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Homeland Security report takes aim at new targets — you and me

Homeland Security report takes aim at new targets — you and me

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:01 pm
By: Glen Spicer Special to the Messenger

 By GLEN SPICER Much of my political comments over the past two years, and especially during the 2008 election cycle, have been to warn of the dangers associated with the election of Barack Hussein Obama and the promotion of liberal policies that were to follow. I cannot deny that and do not intend to. His questionable associations, past actions including his senate voting record and promises made during his campaign are matters of great concern for myself and many others, actually millions to be factual about it. And it gets more evident almost daily that these concerns are very well founded. President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security released earlier this month a report than ought to tear at the heart of every true American, especially those of us who consider ourselves conservative, or members of the “Right” as opposed to the Liberal Left. It seems that at a time when it is “unpatriotic” to question governmental policies concerning their tender approach to terrorism, Obama’s DHS is taking aim on some new targets — people like you and me. In the DHS April 7th report, it emphasizes the “dangers” posed by the “rightwing extremists,” a term used 22 times in the nine-page report. In an effort to cast suspicion on any opposing viewpoints, the term “rightwing” is being touted as evil in its scope. It cites the facts that we are in economic crisis and that we have elected an African-American president as reasons for “rightwing extremists” to become violent and therefore should be watched. The term “rightwing,” always used in a derogatory manner, was used 50 times in the report. And just who are these “rightwing extremists” that we should be so suspicious of? I hope you are sitting down. They are those who do not agree with the loose way that immigration laws are, or are not, being enforced, specifically those of us who take a stand against illegal immigration are henceforth to be called “rightwing extremists.” Those who own firearms and buy ammunition are as well, according to the DHS report, as are those who oppose abortion. Yes, according to the DHS report, to be pro-life is to mark you as a “rightwing extremist” that deserves to be watched and reported on to the FBI or DHS for suspicious activities. Here is the DHS definition of “rightwing extremism.” 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. You read it right. Even choosing as a state to pass laws different than the federal opinion on an issue, labels a state as one of “rightwing extremism.” Returning military veterans are “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,” according to the Obama DHS report. The report states “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.” So now, in addition to being labeled a racist for not voting for Obama last year, those who do not approve of him or his policies are being labeled as “rightwing extremists” by federal proclamation. Same-sex opponents are also classified in this way. Those who disagree with the free-trade agreements with Mexico, and who believe that the government is infringing upon civil liberties are lumped right along with white supremacists. Oh yes, and lest the attack upon Christianity be neglected, the report also states that those who propose “Antigovernment conspiracy theories” and “end times” prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.” The attack on religion is still alive and well in the Obama administration. Islam, however, is a force we need to “find common ground” with, as Obama related in a speech recently in Turkey. He also made it clear, as he claims to be speaking for all America, when he said, “Let me make this as clear as possible, America is not and never will be at war with Islam.” Has he forgotten that the attacks of September 11 was a very clear message sent by Islamic extremists that they are indeed at war with us? Such a statement was an insult to the 3,000-plus who died that day and the family members they left behind to grieve for such a senseless and inexcusable act of cowardice and war. Over 9,000 deaths have been attributed to Islamic terrorism worldwide since 9/11. The quest for global Islamic domination is widely held among the Muslim community and taught as a duty of all Muslims in the Quran. To choose to be blind to that fact will continue to cost lives as it does almost everyday somewhere in the world. The DHS believes that “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.” Yet the government is allowing presently at least 35 military camps to openly operate as Islamic military training grounds for terrorists right here in the United States under the guise of “freedom of religion.” All this while calling disgruntled military veterans “the most dangerous domestic threat in the United States.” Appalling to say the least. This report entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” is available online for you to read. It can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?U=18114&RID=18703300. The face of America is changing almost daily and admittedly there are some things that need changing. But efforts of the reigning party to slander all those who disagree with them and label them “rightwing extremists” and to vilify, defame and slander those of conservative beliefs in an effort to make outlaws of them is a dangerous precedent. The extent of the overt efforts to grab power by this administration and the reigning Democratic Party and to get involved with every area of our lives is unprecedented in American history. It is dangerous for America. It could prove fatal for America as we know it. Perhaps the Left believes that if they repeat the phrase “rightwing extremists” enough it will stick and therefore to be a member of the “Right” will be viewed as a crime. I do, however, find it very interesting that the current administration has implemented a plan to discontinue to use the term “Islamic terrorist.” Islamic terrorists that have proven their resolve to kill Americans are being handled with kid gloves. The government and the ACLU want them to be given the same rights as you and I, honest, law-abiding American citizens. They seek to try them, if at all, under civil law and if not found guilty to be released upon our soil and given money, your taxpayers’ money, to get on with their lives. Absurd and insulting. Yet those who desire to own guns, want American jobs to stay in America, want to see illegal immigrants dealt with and not be rewarded for their criminal actions, and those who stand against same-sex marriages, abortion and forced socialism, are being called the “extremists” and “domestic terrorists.” Is there no end to the insanity this administration seeks to impose on you and me? Funny how opposing the former administration’s policies were for them “wanting the best for America,” but opposing the road they are currently setting before us is extremism and domestic terrorism. Well, maybe funny isn’t really the right word to use. ——— Editor’s note: Glen Spicer, a Troy resident, is a longtime contributor to The Messenger. Published in The Messenger 4.22.09