Top Republican Wants Apology for Calling Vets Right-Wing Extremists

April 15, 2009 - 4:08 PM
Some Republicans are criticizing a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment, saying it unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.
Washington (AP) - Some Republicans are criticizing a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment, saying it unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.
 
House Republican leader John Boehner says he wants the Homeland Security Department to apologize to veterans.
 
The agency's intelligence assessment went to law enforcement officials last week. It warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit members.
 
The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.