According to the Wall Street Journal Online the Federal Bureau Of Investigation launched an operation earlier this year called Operation Vigilant Eagle which focused on returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as potential domestic terrorists. According to the article:
“The aim of the FBI’s effort with the Defense Department, which was rolled into the Vigilant Eagle program, is to “share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat,” according to the Feb. 23 FBI memo.”
There are not words to describe how offended I am by this. One of my sons-in-law is an Afghanistan veteran (and also spent some time in Iraq). I have met many of the people who currently serve with him or have served with him in the past. I am immensely proud of him and of the military personnel I have met through him. The men and women who currently serve in our military are people we should be extremely proud of. Every member of every group there is cannot attain perfection, but these people come close.
At a time when there are real terrorists plotting nasty things against us and other free nations, it is national suicide to play political games with our security. I just hope we can get to 2010 without a major attack on the US so that we have a chance to vote these people out before it’s too late.