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Savage Sues Napolitano Over 'Rightwing Extremism' Report

SAN FRANCISCO -- April 17, 2009: Talk Radio Network host Michael Savage, in conjunction with the Thomas More Law Center, has filed suit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The suit claims that the recent DHS report "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" reflects a policy on "rightwing extremism" that violates the civil liberties of veterans and targets Americans for their political beliefs.

The "Rightwing Extremism" report says it has "no specific information" that any "domestic rightwing terrorists" are planning acts of violence, but says these extremists may be gaining recruits by playing on fears about the economic downturn, the election of the first African-American president, and potential firearms restrictions. It says specifically, "Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities." The report refers to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a Desert Storm veteran, as one of those who "joined or associated with rightwing extremist groups."

The report also says "rightwing extremism" can be divided into groups that are "primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups" and groups that are "mainly anti-government" and says this "extremism" "may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

The lawsuit by Savage and the Law Center says the DHS has violated the First and Fifth Amendments by attempting to the chill the rights of free speech, expressive association, and equal protection, and says the agency encourages law enforcement to target and report citizens to federal officials as extremists and potential terrorists based on their political beliefs. The Law Center filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Savage, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform President Gregg Cunningham, and Iraq war veteran Kevin Murray.

Thomas More Law Center President/Chief Counsel Richard Thompson said, "The Obama administration has declared war on American patriots and our Constitution. The report even admits that the Department has no specific information on any plans of violence by so-called 'rightwing extremists.' Rather, what they do have is the expression of political opinions by certain individuals and organizations that oppose the Obama administration's policies, and this expression is protected speech under the First Amendment."

In the controversy surrounding the report's release, Napolitano apologized to veterans who were offended and said the DHS monitors threats "regardless of ideology."

Thompson said, "Janet Napolitano is lying to the American people when she says the report is not based on ideology or political beliefs. In fact, her report would have the admiration of any current or past dictator in the way it targets political opponents."


(10/15/2012 2:42:03 PM)
Another lawsuit by Weiner?? What's that 1 successfull & 2,000 unsuccessful? That old fart doesnt know when to stop does he?

- Chris Duncan
(4/28/2009 11:33:02 AM)
Thank God for people like Michael Savage who stand up for our rights. No one is invading people like Napolitano's rights' because they're Left Wing Extremists.

- Cale
(4/25/2009 5:07:05 PM)
I am a veteran, and my beliefs make me a Right Wing Extremist. You GO Mr. Savage! And Ms. Napolitano, when should I sew my star of david onto my clothing, to identify myself to local law enforcement?

- Mark Mathews
(4/25/2009 2:26:03 AM)
I guess the righties never heard of the 'so-called' Patriot Act that was established out of fear in the weeks following 9-11. The Bush Administration attacked the Constitution, even demanding that librarians, nogt all named Marian, turn over lists of books that such and such a citizen checked out. If that is not a control on freedom of expression I don't know what is. Where were all of you righties when Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people in Oaklahoma City a number of years back. You went back into your holes where you belong. Don't quote the Constitution when I doubt you have even read it and the applicable interpretations. You guys are very good at picking and choosing what you want.

- Tom Ontis
(4/25/2009 1:43:59 AM)
this guy is a foul mouth and a rubbish talker and he uses freedom of speech to spread hatred and express his hatredness on other minorities. the listeners to this guy's talkshow are rotten, ignorant, arrogant, senseless and a bunch of rogue elements who are not fit to live in a civilized soceity. they all should be put in san quentin in a tight cell with a bunch of pit bulls.

- nitin patel

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