Ripping the DHS report from the Left

posted at 12:16 pm on April 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Who wrote this today?

PARTISAN turmoil that lingered after this month’s tea party protests reignited recently, when the Department of Homeland Security issued a report to federal and local law enforcement officials on right-wing extremism. The report detailed current economic and political factors that could enhance recruitment for extremist groups. Yet the report defined extremism in a way that implicates a huge portion of the political spectrum. Conservatives are right to be angry.

The report drew particular criticism over comments on “disgruntled military veterans,” who, it suggests, may be targeted by extremist groups looking to use their “skill and knowledge to carry out violence.” Missing was any empirical evidence for its claims beyond the examples of Timothy McVeigh and Richard A. Poplawski, the Pittsburgh man who recently shot three police officers and exhibited fears that the government would take his guns.

Worse, the report’s depiction of an extremist describes the political beliefs of many Americans, saying that “many right-wing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration . . . immigration . . . and restrictions on firearms.” But Americans have every right to oppose all three. Drawing a parallel, even implicitly, between specific political beliefs and criminal intent is something Americans must oppose, regardless of political affiliation.

National Review?  American Spectator?  Hot Air?  How about the Boston Globe?  Those looking for the big “but” in this editorial will find themselves disappointed.  The paper politely rips Janet Napolitano for the DHS report, never even mentions the Left’s pushback that Bush “ordered” the report — apparently they can read dates, too — and scolds Napolitano for releasing the report over the objections of civil-liberties lawyers in her own department.

Napolitano eventually apologized to the American Legion’s David Rehbein (see my exclusive interview here), and dropped the “Bush ordered it” excuse:

Napolitano blamed one of her agency’s analysts for prematurely sending out the intelligence assessment to law enforcement, according to Craig Roberts, an American Legion member who attended the meeting. The report says veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan could be susceptible to right-wing recruiters or commit lone acts of violence.

“She essentially admitted fault within her office,” Roberts said.

Apparently, this gave the Boston Globe the opening to belatedly realize the political strong-arming this report represented:

Of course, Homeland Security has a responsibility to keep law enforcement officials aware of potential threats. But it must not tie their hands by making them look like the arm of a political machine.

In other words, they should stick to assessing actual threats rather than attempt to paint a broad swath of Americans as potential extremists.  We’ve said that all along, and kudos to the Globe for not watering down that message.  Napolitano should get held accountable for this shameful episode by Congress, and should resign for allowing this to happen.


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Janet’s got this! You rubes shall all now wear masks of her choosing until further notice! Also anyone caught not washing their hands shall be considered a Right Wing Extremist and will be dealt with by Home Land Security… Please, Please, Please keep this woman on the job and front and center. She needs to be on TV every night on all the networks as a spokesman for the Obamanation!!!

sabbott on April 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM

A man caused disaster is when a dam breaks because it wasn’t designed or maintained properly.

MarkTheGreat on April 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Seriously……are you guys insane?

A sampling of comments from Fox News rising star Glenn Beck’s official 912 Project website, from the thread titled, “Swine Flu?”

There are currently 369 comments in the thread, almost all of them raving about conspiracies.

[...]IF ONE PERSON IN MY FAMILY DIES FROM THIS FLU I WILL HOLD OUR GOVERMENT RESPONSIBLE! ALL OF THEM!

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So this strain has Swine, bird and human flu. My question is, who is messing around? This has to be genetically altared. I do not believe for a second this could mutate with three different strands. I believe they are doing this in hopes of a massive breakout. That way they can fast track the “universal healthcare”. If millions become sick, they would be forced to give treatment on a large scale. Who knows what else could be in this shot. Our own government is trying to kill us.

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strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

A man caused disaster is when a dam breaks because it wasn’t designed or maintained properly.

MarkTheGreat on April 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Or, a man caused disaster could be an inept doofus being president, and allowing him to choose a cabinet, above his iq grade.

capejasmine on April 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Rightwingnews: Alex Jones is a crazypants.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

So this strain has Swine, bird and human flu. My question is, who is messing around? This has to be genetically altared. I do not believe for a second this could mutate with three different strands. I believe they are doing this in hopes of a massive breakout. That way they can fast track the “universal healthcare”. If millions become sick, they would be forced to give treatment on a large scale. Who knows what else could be in this shot. Our own government is trying to kill us.
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strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Well, Obama, Clinton, and Rahm all espouse to taking advantage of a good disaster.

capejasmine on April 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Amazing what staring down bankruptcy will do to a newspaper.

angryed on April 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Well, Obama, Clinton, and Rahm all espouse to taking advantage of a good disaster.

capejasmine on April 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Theres a comment about that at teh Crazy Nexus Beck’s site….was it yours?

Gee….this is kinda like Jindal mocking volcano monitoring and then one going off in Alaska, isn’t it?

When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year’s emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:08

“All those little porky things that the House put in, the money for the [National] Mall or the sexually transmitted diseases or the flu pandemic, they’re all out,” Schumer said.

