In 2009, conservatives in Congress strongly objected to a Department of Homeland Security report titled “Rightwing Extremism,” which speculated that the recession and the election of a black president could increase the threat from white supremacists.
The report was criticized by conservatives: John Boehner said the Department was using the term terrorist “to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.” Janet Napolitano of the DHS eventually apologized to veterans for the wording of the report.
On Sunday morning, a known member of the Neo-Nazis, a white supremacist organization, walked into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and opened fire on innocent worshipers. His name was Wade Michael Page. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
According to our guest Daryl Johnson, a former lead domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security and the primary author of the rescinded report, has said that the number of analysts assigned to track non-Islamic militancy had been reduced sharply.
Do you believe the shooting could have been prevented by this report and other protective measures? Leave us your thoughts in the comments space below.