American Legion to Napolitano: Apologize

posted at 12:55 pm on April 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Of all the smears listed in the new DHS warning about “right-wing extremism,” none are more dastardly and despicable than the insinuation that returning military veterans represent a security threat to the nation they willingly served. The Commander of the American Legion has sent the following letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano explaining to her that military veterans are not the enemy:

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

April 13, 2009

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, “…we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law…”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical “disgruntled military veteran” is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.

Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?

In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.

Sincerely,

David K. Rehbein
National Commander
The American Legion


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Micheal Savage is having a cow about this. It is Hillarious.

Dire Straits on April 14, 2009 at 7:34 PM

the Patriot Act is extremely dangerous when it falls into your opponents’ hands.

If your opponents do not share the values of the rule of law that true Americans do, but instead believe in the rule of powerful men like communists do, then any law can be subverted. It is not the nature of the law, it is the nature of those in power. Unfortunately those now in power are not true Americans, but socialists.

drunyan8315 on April 14, 2009 at 7:50 PM

**sigh**

Democrat pols hate the military. When haven’t they?

Hog Wild on April 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM

The Obama administration hates veterans.

Where is the Homeland Security report on Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam/Louis Farrakhan….

TN Mom on April 14, 2009 at 8:27 PM

American Legion to Napolitano: Apologize


AFTER SHE APOLOGIZES TO AMERICA…
JANET NAPOLITANO SHOULD RESIGN.

byteshredder on April 14, 2009 at 8:36 PM

This is why I was opposed to the Patriot Act in the first place.

darktood on April 14, 2009 at 8:44 PM

GunRunner on April 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Apparently Butch Napolitano was talking about you, unless of course you’re just another dickeating liberal troll.

But I have a feeling that’s not the case.

Jaibones on April 14, 2009 at 8:48 PM

When you set up an Orwellian institution, you should think what will happen when it is controlled by your opponents.

radiofreevillage on April 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

It wasn’t Orwellian until Butch and Bambi took it over, and plenty of us howled about this bureaucratic mess at the time.

Jaibones on April 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Man, this stuff is getting old, really fast. Why don’t I just wear an OD star labeled “Wrecker” or something. That work for ya, Sec. Napolitano?

LTC John on April 14, 2009 at 8:58 PM

It appears Ms. Napolitano has read Saul Alinsky

From Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:


RULE 12:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

DeathB4Tyranny on April 14, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Napolitano has more to worry about Left-Wing Extremists like Bill Ayers.

Friend or Foe? Lets ask Barack.

BKennedy on April 14, 2009 at 9:09 PM

AFTER SHE APOLOGIZES TO AMERICA…
JANET NAPOLITANO SHOULD RESIGN.

byteshredder on April 14, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Unfortunately neither she nor her president, whom she follows like a sheeple, will do either one

Vntnrse on April 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM

It appears Ms. Napolitano has read Saul Alinsky

From Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:

RULE 12:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

DeathB4Tyranny on April 14, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Exactly. This isn’t an insult. It is demonization, a crucial first step to destroying a perceived enemy.

Marx is the the House. (The White one)

Maquis on April 14, 2009 at 9:21 PM

She is a gender confused lesbian. The gays were the violent ones after prop 8. It makes sense they are false accusers. The bad people have to demonize good ones.

they are terrified af a lisence plate that says “choose life” How dangerous is that?

seven on April 14, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Why are they always named Janet?

canklespotter on April 14, 2009 at 9:42 PM

She’ll apologize or else.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 14, 2009 at 10:48 PM

You know where I’d love to plant Old Glory? [You guessed it.]

RandyChandler on April 14, 2009 at 10:49 PM

American Legion to Napolitano: Apologize

Eh, I guess she’s just throwing them under the bus in the name of progress…

Upstater85 on April 14, 2009 at 11:04 PM

She’s Obama’s very own Janet Reno.
Democrats tend to have Cabinets like a Barnum & Bailey freak show.
But who will play Robert Reich?

TexasJew on April 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

When you set up an Orwellian institution, you should think what will happen when it is controlled by your opponents.

radiofreevillage on April 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Yeah, I was never crazy about the Patriot Act either. But did the Bush administration target lefties in general?

ddrintn on April 14, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Democrats tend to have Cabinets like a Barnum & Bailey freak show.

