The Department of Homeland Security released an intelligence assessment yesterday entitled: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” DHS has completed a number of assessments in the past four years informing local police departments of Islamic Jihadists, the illicit use of portable digital music players, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists prison gangs. Now they turn to a new, grave threat to the Constituion: Christians. Veterans. People who peaceably and lawfully use the political process to oppose gay “marriage”, abortion, illegal immigration, the abuse of eminent domain, and the list goes on. Essentially, if you strongly oppose the policies of the Obama Administration, you are now considered a “potential terrorist”.
The report makes a sweeping attempt to inform local law enforcement about what to look for in order to to quickly and accurately identify “rightwing extremists” so that officials may effectively “deter, prevent, preempt or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States” and so it could “facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.” Instead of the very focused, almost surgical assessments of the past, this report paints just about anyone who fails to fully align with left-wing ideologies as extremists a hair-trigger removed from engaging in politically-inspired violence on a massive scale.
The report looks as if it could have been authored by the SPLC or one of their kookier local adherents. The assessment defines “rightwing extremism” as groups, movements and adherents that are “primarily hate-oriented and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting 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.” If that is not stunning enough, the assessment further defines “rightwing extremists” as persons who oppose gun control, federalism, outsourcing, free trade, same-sex “marriage” or those who support a different political agenda from the current administration, a strong national defense or those who are Christians. The biggest single threat, called out numerous times, are returning military veterans who have combat skills.
Yes, they’re talking about those very people who have put their lives on the line in order to defend this great nation. Combat veterans did so for meager pay, bore hardships non-veterans can hardly imagine, suffered in some of the most inhospitable climates without shelter, warm food, or anything approaching adequate sleep, and then had people running all over trying to kill them day and night. They did this so folks such as “community organizers” could sit in some cozy office in their clean clothes, sip on double lattes and whine about how bad their lives were in America. Now that the “community organizer” types are in power, instead of tearfully thanking that soldier or marine who ensured they could have that nice office, those clean clothes, that warm coffee-based beverage and the chance to whine like children about how life was unfair without having to worry about some radical jihadist sawing their head off, they say those soldiers and marines are now to be observed as potential terrorists.
This DHS intelligence assessment is contemptible. It unapologetically casts the 55 million citizens who do not support the policies of the Obama administration as “rightwing extremists” and encourages local law enforcement to “report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and FBI.” Presumably, those persons who’s social and political opinions matching the DHS definition of “rightwing extremists” will be reported. This blatant attempt to suppress political discourse and disagreement with the current legislative and executive branches of our government is utterly disgraceful and cannot go unchallenged. We have to step up and demand our government stop treating the people like they’re somehow their enemies.
Otherwise, one has to wonder if this attempt to silence dissent is successful how long it will be before “re-education camps” start cropping up.
Welcome to the dawn of the Gulag.
H/T: Councilman Dennis Husch from the Town Of Herndon for sending out his thoughts on this which I have expanded on in this post.
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