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Napolitano Apologizes to Veterans

By Spencer S. Hsu
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized today to U.S. military veterans who took offense at being mentioned in a domestic intelligence report that concluded that a declining economy and the nation's political climate could fuel a resurgence of right-wing extremism, saying any slight was unintended.

In the report, dated April 7 but begun last year, the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence section stated, "The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

A footnote that defined rightwing extremist groups as primarily hate-oriented or anti-government also stated, "It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

Acknowledging criticism by veterans' groups, Napolitano said yesterday on CNN, "I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended."

She told Fox News, "If there's one part of that report I would rewrite, in the word-smithing, Washington-ese that goes on after the fact, it would be that footnote."

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) the top Republican on the House intelligence committee, asked the director of national intelligence's ombudsman to investigate the report for "evidence of unsubstantiated conclusions and political bias."

Posted at 7:54 PM ET on Apr 16, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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I maybe a Right Wing Extremist: because I am a Veteran, Because, I believe every American is the fruits of their own labors, that every American should be able to safely travel the byways of our Country unharmed and unmolested, some crimes warrant death, there is a higher power, and just because you are different doesn’t make you special nor do I own you anything special. Lastly, every week I read the names and look at the pictures of those men and women who gave everything for America and asked for so little. http://www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html
If this had happened when President Bush was in office the Left Wing Pinkos would have demanded her to be fired. So, can her. Equal opportunity and treatment.
Posted by: AirForceVet | April 20, 2009 5:30 PM

Posted by: AirForceVet | April 20, 2009 5:32 PM

Why did DHS Janet Napolitano singled out veterans? This is an interesting take:
www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/99107

Posted by: washingtontimes101 | April 20, 2009 6:56 AM

Obama list of enemies, just Americans with different opinions. American terrorist, did you forget about Obama buddy Bill Ayers. It's O.K. to be violent if you hate America, but to have a different ideology from Obama and the Democratic Party, that's not accepted.

Posted by: xthat | April 19, 2009 1:05 PM

Old Russian saying...You can tell same lie 1000 times but not change truth!

Difference between USSR Communist media and USA "mainstream media"

In Russia government make media say what they want - even if lie.
In USA "mainstream media" try make government what they want - even if lie..
.....eventually they become same thing?!

I Igor produce Obama Birth Certificate at www.igormarxo.org

Posted by: igormarxo | April 17, 2009 7:52 PM

Oh, and those 80,000 Troops being trained to combat "Social Unrest" HERE;

that was all just a co-incidence Huh?!

Fear O'Bomba-Nation Folks!

The Dims are after a New Order!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 17, 2009 3:33 PM

The report on rightwing extremism issued by Secretary Napolitano, that was leaked to the press as soon as published, is a naked attempt to politicize the DHS. The same bureaucrats that eliminated the term “terrorism” when applied to real terrorists, now applies it to returning veterans and to American citizens that disagree with the policies of the Obama administration on abortion, immigration, and the size of the deficit.

Pro-lifer, people concerned about our open borders, and fiscal conservatives are dumped together in the report with the KKK, neo-nazis, racists, crazy mass murderers as McVeigh, anarchists and some third political parties as State Rights and Libertarians; a work of political mudslinging that would have excited the envy of Goebbels and Stalin!

The report even encourages the recipients (the readers of the leaked report?) to denounce to the DHS and the FBI any suspicious activities in these issues. A lesson obviously learned from Castro and Chavez.

How should the American people see now the DHS? As the main line of defense against the terrorists that are trying to destroy our nation, or as an organ of repression of a police state. We have lost our trust in Sec. Napolitano? She must resign!

