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Department Of Homeland Security Reacts

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano reacts to the uproar over the, and I use the phrase very loosely when referring to it, “analysis and intelligence” report released by her department on “rightwing extremists”:

The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution.

Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.

We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.

I am aware of the letter from American Legion National Commander Rehbein, and my staff has already contacted him to set up a meeting next week once I return from travel. I will tell him face-to-face that we honor veterans at DHS and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the Deputy Secretary.

As the department responsible for protecting the homeland, DHS will continue to work with its state and local partners to prevent and protect against the potential threat to the United States associated with any rise in violent extremist activity.

A couple of points – if what we saw is the level of intelligence the department is gathering and is indicative of the sophistication of the analysis it sees fit to publish, we are all in very deep trouble. That is one of the worst products I’ve ever seen produced by an agency anywhere, and I’ve read hundreds of intelligence analysis in my time. No specifics, vague and over-generalized threats, and nonsensical reasoning were its hallmark. That was my primary problem with it. As I pointed out, half of America, to include the news media, falls under their “rightwing extremist” umbrella.

Secondly, as the commander of the American Legion so aptly put it, the report resorted to a “casual defamation” of all soldiers with its claim that they were likely to be recruited by right wing hate groups. So yeah, she needs to meet with him and she needs to apologize for that ‘casual defamation’ and also admit that the product that was sent out was, to be kind, a piece of crap.

~McQ

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26 Responses to Department Of Homeland Security Reacts

  • I just got back from the DC tea party, and now I have to go order my ron paul bumper sticker so I can move up the DHS list. Aim High !!!!

  • but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs.

    Which is why there was no label applied at all in the report titled “Right-Wing Extremism – Current Economic and Political Climate Refueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”.

    including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.

    That sounds suspiciously like “transparency”, and if it looks anything like Obama’s, I believe that I would settle for them simply being less obvious in not hiding stuff.

    I will tell lie to him face-to-face and say that we honor veterans at DHS

    FTFY

    and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the Deputy Secretary.

    “Whom we are watching so he doesn’t use his military training to blow up my car”

  • Janet “SwampThing 2.0 tries to top the Waco massacre, just for starters……

  • Is ther some law whch perscribes that all democat adminstrations must have a cabinet level bitch named Janet.   With Clinton it was Reno, and now Obama has Napalitano

  • If she was involved in the prosecution of McVeigh it is a wondrous thing that he was found guilty.

  • Oh come on, you used the keyword “Intelligence” on this? 

    Right, Right, I know, no category for “rank stupidity”  – I think you could have started with this report.

  • Heh, in answer to my query if Rick Perry, Governor of Texas (who I’m not thrilled with and didn’t vote for) is a right wing extremist.

    Because the liberal posters wouldn’t  or couldn’t answer the question, I thought it would go unresolved.  But, lo!
    Rick Perry has answered it himself.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D97J48IO2.html

    “In an appearance at the Texas Capitol last week, Perry joined state lawmakers in pushing a resolution that supports states’ rights protected in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He said the federal government has become oppressive in its size and interference with states.
    Since then, Perry has been featured on the online Drudge Report, and other conservative commentators and citizens have latched on to his words.
    After praising veterans in the cheering crowd Wednesday, he said: “I’m just not real sure you’re a bunch of right-wing extremists. But if you are, we’re with you.”
    Perry said he believes he could be at the center of a national movement that is coordinated and focused in its opposition to the actions of the federal government. ”

    Guess Dame Janet will be making a note Perry needs watchin now….

    • I am like you Looker, I am a Texan who has not been totally impressed with Perry. But is he is making a real stand against this crowd in Washington, then he will rise much higher in my esteem.

      • I know, I did vote for him at first, but he wandered into the zone of the Washington Republicans while I wasn’t looking and convinced me I couldn’t vote for him any more.

