The recent DHS report entitled: "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" has nothing to do with protecting our country from the current threat of terrorism. It has everything to do with gathering information on people and groups who oppose the Obama regime in Washington.
The subtle suggestions and speculation contained in the language of the document suggest that it was written from a paranoid, far left radical perspective, the kind of mindset found in the White House today. One example of this is found in the statement: “Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool.” Notice the use of the word “historical.” There is no doubt that this is turning out to be an historical election, but not for the reason they think.
In this article, we will not only look at the document itself, but also consider where this diatribe may have originated.
The document is extremely weak on facts, but generous on speculation and conjecture. Where there is a lack of facts, the writer substitutes his own speculation. For example:
The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
Notice the use of “the first African American president.” This is referred to repeatedly throughout the document. In the eyes of the author, “right wingers” are just naturally racists that would be attracted to “hate groups“ for racial reasons. This sounds like something right out of Jeremiah Wright’s church of black theology.
Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
This also shows the ignorance and liberal biased attitude, or should we call it “brainwashing” of the author. Conservatives know this is utter nonsense but the Kool-aid drinking left doesn’t know that. They have been told for years that Republicans and conservatives are racists and most liberals believe it, including Barack Obama.
I should point out that at no time does the document refer to “conservatives” by name. All references are made to “domestic rightwing terrorists” or “Rightwing extremists.” “White supremacists” and “Christian Cults” are included in that category and the report uses those groups in it‘s examples.
The report tries to draw parallels between the recession of the early 1990s and today’s recession. In fact, most of the report refers to the 1990s and suggests that today’s political climate of unrest is similar to that era. The report would seem to suggest that “rightwing extremists” are not particularly happy with Democrat presidents, even acting presidents.
The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.
It further states:
The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.
Need I point out that these are very real concerns of conservative Americans, except the part about returning military veterans. Especially when it comes to the not “perceived,” but now very real threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers such as the U.N., and the possible passage of new restrictions on firearms which would violate citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights in the Constitution.
The only specific incidents of violence by such groups, cited in the report, are the Timothy McVeigh bombing of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and the incident at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco Texas in 1993. Note that the Branch Davidians didn’t attack anyone. They were attacked by Janet Reno and the ATF under the Clinton Administration.
But the McVeigh attack seems to be used as the model for all suspected, and unnamed, “rightwing extremist” groups referred to in the report. There is no mention of Reno’s ATF attack on the Branch Davidians, and the McVeigh attack in Oklahoma City is the only example they have to support this report. The Ruby Ridge standoff of an armed militia with the U.S. Government in 1992 is mentioned only in passing.
But the report does not focus exclusively on such persons or groups. It also includes unnamed conservative groups - described in the report as “hate groups,” which have a single issue focus such as abortion, gun control, illegal immigration, gay marriage, or simply oppose unconstitutional big government - or are 2nd or 10th Amendment advocates:
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.
Notice the language used here does not say “illegal immigration,” but just “immigration.” In this section we also find that the author attributes the dramatic increase of gun and ammunition sales across the country since Obama’s election to “rightwing extremists.”
The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.
So if you are one of the millions who went out and bought guns and ammo while it is still legal to do so, then you are now considered by this administration to be a “rightwing Extremist.” Issues such as abortion, illegal immigration, and gay marriage are defined as “Rightwing extremism” in other sections of the document.
In the section entitled Disgruntled Military Veterans, DHS 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. It again refers to Timothy McVeigh as a returning Desert Storm vet. But then it says this:
A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”
The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups.
Gee, what a coincidence! In 2006 some unnamed civil rights group claimed that right wing radicals were learning warfare in the military. Then in 2008, they got out and rejoined their extremists groups. What a surprise, if true. What has this to do with the good men who joined the military to serve their country? Virtually nothing.
The report appears to draw a distinction between “rightwing extremists” and “law-abiding citizens.” Even “rightwing extremists” are law-abiding citizens if they haven’t broken any laws.
Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases of ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity. Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move at this time.
It is true that there are some well armed, maybe even radical, rightwing militia in the country, but except for the ‘Skinheads’ and ‘neo-Nazis’ the vast majority of these groups are concerned with defending their rights and liberties, and the Constitution of the United States. They are the groups who are saying “When the government comes for my guns, they’re going to have a fight on their hands.” Wasn’t that pretty much the attitude of the Founding Fathers? These are the people who scare this government the most, and with good cause.
