Still angered by a controversial report that targeted conservatives — and military veterans — as potential terrorists, House Republicans called on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign or be fired, according to Politico.
The move came as Napolitano continued to defend the report despite a lack of documented terror incidents from even right-wing fringe groups. It was only the latest setback for Napolitano, who also sparked controversies this week with comments saying that illegal immigration is not a crime, and that the 9/11 terrorists had entered the country from Canada.
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Conservative members of the Republican Study Committee called on party leaders to raise the issue with President Barack Obama during a White House meeting on Thursday.
“Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela," Texas Rep. John Carter told Politico. He organized an hour of floor speeches Wednesday night to call for Napolitano's ouster.
“The first step in the process is creating unfounded public suspicion of political opponents, followed by arresting and jailing any who continue speaking against the regime.”
The DHS report, issued earlier this month to law enforcement agencies, warned that the slumping economy "could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past."
Conservative bloggers and talk radio hosts called it a clear effort by the Obama administration to marginalize its critics on the right. Veterans groups were insulted that the report singled out war veterans as potential threats, saying they could emerge as “lone-wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."
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