Folks, I am finally on a government list!
It appears that the Department of Homeland Security has finally figured out the real threat to the Homeland.
No, it is not the evil, Islamofacist terrorists. No, it is not those that actually committed the worst act of terror on American soil.
It is. . .ME!
Because I AM A RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST!
How did it come to be?
Well, in today's Washington Times, reporters Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake found a footnote in a report from the Homeland Security department that, among other lovely things describes those who can be future, right-wing terrorists. Some could be members of the armed forces that return from battle in the War Against Islamofacist Terror. Some could be radicalized because they actually believe that national borders should be respected and that those who knowingly and willingly break the law should be punished. Oh, and here is a rich one. Those that actually believe that the federal government should not meddle in the business of the states and or other localities. Why, we are anti-federal government types.
But the most disturbing aspect of this report is that there is no reliable data to suggest that there is any credible threat from within by so-called right-wing groups. The report is rhetorical at best.
What is astounding is how the report plays right into the "soldiers are stupid" theme that a former presidential candidate, Democrat Sen. John Kerry explained to a group at students right here at Pasadena City College a couple of years ago. You know, how stupid those who went to Iraq were.
The report claims that veterans from the current conflict are ripe for the picking for them there anti-guvment groups. You know, yuk, yuk, yuk!!! Take this taken directly from the report:
(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses 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. 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.
So, the "right-wing extremists" are gonna get just enough pissed-off veterans to help them bring down the federal government, right?
Oh, and do you not like the return to the 90s theme of it all?!
The overall theme is that anyone who is conservative and does not like the policies of the Obama administration are potential suspects. Here is some more directly from the report:
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
Remember, if you care about the rights of the unborn or national soverignty, you are a potential domestic terrorist!
Of course, the same report has to lump in those with odious anti-Semitic views with the right:
(U) Exploiting Economic Downturn
(U//FOUO) Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.” These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs. DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen.
Again, keep in mind that nowhere in this report are any groups named. Any leaders of said groups. No numbers or potential numbers. But a helluva lot of innuendo.
This report essentially treats any reasonable opposition to the Obama administration as some potential nefarious plot.
And, one can not be just a wee bit suspicious as to the timing of this report, the day before April 15, the day of the second Tea Party. Once again, Prof. Donald Douglas has some great commentary on the timing of this embarrassment of a report.
This does not one thing but prove that the Obama administration is going to great lengths to stifle dissent. If this report was a little different, the same people out in the streets in protest. You know, if the eeeeviiiiilllll George W. Bush were still in office. And his Homeland Security department released a report about left-wing militant recruitment. With all the non-sequiters.
Get ready, you anti-federal government, gun-toting, religious, anti-Semitic, anti-globalist, pro-military, anti-Islamofacist types. The feds are after you. Er, us!
But, do not be afraid.
We are part of the political process, not a bunch of loons sucked into conspiracy theories. We believe in the system that we have. We cherish it. That is why we care so much that many of us will be doing our American duty tomorrow and sending a message to the government at all levels. Stop robbing us blind. If that is right-wing extremism, I am at the front of the line!
For those in the Glendale, California area tomorrow, the local Tea Party is at the following location:
613 E. Broadway
Contact phone number: 818-497-4901
The exact location is the corner of E. Broadway and N. Isabella on the northeast corner.
Remember, smile and wave at all the G-men that will be there taking photos and gathering intelligence!
HT: Michelle Malkin @ www.michellemalkin.com (For the direct lines from the report)
HT #2: The Other McCain @ www.rsmccain.blogspot.com (For the "Right wing Extremists" photo)