U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) is cosponsoring a resolution, introduced today, to launch a formal inquiry into a recent threat assessment report by the Department of Homeland Security that, among other things, labels returning war veterans as potential “right-wing extremists.”
The Resolution of Inquiry (RoI) follows a series of letters sent by Members on the House Committee of Homeland Security to Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) requesting a full committee hearing with Secretary Napolitano to discuss the troubling content of the recent report entitled, Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. The Chairman — who also raised questions over the report’s content concerning Americans’ civil liberties — has publicly stated that the Committee will hold a hearing, but so far nothing has been scheduled.
The RoI requires the Secretary to deliver all factual information regarding or related to Department of Homeland Security’s report to the House of Representatives within fourteen legislative days of the introduction of the resolution.
“Although the Secretary apologized to veterans’ groups for the offensive language, her statement does not begin to address why this document specifically targeted the men and women who are sacrificing their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting actual terrorists and the groups who seek to harm our nation,” Congressman Dent said.
“It is imperative that Members of Congress have the opportunity to review the information and process that contributed to the public release of such an egregious product.”