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Our own government is trying to kill us.
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strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Maybe it was the Mexican government ? It started there

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 4:31 PM

You’ll all be shocked to know that the Norwegian media hasn’t so much as whispered anything about this story. They’re fulfilling my prophecies about an Obama presidency quite nicely, I must say.

Seixon on April 27, 2009 at 4:35 PM

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 4:28 PM

so?
That was you guys, that got it stripped out, along with the planned parenthood thing that made you so nuts.
Nice job.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:37 PM

It would seem that Napolitano would have the sense to look over at the wall of her office and see the FBI Most Wanted List for Domestic Terrorism and possibly see that EVERYONE on that list is a LEFT-WING EXTREMIST….oh that’s right, this report had NOTHING to do actually protecting the U.S. against domestic terrorism. This report was nothing but left-wing propaganda to attack any dissent against the illegitimate Federal Government that constantly violates the U.S. Constitution.

Check out the FBI Domestic Terrorism list:
http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/dt/fug_dt.htm

Two Black Liberation Army member that bunked with Jeremiah Wright in the early 70′s.
Four members of ALF/ELF.
Four Communist radicals.
Are there ANY right-wing extremeinsts on that list? NO.
Is the FBI even LOOKING for a right-wing domestic terrorist?
NO!
Is the Obama Administration lying about firearms crossing south to Mexico? YES.
Do leftists in Congress plan to ban firearms and violate the 2nd Amendment, YES.
How many times have the Democrats in Congress and O’bunghole violated the Constitution since 20 January 2009? At LEAST 26 times including violations of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th Amendments and 6 articles of the Constitution, multiple times. (Seizing the census violates Article 1, section 2, clause 3)

nelsonknows on April 27, 2009 at 4:37 PM

She needs to be on TV every night on all the networks as a spokesman for the Obamanation!!!

sabbott on April 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Yeah…..she can be on right after The Glenn Beck and Alex Jones Crackpot Conspiracy Comedy Hour.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Yeah…..she can be on right after The Glenn Beck and Alex Jones Crackpot Conspiracy Comedy Hour.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Would that be before or after the Keith Olberwoman sells the U.S. to the enemy hour and before the Chris Matthews masturbates on camera to photos of O’bunghole hour?
I noticed you didn’t care to address any FACTS or bother to look at the FBI Most Wanted List I posted.

nelsonknows on April 27, 2009 at 4:53 PM

That was you guys, that got it stripped out, along with the planned parenthood thing that made you so nuts.
Nice job.

strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 4:37 PM

When you wake up,and get back to the real world from the Emerald city,No, that actually was what “you guys” keep screaming you want. A bipartisan effort.

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, but the preview/post windows are behaving badlyl

stranglet:

“Do you think the GOP can survive that kind of branding?”

So, do you think vets can survive that sort of branding? If they make the list, it must be their own damn fault, right?

“Are you denying Tim McVeigh was a vet?”

I deny that any and every anti-government bomber or gun-crazed killer is, by definition, a right winger. I deny that their psychosis is the logical extreme of typical right wing thinking, but alas, I get no say in the branding.

“Protestant minister and right-to-life murderer that killed a doctor.”

Looks like we should all be keeping a close eye on Protestant ministers! They’ve obviously proven to be uniquely susceptible to extremist indocrtrination, and they’re uniquely attractive to violent anti-abortion radicals. Congregations everywhere should regard any pastoral display of right-wing sympathies with alarm.

JM Hanes on April 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Oh and BTW your “quote” is from an editorial by a liberal operative.
John Nichols
who conveniently left out the democrats part in killing that.

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 4:58 PM

So the Beatles should be held accountable for Helter Skelter?

Badger40 on April 27, 2009 at 2:20 PM

There is no way, no way! Strangelet will get this reference!

massrighty on April 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Looks like we should all be keeping a close eye on Protestant ministers! They’ve obviously proven to be uniquely susceptible to extremist indocrtrination, and they’re uniquely attractive to violent anti-abortion radicals. Congregations everywhere should regard any pastoral display of right-wing sympathies with alarm.

JM Hanes on April 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Just for sh!ts and grins, most clergy I’ve ever talked to struck me as being on the liberal side of the spectrum (apart from of course being “religious nuts”/sarc)
They are branded (to borrow from your post) as right winig only because they are religious, if you pay attention to what they’d like to see in society, it most always is left leaning

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 5:03 PM

strangelet:

“Seriously……are you guys insane?”

Seriously….do you really expect folks posting at HotAir to defend every lunatic who posts elsewhere? Kinda crazy to assume that everyone around here subscribes to a conspiracy theory posted on a comment thread on another site that you’re the one who is reading.

JM Hanes on April 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Seriously……are you guys insane?
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strangelet on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Not every conservative is a Glenn Beck fan. Do you buy into the theory that AIDS was created by white scientists to wipe out darker peoples? A lot of your compadres do. How about that Chomskyite “Corporate Media” thing? “Corporations are ruling all our lives!!!!”