        If he keeps this up, I could be persuaded, however, I have to say, I’ll never believe he believes it, I really think he’s only sniffing out the possibility of trying to become President Rick Perry. 
        However, this IS a course I approve of at the moment, so in this regard I can lend his direction my support, but I’ll be watching him closely.

  • I’m going to post this here to, because it’s nice to know that there are still some intellectually honest people in Washington, even if I might disagree with this guys politics.

    Yep, we’re just having a case of the vapors being worried about nothing… No matter who might or might not agree with us.

    Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano that he was “dumbfounded” such a report would be issued.
    “This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans — including war veterans,” Mr. Thompson said in the letter sent Tuesday.
    “As I am certain you agree, freedom of association and freedom of speech are guaranteed to all Americans — whether a person’s beliefs, whatever their political orientation, are ‘extremist’ or not,” Mr. Thompson said.
    Thompson didn’t stop there.  He wants an explanation of what “activities” Napolitano has planned with law enforcement officials to monitor legitimate public political activity, as promised at the end of the DHS report.  He called himself “particularly struck” by this statement.  And well he might; it promises to have government treat political discourse as a subversive activity.

  • ” No specifics, vague and over-generalized threats, and nonsensical reasoning were its hallmark.”

    You are being charitable by lraving out “lopily researched”.

    One of the few specific examples they provided of the sinister nexus between immigration and militias was this:

    “— (U) In April 2007, six militia members were arrested for various weapons and explosives violations. Open source reporting alleged that those arrested had discussed and conducted surveillance for a machinegun attack on Hispanics.”

    I think that “open source reporting” means “Stuff we found with Google but didn’t verify because it fit our storyline”.

    Turns out that the planned machine-gunning of Mexicans was widely and sensationally reported but not accurate:

    At a May 1 bail hearing, ATF agent Adam Nesmith seemed to testify that the government had evidence of the five militia members plotting a machine-gun attack on Mexican immigrants in the nearby town of Remlap. Nesmith described a reconnaissance mission the militia allegedly conducted in Remlap and told the judge, “There was a plan to attack a group of Mexicans in the Remlap area with their machine guns.” The judge denied bail, and the alleged backwoods militia machine-gun plot made news across the country. One typical headline the day after the bail hearing read, “Alabamians planned to machine gun Mexicans.”
    But there is no mention of any specific plan to kill Mexicans in the search warrant affidavits or any other court document related to the Alabama Free Militia defendants, and the ATF says Nesmith’s testimony was misconstrued. [ATF regional director] Cavanaugh told the Intelligence Report that Nesmith did not mean to suggest that the defendants plotted to machine-gun Mexicans. What Nesmith meant to convey, Cavanaugh said, is that the militia members were planning to steal machine guns from Mexicans in Remlap — not to shoot the Mexicans with machine guns. “The purpose of the [reconnaissance] trip described by the agent in the testimony was to go to those Latinos and take their machine guns, which the militia believed them to possess,” Cavanaugh said.”
    Interesting.  If the DHS is going to publish agenda-driven fantasy dressed as analysis, the NY Times will have to fight off a new competitor.

  • They say everybody has a twin, … Ms. Napolitano’s is JANET RENO!
    I released a little known revised version of the press release and a secret (leaked) list of names added today to the RRWE list, complete with photo http://tinyurl.com/cgso32  ** btw… every vet  in DHS is now on the revised RRWE list.
    **[my site is not per click/advertisement], it is a military health information resource site (with occasional spontaneous commentary). 
    I am insulted by her comments,  she owes every service man and woman, veterans,… and military families an apology… like yesterday.
    Her pathetic press release is just that, pathetic.

     timactual says:
    April 15, 2009 at 17:06
    “If she was involved in the prosecution of McVeigh it is a wondrous thing that he was found guilty.”

    …Believe me, if he had been ‘leaning the other way’ … he would still be among us today on parole (and it would have been all our fault, and the veteran’s fault, and the polar bears fault, and Ms. Jones his 3rd grade teacher’s fault….). 

