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April 20, 2009

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano STILL Attacking US Veterans

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano stands by her offensive report attacking US veterans

Napolitano: Veterans are Targets of Right-Wing Extremist Recruiters

April 19,2009

WASHINGTON -- The head of homeland security said Sunday she regrets that some people took offense over a report warning that right-wing extremist groups were trying to recruit disgruntled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Secretary Janet Napolitano added that "a number of groups far too numerous to mention" want to commit domestic terrorism attacks and are looking for new recruits.
She told a cable news network the warning report that went out to American law enforcement agencies was consistent with reports that were issued before.
"Here is the important point. The report is not saying that veterans are extremists. Far from it. What it is saying is returning veterans are targets of right-wing extremist groups that are trying to recruit those to commit violent acts within the country. We want to do all we can to prevent that," she said.

The intelligence assessment released to law enforcement on April 7 claims news of recession, the election of an African American president, rumors of new gun restrictions and the inability of veterans to reintegrate create fertile ground for radicalizing and recruiting right-wing extremists

Of particular interest among radicals is possible recruitment of returning troops with "combat skills and experience" so as to boost their "violent capabilities," the report said.

It added that new restrictions on gun ownership and the difficulty of veterans to reintegrate into their communities "could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

On Thursday, Napolitano apologized for some of the wording in the report, after civil liberties officials at the Homeland Security Department said the report was issued without a change in some of the language that had been subject for dispute.

"To the extent veterans read it as an accusation ... an apology is owed," Napolitano said during an on-air interview on FOX News Thursday. "This was an assessment, not an accusation."
But American Legion National Commander David Rehbein, who is to meet with Napolitano on Friday, told FOX News on Sunday the evidence suggests that troops are more likely to be first responders than extremists during an attack on the homeland. He added that he is less concerned about the apology than about the way the department reached its conclusions.
"I'm hoping we can talk about the methods the department used as they begin to continue their job of assuring hoped secured and they have a big job, an important job and we need to make sure they are really going about it in the right way, so they can be most effective," he said.
"Trying to monitor a group of several million veterans, is frankly going to cost them a lot of time and resources, they don't have, that they could better spend monitoring already identified groups," Rehbein said.
Napolitano said that in retrospect anything in the report could have been written differently, but "a fair reading of the report" would show that it is not trying to "give offense" but providing "situational awareness."


Wild Thing's comment.......

She is over the top again — she didn’t learn one lesson from her opening her mouth the other day.

The one thing she regrets is our lack of understanding? Is that supposed to be an apology? She takes her foot out of her mouth long enough to catch a breath and then shoves it back in again.

"The head of homeland security said Sunday she regrets that some people took offense over a report"

Typical politician non-apology. "I'm sorry you took offense at my comments." Not "I apologize for slandering every American veteran with a poorly thought out, poorly worded and overtly antagonistic report."

The man-hating Napolitano the more she talks the more she shows how horrible she is and how much she truly hates our Veterans and our military.

To this commie witch, the American Legion, VFW and NRA are extremist right wing groups.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:47 AM


"She’s a scowling, angry, embittered trog spewing contemptuous hatred for America, men, God, guns and a women’s right to choose life over abortion"
Now add to that her hatred of our military and Veterans.

Posted by: James M at April 20, 2009 06:16 AM

"This was an assessment, not an accusation."

NOT an accusation????

accusation - 1. accusing, being accused. 2. a statement accusing a person of a fault, crime, or wrongdoing.

assess - 1. to decide or fix the amount or value of. 2. to estimate the worth or quality or liklihood of.

Even in the best light, I wouldn't say they value our Vets very much....

Consider the source. What else would we expect from the America and military hating party?

Can we just put white flags on all their lawns so if we do get into trouble the military will know not to bother stopping at their houses?

Posted by: yankeemom at April 20, 2009 07:55 AM

I heard somewhere, Fox News, maybe. That her experience with the Military is very limited. She once met Timothy McVie and that is the extent of her experience.

Of all the Troops who have served honorably she has met one, the one she met was an extremist. This is how she makes her judgement on one chance meeting with a known terrorist. As far as anyone knows he is the only former service member she has ever met. This is what her whole document is about, ignorance. And ignorance will get us in alot of trouble.

She is certainly the wrong person for the job, especially homeland security. She is incapable of making a sound judgements when it comes to the defense of this country. When she was governor she made no effort to secure here border with Mexico, did everything to encourage Illegal immigration

Posted by: Mark at April 20, 2009 08:10 AM

Anyone who isn't like her has to be squashed and silenced. Only they can speak freely, do things freely and we just have to sit in the corner on our hands (God forbid we use sign language!)and just take it up the rear. Sorry Janet from another planet, we are angry and we have the right to be. Sorry if we rained on your parade--NOT!

Posted by: Lynn at April 20, 2009 08:17 AM

While on the phone with my Father yesterday (Scottsdale, AZ), I brought up her (Janet Napolitano) name and her vile assessments as head of Homeland Security. He went nuts. He says that she is the worst Governor that AZ has ever had. He further went on to say, that she could not even control the border of her own state against illegal immigrants. Now, she is in charge of our country's security!!!????

My Father is very dismayed and afraid for the survival of our country.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at April 20, 2009 10:08 AM

p.s. besides, she is "uglier than a mud fence trimmed in turtles". (TX saying, reserved for the WORST)

Posted by: Steve Gaston at April 20, 2009 10:13 AM

"New restrictions on gun ownership and difficulty of veterans to reintergrate into their communities". This Homeland Security statement tells a lot about the Obama administration and Janet Napolitano. A prejudice agains veterans and definite plans for restrictions on private gun ownership.

Obama is filling the government with extreme leftists. Some of them are not only radical, but they are foot in the mouth stupid. Biden doesn't have exclusive rights to gaffes in this administration.

Posted by: TomR at April 20, 2009 12:17 PM

"a number of groups far too numerous to mention"


No evidence at all.

Posted by: Odin at April 20, 2009 02:07 PM

James M., yes she truly hates our military
and Veterans and she can't take any of this
back. It is done and so is she.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:32 PM

Yankeemom, oh I LOVE your idea!!!!!
That would be so perfect about the white
flags! Good one Yankeemom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:34 PM

Mark, oh my gosh and she didn't even care to
learn about the rest of our troops. sheesh
she is horrible!!!!!!!

I agree she is completely wrong for this job.
I'll even say she is wrong for our country too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:38 PM

Lynn, I like this...
"Janet from another planet"

heh heh you gave me an idea to learn
sign language. She would have to bother to
get a translator and keep him/her with her at
all times.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:42 PM

Steve Gaston, thank you so much for
sharing about what your dad said. I agree
with him, I am very concerned with all that
is happening for our country and if it will
survive all of this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:47 PM

Tom, your right, and this Janet person is
a good example of how Biden has more like
him out there.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:55 PM

Odin, yes, don't you just love how they
throw out those quotes without anything
to back it up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2009 04:56 PM