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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Janet, You're Making A Huge Mistake

Way to cave to the nuttiest voices on the Right.

A contentious "Rightwing Extremism" report that warned of military veterans as possible recruits for terrorist attacks against the U.S. was not authorized, has been withdrawn and is being rewritten, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Capitol Hill lawmakers.

"The wheels came off the wagon because the vetting process was not followed," Ms. Napolitano told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

"The report is no longer out there," she said. "An employee sent it out without authorization."

The report was shared with state and local law enforcement officials nationwide via the department's internal Web site on April 7, angering Republican lawmakers and military veterans who said it unfairly stereotyped veterans.

Napolitano just lost the initiative. The report, which is still completely relevant and accurate, is apparently going to be re-written and redistributed.

The issue at hand was the far-right having to face the very real facts that extremism from their end of the political spectrum is very real. There have been several documented cases of it as recent as the past few months. Also, some within the fringe arena of Right-wing ideology didn't like the fact that they were, in essence, looking into a mirror and seeing that their words could in fact be the catalyst from which violent actions are born.

The Right is now going to think that they control the DHS. Janet needs to step it up and get her priorities in line.

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