Napolitano Downplays Veteran-Extremism Link


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said a report warning that military veterans could be prone to joining right wing extremism was a routine assessment giving a “situational awareness” of potential threats, reports the Associated Press. Napolitano defended the internal agency intelligence report against criticism during a series of interviews on network news shows as she toured the troubled U.S.-Mexican border.

Napolitano said the report was a routine form of guidance for state and local police and that it is a set of assertions, “not accusations.” She said, “we do not mean to suggest that veterans as a whole are at risk of becoming violent extremists.” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) assailed Napolitano’s department and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.

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