I heard a disturbing news item about a report that went out to law enforcement agencies from the Department of Homeland Security on April 7, 2009. We have all heard the focus on returning veterans being basically "ripe for the picking" for so-called right-wing extremist group recruitment. This is history repeating itself. Those of you who have been on this earth for awhile remember this was the same way Vietnam veterans were characterized. They were portrayed as being DINKY DOW and totally off their nut. Because of this, many found it nearly impossible to find a job. After all, if you owned a business, would you want a nutcase working for you? As we all know, this stereotyping was a product of the mainstream news media who lied about nearly everything about the war, and portrayed our troops as being sub-human, baby-killing murderers. When they came home after serving their country, they were cursed, spat upon, and otherwise mistreated and disrespected. We failed to learn from history, so we're now repeating it.
I obtained a copy of this report and will include some quotes directly from it that may shock you. This is the type of thing you have been hearing about mainly from conspiracy theorists. What I'm about to show you is in the here and now. If you want to read the entire report, click HERE.
"Rightwing 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."
Here's something to consider: it's the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution which says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." If you believe this, then the Department of Homeland Security considers you a "rightwing extremist". Whatever authority is not specifically given to the Federal government by the Consititution lies with the States and THE PEOPLE. This is an obvious attempt to continue to broaden the power even more of an already bloated federal government by classifying those who simply believe in the Constitution as threats to "homeland security."
If you are Pro-Life, or are against any type of immigration (notice the report made no distinction between legal or illegal immigration), then, according to the Government, you are a threat to "homeland security."
Now we get to an entire section on illegal immigration.
"Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990's with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages. They also opposed free trade agreements, arguing that these arrangements resulted in Americans losing jobs to countries such as Mexico."
"DHS/I&A (Department of Homeland Security/Intelligence and Analysis) assesses that rightwing extremist groups' frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence."
I'm just loving their use of the words "perceived" and "perception". The implication that illegal immigrants taking American jobs and the government's lack of any real action are just figments of everyone's imagination. So, to summarize this section: if you think illegal immigrants have taken American jobs, the government isn't really serious about stopping it, and oppose NAFTA and other free-trade agreements because of the resulting loss of American manufacturing jobs, then you're a "rightwing extremist."
"Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use."
"Perceived" stance? Were these people not listening to Obama during his campaign, like over and over and over again? Guess not. There's no "perceived" to it. Obama was quite clear during his campaign about his stand on immigration, expanding social programs, and private firearms ownership. The term "perceived" here implies that Obama's position on these issues is not really what the "rightwing extremists" think it is. It was OK to be "antagonistic" towards former President Bush and call him everything but a Child of God, but if you oppose President Obama, then you're automatically a "rightwing extremist."
"Antigovernment conspiracy theories and 'end times' prophecies could motivate extremist individuals to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons."
OK conspiracy theorists, there you are. Seems to bear out some of what you guys have been saying. But, you're just "rightwing extremists."
Next, of course, fundamental Christians had to be included. If you believe the Bible and what it says about the end times, then you're now a "rightwing extremist." That's OK - I make no apology for being a Christian, so, Washington, in the words of the liberal left, "GET OVER IT!" Another example of their "tolerance."
Oh, and don't forget - if you stockpile food, ammunition, or weapons, you're in this too. It's perfectly legal for you to do so, but you're a threat to national security.
"Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move at this time."
Did you see how subtle this one is? If you are, in the government's opinion, a "law-abiding citizen", then you "share a belief" that buying a firearm to protect your family is wise. So, law-abiding citizens are evidently considered a threat. If they're not, then why include them in this report? Remember, this is an advisory to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This also means the majority of the population since the majority are "law-abiding citizens." The majority of us are a threat?
"Rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes could escalate or be magnified in the event of economic crisis or military confrontation, harkening back to the 'New World Order' conspiracy theories of the 1990's. The dissolution of Communist countries in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990's led some rightwing extremists to believe that a 'New World Order' would bring about a world government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing on their liberty."
Here we go again. What group of people are the main ones that teach about a "New World Order" and a world government? CHRISTIANS. This is twice in the same report. Again, if you believe the Bible which predicts a one-world government, you are a "rightwing extremist" and a threat. But let's not stop there. Apparently, the government has a problem with people who believe there's a "New World Order" coming.
And the last paragraph of the report:
"The DHS I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization."
So, to summarize, since I am Christian who believes the Bible, believes endtime prophecy, believes the endtime prophecy predicts a one world government, is a firm believer in States' rights, opposes abortion, opposes illegal immigration, opposes free trade agreements such as NAFTA, oppose the vast majority of the Obama administration's policies, and believe in the right to private ownership of firearms, I am considered an enemy of the state. Fact is, if you believe in any of these ideas, so are you.