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Thirteen lines after this egregious, unconscionable slander against those of us who are military combat veterans, Homeland Security makes the stunning charge that “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.”

According to this homeland security assessment, the most dangerous threat we face here at home isn’t from radical imams preaching violence in U.S. mosques and madrassas; Islamists recruiting in our prisons; Somali terrorists enticing young immigrants to become suicide bombers; or Hamas, Hezbollah or al Qaeda operatives plotting mass murder. No, according to the department, the real threat is what our government labels “rightwing extremist ideology.”

Mr. Obama should publicly disavow this report and fire the officials responsible for issuing it. Those who prepare his remarks for the occasion should insert in the teleprompter, Sen. Barry Goldwater’s words on the subject: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

Oliver North is the host of “War Stories” on the Fox News Channel, author of “American Heroes” and founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance.