“Thomas More Law Center, a pro-bono group that “promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians” responded to the report by filing a Freedom of Information Act asking the DHS to explain the basis for the report” about which we reported earlier this week.
The head of the American Legion, David Rehbein, took umbrage at the DHS report, sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday. Rehbein called the document “incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased” since it warns that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could be recruited by right-wing groups for possible terrorist attacks.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said “This is not an intelligence report but a diatribe against those who oppose the policies of the Obama administration. It is a declaration of war against the American people and our constitution. It is a prelude to extreme gun control legislation and hate speech laws targeting Christian churches and others who oppose abortion and same sex marriage…
After receiving negative news coverage of the report, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement today.
Napolitano acknowledged the concerns of many Americans and said, “Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group,” adding that the DHS does “not – nor will ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs.”
While I’m glad that Napolitano responded as she did, I want to see a revised, corrected statement of policy.