Seriously…are you guys insane?

ddrintn on April 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

“PARTISAN turmoil that lingered after this month’s tea party protests reignited recently”

Of course, if the Globe is where you get your news, you’d have no idea what the reporter is talking about. Your hometown paper, in Boston no less, didn’t print a word on your hometown tea party.

oldernwiser:

“Just for sh!ts and grins, most clergy I’ve ever talked to struck me as being on the liberal side of the spectrum”

Rightwingers are tricky that way, aren’t they? Just goes to show that we need to be on our guard against all Protestant ministers, ’cause they’ll obviously try to fool ya.

JM Hanes on April 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Rightwingers are tricky that way, aren’t they? Just goes to show that we need to be on our guard against all Protestant ministers, ’cause they’ll obviously try to fool ya.

JM Hanes on April 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM

they can’t fool me. I know what they want. they’d like me to follow the golden rule and such but, I’m weak. When it comes to left wing trolls. Just can’t help meself.

oldernwiser on April 27, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Ms. Napolitano is a man-made disaster.

Dhuka on April 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Not every conservative is a Glenn Beck fan. Do you buy into the theory that AIDS was created by white scientists to wipe out darker peoples? A lot of your compadres do. How about that Chomskyite “Corporate Media” thing? “Corporations are ruling all our lives!!!!”

Seriously…are you guys insane?

ddrintn on April 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Not every “Conservative” that claims to be a conservative is an actual conservative. I just don’t see any link between Glen Beck, who can actually READ the Constitution and believes it should be protected, and Alex Jones/Ron Paul fruitcakes who are nothing but frauds and can’t actually READ the Constitution.
Maybe lock-step GOPers are threatened by Glenn Beck because he holds them accountable just like he holds DemoNAZIs accountable.

nelsonknows on April 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I’m beginning to wonder if its law that all Democrats named Janet must look butt-ugly.

Ryan Gandy on April 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Someone at the Globe will pay for publishing that article. Obviously, like DHS, it was not ‘screened’ before release. Look for a correction tomorrow.

GarandFan on April 27, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Here are the criteria to be a Democrat cabinet member.

1. You MUST have breath that smells like the outhouse door on a tuna boat.

2. You MUST have a bowl haircut and have legs like tree stumps.

3. You MUST be batsh*t crazy and believe that American citizens are the enemy.

4. You MUST believe that the U.S. Constitution makes nice toilet paper.

5. You MUST follow the Nazi Party Platform written by Adolf Hitler.

WOW, is Janeane Gerobuffalo next to be nominated for O’bunghole’s cabinet? She fits ALL of the above criteria.

nelsonknows on April 27, 2009 at 5:51 PM

The media is beginning to see, and to expose, the horror behind the mask.
Napolitano was given DHS because Obama needed a lesbian on his cabinet. This is the only job qualification she meets. If she is not replaced with a person who actually has homeland security in mind, I fear we will pay a dear price.

maryo on April 27, 2009 at 5:58 PM

maryo on April 27, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Not to worry …… Panetta’s running the CIA.

It’s like Obarfy is playing this bizarre game, where he picks the exact opposite of what you would want in a cabinet secretary.

President Constanza.

fogw on April 27, 2009 at 6:05 PM

It’s like Obarfy is playing this bizarre game, where he picks the exact opposite of what you would want in a cabinet secretary.
fogw on April 27, 2009 at 6:05 PM

It’s all part of the plan.

maryo on April 27, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Maybe lock-step GOPers are threatened by Glenn Beck because he holds them accountable just like he holds DemoNAZIs accountable.

nelsonknows on April 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I’m not a lock-step GOPer and I don’t find Beck threatening. I just have never particularly cared for his style.

ddrintn on April 27, 2009 at 6:31 PM

I attended a PTSD session for Vietnam veterans, last week. We aren’t supposed to talk politics, but before the VA doctor came in, I just had to ask the other guys if WE had to worry about them “coming for us,” or was it just the “crazy Iraq and Afghanistan vets.”

It was sarcasm, of course. It makes me furious that this administration could start this kind of crap, again.

Star20 on April 27, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Napolitano Barack Obama should get held accountable for this shameful episode by Congress America, and he should resign for allowing this to happen.

FIFY.

DannoJyd on April 28, 2009 at 12:06 AM

DHS is a CF.

When you put many government organizations together you get a lot more ‘oversight’ but due to internal fingerpointing accountability drops. Happened when the DNI spot was created, too.

Small and accountable organizations are required for good government. Keep them few and you have wonderful scrutiny. Make them large, and you get bureaucrats, middle-men, and far too many layers between the top and those doing the actual work… we do the exact opposite of what is required for accountability and then complain about it. Yet if Napolitano were in that spot in a Republican administration and put out something like that for the Left, she would be *gone* by now. If you make such large organizations, then accountability starts at the TOP not the middle, and for every problem, the TOP must go. Gives those at the top an interst in their job and makes sure that things don’t get out of hand.

Asking for anything else is support of incompetent, partisan and corrupt government. Often all three at the same time as we see in the Fed and Treasury.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2009 at 9:28 AM

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