The Department of Homeland Security published a report April 2009, that enraged many. According to the critics, the DHS puts suspicion on Veterans for potentially being involved in right-wing extremism.
After a flurry of criticism, the DHS has since backtracked on the report stating that it was only a draft thereby dwindling media coverage to a halt.
This is a snippet from the report:
DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists -including lone wolves or small terrorist cells- to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
This is an old story but I bring it to light because it reminds me of Gary Stein, a member of the military stationed at Camp Pendleton. He is facing dismissal for making right-wing comments and creating the Facebook page called “Armed Forces Tea Party”.