You may recall the enormous controversy that erupted in April over a Department of Homeland Security report that assessed the threat of right wing extremists. The story provoked days of nonstop cable chatter, and DHS chief Janet Napolitano ultimately apologized. Fast forward to the huge and horrible news yesterday that late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was shot dead by a man who reportedly posted on the blog of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. Maybe we should take another look at all that criticism? One passage from the DHS report that provoked nonstop outrage said that right wing extremists may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. Some on the right read this passage and decided it was a reference to them. Top conservative blogger Michelle Malkin warned that it meant youre being targeted by Obamas big brother government if you are a member of an active conservative group that opposes abortion or if you are active on other issues. This wasnt a fringe interpretation of the report, by the way. RNC chair Michael Steele for instance, blasted the report for labeling peaceful dissenters on issues as terrorists. Other Republican members of Congress sounded similar tones. Its true that the report committed a misstep in suggesting returning veterans are a risk. But the general intent of the report, which was chock full of warnings about lone wolf extremists capable of violence, now looks perfectly defensible, even reasonable. Time To Revisit Criticism Of DHS Report On Right Wing Extremists?