DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: A "MAN-CAUSED DISASTER"
May 23, 2009
The uproar began a few weeks ago when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a nine page report, entitled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” That official document of an agency of the United States Federal government said, “Right-wing 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 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.”
The report also singled out returning veterans, calling them “disgruntled.” The report expresses fear that some veterans, now trained in the art of military weapons, are being recruited by “right-wing extremists” to help these groups “boost” their violent capabilities. Of course the poster child for DHS is Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.
That news has been reported far and wide and most have heard it. So why am I bringing this up again? Because the full story has been only marginally covered, I’ll try to connect more of the dots.
After the report became a public firestorm of protest, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano went on a whirlwind tour of the Sunday News shows. The basic gist of reports from those appearances was that she “apologized” for the report, admitting that it was a little over the top. In fact, she did nothing of the sort. She dismissed the firestorm of protest as simply “politicization,” and she hailed the program as necessary to combat “extremism.”
“It was an assessment, not an accusation,” she said. “To the extent veterans read it as an accusation…and apology is owed.” That, my friends is not an apology – it is a reprimand to people who she feels can’t read. Basically Napolitano was pandering to the vast number of American veterans. No mention was made to the millions of Americans who fall into the “right-wing extremists” category. She then went on to defend the report, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on “violent radicalization” in the United States.
To prove her words, just two weeks after the outrage over this report, DHS released another one. On Tuesday May 5th, The Washington Times reported on another leaked DHS document on “Extremism,” entitled, “Domestic Extremism Lexicon.” This one repeats the definition of “right-wing extremists” as detailed above then it analyzes the “threat” level of internet news websites, defining “alternative media” as, “a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets.”
The two reports clearly weave a fine line between the terms “terrorists” with “extremists.” The opening line of the “Right-wing Extremism” Report says, “The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis has no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but right-wing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues.” Clearly, the DHS believes all that separates a terrorist from an extremist is an act of violence, but the belief system and motivation is the same. Says the report, the threat of violence is fueled by the downturn in the economy and the election of an Afro-American president and the threat of more gun control legislation.
So here (based on the report) is what DHS defines as extremist – bordering on terrorism: One concerned over the economy, loss of jobs, foreclosures; antagonism toward the Obama Administration (it’s racist); Criticism of free trade programs like NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Mexico and Canada (SPP); anti-abortion; oppose same-sex marriage; believe in the “end times;” stock pile food, ammunition and weapons; oppose illegal immigration; opposition to a New World Order; opposition to the United Nations; opposition to global governance; fear of Communist regimes; opposition to loss of US manufacturing to overseas nations; opposition to loss of US prestige; use of the Internet (or alternative media) to express an of these ideas.
Any one of those positions, if leading to any level of civil disobedience, would become a terrorist act, according to the DHS. But, consider this new word play from DHS concerning real terrorist acts (Muslim extremists who actually attacked the United States out of hate, bent on destruction). Those will no longer be called “terrorists,” or “acts of terrorism.” They are now to be called “man-caused disasters.” According to an interview Napolitano gave to a German magazine, the new phrase “demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear, toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that occur.”
The new risk that DHS is preparing for, of course, is the government’s “fear” and “risk” of right-wing opposition to the radical totalitarian policies of the Obama Administration. Americans have begun to fear their own government as the Administration is moving rapidly to nationalize American industry and banks, push for the confiscation of guns, establish a surveillance society with International ID cards, deeply integrate UN treaties into US law, stop efforts to drill American oil, create a new economic system based on the environment called Cap and Trade, and shut off access of the airways to programs that voice opposition to those policies. In short, the true mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the Obama Administration and to destroy political opposition.
While denying any of that, the Obama Administration and its allies in Congress, including some “Judas-Goat” Republicans, who serve as their useful idiots, are moving rapidly to enact legislation to those ends. The latest legislation is a prime example of how carefully they have chosen their words such as “extremists” and “terrorist” to achieve their goals.
Rep. Perry King, a Republican, has sponsored HR 2159, the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act.” This bill will permit the attorney general to deny transfer of a firearm to any “known or suspected dangerous terrorist.” This bill would deny Second Amendment rights to any American suspected of a “terrorist” act (meaning Ron Paul supporters?).
Add HR 2159 to the Congressional hate crimes bill that destroys free speech, combined with efforts to crate international health care data banks and renewed efforts to control Internet access, interconnected wth the Missouri MIAC report that calls Ron Paul supporters potential terrorists, and you begin to get a clear picture of the radical, totalitarian agenda we once-free Americans now face. Just express your opposition to such policies and you will be forces out of society, unable to work, get health care, access the Internet, by a gun or travel freely.
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The Department of Homeland Security, as I’ve reported many times, is the greatest threat to American freedom. It should be destroyed and Secretary Napolitano fired. The DHS is a “man-caused disaster” that only free men can rectify.
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