Eek, our country says I may be married to a terrorist

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Homeland Security labels U.S. military veterans among its threats

By Charlotte Isbell

I’m not a person that is interested in politics so I usually don’t know much about what’s going on until Dennis informs me. Most of the time I pretend to listen and shake my head at appropriate times and pray he’s almost done. But once in a while he tells me something that sends me into a tizzy. I’m using the prissy word “tizzy” so no one links me to any terrorist groups, like the “Old Grouchy Wife’s Club,” or that scary group of “Grandmas Bearing More than Their Arms.” These groups have been known to cause quite a stir when you get them riled. Who knows, some of these women may have military backgrounds. Now, you’re talking about someone that can really sling the hash.

On April 7, Homeland Security Department officials released the report: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." In this nine-page report, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano states the possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans “facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities” could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists. Returning veterans, according to the report, possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists. This terror threat list report was sent to law enforcement officials throughout the U.S.

The top Democrat overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, is demanding that officials explain how and why they wrote and released this report that identifies veterans as potential terrorist threats.

Napolitano issued a statement April 15 standing by the “extremism” report which she personally reviewed before it was issued. The Times reported April 17 that Napolitano appeared on several news shows in an effort to dampen criticism  over the report.

Napolitano stated, “I know that some veterans groups were offended by the fact that veterans were mentioned in this assessment, so I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended.”

This report identified as potential terrorist threats people who collect guns, veterans, supporters of border control and pro-life advocates. And may I remind you, the copy I have of this report, is the unclassified version.

Well, there you have it, folks. You wanted change and I think you got it. I wasn’t alive when the parades and fanfare took place for our military coming home from World War I and World War II, but I am deeply moved when I see pictures of it. I was not in the military but most of the men in my life were and I am ashamed of the treatment our military personnel have been shown in recent years. There are individuals who have legitimate reasons for not serving their country, but for those conscientious objectors, you might want to take a look in the Bible and check out the wars.

Remember 9-11? It’s fading in your memory. But I bet the ones that lost loved ones haven’t forgotten. Their lives were changed forever. Who is out there guarding and protecting us? The government? Don’t make me laugh. It’s men and women that are now being labeled terrorists that are protecting us. I wonder what Homeland Security would think if all those “terrorists military personnel” just quit and came home? Does Homeland Security wipe their brow and say, “thank God another terrorist gone?” every time they send one of our beloved military personnel home in a body bag?

So let’s stay on our guard. Do you know anyone who collects guns or likes to shoot deer or just target practice? What are they practicing for? You might want to let Homeland Security know about them. No, that won’t be necessary, they have the list of hunting licenses right in front of them.

Information from The Washington Times, April 15 and 17, 2009 and Unclassified U.S. Department of Homeland Security report released April 7, 2009.