Friday, April 17, 2009

About That Homeland Security Report

Janet Marion at American Dreamer writes a nice summary of the insanely politicized report from the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) that labels veterans and most conservatives as "extremists" and possible terrorists. Janet presents key excerpts from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," along with this comment: OK, I reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority, I oppose abortion, I am concerned about the economy and home foreclosures, and I am antagonistic toward the new presidential administration, especially in its views of immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Full Post at American Dreamer... Another excellent commentary appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, where Debra J. Saunders wrote (emphasis added): Fox News posted a Jan. 26, 2009, assessment entitled, "Left-wing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber-Attacks Over the Coming Decade." This would suggest equal-opportunity political targeting. Not so. The "left-wing" assessment named entities - the Earth Liberation Front, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, The Hacktivist, the Internet Liberation Front - and explained the methods used in specific and recent cyber-attacks. It also warned how specific groups - loggers, farmers and named corporations - were or could be targeted. That is, the "left-wing" assessment included information that would be useful to officials investigating crimes. The "right-wing" document, however, targeted not activities, but political thought - opposition to abortion, immigration amnesty and gun laws. While the "left-wing" assessment reported on known criminal activities, the "right-wing" document started with the acknowledgment that Department of Homeland Security intelligence "has no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence." .... Then: "The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for right-wing radicalization and recruitment." I'm a staunch conservative. I personally know many conservatives, black and white, and correspond with hundres more via email, Twitter, Facebook and a secret decoder ring. None of the conversations I've had - either in person, electronically or by decoder ring - have given any hint that "the first African American president" is a cause of resentment on racial grounds. We disagree with his politics and policies. We don't care about his ethnicity or race. For the Department of Homeland Security to issue such a report - and for the Administration that must accept responsibility for the DHS report - racist assumptions have, ironically, caused them to assume that we (conservatives) are racist. One day, many doctoral theses will be written about the twisted psychological pathologies that must have driven the authors of that sad and destined-to-be-long-remembered report. RELATED: Federal agency warns of radicals on right - Washington Times Napolitano Backpedals On Homeland Security Report Wording Washington, DC — According to the US government, I am an extremist Military Expert Ralph Peters: Fire Napolitano for Smearing Veterans AllGov - Department of Homeland Security - Office of Intelligence ... CommieBama Hats and More Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Follow ChiNewsBench on Twitter!