Saturday, April 18, 2009

Are You a Right Wing Extremist?

I thought I would share a few thoughts on the DHS report on right wing extremism. I've extracted portions of that report (in black text) that are of particular concern to me. My comments are in blue text.

* (U) Right wing 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 anti government, 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.

The above statement essentially carries the nefarious threat that if you join groups that support these issues, then you are a potential extremist. Its certainly obvious that the Government worries about the potential for these groups to radicalize and attack particular religious, racial, or ethnic groups. Somehow, maybe I’m just a little cynical, that they have little concern about Muslim organizations attacking Christians here.

— (U//FOUO) Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are
attractive to right wing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that right wing
extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to
boost their violent capabilities.

Yes, America has much more to fear from returning combat veterans than Islamic terrorists pouring across the Mexican border. Doesn’t this sound like a line out of the Code Pink handbook, that those who risk life and limb to defend America are its greatest risk? God help us if we have people in ‘our’ Government who actually ‘think’ like this.

(U//FOUO) Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalization

I liked the language discussing the 2nd Amendment, that the "precise contours of that right" are debatable. Unbelievable. Taking away Americans Constitutional right to bear arms will always be hotly contested. Federal infringement on the 10th Amendment (States Rights) was hotly contested in 1861, and will be in 2012. The liberal judiciary seems to believe they can simply change the Constitution’s meaning by legal opinion, rather than going to the bother of ratifying changes or new amendments. Yes, tyranny will always be hotly contested in the United States of America. The day it isn’t, then it isn’t America anymore.

(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in right wing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive right wing extremist radicalization.

I think my fellow Americans, we need to start working with our own grassroots organizations to ascertain the rise of leftwing extremism in DHS, and develop strategies to mitigate these internal threats to American liberty and economic freedom.

(U) DHS encourages recipients of this document to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI. The DHS National Operations Center (NOC) can be reached by telephone at 202-282-9685 or by e-mail at

You might want to give DHS a few suggestions. Read the entire report here.

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