TexasJew on April 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Well, they’re a reflection of the party itself. LOL

ddrintn on April 14, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Maquis on April 14, 2009 at 9:21 PMT

Stigmatization, demonization, desacralization, dehumanization.

I don’t know how far liberals want to take this process, but the end is always absolute tyranny.

It is very disturbing that this administration is identifying tens of millions of Americans (abortion opponents, gun owners and veterans) as potential threats to national security. This is more than just offensive, it’s a step toward tyranny.

Loxodonta on April 14, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Yeah, I was never crazy about the Patriot Act either. But did the Bush administration target lefties in general?

ddrintn on April 14, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Apparently, the lefties took it personal when it became known that calls from known Al Queda operatives originating outside the States could be intercepted before the required warrant was issued.

Suddenly, the leftists were stalwart Constitutionalists.

Saltysam on April 14, 2009 at 11:50 PM

It wasn’t Orwellian until Butch and Bambi took it over, and plenty of us howled about this bureaucratic mess at the time.

Jaibones on April 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Huh? It’s only Orwellian when the Democrats take over? Reports like the MIAC report were being leaked during the Bush administration. They too targeted “extremists” that support the US Constitution. They just never got the media attention like they are now. The only major difference now is that DHS can now play the race card, as it has with this report.

True_King on April 14, 2009 at 11:58 PM

It is very disturbing that this administration is identifying tens of millions of Americans (abortion opponents, gun owners and veterans) as potential threats to national security. This is more than just offensive, it’s a step toward tyranny.

Loxodonta on April 14, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Ah give the guy a break. Hitler had millions on his list of potential enemies of the state, but Germany’s population was much less then than that of America now, so as a percentage of the population it’s not all that much greater, and Germany didn’t become a tyranny back then, did it?

MB4 on April 15, 2009 at 12:21 AM

I’d be very surprised to see her apologize. I hope I am wrong. I know a lot of veterans and those that currently serve and have been deployed. I don’t see them turning into extremist.

Brat4life on April 15, 2009 at 12:28 AM

The good news:
“Nappy” is no longer ruining our state gov’t's fiscal health.
The bad news:
She’s trashing the DHS.

eea on April 15, 2009 at 12:35 AM

MB4 on April 15, 2009 at 12:21 AM

Equating Obama with Hitler is grounds for DHS listing.

So, please remember: Obama means peace.

Loxodonta on April 15, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Has there been any movement in this story? Did Napolitano issue any statements? This is really unacceptable. Can someone start a petition for her resignation?

petunia on April 15, 2009 at 1:44 AM

True_King on April 14, 2009 at 11:58 PM

You need a new excuse… blaming Bush has just lost it’s effectiveness. You don’t even believe it yourself anymore.

No one. I mean no one here cares a wit what you think Bush did. We know a crock when we hear it.

This is tyranny on at least the scale of J. Edgar Hoover. But that is now while they are still new at it.

If we don’t speak now what additional freedoms will be gone forever a few years from now?

petunia on April 15, 2009 at 1:51 AM

True_King on April 14, 2009 at 11:58 PM

True King is probably the finest Moby practicing. He is very convincing in his role.

hawkdriver on April 15, 2009 at 5:18 AM

Something says that the right wing forgot what the other end of their weapons looked like.

Now they’re seeing it and don’t like what they see.

But did the Bush administration target lefties in general?
ddrintn on April 14, 2009 at 11:30 PM

May I familiarize you with the term called Free Speech Zone, also known as a spot very far away from having any impact? This was described in a manual on protesters that described this tactic. It was described as optional but practiced as if it were protocol.

I don’t see that happening much these days. I don’t hear of right-wing folks being put in them either. I do hear of them complaining about less.

sethstorm on April 15, 2009 at 5:20 AM

Actually, listening to right wing radio you hear people talking about armed revolution a lot.Janet is probably trying to calm down the rabble factor in this country. Anyone out of work can get desperate, someone trained in weapon usage, out of a job is even more hard to contemplate.

athensboy on April 15, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Why don’t Republicans speak up about this?

