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Posted on 04/14/2009 12:02:39 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Legion to DHS: Americans are not the enemy! By Marine64 Created Apr 14 2009 - 1:05pm
American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter of protest concerning a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security which suggested veterans were more likely to commit terrorist acts than nonveterans. The letter is below.
Secretary Janet Napolitano Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528
April 13, 2009
Dear Secretary Napolitano,
On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment."
First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, "...we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law..."
The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, "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 capable of carrying out violent attacks."
The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical "disgruntled military veteran" is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.
Your report states that "Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages." Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as "Right Wing extremists"?
In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.
David K. Rehbein National Commander The American Legion
Gee...DHS sees ordinary American conservatives as potential home grown terrorists and FEMA is building camps across the Southland. I wonder if Glenn Beck changed his mind today about whether or not Obama is planning to round up and re-educate some of our fellow Americans? Just reading the news these days requires a tin foil hat!
President Obama sees the Constitution as an obstacle in his way to pushing through the redistributive CHANGE he wants to usher in. If you aren’t onboard his agenda, you go under the bus. You ARE on his enemies list (and he’s made it clear he is noting names like Nixon before him).
I really believe nutty crap like this from Napolitano will cause more people to realize what a bunch of dangerous lunatics they’ve allowed to take command of our government.
It sure seems like we are to our present government.
Hmm, sounds like the Democrat party.
Any government that is more afraid of their own people than they are of true enemies, makes that government the true enemy.
Face it folks, this administration IS the enemy of the American people.
I am so damn fed up and disgusted.
"...Any weapons we resort to must be "real" weapons not pistols. i.e. Rifles and shotguns. Due to concerns of re-supply (you have to plan for a long battle) such weapons should be limited to very small number of different rounds."
"if it is decided to fight, be prepared to fight, bring a backpack, entrenching tool, tent, and other equipment of an Infantrymen. You will need it for Bush and his supporters decides it is better to fight than to accept the will of the people, the fight to overthrow them will be a long fight."
I am a wartime vet...guess I know what they think of me.
HAS ANYONE HEARD ANY MENTION OF THIS ON ANY MAJOR NEWS OUTLET?
Soon enough, Americans will either be the victims or Washington, or its enemies.
Obama’s progression to a national socialist model is coming.
As Rush said - Napolitano didn’t come up with this in a vacuum, and 0bama doesn’t disapprove of what’s in the document.
Thanks for your service Bud.
It resolved, in part, "...we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law..."
Uh-oh... there's no clause excluding Congress. You must be a terrorist too!
I can see clearly now where this is all going. The fascists are getting too bold and the patriots are getting angry.
I just came across this protest scheduled against the Army Center on May 2nd in Phili. What they are doing is awful and some of the things they say are even worse. It's being sponsored by CP, World Can't Wait, and a bunch of other loons. These are the real trouble makers.
This is just the next step to Obama’s and Bill Ayers’ dream of putting conservatives in concentration camps.