  • Janet is the personification of the lawyer who has neither facts nor law on her side and therefore makes s*** up.  Apparently she has not read the report in question or cannot accurately summarize it.  I guess believing your lying eyes makes you a danger to the “homeland”.

  • Janet Napolitano is a complete and utter imbecile. She is as qualified to run DHS as I am to run NASA. Why the US Senate confirmed her is beyond me, but this tells me one thing: the more you vote Democrat, the more you put this entire country in the hands of extremists and nutjobs who have not one scintilla of an idea of what they are doing. And now the entire government is run by them.

    November 2010 cannot come soon enough for me, or, I believe, for the vast majority of people who are preparing to throw the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi out on their kiesters.

  • You’re right. It’s a cr*ppy intelligence report, put out by a cr*ppy DHS.

    Hey, look!

    The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/us/16nsa.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    While the N.S.A.’s operations in recent months have come under examination, new details are also emerging about earlier domestic-surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a member of Congress, without court approval, on an overseas trip, current and former intelligence officials said.

    Think he was a Republican? I doubt it.
    And all the stuff in this report? This stuff is 2006-2008/9. That’s after the NSA has had f*cking YEARS to hear the shouting, see the red flags, and try to clean up its act. And they still don’t even f*cking know HOW to even AVOID massive surveillance of US citizens if they TRIED.

    AND WE’VE BEEN F*CKING SCREAMING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS, AND YOU NEVER GAVE A SH*T!!!!

    maybe now that you’re getting a taste of what it feels like to live under political suspicion and the threat of dirty tricks and arm-twisting, you can maybe wake the f*ck up and get the Republican dipsh*ts in Congress to stop blocking any Bill with so much as a hint of teeth looking into the NSA.

    And everything in this article? It’s your fault. It’s Q’s fault, and Malkin’s fault, and Hugh Hewitt’s fault, and Ed Morrissey’s fault, and Bill Kristol’s fault, and Glenn Reynolds’ Fault, and Roger Simon’s fault, and the Heritage Foundation’s fault, and K-Lo’s fault, and Robert Kagan’s fault, and Rush Limbaugh’s fault, and Sean Hannity’s fault, and Roger Simon’s fault, and Richard-Mellon Scaife’s fault. If any of you people had given the push, instead of retroactively legalizing any and every act of surveillance committed by our government in 2007, we’d have some accountability. We’d have some restrictions with teeth.
    Instead we have weeks-long retroactive approval capability, “minimization” procedures not worth two hills of spit, and an established precedent that anyone who violates the law on this will walk free.

    It’s not too late. Firing Janet Napolitano won’t change a thing. You can’t carve out an exemption for fine, red-blooded patriots such as yourself through short-term political pressure. Get on the
    You’re right. It’s a cr*ppy intelligence report, put out by a cr*ppy DHS.

    Hey, look!

    The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/us/16nsa.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    While the N.S.A.’s operations in recent months have come under examination, new details are also emerging about earlier domestic-surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a member of Congress, without court approval, on an overseas trip, current and former intelligence officials said.

    Think he was a Republican? I doubt it.
    And all the stuff in this report? This stuff is 2006-2008/9. That’s after the NSA has had f*cking YEARS to hear the shouting, see the red flags, and try to clean up its act. And they still don’t even f*cking know HOW to even AVOID massive surveillance of US citizens if they TRIED.

    AND WE’VE BEEN F*CKING SCREAMING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS, AND YOU NEVER GAVE A SH*T!!!!

    maybe now that you’re getting a taste of what it feels like to live under political suspicion and the threat of dirty tricks and arm-twisting, you can maybe wake the f*ck up and get the Republican dipsh*ts in Congress to stop blocking any Bill with so much as a hint of teeth looking into the NSA.