Well, they were the ones who started it:

The most important factor in getting the right spirit in my Administration, next to the insistence upon courage, honesty, and a genuine democracy of desire to serve the plain people, was my insistence upon the theory that the executive power was limited only by specific restrictions and prohibitions appearing in the Constitution or imposed by the Congress under its Constitutional powers. My view was that every executive officer, and above all every executive officer in high position, was a steward of the people bound actively and affirmatively to do all he could for the people, and not to content himself with the negative merit of keeping his talents undamaged in a napkin. I declined to adopt the view that what was imperatively necessary for the Nation could not be done by the President unless he could find some specific authorization to do it. My belief was that it was not only his right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. Under this interpretation of executive power I did and caused to be done many things not previously done by the President and the heads of the departments. I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power. In other words, I acted for the public welfare, I acted for the common well-being of all our people, whenever and in whatever manner was necessary, unless prevented by direct constitutional or legislative prohibition. I did not care a rap for the mere form and show of power; I cared immensely for the use that could be made of the substance.

That from Chapter X of Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography. You will find that he was quite proud to have made the Republican party into a Progressive, even radical (his wording), party and moved it away from those with a ‘fetish’ towards States Rights. Yes, he wished that Lincoln had continued the concentration of power in Washington and bemoans that he didn’t… you know, curtailing of habeas, censoring speech… and blames those conservatives for moving the party and the Nation away from that.

This is what happens when Presidents think power is good for themselves, but then leave it attached to the Office. These temporary residents may have the best of intentions, but their move to accumulate power is malignant to the Nation. Janet Napolitano is continuing in that fine tradition of castigating and stigmatizing those who stand up for States Rights, personal liberty and the removal of government from areas of life it has intruded into… she doesn’t see anything wrong in politicizing government. A government that should stand for all the Nation, not for a single political ideology bent on vesting more power in government.

While I do admire the man Teddy Roosevelt, I detest his outlooks on power for the Nation. Perhaps Republicans have become a bit too enamoured of the politics of centralizing power, and use the good feelings towards the man to cover those tracks. Too bad both parties got infected with ‘Progressivism’… so that the long march towards our present time is festooned with good intentions serially gone wrong. And I’m coming to think the intentions were ill-meant no matter how sweetly they were pronounced.

ajacksonian on April 15, 2009 at 7:51 AM

May I familiarize you with the term called Free Speech Zone

This was an invention of the left wing wack jobs in Acedemia. Used as a way of placating those who would wish to have a protest of other than PC approved subjects. Then it was taken mainstreamn by the Democratic hack jobs in government.

By which time it became part of the standard cry of anyone involved in maintining security anywhere.

davod on April 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM

In addition to the slam against me and the others that have served this nation in uniform, I am insulted that somehow because President Obama is black, there is a threat from the right. Lady, it’s not the fact he is black, it is the fact he is stupid.

Passionate-Conservative on April 15, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Reichsführer Napolitano appears to be a real danger to the Republic and her escapades should be closely watched, exposed and widely reported.

rplat on April 15, 2009 at 8:35 AM

When faced with the facts deflect them. This is tactic number one in the lib playbook. Create an enemy and destroy it. This is exactly what the Honorable (sic) Napalatono has done with her latest 9 page manifesto. Having read it, I can see why Mr. Savage is outraged and rightfully so.

One more reason to suspect the Obama Administration as being a socialist regime. It will not take many more such statements from his cabinet before one can see he is taking U.S. down the road to dissolution as a nation and put U.S. under his rule as King/Lord and structure our government as the house of Saud.

MSGTAS on April 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM

“politically-biased report”

Would the current administration do that? Nah, couldn’t be. Obamabots wouldn’t do that, would they?

GarandFan on April 15, 2009 at 9:40 AM

**sigh**

Democrat pols hate the military. When haven’t they?

You’d probably have to go back to Harry Truman, who was probably the LAST of the “old school” patriotic democrats. I’m not even so sure that JFK wasn’t the beginning of the “loathing” of the military, and LBJ clearly misused them.

wildcat84 on April 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

May I familiarize you with the term called Free Speech Zone

This was an invention of the left wing wack jobs in Acedemia. Used as a way of placating those who would wish to have a protest of other than PC approved subjects. Then it was taken mainstreamn by the Democratic hack jobs in government.

