14 April 2009

I’m an extremist now…Part 2

UPDATE: I forgot to include this insightful take on the document by Greg over Black Velvet Bruce Li.

It’s comforting to know that our government has such confidence in our men and women who serve our nation proudly in the Armed Forces. According to this document, returning veterans could pose a threat to our Homeland. Own a gun? You are a rightwing extremist as well.

(U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carry out violent attacks.

- (U//FOUO) Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.

- (U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.

Let me get this straight, if I own guns AND I live in the South(not mentioned, but is implied) I’m a rightwing extremist? Ok, guilty as charged. The hubris and arrogance of the United States government under the Obama administration never ceases to amaze and concern me.

If the DHS is so concerned about returning veterans, why not include Vietnam era veterans or WWII vets? The logic still holds. These men still possess combat skills and training. Give me a break.

The DHS apparently believes that the economic downturn is spurring a resurgence of so-called right wing extremist groups.  For an official document, this piece of garbage that DHS has produced certainly has a glaring lack of concrete evidence and corroboration. For example:

(U) Current Economic and Political Climate

(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that a number of economic and political factors are driving a resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity. Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990’s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition, the historical election of an African-American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.

- (U) A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscation, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”

This is all our government has? One specific gunman? Please, anyone with any commonsense (or Good Sense) will tell you that corroboration requires more than an example of one instance.  Also, it seems like a particular phrase has been repeated. Oh yeah,

the historical election of an African-American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.

What’s the matter Barry, a little insecure? The government is basically saying, “We don’t have anything concrete, but we know that because Barry is African-American that it will spur rightwing extremism." Please. This is the 21st century, I think it will be a little more complex than that. I will concede that there are a relative few who based their election decision on race, and there are even fewer who did so explicitly because of hatred for African-Americans.  The government still has nothing concrete.

(U) Historical Presidential Election

(U//LES) Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many right wing 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. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.

-(U//LES) Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action. In two instances in the run-up to the election, extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded.

Notice a pattern developing here? The author of this piece of trash never lets an opportunity go by to use the term “rightwing extremist.” This is starting to sound more like a 1960’s leftist propaganda than an intelligence assessment.

Friends, I’ll continue tomorrow with my take on this crap that the DHS is putting out.

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