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We have an update tonight on that Homeland Security Department warning about so called right wing extremism a document that caused quite a -- this past spring.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has the surprising news of just how the department came to its conclusion.
He was a report that sparked outrage and questions.
Exactly what was behind the department of homeland -- threat assessment on right wing extremism.
Especially that infamous footnote focusing on pulled.
-- ten individuals that are dedicated to a single issues such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
The report also warned that disgruntled military personnel could be targeted to join with extremist groups looking to exploit their training and combat skills.
Shortly after its release the group Americans for limited government filed a Freedom of Information Act request with DHS.
Asking to see the supporting evidence for the assessment.
To receive back.
Some hardcore analysis -- data analysis looking at crime statistics and -- current trends.
That you would backup to conclusions and reports.
And instead what we got was a list of URLs to various web sites.
All kinds -- -- stories across the board.
ALG equates the web links to numerous media reports -- nothing more than an afternoon of surfing the web.
What a good intelligence support to do is they would take open source tells information and they married other things that might look at there's a wide array of statistical -- in the government in the alcohol tobacco and firearms ATF FB IC could look at criminal data at rest data you can also look at classified material and investigations.
But based on the DHS response to the information requests so far it doesn't look like that deeper analysis ever happened.
The assessment was launched under the bush administration and completed by a career service -- Not a political appointee of either Mr.
Bush or President Obama.
Not long after the report's release DHS secretary Janet -- Pellicano apologized for any unintended offense.
I was great -- I'm not running away from that this was an assessment not an accusation.
DHS also issued a threat assessment on so called left wing extremist groups earlier this year.
But in that report the agency made clear they relied primarily on intelligence reporting from various government agencies and highly reliable field agents -- Chad thank you.
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