Thursday, May 14, 2009

After defending it for weeks

The DHS report is now officially under the bus.

"Some things in my initial days have gone very well at the department, some things have not.

The above quote is in stark contrast to the vigorous defense given just last month.

"We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence."

So how did something that she considers to have not gone well get out there?

"The report is no longer out there," she said. "An employee sent it out without authorization."

It was unauthorized? But then why the defense? Why wait a month to pull it? After decrying the report in a committee hearing it would be hard to imagine she said this less than a month ago

"The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States," Ms. Napolitano said in her statement.

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