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Republicans Criticize Homeland Report Characterizing Military Vets as Right-Wing Extremists

veteran-affairsHomeland security created a hot potato when it issued this report. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a written statement on Wednesday defending the report saying “we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology  that motivates violence.”  Some conservatives aren’t buying that.

 By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.

The agency’s intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit members.

The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.

“To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable,” said Boehner, R-Ohio.

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