Posted by: scaramouch | April 17, 2009 3:29 PM

Wow!
A little venom from the Tea-Bag set! What happened last November is that you guys lost! You can tell the weakness of Conservative thought when it falls to ridcule, ad hominem attacks, and peevish devotion to imaginary claims of "Socialism." "Get over it," I think is what you all said When Bush v. Gore was settled by the Supreme Court in '01. But don't stop just yet. It's so enjoyable to read the blather and hear the bleating of the Conservative Sheep, rustling your tea-bags amid the tax-funded public places that would not exist if there were no such taxes to provide a public place to gather. Try having a protest in one of the recently-bankrupted shopping malls where the mall cops would throw you out. But, don't stop your ridiculous attacks on POTUS and Obama administration, it has been hilarious!
The wilder the charges, the more amusing the opposition, and the more you dig your own ideological graves relegating the neo-cons and proteo-cons to merely exasperated spittle and dust.
As my friends in the Midwest used to say, "Get a Job!" that is if you can find one in the economy that Bushies scuttled before abandoning you and the ship of State!

Posted by: threestrikes | April 17, 2009 9:54 AM

Lots of partisan rancor invested in expectations of terror from conservative issue specialists but not liberal issue specialists. I'll bet she regrets showing her true colors. I've been watching http://www.analystblues.com for better analyses about these kind of things.

Posted by: singingmountains | April 17, 2009 2:35 AM

Just to be fair...

Everybody is being watched. The warrant-less wiretaps go on. Sorry to say that Mr. Obama isn't clean on this issue.

This is a civil liberties issue that should concern all of us.

Sadly, when Bush defended it, I remember hearing plenty of people say, "I don't mind...if you're not doing anything wrong then why worry about it?"

This is why! Because it's now possible that anything you say can and will be used against you.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | April 17, 2009 2:00 AM

1) The report was written by a Bush appointee,

2) A similar report was written about left-wing groups, and

3) The report said that fringe groups were trying to recruit ex-military, with little success.

But I guess if you are looking to take umbrage and don't sweat the facts, there was enough there to work with.

Posted by: nodebris | April 17, 2009 1:01 AM

WAS JANET NAPOLITANO SET UP BY RIGHT-WING ELEMENTS WITHIN DHS?


• Internal "psy ops" aimed at the top?

Surely, lower-level officials knew that on the eve of the "TEA Party" demonstrations, a report singling out right-wing extremists and veterans would be greeted with scorn and anger -- and that Secretary Napolitano and the Obama administration would be the lighting rod for such criticism.


It may be no accident that the very groups cited by the DHS report represent some of the core elements of so-called organized community "gang stalking" -- a nationwide legion of local citizen armies who hunt down, harass, vandalize and even physically assault persons "targeted" by government agencies.

Gang stalking victims have gathered evidence that indicates these vigilantes are fronted by volunteer organizations funded by various agencies of DHS -- with the knowledge, support, and possibly, direction, of DHS-affiliated officials on the federal and local levels.


Secretary Napolitano, Assistant Director of Policy Heyman and other high DHS officials:


Please read the following articles. The most serious threat to the mission of DHS could be extremists under your command.


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 17, 2009 12:53 AM

JakeD wrote: 'Valerie Plame was no longer a "covert agent" as that term is defined by law, and Dick Cheney was not my "lover boy" (his daughter is the dike).'

Quoted from and full sourced in Wikipedia:

'. . . some in the media (Jeff Gannon - White House reporter) questioned whether or not the CIA still considered Plame a covert officer — that is, the precise nature of her "classified" status or the type of "cover" that she had and whether or not it was "official" or "non-official" — at the time she was outed in the Novak column of July 14, 2003.[29] But official legal documents published in the course of the CIA leak grand jury investigation, United States v. Libby, and Congressional investigations fully establish her classified employment as a covert officer for the CIA at the time that Novak's column was published in July 2003.'

And what does Cheney's daughter's sexual orientation have to do with your little crush on her father? I'm wondering if both your denials (Plame and Cheney) are of the same worth. My, my!

