Congressman McCaul Demands Answers about "Rightwing Extremism" Report

May 6, 2009
Press Release

AUSTIN – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX 10) has signed on as an original sponsor of H.Res. 404, giving Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano 14 days to provide copies of documents related to the DHS Intelligence Assessment, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment".

"This report politicizes one of our most important national security tools," said Rep. McCaul, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee. "The assessment that returning veterans who are risking their lives fighting terrorists would somehow be recruited as terrorists is absurd."

The Resolution seeks to find out what information was considered in producing the report and what approval process it was subjected to before it was sent to local law enforcement across the country. It was introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, after repeated requests for bipartisan oversight hearings were ignored. The report, released last month, warns that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may be susceptible to recruitment by Rightwing Extremist groups.