- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 19, 2009

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano’s recent effort to characterize opposition to the president’s left-wing policies as right-wing terrorism is self-serving and intellectually dishonest (“Federal agency warns of radicals on right,” Page 1, Tuesday). Her attempt to single out veterans is particularly disingenuous and reveals the administration’s utter disrespect for American servicemen and -women. There is simply no factual basis for this shameless characterization.

The secretary’s attempt to associate the right with terrorism is also misleading. The left has a long record of domestic terrorism. Examples of left-wing terrorism include: the Puerto Rican Nationalists of the FALN, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), and the Weather Underground. Indeed, as the secretary should know, President Obama’s former associate and political supporter, William C. Ayers, is the former leader of a left-wing terrorist group. More recently, members of such groups as the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front have committed violent acts against individuals and property.

Clearly, terrorist groups can be and have been associated with a broad range of political ideologies. Mrs. Napolitano’s attempt to associate veterans, proponents of the Second Amendment and opponents of abortion and illegal immigration with domestic terrorism is shameless. The Department of Homeland Security needs to keep its focus on the true threats from outside America’s borders. All thoughtful Americans should demand the secretary’s immediate resignation.

JOHN F. CAHILL

Severna Park, Md.



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