When Johnny Comes Marching Home, be on your guard!
One has to wonder what will happen as the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq return home and try to re-assimilate back into civilian life and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appears to be taking this question very seriously. A controversial Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment warned that military veterans are likely recruits for right-wing extremists, using the recession, massive government debt and spending, as well as racist feelings towards Jewish finance mavens, Mexican immigrants and America’s first black president to their advantage. Military veteran Timothy McVeigh who was responsible for the 1995 “Oklahoma City bombing” is cited in the assessment as an example of a veteran becoming a domestic terrorist.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet NapolitanoWe don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.
On April 15, in defense of the assessment, Janet Napolitano – who was “personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution” – stated: "Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence. "
Note: The Homeland Security Department was created in the wake of 9/11 with the stated intention of preventing terrorist attacks against the United States. The department is often characterized by its use of the “National Threat Advisory” to instill fear in the American public and the “Transportation Security Administration” to harass senior citizens and business travelers at airports.
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