    And everything in this article? It’s your fault. It’s Q’s fault, and Malkin’s fault, and Hugh Hewitt’s fault, and Ed Morrissey’s fault, and Bill Kristol’s fault, and Glenn Reynolds’ Fault, and Roger Simon’s fault, and the Heritage Foundation’s fault, and K-Lo’s fault, and Robert Kagan’s fault, and Rush Limbaugh’s fault, and Sean Hannity’s fault, and Roger Simon’s fault, and Richard-Mellon Scaife’s fault. If any of you people had given the push, instead of retroactively legalizing any and every act of surveillance committed by our government in 2007, we’d have some accountability. We’d have some restrictions with teeth.
    Instead we have weeks-long retroactive approval capability, “minimization” procedures not worth two hills of spit, and an established precedent that anyone who violates the law on this will walk free.

    It’s not too late. Firing Janet Napolitano won’t change a thing. You can’t carve out an exemption for fine, red-blooded patriots such as yourself through short-term political pressure. Get on the train.  Help Ted Kennedy limit the president’s ability to hide this kind of thing from the courts with the “State Secrets” privledge. Help Patrick Leahy get the ball rolling on what the heck happened in 2002-6. You should want to know. Whatever was done to us then, will otherwise one day be done to you, if not sooner.

    http://kennedy.senate.gov/newsroom/press_release.cfm?id=C56BD1D0-7AD3-46EA-9D30-A77317F28B70

    As Jim Henley says,
    http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2009/04/15/9287
    welcome to the party. Glad you could wake the f*ck up.

    • You are simply an idiot.

      Someone less tired than I am of dealing with people like you can explain it to you, or try.

    • Once again, demonstrating that any evils perpetrated by Bush, continuing to be perpetrated by OBAMA are Bush’s Fault.

      Sorry Glas, if your government (remember to chant “we won” a lot, it helps I’m sure) continues with all the crap the Bush administration did it’s NO LONGER BUSH’S FAULT.   Obama won, right?  The Dems control Congress AND the White House, right?   They control NSA and DHS and all the other three letter organizations that Bush turned into evesdropping monstrosities.

      So we don’t need to dwell on what Bush did or didn’t do, we need to STOP THE ABUSE NOW…right?  right?  You’re with us on this, right?  However we got on this page we’re now on YOUR page, right?
      We’re with you, unexpected allies in your fight against government intrusion, right?

  • Well, it looks like some spittle-flecked rage on my part there led to some looping. Sorry about that.

  • The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation.

    So Napolitano does use the word terrorist – at least when it comes right-wing Americans as she imagines them.  With Muslims,  however, the correct term is man-caused disasters lest one fuel the politics of fear.

    SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

    Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

    It’s pretty clear who the real enemies are according to the Obama administration.

    • yes, the enemies to leftists are the counter revolutionaires amongst their own people.

  • As I noted yesterday, that report is both warning and provocation. Reading that strong defense of it from the DHS Secretary made me think that what we have here is the emergence of a “very serious” domestic security policy directly aimed at common political views at variance with this administration’s views.

    McQ et al.: You have no doubt seen or read (first item) about Penn State “training” video for professors on how to deal with a “hostile veteran” in one of their classes. Coincidence?

    There will be more examples out there, already and to come, that’s my prediction. (That one in Missouri that turned up several days back clearly didn’t just show up from the void, either.)

    Iraq war veterans seem to really concern the Left.

    • There is no question that Iraq veterans today will be political candidates tomorrow, and the majority of them will not be Democrats.

      It’s easy to make fun of Obama and his supporters for all their gaffes and illiteracy, but one thing they do know about is domestically taking power and holding it.

      • Yeah, and we’re not quite 90 days into it.

        At 180 days I suspect people will begin to talk about how naive “we” were to elect a president from a radical extremist background while pretending it didn’t make any difference.

        • I wish I had that much faith in people. This administration, by words and actions, has continually shown outright hatred for the people it is supposed to be serving and people are still singing praises to it. Maybe, when their utility bills double they’ll get the message, otherwise, I wouldn’t hold my breath.