Thursday, May 14, 2009

DHS Report Identifying Veterans and Pro-Lifers as Potential Terrorists (Quietly) Withdrawn

"Homeland Security Withdraws 'Extremism' Report"
Catholic Online (May 15, 2009)

"DHS Secretary Napolitano tells lawmakers that the offensive report has been pulled from the DHS website and is no longer available.

"WASHINGTON, D.C. (ACLJ) - I want to report some very encouraging news as the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it has pulled the troubling 'extremism' report that said 'rightwing extremism' may include groups of veterans and those opposed to abortion.

"As you recall, this report labeled these groups as 'extremists'- a report that prompted the ACLJ to demand a retraction...."

The article also appears on the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) website. The ACLJ article also has links to a letter sent to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Department of Homeland Security and Those Dangerous Conservatives - What Were They Thinking?

I don't know what was going on in the minds of whoever decided to identify specific liberal fringe groups as potential terrorist recruiting sources: and identify all veterans and pro-life people as potential Timothy McVeighs.

I can speculate. Maybe they'd never actually seen an American veteran, and had only read about what Code Pink had to say about America's military. Maybe they really feel that people who object to killing babies are bloodthirsty savages. And, again, had never actually seen someone who is pro-life.

Sounds crazy, but in a way it's better than some other explanations for why the new administration tried painting its political opponents as terrorists in the making.

An interesting note: Traditional, mainstream, national news organizations are not reporting this development, as far as I can tell. I don't think they're trying to hush this up: they may not realize that there are a more than a handful of people who are military veterans and/or pro-life - or that we can read.

Related posts: News and views: Tip of the hat to FaithSN, on Twitter, for giving the 'heads up' on this news.

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