Posted by: nodebris | April 17, 2009 12:53 AM

sinz52 wrote: "The next time a conservative administration takes power in Washington (which should happen in 4 or 8 years), I hope they will keep a very close eye on America's liberals."

You mean, like the Bush administration spying on the Quakers? Or were you thinking of Nixon bugging DNC headquarters?

You really think conservatives have never done wrong, don't you? Whew. And I bet you vote, too, eh?

Hey everyone: Here's one of that 25%!

Posted by: nodebris | April 17, 2009 12:37 AM

Just curious...

Anybody want to close the DHS?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | April 17, 2009 12:13 AM

JakeD -

I sincerely thank you for your service.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | April 17, 2009 12:08 AM

By DHS standards, many normal Americans could qualify as a right-wing extremist.

Posted by: ohioan | April 16, 2009 11:55 PM

Wow. No wonder. We need to stop the drug addiction in this country. Most messages ported above seem to have been written by high, very high koke-snorting Americans. Good for Obama, good for Napolitano.

Posted by: fxbailey | April 16, 2009 11:45 PM

Can this pinhead be thrown out of office when obama is IMPEACHED?????????

Posted by: WRH51 | April 16, 2009 11:07 PM

The founding fathers, most who would be deemed potential radical terrorists by black liberation theology cult following Obama, Nepalitano, & other obama staffed liberals, warned us of radicals in the government, ones brought into power by a fluke election via a brainwashed mob (like ACORN), where just a few decisions by those in power can wreak havoc on most of the population, hence one of the reasons for the 2nd amendment.

With liberals in control of Congress and the Executive branch, we are in danger of Draconian tyranny & the downfall of our once great nation. Besides 10% of Islam's 1.2 billion desiring the destruction of the US, U.S. Muslim terror sleeper cells (most who probably voted Obama), violent innner city gang members (nearly all who voted Obama), and a million plus anti-US illegal aliens (most supportive of the left), we really need to worry about PC fascist intolerant conservative-hating people on the left. If you google 'underground railroad tribal alliance' you will read a leftist blog from a black liberation theology guy (like Obama) who encourages the r@ping of white women. Nepalitano sounds like she'll ignore a dangerous thug like this and spy on a Christian church instead.

Also, occultic militant PC neo-paganism, (e.g. satanists, luciferians, black witches, new age channelers & their followers, goths, vampires, etc.) are nearly all tied to the left. The third reich of Germany was an anti-Judeo Christian neo-pagan occult brainwashed PC movement that destroyed their country and much of Europe. And don't forget, China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran, and Venezuala cannot be trusted. In fact, China may by trying to destroy our electrical grid...so why go after conservatives who were key in creating & protecting this awesome once God-fearing nation?

Nepolitano should leave her post and join SNL for a remake of 'It's Pat'about an adrogynous misfit. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC could fill in on occasions. This goes to show the left's unbalanced & dangerous view of women: They like to put man-like wacko feminists in leadership & influential positions and place attractive women in the smvt industry (an industry that should really be a terror organization since it is tied to snvff films, illegal drugs, STDs, human trafficking, abuse, slavery, corruption, etc.) which is mostly tied to the left. This expains the left's hatred for Sarah Palin, a potentional terorist and an attractive conservative Governor, who, as VP, would have never pursued the insane spending that Obama is doing which is likely to throw us into an inflationary debt-spiral depression.

Posted by: techsavvy777 | April 16, 2009 10:31 PM

Wonder how much Cocaine money American Banks hold for the Mexicans ? I'd bet those Banks didn't need any bail out from Obama.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | April 16, 2009 10:23 PM

Where did Obama find Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She's an idiot. She sounds like Sarah Palin in reverse. He has terrible taste in filling his Cabinet posts .... He should fire this bimbo

Posted by: gatorsn09 | April 16, 2009 10:20 PM

Here's the solution to the guns into Mexico and Drugs out of Mexico problem: build the fence high, wide and strong. Then, oh my goodness, no drugs can get out and no guns can get in. Oh and by the way oh President of mine those guns were given by our government to the Mexican military and police. They were then turned over to the drug cartels by those same military and police. Have a few more facts the next time you throw your own country, the people that voted for you, under the bus.

