The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.
"Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.
"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."
The report, "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," said right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation's first African-American president to recruit members.
The report, which was prepared in coordination with the FBI, was published last week. It was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Mainstream media picked up the story after it was reported by conservative bloggers.
Though the nine-page report said it had "no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence," it said real-estate foreclosures, unemployment and tight credit "could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past."
The report compared the current climate with that of the 1990s, saying a recession, criticism over outsourcing of jobs and a perceived threat to U.S. power at that time fueled a resurgence of right-wing extremism.
However, it said, "Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years."
And what have we seen today? Right-wing groups rioting? No, far from it. The Left today held the last gasp of their dying movement Occupy Wall Street, with a nationwide temper tantrum of mostly spoiled trust fund kids, deadbeats, anarchists, communists, and other assorted misfits, all aided and abetted by unions and encouraged in the beginning by Richard Milhous Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie "Thunderlips" Wasserman-Schultz and others.
What has been the end result? At least 272 arrests in New York today. Cops slashed and attacked, schoolchildren harassed and attempts were made to stop people from going to earn a living. Forty six were arrested in Chicago. In Portland, police assets were so tied up with these leftists that it took three hours to respond to a rape (Twitter, h/t Sister Toldjah).
So far, there have been 271 incidents on the #OWS "rap sheet." All this coming from the supposed "non-violent," "peaceful" Left.
Oh, man how could I forget to mention this one. Remember the guy who was charged with an assassination attempt by shooting at the White House the other day? Occupy San Diego held a moment of silence for the guy. Didn't hear that one from Scott Pelley and See BS News? Well, I'm sure you'd have heard about it endlessly if it had been those "racist teabaggers" who are only protesting because they hate Obama.
This video, liked at Nice Deb, illustrates the difference.
All the violence, crime, drug use, sexual acts, racism, anti-Semitism, public urination/defecation/masturbation and political extremism from the leftist we've seen from the #OWS squatters for the past two months haven't happened at a Tea Party.
And they call us "extremists?"