her job description? Isn’t that why the Department of Homeland Security created in the first-place?

    Apparently there is no bounds to what government assets Obama will prostitute for his own purposes… while neglecting daunting, actual threats in the meantime.

    So all who wondered why Obama chose this obedient toady to head Homeland Security now have their answer: a serious choice who would have focused upon real terrorist threats -not imaginary, partisan ones- like, say, a Rudolph Giuliani, wouldn’t have been a willing participant in such a sham report.

    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

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