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Michelle has it covered pretty well, but I looked at the DHS report on “right-wing extremism” myself, and it’s every bit as bad as she says, and as Roger Hedgecock and the Liberty Papers first reported. The DHS fails to provide any specifics at all, preferring instead to smear half of the country or more as kooks for criticizing the government’s handling of the economy. As Eli Lake reports, the DHS has all but declared war on federalism, which used to be the founding concept of our republic:

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject 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,” the warning says.

The first question we should ask is whether the DHS is reacting to any specific threats at all? Er … no (emphasis mine):

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.

This gets repeated over and over again during the report. They have no threat information. In fact, the report can’t even say definitively whether “extremists” are gaining “new recruits”. In order to find that, they’d have to identify the actual groups, note the recruiting patterns, and determine whether in fact they’re gaining recruits or losing members. Bottom line: DHS has no actual data. They’re pulling threats out of their collective arse and publishing them without any supporting research whatsoever.

DHS acts as though white-supremacist groups and militias believing in Zionist world conspiracies stopped existing between 2000 and 2008. Of course they didn’t; George Bush’s strong support for Israel fed those nutcase groups for eight years. Are those groups growing in the last five months, after what DHS assumes is the trigger for all this hate — the election of Barack Obama? They provide absolutely no evidence at all for it, and in fact repeat over and over again that they don’t have that data in a hail of May Bes.

So what’s triggered their antennae?

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.

In the first place, the “outsourcing of jobs” outrage didn’t get stoked by the Right. That outrage got fed by the Democrats in the last two elections, and it’s a feature of the same anti-globalization loons of the hard Left that continually disrupt G-20 summits as they violently did in London. Barack Obama himself stoked a fair share of it during the presidential campaign with his NAFTA Dance.

And should we not have some concern about the economic recession, debate about trade policy, and insist on maintaining American power and sovereignty? Since when did those topics indicate criminality and terrorism?

DHS also manages to make several hysterical references to returning veterans. I’ll highlight the weasel words and provide the translation at the end:

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.

Gee, it could lead? What evidence does DHS have of this? Oh, yeah, Timothy McVeigh was a veteran … and that’s it. I’m not joking:

After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing extremist groups.

So let’s be terrified of veterans! Let’s treat them all like potential suspects, even though we don’t have one iota of evidence of any wrongdoing at all. Yeah, that’s the American way.

Imagine, if you will, what the Left would say if we took this entire document and replaced all references to “military veterans” with “Muslims”, and all references to “abortion” with “universal health care”, and then predated this DHS report to 2008, during the Bush administration. They’d be screaming about being smeared as traitors for their political beliefs, and they’d be right to do so. That’s exactly what the Obama administration and Janet Napolitano has done here.

This is a disgrace. Congress should demand Napolitano’s resignation immediately, and the White House should apologize for this attack on normal political dissent.

Update: A few say that the DHS has to track threats and give these kinds of assessments. Read the report again. DHS can’t find any threats, nor do they provide even a hint that they have any evidence that extremism on the Right has increased. They don’t claim to see increases in fringe-group memberships from last year, or even last decade. This report is filled with nothing but completely unsupported conjecture about what might happen if people get upset about the economy or a retreat on American sovereignty. It’s not an honest national-security threat assessment at all. It’s a political hit piece aimed at this administration’s critics in order to cast them as extremists.

Update II: My friend Jazz Shaw files this under “fauxrage”, which makes a nice companion set with Obamteurisms. Read the whole thing, but I’ll challenge my pal to identify one actual threat cited by DHS, or one set of actual data in the entire report. Oh, and the veteran thing? I’m not the one who took offense to that. Talk to the American Legion, which is extremely unhappy with DHS at the moment.


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  • The DHS will have drones flying over these tea parties photographing the insurgents.

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  • This whole rant seems to be based on the lack of specific threats in the report. But it wouldn't make sense to name organizations that were under investigation, unless the news had been spilled already, or the investigations were concluded to the point that naming the targets wouldn't compromise the show. Compare the infiltrations of the radical left organizations like earthfirst or the animal rights wackos. These types regularly complain about the underhanded tactics of the government, and t More..

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  • Another glorious "us" vs "them" mind fuck fest on LL. Congratulations folks, you have been successfully turned against each other and the game of "pass the power" can continue between the good folks of our two part system.

    Good job "libtards" and "republituds"...you please the overlords greatly!

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  • You mean 'don't be skerd'?
    Nice how your headline is misspelled.
    Epic Failure.

