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Napolitano: Wrong about McVeigh and wrong about Veterans

posted at 5:11 am on April 17, 2009 by

“Unfortunately [McVeigh] was a vet, that’s where he got his training and so when I was told about the report, it rang true with me, this has happened in the past. That is a far cry, however, from saying veterans somehow are at risk.”

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
Defending her memo accusing veterans of becoming terrorists
FOX News
April 16, 2009

Unfortunately, we have a DHS Secretary who has no idea what she’s talking about.

Timothy McVeigh was a top-scoring gunner with the 25 mm cannon of the Bradley Fighting Vehicles used by the U.S. 1st Infantry Division to which he was assigned. He was trained as a gunner. He was not trained in bomb-making.

McVeigh did not use his training in the service to blow up the the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. He learned about making bombs after he left the service.

Napolitano was not only wrong about the millions of US veterans with her offensive memo. She was also wrong about Timothy McVeigh.

Hat Tip: Joe.

Cross-posted at Gateway Pundit.

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We need either a better informed media (?) or a way to talk back to these people on tv. I’m still working the kinks out of that on.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2009 at 5:18 AM

I read the report and I thought it was much more appalling than than has been reported.

qestout on April 17, 2009 at 6:04 AM

The DHS staffers who wrote this “report” and the DHS Secretary who is responsible for this report must actually believe in the stereotype, or want to believe in the stereotype.

Or worse, are aware that the facts of the report are false, and want to use the power of the government to target veterans merely for being veterans, and voicing a political opinion or spending time with others who share the same opinions.

The facts mean nothing, this tactic is an old one…demonize the opposition. Expected during the heat of a political campaign, not expected nor OK from a Cabinet Department designed to “protect” America.

But, when government does it, under the signature block of a Cabinet Secretary, in this nation, I’d hope that a resignation or similar falling on the sword of every DHS official who took part in the creation of this bogus report is forthcoming.

If the Attorney General can contemplate releasing the names of CIA officers who took part in alleged torture as part of some freedom of information rubric, then Napolitano must release the names of every member of DHS who crafted this report….fire them. It is they who are the real threat to this Nation.

I am a veteran…I hold political beliefs not congruent with the present Administration, this weekend I will be spending time with like-minded veterans…and I do not accept Napolitano’s “apology.”

coldwarrior on April 17, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Profiling is cool when vets are the targets. Actual rates of incidence are unimportant.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM

There is as much evidence that the OKC bombing was an act of Islamic terrorism as there is that McVeigh was some rightwing Aryan warrior. Thanks to another instance of Washington whitewash via Federal investigation, we will probably never know the true story of McVeigh’s motivation. The Clinton WH certainly didn’t want to know.

thegreatbeast on April 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Terry Nicols, McVeigh’s accomplice, was in an obsure town in the Phillipines at the same thime as Ramzi Yousef.

Co-incidence?

Disturb the Universe on April 17, 2009 at 8:47 PM

According to the House Oversight Committee Report, 24 December 2006, Terry Nichols recieved his bomb making skills from training recieved from RAAMSI YOUSEF. nichols made as many as 16 trips to the Phillipines and met with Yousef at least 6 times. Phone records also show that Yousef contacted Nichols numerous times by phone.
You remember RAAMSI YOUSEF, the Al Qaeda member who helped plan and carry out the first World Trade Center bombing?

As for Timothy McVeigh, for someone claimed to be a “right-wing extremist” he sure thought Bill Clinton was far too conservative and sympathized with Saddam and Al Qaeda or has no one BOTHERED reading McVeighs March 1998 essay?
http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/mcveigh/okcaug98.htm

Note: don’t bother going to Wikipedia for facts on McVeigh, the Wikipedia post says that McVeigh registered to vote and voted from Federal Prison, anyone with ANY knowledge of the Federal Prison system KNOWS that’s not only false, it’s impossible.

nelsonknows on April 19, 2009 at 11:50 PM

The DHS staffers who wrote this “report” and the DHS Secretary who is responsible for this report must actually believe in the stereotype, or want to believe in the stereotype.

Or worse, are aware that the facts of the report are false, and want to use the power of the government to target veterans merely for being veterans, and voicing a political opinion or spending time with others who share the same opinions.

coldwarrior on April 17, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I worked for DHS and with the things I saw in the 2 months before I quit last month, I would have to say the LATTER, DHS KNOWS these are false claims and DHS ALSO know that everyone on the FBI Most wanted list for Domestic Terrorism is a left-wing extremist, otherwise that list wouldn’t be posted in most DHS offices in the Country.

nelsonknows on April 19, 2009 at 11:55 PM