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5 years 36 weeks ago, 9:35 AM

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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

5 years 36 weeks ago, 10:43 AM

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DHS Warning

I'm wondering what the hell the actual objective of that asessment is ? The paper had to have gone through a staff review and approved for release by a Senior Executive. What were the pointers that would indicate such a conclusion to that viewpoint. And, why release it now. This type of report/paper would spin off of counter intelligence information and needs significant debate(to include Public). Who were the inputting agencies and under what legal authorization?
Well DHS, get it up. Show the people of America "how" & "why" their sons and daughters who are off fighting a war (living in the dirt)are now subversives. In other words "What the F---;Over"

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5 years 36 weeks ago, 3:02 AM

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I'm a gun owner, non-Democrat, and multiple-tour war veteran who disagrees with more government. I must be a terrorist. Well, I guess She'd better send people to get me. This should be fun.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
5 years 36 weeks ago, 4:42 AM

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wtf

mental midget power! yeah

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5 years 36 weeks ago, 6:48 AM

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DHS Warning

This morning DHS put their feet on the ground (screeechhh). Admonitions and regrets about their assessment footnotes are not enough. Such an opinianated report should never have passed basic intellectual discussion or review. They recently stated the U.S. had sent 90% of the illegal weaponry to Mexico (WRONG). NBC News at 0715, Andrea Mitchel reported this A.M.,it was 70% and originally stated by Mexico's Pres. Calderon. This has to be a joke. If a U.S. Agency as large as the DHS is using information created by the Mexican government (there are no clean hands there (period)). What is the U.S. taxpayer receiving for the largess it is providing the DHS ? Certainly not accurate information. So what is going on at the DHS ? I'm not feeling comfortable with them playing in the U.S., INTEL community, if they can't differentiate between "politically" motivated information or not.
If the U.S wants to stop the flow of drugs, "it can". It can establish a military cordon around the U.S.. OK, I said it. If Mexico doesn't like it they can"piss up a rope". In the mean time I think the DHS agencies can all be disbanded to their seperate quarters and let the HQ sink in the Potomac. The dissolution of that HQ would save a fortune in furniture alone.

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5 years 36 weeks ago, 12:16 PM

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Napolitano update

Radio talk show host Michael Savage is suing her based on the writings of the 1st and 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Will keep y'all posted.

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