By which time it became part of the standard cry of anyone involved in maintining security anywhere.

davod on April 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM

These “zones” are quite illegal to enforce on public property. If “Congress shall make no law” neither can a bureaucrat.

wildcat84 on April 15, 2009 at 10:02 AM

They feel that people who risk their lives for the US are a threat to the US!!

The only threat to the US are the people in who are in charge of the govt and expanding the govt’s power, which essentially increases their own power. That is why I will never trust anyone running for office who wants the office to have more power. It is a conflict of interests if you ask me.

jeffn21 on April 15, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Actually, listening to right wing radio you hear people talking about armed revolution a lot. Janet is probably trying to calm down the rabble factor in this country. Anyone out of work can get desperate, someone trained in weapon usage, out of a job is even more hard to contemplate.

athensboy on April 15, 2009 at 7:15 AM

(emphasis mine)

If what I’ve boldfaced is true, why isn’t Janny Nap generating DHS reports that put ACORN members under a microscope. By definition, they’re unemployed…and habitually at that.

Oh, forgive me. Wrong political ideology.

Janny Nap is a f***ing disgrace.

BuckeyeSam on April 15, 2009 at 10:11 AM

CALL YOUR SENATORS AND YOUR CONGRESSMEN. I think this may have leaked to intimidate people from attending tea parties tomorrow. Notice how they refer to working with local police and authorities. This is unbelievable. Downright scary.

bloggless on April 14, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Unfotunately for them, it won’t work. Most Americans will just get angrier from this and bring more friends.

jeffn21 on April 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Unfotunately for them, it won’t work. Most Americans will just get angrier from this and bring more friends.

jeffn21 on April 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

You’re are exactly right . . . and Reichsführer Napolitano can kiss my posterior.

rplat on April 15, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Apologize
Resign
Disband

The only reason the Obama admin has not disbanded the DHS is because it can be used for this very purpose. Intrusion into the lives of Americans with no facts or reason.

americaslaststand on April 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Groups like the American Legion, the VFW, and others are often made fun of as fuddy duds, but it is times like these I appreciate the members and their leaders who step up and advocate for the side of our freedom fighters, the U.S. Mililtary

They also remind me my nation is still populated by people who love it dearly. That is a good feeling

The other side looks as small and pathetic as they really are, when these grand old seniors face them off with honor

entagor on April 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM

As a sidelight, this little gem:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied permission for the U.S. Northern Command to use the Pentagon’s most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea’s recent missile launch, precluding officials from collecting finely detailed launch data or testing the radar in a real-time crisis, current and former defense officials said.

Jamie Graybeal, Northcom public affairs director, confirmed to The Washington Times that Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, the Northcom commander, requested the radar’s use but referred all other questions to the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Mr. Gates’ decision not to use the $900 million radar, known as SBX, was “based on the fact that there were numerous ground- and sea-based radars and sensors in the region to support the operational requirements for this launch.”

Clueless…

right2bright on April 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM

davod on April 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Asked for by the left, overused by the right.

sethstorm on April 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM

When he tried to bill wounded vets for their medical treatment, Barak Obama tied Jane Fonda on the list of veteran haters. With the issuance of this report, our purported Commander in Chief has opened a wide lead over the malignant broad.

Barak Obama has declared total war on veterans.

lonesomecharlie on April 15, 2009 at 1:41 PM

i’m getting paranoid. First there is this hackjob of a report, which places me on several “lists” out there because of various of my beliefs and understandings of the world, not the least of which involves a clear understanding of fiscal responsibility. Then, I start seeing trolls coming out of the woodwork – like worms – here at HA, writing and commenting like their opinions should mean jack to any of us. Did this result from opening the GreenRoom? If so, I just want to say I thought it was a bad idea from the start … it just attracts the rabble. Otherwise, they’ve planted spies to keep an eye on us, and they’re breeding back in there…

WraithRat on April 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

… and further, the American Legion truly, truly rocks! Commander Rehbein has had to take on the One’s administration twice in less than 2 months, and he’s spitting in their eyes. Couldn’t be better to watch!

WraithRat on April 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

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