Extremist: ‘I Question the Timing!’

The Associated Press reveals the hot haste with which the Department of Homeland Security rushed out its report on the terrorist threat posed by veterans, pro-lifers, etc. This puts notorious “rightwing extremist” Ed Morrissey in suspicious frame of mind:

In fact, it was such a rush job that Janet Napolitano couldn’t wait to resolve the obvious civil-liberty concerns raised by her own lawyers before shoving it out the door. Napolitano would later have to backtrack on the exact same language flagged by the attorneys by claiming that she didn’t specifically approve the report issued by her office and that she would have changed the language in hindsight. She had the opportunity to fix it before its release, but the completely threadbare report was deemed such a high priority that it went out anyway.
Now, what could have triggered that? Anyone know of events occurring just after April 7, 2009, that such an assessment could have painted as radical, extremist, and threats to national security? Hmmm.

Glenn Beck was called a kook for saying that the Obama administration was threatening civil liberties. Now John Ziegler gets handcuffed for the crime of journalism and Team Obama is turning Homeland Security loose against dometic political opponents. Who’s the kook now?

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! You might be a right-wing extremist if . . . you’re blogging from the Alabama home of reactionary novelist Tito Perdue.

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