Remember back in April of this year when the Department Of Homland Security Issued a report about right wing extremists and the consequences of those radical groups escalating their rhetoric and actions? Almost immediately, Janet Napolitano, Director of Homeland Security, back peddled when the Right Wing Machine started screaming and yelling about the report.
Then shortly after that there were two “terrorist” aka extremist killings by right wing fanatics. One was the murder of the security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and the other was the killing of abortion doctor, George Tiller. At that point the DHS report seemed to be on point in predicting the two killings. Whatever happened to that report after those incidents?
The Obama administration didn’t hesitate recently to pick a fight with Fox News, but its Department of Homeland Security now appears to have backpedaled on a report expressing concern about what its analysts earlier this year described as “right-wing extremists.” Back in April, Homeland Security’s intelligence analysis division produced a nine-page “assessment” describing how the nation’s economic problems and the ascent of the first African-American president “could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists” and might even lead to violence between such groups and the government. Although the paper was stamped “for official use only” and bits of it were labeled “law enforcement sensitive.” the document quickly made its way onto the Internet. Its contents provoked howls of rage from conservative activists (some of which was reflected in reports from … Fox News). The report’s critics expressed particular outrage at a paragraph stating that returning veterans “possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists.” The report stated directly that Homeland Security’s intelligence shop was “concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.” (Despite these concerns, the report also acknowledged up front that the Feds had “no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence.”)
After the report became public, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano backed away from it, telling members of Congress that it had been disseminated to state and local officials without proper authorization. She said the department’s procedures for vetting such documents had not been followed. But Napolitano also indicated that the report would be “replaced or redone in a much more useful and much more precise fashion.” After gunmen with extreme right-wing pedigrees separately killed a Kansas abortion doctor and a security guard at Washington’s Holocaust Museum, some liberal activists raised questions as to when Homeland Security was going to produce an updated version of the April report. More>>>