The blogosphere and conservative talk shows are all abuzz over the Department of Homeland Security report that warned of potential "right-wing" domestic terrorists, even though there is no evidence of the sort.
The report labels as extremists those who:
* (U) 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 antigovernment, 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.
Huh, I fit the bill on several of those descriptions! If they find out about all those guns I own, I expect to see a "florist" van full of guys with headphones outside of our house any day now! Who knew that belief in the First, Second and Tenth amendment makes you a threat to freedom!
As Rush Limbaugh points out, this report comes out to coincide with the Tea Party rallies around the nation. Suppose that is a coincidence?
David K. Rehbein, National Commander of the American Legion, wrote a scathing letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the DHS, condemning her clumsy blanket warning about the potential radicalization of returning military vets. The report warned that:
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 carrying out violent attacks.
Nice to know that our vets are considered potential threats to national security, the same national security they risked their lives defending. What is ironic is that we already have domestic terrorists in this country. They tend to be left-wing nuts in groups like PETA and Earth First!, as a markedly less publicized report from DHS pointed out earlier in the year.
What is really disturbing about this report is that the DHS admits that there is no specific threat and yet they still feel free to lump pro-life Americans, returning vets, gun owners, people suspicious of big government, etc in with the Klan and Timothy McVeigh. Apparently anyone who owns a gun or refuses to walk in lockstep with the most left wing, pro-abortion administration in history has become an enemy of the state, a "counter-revolutionary".
Viva la counter revolution!