Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor, Stephen Hayes reported on Tuesday on his Twitter account that it looks like he made the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) terrorist watch list due to his concerns about Syria and his one-way trip to Turkey and was subjected to extra airport security screenings on his recent trips.
Hayes said in his tweets, “I suspect I made the list b/c of concerns about #Syria. I took a one-way flight to Turkey in late July (return flight was Athens). @DHSgov. “Just informed I’m on the @DHSgov terrorist watch list. Explains why I have been subject to extra screening each of my recent trips,” Hayes wrote.
Hayes continued and said, “Naturally, when I went to file a “redress” form on the @DHSgov website, as instructed, the form could not be processed. #limbo. I was flagged for extra screening on my last two trips. A “selectee.” Called in the TSA supervisor to handle.” One of Hayes’ follows, Jeryl Bier @SpeakWithAuthor asked Hayes, “Wait, does this mean everyone who is on the list gets informed? Or were you informed unofficially?” Hayes responded by saying, “Denied last few times I tried to check-in online. Called the airline — they told me.”
The Department of Homeland Security has had a history of creating controversy since its inception when a report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” was leaked out in 2009 that veterans could be viewed as terrorists, mainly the veterans who have come back from war in the Middle East.
The Washington Times reported on the controversy in 2009 when at that time, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.
At that time, Napolitano said, “We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.”
The report, which has been difficult to find on the Internet, but can be found at a few select sites, casts U.S. veterans as the enemy of the state and needed to be monitored closely. In the damning assessment of veterans, the report said of military veterans “rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.”