Posted by: patilee | April 16, 2009 10:19 PM

Here's the solution to the guns into Mexico and Drugs out of Mexico problem: build the fence high, wide and strong. Then, oh my goodness, no drugs can get out and no guns can get in. Oh and by the way oh President of mine those guns were given by our government to the Mexican military and police, either sold or handed over. They were then turned over to the drug cartels by those same military and police. Have a few more facts the next time you throw your own country, the people that voted for you, under the bus.

Posted by: patilee | April 16, 2009 10:16 PM

Socialist-Islamic Obama betraying the nation to the "enemy"; alarmist accusations about the Feds coming in black helicopters to take the good ol' boy's weapons; the "guvament" going after the Real American Readers of the Constitution--ALL THIS BLATHER IS RIGHT WING MENTAL MASTURBATORY PROPAGANDA AND FEARMONGERING.

These are not thoughtful conservative ideations or concepts. THIS COUNTRY DOES NEED GOOD SOLID CONSERVATIVE THINKING WITH GOOD INTENT AND GOODWILL FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION . . . BUT . . .

the reality is that the far Right and the extreme Right are coming closer together as a consequence of certain Repubs' fall from power. There are some Elite Repubs who are addicted to power as much as any drug addict is enslaved to his drug. Yeah, it's that simple, brutal and ugly. Many in the Repub's base on the other hand are feeling nostalgic for the days when White Supremacy reigned without opposition.

There was a time when Establishment Repubs would distance themselves from the extremists and that is not happening now. Instead they're using people like El Rushbo, puppet Michele Malkin, and the Mannity to cover for THEIR rightwing extremists.

There's a courtship dance going on and soon the two shall be wedded into a vile unity that will continue to wage more vicious and divisive political warfare to undermine the President and his Administration.

So you see my logical Liberal friends out there, the "flap" over Neopolitino's interoffice memo is not an accident but a consequence of deliberate political warfare. The "leak" of that DHS inter office memo was a deliberate act of political gurerilla warfare.

These good ol'boys are playing the old rule--Take Power by Any Means Necessary

Posted by: artoaracx | April 16, 2009 9:57 PM

[QUOTE by WI_RETREAT] No group is immune from nut jobs. That being said, the "how" and the who has a lot to be desired. This comes from the same person who gave us Orwellian truth speak for "terrorism" and "the war on terror."

I think these communiques are alienating many folks who are rather alarmed at the almost daily foot in mouth epiphanies, and the the never ending blame America game.

As a vet who served in PGW I, I am proud of my fellow vets, my country, and leading role that America has played in the world. I do NOT apologize for our prior tactics in the war on terror, and hardly think the "torture" of waterboarding is equal to the death and destruction that was served and is still wanting to be served by our enemies who would not give the time it takes to blink an eye to harm or hurt innocent people. And I do not agree that the tools used in the last 8 years are part of a "dark chapter" in our history.If anything, our efforts of the past 8 years protected us. If a sunshine policy is the new way--that's fine, but quit denigrating the past successes. [END QUOTE]

Posted by: WI_RETREAT | April 16, 2009 8:44 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Excellent statement WI_RETREAT. Long before this irresponsible DHS memo, the armed forces and the police have kept a handle on criminal activity which has been remarkably minimal. DHS would have to get their information from such agencies as CID and NCIS concerning active duty personnel. The FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics would have reported an upsurge in criminal activity among veterans, and other subgroups. I worked closely with NCIS in Iraq and as recently as 2007 here in the states. There was no rash of terrorist behavior in either the Marines or the Navy. I'm certain the same could be said within the other services. The timing and content of the DHS memo is really strange, as if the Administration is paving the way for some controversial move that won't sit well with the American people, and veterans in general. We'll see.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | April 16, 2009 9:35 PM

