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Friday, April 17, 2009

Homeland Security Committee's Top Democrat Objects to DHS Report's Focus on Veterans

The top Democrat in the committee overseeing Dept. of Homeland Security was wondering how the DHS and Napalitano could release a report singling our war veterans as security risks.

Aren't we all, Bennie?

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano that he was "dumbfounded" such a report would be issued.

"This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans -- including war veterans," Mr. Thompson said in the letter sent Tuesday.

"As I am certain you agree, freedom of association and freedom of speech are guaranteed to all Americans -- whether a person's beliefs, whatever their political orientation, are 'extremist' or not," Mr. Thompson said.

As Ed Morrisey pointed out in his article, Thompson isn't exactly a moderate Democrat. He has had some very liberal stances over the years:

He sued George Bush for supposed Constitutional violations in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (the suit was dismissed).  He cast a vote to block the Electoral College representation of Ohio in 2004, attempting to use allegations of voting problems to delegitimize Bush’s victory.  He is known as a solid liberal.

How bad does the report have to be for a very liberal Democrat to be against it?

Why does the Obama Administration seem to be declaring war on war veterans? First, Obama considers making vets pay for their own medical care resulting from war injuries. Now, they want to highlight vets' potential to become an "extemist" just because they're vets. This could lead to FBI and other law enforcement investigating vets before they actually did anything warranting being looked into by the authorities.


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