DHS Report on Target: Domestic Nuts on Rise

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 8:12 PM CDT
Traffic coming from Virginia over the 14th Street Bridge is blocked off by police not far from the Holocaust Museum.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Today's shooting at the Holocaust museum, on the heels of the murder of an abortion provider, is bringing renewed attention to a Homeland Security report issued in April that warned of a rise in exactly these kinds of attacks, Politico reports. At the time, critics including Rush Limbaugh blasted the DHS report as an attack on conservatives, but now civil rights groups say it was right on target.

"Clearly the election of Obama, the current financial crisis, and the discussion of immigration reform—those things have certainly fueled the right-wing extremist movement," said a rep from the Anti-Defamation League. "We hope it’s not the tip of the iceberg.” DHS chief Janet Napolitano told Congress last month that the report has been withdrawn and is being re-vetted. She apologized to veterans for a section that singled them out as potential sources of trouble.