On April 14, 2009, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Janet Napolitano released what has to be taken as written proof of her complete incompetence. The Assesment, titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment", had nothing to do with her job (keeping us safe) and everything to do with political hackery! Basically the "assessment" tries to define mainstream conservatives as rightwing extremists.
Check out this statement:
(U) Historical Presidential Election
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election time frame to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to wider audience of potential sympathizers.
So let me get this straight Janet: if one doesn't agree with the policies put forth by the Obama administration, and chooses to speak out with others who share such views, then one is labelled an extremist motivated by racism. Is that it Janet? Well then my dear, you are a first class clown!
The only reason for this joke of an assessment is politics. At the very least, the politics behind this assessment is to discredit conservatism in the eyes of the gullible and ill informed. At the very worst, it serves as a warning to
conservatives that flexing its grassroots muscle will cause scrutiny by the DHS!
The opening paragraph of the DHS's Strategic Plan, states:
This Department of Homeland Security’s overriding and urgent mission is to lead the unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms. While the Department was created to secure our country against those who seek to disrupt the American way of life, our charter also includes preparation for and response to all hazards and disasters. The citizens of the United States must have the utmost confidence that the Department can execute both of these missions.
Sorry, but with Janet at the helm, the last thing I have is confidence that she can execute any of these missions. Since being appointed, Ms. Napolitano has dropped the word "terrorism" and has replaced it with the utterly foolish phrase "Man-Caused Disaster"! You are not dealing with serious minds when you get a completely stupid term like this. Did anyone over at DHS bother to realize that the term "Man-Caused Disaster" could just as easily apply to something like the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Does Napolitano not realize that there is a huge difference between something like the Exxon Valdez and 9/11?
If shilling for progressives with bogus assessments and creating meaningless euphemisms for terrorism were all we had to worry about that would be bad enough. But Ms. Napolitano's record on security as Governor of Arizona should give us all pause. Here is what the Tucson Citizen had to say about her when Obama chose her for DHS:
President-elect Barack Obama's choice for homeland security chief blames budget problems and the difficulty coordinating agencies in Arizona, where she has been governor, for failing to complete key provisions of a detailed security plan for her own state.
Gov. Janet Napolitano put together the plan six years ago to improve Arizona's ability to respond to emergencies, detect and prevent terrorist attacks and secure Arizona's border with Mexico. But some key provisions remain incomplete. Firefighters, paramedics and other first responders at disaster scenes still can't always communicate by radio without calling in special equipment, and criminal records still aren't fully available electronically.
Perhaps if Napolitano could have gotten her act together on security in her state, Phoenix would have become the second kidnap capital of the world!
Yes folks, all that chilling violence you just saw happened under the watchful gaze of our new DHS head. Whatever, Ms. Napolitano's priorities were as Governor of Arizona, security wasn't one of them. Yet, she was nominated and even more shockingly, confirmed.
This is where Republicans need to take some blame. Republicans should have rejected her nomination and loudly voiced her short comings and poor qualifications. Democrats sink nominations all the time for far less reasons. Sadly, too many Republicans fear the wrath of negative media attention (which they will get anyway) and thus go along with very bad ideas for the sake of appearing bipartisan or supporting the president in his early days. This is why a Tax Cheat is now head of the IRS and a clown is now in charge of the Department of Homeland Security.