GOP goes after “right wing extremists” statement

by David Safier
I posted this morning about a Homeland Security warning concerning the possibility of cyber attacks from left wing extremists and violence from right wing extremists. One paragraph in the article says this:

In this report, the agency warns that imposing new restrictions on
firearms and returning military veterans who have difficulties
assimilating back into their communities could lead to terror groups or
individuals attempting to carry out attacks. The returning war veterans
have skills and experience that are appealing to right-wing groups
looking to carry out an attack, according to the report.

Of course, there's a Republican response, which is, "How dare you call our veterans terrorists!"

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

I seem to remember when the country saw the evidences of torture at Abu Ghraib in shocking photos, Rumsfeld and others claimed no responsibility. They said it was just a "few bad apples" in the military.

I guess it's OK to call our soldiers actual torturers when they're in uniform but not potential terrorists once they're veterans.

0 responses to “GOP goes after “right wing extremists” statement

  1. I don’t trust the FBI at all when it comes to looking at political groups of any stripe. I think it is important to understand this issue stems from a a July 2008 FBI report titled “WHite Supremacists Recruitment of Military Personnel since 9/11.” You can read it here:

    This report noted that in fact white supremacist groups target returning military because they are seen as desirable members of the movement and gives examples.

  2. It is their usual distortion of what was said.

    No one who wrote the report is saying that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan ARE terrorists, they are saying that terrorists would LOVE to RECRUIT them.

    No matter. Why worry about either accuracy or the need to address what is in the memo when they can turn it into a good smear instead.

  3. Does that mean you can’t talk smack against Timothy McVeigh or Lee Harvey Oswald because they were in the military at one time?
    What stopped The Boner from serving in the military if he is so gung-ho anyways?
    P.S. I have not researched whether The Boner actually served or not, but since he is a Republican leader, I am going to go with my gut and say he hasn’t.