Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2009
Sen. Steve Russell
SENATOR PROPOSES RESOLUTION OPPOSING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S
POSITION ON ‘RIGHT WING’ EXTREMISTS AS POSSIBLE NATIONAL
Senators Take Exception to Characterization of
Veterans, Pro-Lifers, etc. as ‘Right-Wing Extremists’
Responding to a report of the Obama administration’s
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) characterizing returning
veterans and others who uphold traditional American values as
“right wing extremists” and a threat to American security,
Russell R-OKC will offer a resolution calling DHS and the
Administration to account.
The nine-page document from the DHS titled "Rightwing
Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence
in Radicalization and Recruitment," has caused an outcry
from veterans groups, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists.
"It may include groups and individuals that
are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion
or immigration," said the report, which also listed as suspect
gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The outcry resulted in a demand from the head of
the American Legion to meet with Ms. Napolitano, a request the
DHS chief said she would honor next week when she returns to Washington
from her current tour of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Sponsored by Senator Steve Russell, a retired Army
Colonel and veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, Senate Resolution
42 demands that President Obama’s Administration ‘retract
this report and apologize to America’s returning war veterans.’
“To suggest that we would terrorize the very nation we risked
our lives for should give all Americans pause,” said Russell.
“Yesterday afternoon I participated in a rally
with thousands of good, law-abiding, God-fearing Oklahomans who
voiced their concerns about the Federal government’s expenditures
of our hard-earned dollars,” said Russell, referring to
the Tea Party rally that was held on the steps of the State Capitol.
“According to the Department of Homeland Security report,
these people would also be considered threats to the national
“It is vital that we take a stand and express,
in our constitutional right to peaceful assembly and our extreme
displeasure and disagreement with the Administration on this important
matter,” Russell continued.
“Taken at face value, this report from our
Department of Homeland Security would qualify the vast majority
of Oklahomans as threats to our national security,” Russell
added. “If upholding traditional American values such as
the sanctity of life, the right to bear arms and defending your
country is extremist, then I stand so accused,” Russell
Senate Resolution 42 further states that the Oklahoma
State Senate supports America’s military veterans, who have
risked their lives preserving the nation instead of attacking
it, and believes that the traditional American values under attack
by the Obama Administration should be respected and revered by
the federal government.
The Resolution will likely be heard in the Senate on Wednesday.
For more information contact:
Sen. Russell's Office - 405-521-5618