This woman isn't a leader. She is a bitter, partisan appointee who stepped in a big steamy pile of her own poo . . .
Please read:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/271033

Posted by: lclifton | April 16, 2009 9:17 PM

marksquarepants - That's a pretty heavy accusation you made there about your fellow troopers. If there are indeed any troopers in your company or battalion involved in criminal activity, then I'm sure you’re keeping your Army CID officer informed; or at least you had better be. As for most of the GOP not being veterans, “more so” can be said of the Democrats in power. Finally, since you think the military was so mismanaged for eight years and you didn't believe in our successes down range, just remember, you can leave rather than re-up ... and you won't be missed one bit.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | April 16, 2009 9:08 PM

JohnQuimby:

I am a "former combat veteran". Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 9:03 PM

senatorcat:

Valerie Plame was no longer a "covert agent" as that term is defined by law, and Dick Cheney was not my "lover boy" (his daughter is the dike).

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 9:02 PM

I know you don't like it, but KKK, white-supremacist, home-grown terrorist types lean to the right. Deal with it. The report said nothing about "conservatives" or "Republicans".

Posted by: senatorcat | April 16, 2009 9:01 PM

QUOTE: ".... it has come to my attention that my government is seeking to actively suppress/oppress any who have actually read the Constitution, swore the Oath to defend it, or otherwise love this Country."

You know, medical experts are doing wonderful things for people suffering from paranoid delusions. You really should give it a try.

Posted by: tdub55 | April 16, 2009 8:59 PM

This is all lunchmeat.

Homeland security didn't accuse veterans of anything. This report correctly stated that dangerous domestic terrorists could try to use anybody - including former combat veterans - to attack the country. Is that so hard to believe?

And why are you conservatives so paranoid? What makes you think we're talking about you?

I realize that your new best friends want to kill the Republican Party so they can take your place. (That's all Rush has been talking about).

So I guess it's simple really. If you don't want to be mistaken for a terrorist, you'd best not stand next to the church bombing, sheet wearing, swastika tatooed skin head crowd.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | April 16, 2009 8:59 PM

dawnisis and WI_RETREAT:

Thank you!

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 8:58 PM

Typical GOP tactics. It's fairly simple. Goes something like this on a DAILY basis.

"Today Republicans expressed outrage over the Obama administration's policy on (fill in the blank-it changes daily)

Pathetic. Bitter. Manipulative. Trite.

Posted by: tdub55 | April 16, 2009 8:56 PM

The right wing is not gaining recruits because "of the election of the nation's first black president." That is a horrid mis-use of racial politics. It is the constitutional sovereignty and freedom of citizens that draws most people to the right wing.

With the currently attempted outlawing organic gardens and small farms (HR 875 and S 425), we see that the government is aware that controlling the food equals controlling the people.

With the fact that the new administration hasn't been heard even mentioning repealing the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and the "Homegrown Terrorism Act," we know that "change" stops when freedom is supposed to be reclaimed.

And we see a world economic restructuring that can easily be seen as a planned consolidation of global power by powerful federal reserve banks, without respect for law and human rights within a country's borders.

No wonder people concerned this is happening are drawn to the right wing. And it is right in front of the media's faces, an elephant in the living room. Why only mention the "first black president." That can be considered an insult to conservatism's thinkers.

And I say ALL that as an organic vegan, natural health loving, non-radical left or right, rather than a person particularly on the right. I simply takes some real dialogue so we can have a better world. Rather than respect for the right's philosophy, that article's opening was a subtle smear job. This government says it wants to be for the people, by the people, and of the people. Let's let the best of the philosophy from everywhere lead us to the best today we can create.

Posted by: michaelculture | April 16, 2009 8:56 PM

"JakeD" is a complete moron. Unlike your lover-boy Dick Cheney, Obama did not release the name of any covert operatives. Go back to getting tea bagged.

