Committe to vote on disclouse of “right-wing extremism” report

The House Homeland Security Committee will take up a resolution introduced by its top Republican Tuesday to request that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turn over all documents relating to a now-recalled intelligence report on right-wing extremists.

The committee will convene to discuss a resolution (HRes 404) directing the secretary of Homeland Security to provide copies of the documents that led to the development of a DHS assessment titled ” Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” within 14 days of adoption.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who introduced the resolution May 6, shared his concerns about how the report was published in early April with Secretary Janet Napolitano when she appeared before the committee to discuss the DHS fiscal 2010 budget on May 13.

The release of the report “does demonstrate, we believe, a weakness in the department that has to be addressed,” King declared. He added, “I don’t think reflects well on the department and I know you want to address it. I would like really hear what your plans are and how those were released…”

Napolitano, who officially withdrew the intelligence assessment recently, has continued to apologize for its publication, which she says was premature.

“Yes, the wheels came off the wagon,” she told the House Homeland Security Committee last week. “First of all, because the vetting process that existed within the department was not followed or resolved. Secondly, the report was distributed and it was not authorized to be distributed and third, it was distributed more broadly, even if there had been an authorization, than it should have been.”

HS Today
5/19/9