You probably haven't heard much about it in the mainstream media, but the Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency assessment titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
When I first heard about it, I didn't give it much thought. After reading the document myself, however, I find that the contents of the report are so outrageous with regards to freedom of speech that I can't imagine why Homeland Security would actually issue such a document. And rest assured, I have read it. The document is authentic. The Department of Homeland Security did, in fact, issue the report dated April 7, 2009.
I am now convinced that the current leadership of the Department of Homeland Security has an axe to grind with pro-life Americans, gun rights advocates, veterans, and most true patriots.
The report is troubling for several reasons.
First, the key finding noted by the Department of Homeland Security is that, although there is "no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence . . . rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues."
In defining rightwing extremism, the report states "rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented ... 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."
The report also mentions those who read or listen to end-time prophecy, which would include anyone who has ever studied the book of Revelation, Daniel, and many other Biblical texts. In addition, there apparently is mention in the report about people who would like to see the United States remain the "preeminent world power."
Please note, nowhere in this report is there any mention of Al Qaida cell groups operating here in the United States. Nowhere does this report point to any group from outside the United States that might have people working domestically to tear our nation down.
It seems that the Department of Homeland Security has chosen to take its focus off those people that are bent on causing harm to the United States and are, instead, using government resources to monitor patriotic citizens who seek to exercise their legal rights under the Constitution.
I may be wrong, but shouldn't our government be spending its time rounding up terrorists who are bent on the destruction of our nation instead of monitoring those who are legally exercising their first amendment rights by expressing their views publically or peacefully assembling with like-minded people?
Another troubling aspect of this report is that, in discussing rightwing terrorists, the report points to not only pro-life groups and those opposed to unlimited immigration as the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States, but that it includes returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the list.
Much discussion about proposed "gun control legislation" and hording and stockpiling of firearms and ammunition is also included in the report. In one of these paragraphs the language uses the phrase "right wing extremists and law-abiding citizens," apparently differentiating between the two. So I guess being a "left-wing extremist" is legal and acceptable in the eyes of the Department of Homeland Security while being considered a "right-wing extremist" places one squarely on the terror watch list.
Finally, the report makes mention numerous times about the recent "historic election of an African American" as president and says that many so-called "rightwing extremists" are antagonistic towards the new administration.
Is the DHS trying to fuel a race war within our borders?
The DHS also states that those groups mentioned as threats have also exhibited "paranoia of foreign regimes" taking an active role in U.S. policy. The fact is, several foreign regimes are already taking an active role in U.S. policy. And yes, many patriotic Americans have been concerned about this issue for several months now.
But apparently, according to the Department of Homeland Security, we'd best not express our views on such issues.
Whatever happened to the fundamental rights afforded law-abiding citizens by the Constitution?
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