UPDATE- Judge Napolitano (as opposed to the DHS Secretary of the same name) gives a brilliant analysis of the report HERE.
…and just in time for the Tea Parties; here is the far left’s newest “Shut Up” argument.
It is just like Hugo Chavez playbook, declare your political opponents to be criminals.
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.
First – declare your political opponents to be racists; this dehumanizes them and makes it easier to get away with abusing them.
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.
Second – Declare anyone who challenge extra and unconstitutional powers assumed by the federal government to be a criminial. They mean like many states passing resolutions reaffirming rights expressly stated in the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution such as Texas has recently done. Folks, separation of powers in the Constitution, as most of you learned in school, is vital to limited government. An important part of those separation of powers is “federalism” where power is divided between the states and the national government.
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.
Third – single out people who are pro-life or against illegal immigration and be ready to expand that definition when convenient.
The nine-page document was sent to police and sheriff’s departments across the United States on April 7 under the headline, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
Fourth – Try and get the local police to harass you so it doesn’t look like the feds are doing it.
It says the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “rightwing extremist activity in the United States.”
The joint federal-state activities will have “a particular emphasis” on the causes of “rightwing extremist radicalization.”
Of course, no mention of left wing groups that trash businesses like you have seen at the G20 protests and environmental terrorist violence such what has been done by ELF and PETA offshoot groups. The report goes on to say that military veterans are a part of the “threat”.
When I was in grade school, we were told that former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover abused his power by monitoring marxist left wing groups in the 50′s and 60′s and we were told that law enforcement was used to abuse citizens for political reasons. Where are the same people on the left crying out about this politicization of law enforcement and DHS now???
This all comes from the same DHS, under new leadership from the Obama Administration, that stopped using the word “terrorism” in regard to Muslim terrorists in favor of the term “man made disasters”. This from the same new DHS that stopped calling it the “war on terror” and now call it the “overseas contingency operation”; so while real violent terrorists who want is all dead get all sorts of new euphemisms dripping with political correctness, their political opponents get tarred with terms like “violent extremists” or “white supremacists”. Hmmm how about the term ” Islamic supremacists”? Notice how the word “violent” is used against their political opponents but is not used against Islamic terrorists who commit violence regularly?