About That DHS Report on Right-Wing Extremism

Charles Johnson4/14/2009 12:33:39 pm PDT

These are the exact words from the report about extremists trying to recruit veterans:

DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.

This is absolutely not an attempt to paint all veterans with a broad brush. It very specifically states “a small percentage” might join such groups, and the point it makes is completely valid.