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  • The connecting between Napolitano's statement and the theatrical tea parties is purely speculative on your part be presented as fact. Again, you folks are really not important enough to merit DHS resources but if this makes you feel you are, knock yourself out.

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  • *lose

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  • Umm, maybe because the boston tea party was about taxation without representation.

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  • They must be scared, 4143 Marine has posted many, many Soros talking point threads hand began blocking people who corrected his distortins. They're in full hysteria mode because they see themselves losing control of the public conversation.

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    • Be careful, if you continue to show facts that derail his baseless ideology, he's going to start blocking you too Stan!

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    • Yup, 4321 marine blocked me to, I highly doubt he/she was ever a marine, or if so was dishonorable-discharged under the no homo act %u201Cdon%u2019t ask don%u2019t tell%u201D. On thing is clear about that clown he hates America but fly%u2019s US flag witch can only mean hypocrisy rules his libtard life!!

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  • Gee, where was any concern from Malkin and her troglodytic ilk when peaceful anti-war groups were being targeted by DHS after the PATRIOT Act was passed? When they wanted to see who was checking out left wing books from public libraries? Where were they when Bush was systematically attacking our Constitution? These are rhetorical questions, since we all know where they were - carrying pom-poms and cheering away. They were too busy calling us terrorist sympathizers and America-haters.

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    • Yea I agree, The republican party is almost 150 years old, far older than any other popular political party in America. And it definately shows.

      What happens to animals in nature that fail to adapt?
      They loose at natural selection ( because nature is in constant flux and survival adaptations need constant remodeling) and fail to continue as a species.

      Thats probably whats going to happen to the republican party. Its basic philosophy is over 150 years old and becoming non compatible with More..

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  • "Misguided conservatives scared that everything is secretly a communist plot."

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  • Paranoid lunatics having a circle jerk!!
    Good supply of comedy for years to come, some of the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

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  • teabaggers o'plenty in the repug party....anybody coulda told u that.

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  • Well I am off to my Extremist Right Wing Meeting
    AKA The Tea Party. I am taking my Democrat wife maybe we will sacrifice her. Probably will swing by afterwards and change her to Libertarian since her party the Democrats do not represent the Tax payer any more.

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  • They took our Jobs, Derp de Derp. Tea Party fox news Derp

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  • Unfortunately, if Americans are not careful as to whom they elect to Congress and to the Oval office, DHS will have their tacit approval in cracking down hard on protesting groups and then, if unchecked, become a Fascist organization. (The DHS should stick to what it was created for: protecting America from terrorists trying to infiltrate our borders). Remember, the incitement of radicals and the killing of jews and other minority groups was always fed by untruths and rumors.

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  • fuk these dumbass half assed tea parties. Their retarded. The old school tea party was a protest against being taxed without representation in the British government.

    Right wing fuks who supported Bush, and any other republican for that matter who is all about deregulation and out of control "cannabilistic capitolism" caused this bullshit and hold our country back 20 years behing Europe.

    Thier only concern is to pay the least ammount of taxes as possible (even though the super r More..

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    • This entire post is just typical blather from the lower classes. You're baseless assumptions are a symptom of your even-more-baseless ideology. If you continue to live like this, you will continue to remain in the lower class for the rest of your life. Rich people are rich because the work hard, don't hold those better off in contempt (like you obviously do), and spend a lot of time educating themselves. Poor people are poor because they're lazy, don't feel like educating themselves, and expect More..

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    • buddy, ur tip- toeing around the bush (no pun intended) like a typical republican, using the straw man arguments, avoiding the facts, and finally thinking your superior. You have no idea what I do for a living nor any idea of my income. You obviously have no idea of what hard work is.

      Your telling me someone who works 60 hours a week saving people's lives as a paramedic who gets paid like 12 bucks an hour doesn't know hard work. I get fucked because Health insurance costs so much due to the More..

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    • Well said!

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    • the only fact your supporting is the ripping apart the constitution......

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    • I thought the constitution was founded under the principle that every man is created equal ?

      As for everyone who calls me a dumbass, please instead respond with an intelligent rebuttle, rather than saying "ur a just a retard". Because I have yet to read a challenging response that contains the amazing human faculty called "reason". Why do you think I'm wrong, say something that makes sense rather than just beat up the straw man.

      Because so far... ur sh*t's weak

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  • those signs will do no good their skin is the wrong color

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  • those are the most stupid signs i have ever seen

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  • lol.. I guess logic, integrity, and spelling are not republican strengths.

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