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Homeland Security Memo

Original post made by Jerry on Apr 19, 2009

It was reported, on the radio, that the Secretary Of Homeland Defense, Janet Napolitano, issued a memo, which apparently wasn't for public distribution, to law enforcement officials cautioning them to be aware of returning military veterans. It seems this lady feels these veterans could, due to their training, become domestic terrorist...

What a way to label the returning men and women that have volunteered to lay their life on the line for their country...

In my opinion, this lady is nuts...

Comments (9)

Posted by Crazy?, a resident of Danbury Park
on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

Jerry,
She may be nuts, but don't blame her for trying to be careful.

Let's not forget about a pretty infamous Army vet...

"Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was a United States Army veteran and security guard who was convicted of bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, the second anniversary of the Waco Siege, as revenge or to inspire revolt against what he considered a tyrannical federal government."

Mr. McVeigh-without a shred of remorse-murdered 168 people with a truck and a few barrels of fertilizer.

Having just attended the Pleasanton TEA party where I saw many signs depicting people's perceptions of a tyrannical government, you've got to wonder where some of this anger may lead.
And yes, there were a few army vets and camo clad gentlemen in attendance.


Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

In 2006 the Washington Post reported that more than 1 in 3 returning vets were suffering from PTSD. How many more vets are suffering now, without support? The solution is not to blame the vets, but to identify who needs help and get them the medical care they need - before they hurt themself or others.

Unfortunately, while President Bush was more than ready to send those under his command into harm's way, he wasn't quite as ready and willing to take care of them when they came home - especially when their wounds aren't visible. Remember the Walter Reed scandal that came to light in 2007? It got some short term focus, but are the VA medical services any better now?

It's a country's shame to send our men and women in the military into harm's way, and then not fully take care of their medical needs when they return.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I understand the intention, but couldn't they at least have left "right-wing" out of the report? Just call them "extremists". Additionally, when government makes lists of names, that's never a good thing.


Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Anybody else hear this suposed slip "on the radio"? Sounds like garbage to me.


Posted by Crazy like a fox, a resident of Danbury Park
on Apr 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Good point Billie.
Add this untreated instability to the absolute gun craze this country is experiencing now and perhaps Ms. Napolitano is not so crazy after all.
Our retruning vets deserve better care and treatment.


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 21, 2009 at 2:57 am

So, she's trying to be careful where returning veterans are concerned but not a word about the "domestic animal and eco-terrorist" that endanger lives, create havoc, and cause millions in damage. Doesn't her boss have a friend that was a "domestic terrorist"? But wait, we don't need to worry about him. He's apparently harmless now, although without repentance, and a university professor spreading his thoughts to our young people...

In my opinion, all combat veterans experience some degree of PTSD, combat will do that to a person. Some can handle it, some can't, most do. I don't recall this lady using the term "PTSD", just a reference to "training" and "McVeigh"...

One veteran, with a grudge against the government for what he perceived as a wrongful act against men, women and children at Waco, makes a bomb and blows up a building, with great loss of life, and all of a sudden we should now suspect all returning veterans??? What a slam by a politician against the people that willingly put their life on the line to protect the liberties and opportunities many take for granted. She's still nuts!!!

I fully agree our military men and women, active or VA, should get the best care available and from what I hear from two family members currently serving, the health care is consistent with the private health care we civilians receive - with one exception, it's free and dependents are also covered...

By the way, although it was many years ago - I'm a "returning veteran", with very extensive military training, so if you meet me on the street, be careful. According to the Sec. of Homeland Defense, I may be a terrorist...

AVHS Dad,

If you doubt this "garbage" exist, do a little research. You might be enlightened...

Crazy,

If you have doubts about "army vets and camo clad gentlemen" attending a rally where protest sighs were present, wasn't there army vets and camo clad gentlemen attending the Vietnam protest when John Kerry, in all his defiant glory, threw "his medals"(in actuality, they were someone elses)over the fence. Did you have doubts concerning those "returning veterans" or only those attending a peaceful rally in Pleasanton. If you truly have doubts about camo clad gentlemen, you might not want to venture into the National Forest during deer season. You might encounter many camo clad gentlemen, but don't worry, they're probably not "returning veteran terrorist-in-training", just a bunch of "gun crazed" individuals attempting to chase a deer around the forest hoping to bring fresh venison home to enjoy...


Posted by Gotta Wonder, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

Hmmmmmm, you do sound pretty angry.............


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Not angry - just disgusted...


Posted by Academic vs. Real World, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Is anyone truly amazed that someone who sat and only read about the world and had friends that had their theories as well, but never actually was a part of the world and did anything to really make a differnce is now a horrible president? That is where experience IS helpful...now we are left with "The Academic's" friends and their "ideas" how to function in the world. I fear we are on a road to disaster...if this guy doesn't wake up fast!


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