I got an e-mail this morning from someone who used to work in the office at the Department of Homeland Security that issued a report on an increase in right-wing radicalism, which Eli Lake and Audrey Hudson first reported on for our paper, stoking an online firestorm yesterday.
“As much as I want to say it was politically fueled, I’m pretty certain that it wasn’t,” the former DHS staffer said. “They have analysts working completely independent of politics on all sorts of issues, and I suspect that this report was under works before Obama’s folks came into office. The fact that they have an acting non-political appointed Under Secretary for Intel confirms this, and they issued a similar left wing analysis two months prior.”
Eli and Audrey addressed this issue in their follow up story today:
Ms. Kuban said work on the “Rightwing Extremism” report, which was reported Tuesday by The Times, began more than a year ago, during the Bush administration.
However key findings in the report, which cited the economic downturn and the election of President Obama, indicate that much of the work was done in the past few months.
Ms. Kuban added that the report’s authors were not political appointees. “The people who wrote the April 7 report are career officials, the acting head of Intelligence and Analysis is a career official,” she said.
— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times