Cultural Revolutions

I'm Sorry You're a Terrorist

It’s 9 a.m.  Do you know where your government is?

An April 7 report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security caused a stir among veterans and pro-life activists.  It was published to alert state and local law-enforcement and counterterrorism officials that the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Assessment has suggested that right-wing extremists may be gaining new recruits.  Right-wing extremism, defined in a footnote, may include “individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”  The alert cites downturns in the economy and “proposed imposition of firearms restrictions” before noting that “Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists.  DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”  The report also claims that white supremacists “have capitalized on the election of the first African American president.”

Veterans groups received apologies from Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, throughout the weeks following the publication of the report.  On April 16 Napolitano wished aloud on FOX News that the footnote would have undergone a “rewrite.”

Those who know Napolitano as the former Democratic governor...

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