DHS Extremist 'Lexicon' Yanked by Napolitano

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 10:25 PM

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WASHINGTON — A Homeland Security Department report issued earlier this year defined dozens of "extremists" ranging from black power activists to abortion foes, according to The Washington Times.

The report was issued before a similar white paper that provoked outrage several weeks ago after it described a perceived militarist threat from returning war veterans. The earlier report was nixed within hours and recalled from state and local law enforcement officials.

The latest news appears to be yet another black eye for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has suffered from a series of gaffes and missteps since taking the post earlier this year.

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the report "causes further concern that Congress needs to get to the bottom of exactly how DHS determines what intelligence products to distribute to law enforcement officials around the country."

“Whites and blacks, Christians and Jews, Cubans and Mexicans, along with tax-hating Americans were among several political leanings listed in the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" that came out of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in late March,” the Times wrote.

“The lexicon lists definitions for key terms and phrases used by Homeland Security analysts ‘that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States,’" the report said.

Under the listing "antiabortion extremism," the dictionary describes a group of individuals who advocate “violence against providers of abortion-related services." Some of these individuals "cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities."

"The lexicon was not an authorized I&A product, and it was recalled as soon as management discovered it had been released without authorization," said Amy Kudwa, Homeland Security spokeswoman.

"This product is not, nor was it ever, in operational use," Ms. Kudwa told The Times.

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