Well, here we go again, as Ronald Reagan used to say. Another report has surfaced naming just about anyone with conservative or right-wing tendencies as potential “domestic terrorists.” And this time, the report comes straight from the top: Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano.
Like the recent Missouri “domestic terrorism” document, which was leaked to the press by stunned Missouri law enforcement officials who thought it was ridiculous to tar supporters of former presidential candidates Bob Barr, Ron Paul and Pastor Chuck Baldwin as “potential domestic terrorists,” the new, 9-page Homeland Security document names supporters of the 10th amendment (i.e., states’ rights supporters), anti-abortion activists, people who are against illegal immigration, people who support the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and…drum roll, please…returning U.S. military veterans, all as potential “domestic terrorists.”
Be sure to note the last four paragraphs of the news article below, in which the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is described as being favorably “mentioned several times” in the new report. The SPLC is a well-known, left-wing, race-baiting and fear-mongering organization that makes its money by sensationalizing accounts of racial prejudice and then raising funds from minorities to “fight racism.” In other words, they raise millions of dollars a year by scaring poor southern blacks into believing the only thing left standing between them and the evil white hordes is the SPLC. In recent years, the SPLC has issued dozens of thinly veiled propaganda pieces – usually disguised as “special reports,” “position papers” or “white papers” — naming conservative social, political, military and religious groups as “right wing extremists,” “racist organizations,” “anti-semitic groups” and potential “domestic terrorists.” These propaganda papers are in turn quoted, often word-for-word, or cited as “research sources” in advisories to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Apparently, the SPLC was a major source for this new Homeland Security report, just as they were for the recent Missouri “domestic terrorism” report.
The bottom line, as I have stated in past commentaries on this subject, is that from the moment the Obama-messiah administration came into power, literally half the nation – the conservative half – became public enemy #1. While it might be fun to make “You may be a potential domestic terrorist if…” jokes, the reality is, this situation is as serious as a heart attack. When your own government brands you as the “enemy” because you hold different views on social issues than the reigning party, there is a chilling effect on your basic rights. Anything you say or write can be misinterpreted or slanted against you. Any association you have with others can be used to besmirch your reputation. It is simply un-American. It has always amazed me that the absolute rage expressed by the radical left against, say, President Bush, or against conservatives in general, is always considered to be “free speech” when conservatives are in power. We take the frothing rage of the left with a grain of salt. But once the lefties attain power, that same “free speech,” when exercised by conservatives, suddenly becomes labeled “hate speech” by the lefties, and is considered a sign of “potential domestic terrorism.”
The lefties gain power through fear and intimidation, then they rule through brute force fear and intimidation. They are nothing more than thugs. Remember little Elian Gonzales, and the full-auto assault rifles shoved into his face by helmeted and flak-jacketed federal SWAT troops? Remember the burning of 74 men, women and children at Waco? If you do, and you don’t want a replay, then don’t forget the 2010 elections. Start picking your candidates now, and give them all of the support you can. Electing enough conservatives to Congress is the only chance we have right now of reigning in the Obama-messiah and his coterie of left-wing radicals before he labels us all “domestic terrorists.”
Homeland Security: Newest Threat to America is “Right Wing Radicals”…
9-page report is sent to police
The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.
The White House has distanced itself from the analysis. When asked for comment on its contents, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “The President is focused not on politics but rather taking the steps necessary to protect all Americans from the threat of violence and terrorism regardless of its origins. He also believes those who serve represent the best of this country, and he will continue to ensure that our veterans receive the respect and benefits they have earned.”
The nine-page document was sent to police and sheriff’s departments across the United States on April 7 under the headline, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
It says the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “rightwing extremist activity in the United States.”
The joint federal-state activities will have “a particular emphasis” on the causes of “rightwing extremist radicalization.”
Homeland Security spokeswoman Sara Kuban said the report is one in an ongoing series of assessments by the department to “facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the U.S.”
The report, which was first disclosed to the public by nationally syndicated radio host Roger Hedgecock, makes clear that the Homeland Security Department does not have “specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence.”It warns that fringe organizations are gaining recruits, but it provides no numbers.
The report says extremist groups have used President Obama as a recruiting tool.
“Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action,” the report says. “In two instances in the run-up to the election, extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded.”
When asked about this passage, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said, “We are concerned about anybody who will try to harm or plan to harm any one of our protectees. We don’t have the luxury to focus on one particular group at the exclusion of others.”
Congressional debates about immigration and gun control also make extremist groups suspicious and give them a rallying cry, the report says.
“It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law; nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists,” the report said.
The FBI was quoted Monday as saying that, since November, more than 7 million people have applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons.
The Homeland Security report added: “Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool.”
The report could signify a change in emphasis for Homeland Security under former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. A German magazine quoted Ms. Napolitano as rebranding “terrorism” as “man-made disasters.” Since its inception in 2003, the department has focused primarily on radicalization of Muslims and the prospect of homegrown Islamist terrorism.
Ms. Kuban said, however, that the department had published reports on left-wing radicalization as well, though she could not name one.
“These types of reports are published all the time. There have actually been some done on the other end of the spectrum, left-wing,” Ms. Kuban said.
A similar headline was used in a report issued in January, Ms. Kuban said, although she could not provide the content of the headline.
Ms. Kuban said she did not know how long the new report had been in the making.
“The purpose of the report is to identify risk. This is nothing unusual,” said Ms. Kuban, who added that the Homeland Security Department did this “to prevent another Tim McVeigh from ever happening again.”
The Homeland Security assessment specifically says that “rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.”
Jerry Newberry, director of communications for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the vast majority of veterans are patriotic citizens who would not join anti-government militias.
“As far as our military members go, I think that the military is a melting pot of society. So you might get a few, a fractional few, who are going to be attracted by militia groups and other right-wing extremists,” he said.
“We have to remember that the people serving in our military are volunteers, they do it because they love their country, and they believe in what our country stands for,” he said. “They spent their time in the military defending our Constitution, so the vast majority of them would be repulsed by the hate groups discussed in this report.”
The Homeland Security report cited a 2008 FBI report that noted that a small number of returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups.
The FBI report said that from October 2001 through May 2008 “a minuscule” number of veterans, 203 out of 23,000, had joined groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, the National Socialist Movement, the Creativity Movement, the National Alliance and some skinhead groups.
“Although the white supremacist movement is of concern to the FBI, our assessment shows that only a very small number of people with prior military experience may have an affiliation with supremacist groups,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said Monday when asked about the FBI report.
A 2006 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors white supremacists like the Klan, said that white-power groups had an interest in the kind of training the military provides.
Mark Potok, director of the center’s intelligence project, said the Homeland Security report “confirms that white supremacists are interested in the military. There is some concern, and there should be, about returning veterans, one need only think of the example of Timothy McVeigh, who was in the first Iraq war.”
Mr. Potok added that he was generally pleased with the report.
“Basically, the report tracks fairly closely with what we have been saying for some time now. They mention us a couple of times, though not by name,” he said.