Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement agencies of a rise in rightwing extremist activity-Truth!
Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement agencies of a rise in rightwing extremist activity-Truth!Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email warning that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a nine page report to law enforcement agencies of a possible increase in activity from rightwing extremist. The email also says that the report profiles veterans, third party members and Pro-Life Christians as possible extremists and was intentionally released by the Obama administration on the eve of conservative tax protest tea parties in order to discredit them. The Truth: The document is real and one in a series of assessments issued to law enforcement agencies about potential threats to national security. A similar report on left wing groups was issued in January 2009.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis did release an unclassified 9 page report called "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." It was issued to law enforcement agencies according to an April 15, 2009 statement by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The eRumor suggested that the report reflects a troubling mindset in the administration against pro-lifers, veterans, supporters of third-party presidential candidates like Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin, and evangelical Christians.
Secretary Napolitano said her office is “Concerned with its primary mission to ‘prevent terrorist attacks on our nation’’ and "We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs.We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources."
Click for DHS statement.
The 9 page report, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment", was categorized as "unclassified // for official use only" but a number of news sources have posted it on their web sites. Click here for the DHS 9 page report.
The Washington Times released a story on April 14, 2009, that said, "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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."
The report also said that "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."
Profiled groups could include "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."
The response from critics was immediate.
House Minority Leader John Boehner called the report "Offensive and Unacceptable" and demanded an "explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation."
Boehner also said that the agency should apologize to veterans. Click for Congressman Boehner's web site
David K.Rehbein, the National Commander of the American Legion sent a letter of protest to the Homeland Security Secretary concerning the suggestion that veterans were likely to commit acts of terrorism. Rehbein said, "I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are." Click for American Legion letter.
Conservative journalist, Michelle Malkin, wrote an article on April 14, 2009, calling the report a "hit job on conservatives" and said that it was "one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real." Click for Malkin article.
On April 16, 2009 Fox News reported that Secretary Napolitano issued an apology to veterans in an on air interview saying, "To the extent veterans read it as an accusation ... an apology is owed."
Napolitano offered this explanation, "This was an assessment, not an accusation.It was limited to extremists those who seek to commit violence within the United States. And all this was meant to do was to give law enforcement what we call 'situational awareness.'" Click for Fox News story
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
This is pretty shocking. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report that warns law enforcement to watch out for right wing extremists. The timing of the report is very interesting. It came out today, on the eve of all the “tea parties” that will be held across the country tomorrow. One of the reasons for the timing is to discredit the value of and the need for the “parties”, and to label the participants as crazy right wing extremists.
The DHS classification of right wing extremists includes just about everyone on the planet who does not support BHO’s policies, or who disagrees with what he’s doing. You can read the report here:
Here are some points in the report I’ve highlighted in red:
…It also suggests the election of an African-American president and the prospect of his policy changes “are proving to be a driving force for right-wing extremist recruitment and radicalization
….DHS/I&A assesses that right-wing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence,” the report continues
…The report warned law enforcement agencies to watch for suspicious individuals who may have bumper stickers for third-party political candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin
…It further warned law enforcement to watch out for individuals with “radical” ideologies based on Christian views, such as opposing illegal immigration, abortion and federal taxes
…Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists,” it says. “DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities….”
“…The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by right-wing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law
…as “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….”
Okay, so basically, if you don’t accept illegal immigration….and if you are anti-government because you don’t agree with Obama’s stimulus and bail-out packages….and if you drive around with Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin bumper stickers on your car….and if you insist on keeping your guns to defend your family and your property….and if you are a veteran returning from war with all those horrific fighting skills with which you’ve been trained and which you may unleash on anyone at any moment….and if you don’t want to disregard the U.S. Constitution….and if you don’t denounce Christianity and it’s radical teachings, like opposing abortion and federal taxes….and if you don’t cotton to having the federal government wield absolute power over individual states….then, you will be put on a list where you will be watched as a potential terrorist. On top of all this, the DHS has determined that, if you don’t “go along” with Obama and his policies, it’s because you’re a racist….you’re just pissed because a black man was elected president. So that’s another reason your movements must be monitored. It’s unbelievable. America is barreling down the road toward a very bad place.
Obama is trying to distance himself from this report, but I don’t believe the DHS would issue it without his approval. He cannot seem to bear any kind of dissent or criticism of him or his policies – witness how he cuts off reporters in press meetings who dare to question his actions, and now this attempt to diminish anyone who disagrees.