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Conservatives Call on Napolitano to Resign

Several conservative Republicans took to the House floor Wednesday night to call for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign in the wake of the department’s new report that identifies “right wing extremists” as potential terrorists. Rep. John Carter (Texas), secretary of the House Republican Conference, compared Napolitano’s statements to the actions of dictators in Venezuela and China. ”Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela,” Carter said in a prepared statement.The conservatives were responding to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security on April 14 that warned of the dangers of attacks by right-wing extremists who will “attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.”Republicans at first expressed outrage at the report for characterizing soldiers returning home as potential threats.“The first step in the process is creating unfounded public suspicion of political opponents, followed by arresting and jailing any who continue speaking against the regime,” Carter said Wednesday. On the floor, Carter said 81 percent of his district might be considered right-wing extremists by the Obama administration.Napolitano defended the report Sunday, telling CNN’s John King, “The report is not saying that veterans are extremists. Far from it ... What it is saying is returning veterans are targets of right-wing extremist groups that are trying to recruit those to commit violent acts within the country. We want to do all we can to prevent that.”House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer a comment on calls for Napolitano’s resignation.

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