Friday, April 17, 2009

Janet Napolitano Extremism: Rightwing Extremism - What we are Forgetting

Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, issued her rightwing extremism warning to law enforcement agencies around the country - even after "civil liberties officials" within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) objected to some of the language in the report. Now, Napolitano is apologizing to veterans for characterizing them as possible violent co-conspirators within the rightwing-radicalized.

Janet Napolitano

There are two accusations in this report that have fallen under-the-radar. The entire report is deplorable, especially since the report itself admits there are no data behind the findings. The focus of the anger is, and should rightly be, on the attack on our veterans.

The characterization of our "returning" combat veterans as susceptible to rightwing influence and recruitment is loathsome. Having said that, there are two points that are not in the limelight and they certainly should be.

1) Napolitano says that rightwingers are "harnessing" this historical election as a recruitment tool." Many rightwingers are "antagonistic toward the new presidential administration." In her opinion, we are antagonistic because Obama is an African American man, not because his polices are decidedly un-American. Janet Napolitano has tagged us all as racist, make that extremist racists." A note about this pdf document. Going there just now, some changes have been made. For instance, Page 3 and portions of Page 4 - Key Findings - not in readable form. When the report was first available on the web, it used the words "African American" man. In the remake of this report, those words have been removed or blurred. If they are there, I can no longer find them.

2) While Napolitano ramped-up the denigration of the terms "terrorists" or "terrorism" when speaking about real terrorists, she repeatedly used those terms to refer to Americans. I can tell you, this makes me just about as mad as I ever been.

Other Thoughts: The DHS report "encourages recipients of this document" to report "information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI." The phone number is 202-282-9685 or by email: NOC.Fusion@dhs.gov.

Perhaps it is time for us to accommodate their request, and notify them of our complaints of illegal activities by the administration, such as government bailouts, lax illegal immigration policies, and oppression of free speech, which thoroughly thwarts the Constitution.

The AP is reporting that Napolitano said "the definition of rightwing extremism that was included in a footnote should be changed." If you read the report, you know that the words "rightwing extremism" are the first two words of the title of the report, and a quick scan of Page 5 shows rightwing "extremism" or "extremists" used at least five times. Typical Liberal-speak: speak the words and the Left will believe it.

The report says it was prepared by the "Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division. Coordinated with the FBI." Is there a Leftwing Extremism report on the horizon? Janet Napolitano is the extremist. We can label her a Leftwing Extremist. This report needs to be completely trashed. I hope "law enforcement" everywhere will do just that. Explore other ways that Patriots are extremists in the video below.

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