Washington Times: Government Views Veterans As Security Threat

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Apr 16, 2009 2:44 PM
A Washington Times editorial exposes the baffling information contained in multiple government reports, which claim that veterans are a national security threat.
In an intelligence assessment published April 7, Homeland Security singles out veterans who might be "disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war" as being particularly susceptible to recruitment by radical movements....

A February 2009 Missouri Information Analysis Center "strategic report" on the modern militia movement was withdrawn after protests against its overbroad definition of dangerous radicals, which included third-party voters and those who support concealed-carry gun laws. A March 2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment noted, "White nationalist groups are recruiting individuals who may be more apt than their predecessors to commit acts of violence, including military veterans skilled in weapons and tactics." Note the embedded premise that a veteran is "more apt" to be violent than a non-veteran.