'Extremists' Report Issued Despite Concerns

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CBNNews.com -  The Department of Homeland Security issued a report on right-wing extremists even though civil liberties officials at the department did not agree with some of the language.

The intelligence assessment led to angry reactions from some lawmakers and veterans groups.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano called the report "an assessment, not an accusation."

"We do not mean to suggest that veterans as a whole are at risk of becoming violent extremists," she said. "I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended."

Click the player to see the report followed by Pat Robertson's reaction to the Department of Homeland Security.

The report included a footnoote which defined 'right-wing extremism' as actions by hate-motivated groups such as hatred of certain religions, racial or ethnic groups.

"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the report said.

Napolitano said the controversial report is being taken out of context.

"If there's one part of that report I would rewrite, in the word-smithing, Washington-ese that goes on after the fact, it would be that footnote," Napolitano told Fox News.

However, Republicans and Democrats both want more answers about why she thinks groups that include military veterans, pro-lifers, and people opposed to illegal immigration could pose a terrorist threat.

Napolitano said her department has to be concerned with all threats of terrorism.

Sources: CBN News, Associated Press

*Originally aired April 17, 2009

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