The report suggests concern over “rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes” usurping U.S. sovereignty and the Constitution, but makes no mention of the United Nations and the treaties that Obama is signing onto that do just that.
Rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes could escalate or be magnified in the event of an economic crisis or military confrontation, harkening back to the “New World Order” conspiracy theories of the 1990s. The dissolution of Communist countries in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s led some rightwing extremists to believe that a “New World Order” would bring about a world government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing upon their liberty. The dynamics in 2009 are somewhat similar, as other countries, including China, India, and Russia, as well as some smaller, oil-producing states, are experiencing a rise in economic power and influence.
The report fails to mention that the United Nations is experiencing a rise in economic power and influence. This is no conspiracy theory. Global warming treaties; global banking agreements; UN attempts to tax American citizens; regulations on parents’ rights; political correctness; global economic equality; international gun controls; the World Court; the World Bank; The G-20 summit; The Durban summit; excessive government spending and borrowing from foreign powers, and UN support and promotion of Islam in America are just a few examples of the threats to American sovereignty and liberty being pushed by the Obama Administration.
Fear of Communist regimes and related conspiracy theories characterizing the U.S. Government’s role as either complicit in a foreign invasion or acquiescing as part of a “One World Government” plan inspired extremist members of the militia movement to target government and military facilities in past years.
Quite understandable and equally understandable that it may happen again. But it’s not just “rightwing extremists” that see the growing threat of Communism that has been taking over our country since the end of the Second World War. It’s not hard to see the Marxist/Communist direction that Obama has been going in at an alarming pace. This is no conspiracy theory, it is very real, and patriotic Americans are not going to stand for it and just sit quietly, watching it happen.
Nothing contained in this report indicates terrorism against American civilians. Every threat suggested or imagined suggests attacks on the government itself in retaliation for usurping individual and states 10th Amendment rights, and leading the country down the path of socialism.
With most of this report based on nothing but speculation with references to the 90s, it suggests a feeling of strong paranoia by the author or authors. It shows an awareness of the rage and outrage being directed at the Obama Administration for what it is doing and intends to do to our country.
No one has taken credit for writing this report. Once it became public, it was said that it was written by some unnamed midget deep in the bowels of the DHS investigation unit. Keep in mind that this is the department that has kept us safe from terrorist attacks for nearly the past 8 years.
The midget mentality demonstrated in this report could not possibly have done that, and the report certainly would have had to have been approved by the mental midget’s superiors in the department - who never would have approved this worthless document as a viable intelligence report.
Why? Because this report contains no viable intelligence - much like the person who wrote it. It is a hit job on conservative values that reflects the kind of thinking that prevails in the mind of Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.
Could it be that the material in this document originated in the White House and was sent to DHS for publication? I strongly suspect that this may is the case. Obama has to find something to do when he’s not out flying around the world and speaking to his teleprompter. He may be dictating polices of George Soros, but it’s obvious that he is not doing the job of president.
My honest impression of this report is that its focus is primarily on “rightwing extremist” groups who could pose a threat to Obama and the power of the federal government. I am not familiar with the value system of neo-Nazis and Skinheads, but this report would seem to apply common conservative Christian values to these groups and other armed militia groups.
This may be the cause of many conservative talkers to misrepresent the report and exaggerate its contents. Almost every paragraph uses the term “rightwing extremists” specifically. That does not necessarily mean “conservatives” in general, although it’s quite understandable that conservatives would resent having their value system portrayed in this context.
There are no references to “Ron Paul” or any other bumper stickers, nor are there any specific signs mentioned that police should be looking for. Except for some specific events of the 1990s, everything talked about in this report is in general terms and offers law enforcement authorities no useful information other than to suggest that they may see an increase of radical rightwing extremists and groups.
At the same time, the DHS report may open the door to domestic wiretapping and spying on conservative activists and those who oppose the Obama regime.
Local law enforcement agencies in many parts of the country are not allowed to report illegal aliens to DHS. However, this document, sent to all law enforcement agencies, requests that they report to DHS, anyone or any group of Americans that are described in this report, so that the federal government can keep an eye on them.
The Bush Administration used it’s powers of surveillance to spy on real terrorists who posed a threat to our country and our citizens. The Obama Administration doesn’t seem to be interested in spying on foreign Islamic terrorists who pose a real threat to our country and citizens. Who will the Obama Administration be using DHS surveillance to spy on?
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