Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Unauthorized" Government Ineptitude

"Unauthorized" Government Ineptitude
By William Warren

First she defended it. Then she apologized for it.

Now she claims it was never authorized to begin with—and was sent out by some lackey employee.

For Homeland Security Advisor Janet Napolitano, the “rightwing extremism” report issued last month has been a constant drag on her brief tenure at her new post. And for good reason.
The so-called “report” warned of increased risk from “radicalized, rightwing extremists” including those who oppose abortion, those against illegal immigration, and –worst of all—disgruntled veterans. More ridiculous than the politically charged targets was the fact that the “report” pointed to no specific organizations and was based on no substantial evidence against the subversion it was allegedly reporting on.

"The wheels came off the wagon because the vetting process was not followed…The report is no longer out there. An employee sent it out without authorization."

Moreover, a “Domestic Extremist Lexicon” was also released by the Department of Homeland Security and then promptly retracted. It, too, was a “mistake.”

Lying and passing the blame seems to have become de rigeur among Democrats these days. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been caught in lie after lie with regards to her knowledge of waterboarding—and has conveniently blamed the whole mess on the “lying” CIA. And, of course, President Barack Obama has blaming Bush down to a fine science.

Notably enough, the extremism memo and lexicon aren’t the only documents to be retracted on the grounds that they were “unauthorized.” A letter from the Obama Administration was recently sent to the California state government threatening to withhold California’s stimulus money if a SEIU wage cut was not rescinded. Later, however, once the unique pay-to-play tie-in had been exposed, an Obama administration official claimed the letter was sent out “inadvertently.”



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