Posted by: senatorcat | April 16, 2009 8:56 PM

Apology not accepted.

With the multitude of reports recently coming to light (this one merely being the most recent), it has come to my attention that my government is seeking to actively suppress/oppress any who have actually read the Constitution, swore the Oath to defend it, or otherwise love this Country.
The so called Patriot Act was bad enough, yet it seems our new leaders have not changed tack of the ship of state, merely accelerated the subversion of all rights.

Citizens, consider yourselves warned.

Posted by: wannabersc | April 16, 2009 8:56 PM

Okay, so this is why this whole "terrorist assessment" thing is bothering me:
The 2nd amendment states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
It does not say the "State's Militia", in fact, the Bill of Rights are about INDIVIDUAL rights. Therefore, this amendment means an individual has the right to form and ARM a militia in order to protect their FREE state.
Can anyone honestly put forth the argument that state's freedom even exists anymore? Couple that with the bailouts, which no right minded person can interpret as constitutionally sound, and we are left with militias forming that will probably attack our federal gov. The question for everyone is: What is terrorism? Can a militia, obviously protected in our bill of rights be targeted for it's opposition? We are indeed entering a perilous time, but we did in fact overthrow our own British gov in order to form our own country.
My own opinion, these groups, or people, cannot be called, or classified as terrorists if they are in fact acting out against the unconstitutionality of the fed gov.

Posted by: dawnisis | April 16, 2009 8:53 PM

No group is immune from nut jobs. That being said, the "how" and the who has a lot to be desired. This comes from the same person who gave us Orwellian truth speak for "terrorism" and "the war on terror."

I think these communiques are alienating many folks who are rather alarmed at the almost daily foot in mouth epiphanies, and the the never ending blame America game.

As a vet who served in PGW I, I am proud of my fellow vets, my country, and leading role that America has played in the world. I do NOT apologize for our prior tactics in the war on terror, and hardly think the "torture" of waterboarding is equal to the death and destruction that was served and is still wanting to be served by our enemies who would not give the time it takes to blink an eye to harm or hurt innocent people. And I do not agree that the tools used in the last 8 years are part of a "dark chapter" in our history.If anything, our efforts of the past 8 years protected us. If a sunshine policy is the new way--that's fine, but quit denigrating the past successes.

Posted by: WI_RETREAT | April 16, 2009 8:44 PM

marksquarepants:

I am well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the abortion clinic and Oklahoma City bombings, but Rudolph and McVeigh were only two of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime. To continue to use them as an example of the stereotypical "disgruntled military veteran" is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein as the sole examples for all of Islam.

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 8:38 PM

marksquarepants is absolutely right when he says "No group is automatically immune from scrutiny."

The next time a conservative administration takes power in Washington (which should happen in 4 or 8 years), I hope they will keep a very close eye on America's liberals.

Posted by: sinz52 | April 16, 2009 8:35 PM

And, I thought that releasing CIA names was "evil"? Must be OK if you are a Democrat. Obama just killed innocent American lives.

BTW: is this a CIA fax # in MICHIGAN?

(616) 042-9715

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 8:30 PM

I am an Army veteran. I know National Guardsmen who are KKK members and white supremacists. I have no problem with the wording of the report from DHS. It shouldn't be changed. This is just a pathetic and cynical attempt by the GOP (most of them never served in uniform) to regain support after they have mishandled military and veterans affairs for the last eight years. American terrorists Eric Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh were veterans, too. No group is automatically immune from scrutiny. Hey GOP, let the DHS do their jobs and you folks can stick to wasting tea bags.

Posted by: marksquarepants | April 16, 2009 8:30 PM

At the same time that Obama puts CIA and innocent Americans at risk by releasing memos to the enemy on how to resist enhanced interrogation techniques. No wonder he left the country!

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 8:27 PM

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