Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Homeland Security 'Rightwing Extremism' report revisits the nineties

Now making the rounds is a Department of Homeland Security document called Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.

Michelle Malkin, who claims to have verified the origin of the report, makes a point about the document's treatment of amorphous and unnamed “extremist groups”:

I have covered DHS for many years and am quite familiar with past assessments they and the FBI have done on animal rights terrorists and environmental terrorists. But those past reports have always been very specific in identifying the exact groups, causes, and targets of domestic terrorism, i.e., the ALF, ELF, and Stop Huntingdon wackos who have engaged in physical harassment, arson, vandalism, and worse against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs, and university researchers.

By contrast, the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.


Factual questions about the report may come to the mind of the casual reader. From page five of the report:

Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors. (emphasis mine)


Same-sex “marriage” was barely on the radar in the 1990s. See the Pew Forum's time line. Same-sex “civil unions” weren't even recognized in the U.S. before the passage of a Vermont bill in the year 2000. The marriage issue proper didn't come to national attention until Massachusetts' 2003 court decision.

Without further documentation, it's unwarranted to believe that white supremacists were particularly concerned about same-sex “marriage” years before it became a clear threat to public decency, religious liberties and parental rights.

In the 1990s, it was hard to believe that same-sex “marriage” was the issue of the future. Why would extremists use the issue as a recruiting tool when they could easily gain recruits by citing the raid on Waco, the events at Ruby Ridge, Second Amendment concerns and fears about one-world government?

The DHS report's claims about antiabortion extremism is slightly more plausible, given the violent example of Eric Rudolph. But even then one has to recall the quip that more abortionists have been killed on Law & Order than in real life.

The Clinton Administration's Violence Against Abortion Providers Task Force, VAAPCON, worked so broadly as to maintain files on mainstream pro-lifers such as Archbishop of New York John Cardinal O'Connor.

This seeming overreach itself fed fears that the government would soon turn oppressive. The latest DHS report is sure to have similar effect.

“Revisiting the 1990s” is a telling subsection title in the DHS report. If we must revisit the 1990s, it is important to review Phillip Jenkins' prescient March 23 essay Terror Begins at Home. He writes:

Based on the record of past Democratic administrations, in the near future terrorism will almost certainly be coming home. This does not necessarily mean more attacks on American soil. Rather, public perceptions of terrorism will shift away from external enemies like al-Qaeda and Hezbollah and focus on domestic movements on the Right. We will hear a great deal about threats from racist groups and right-wing paramilitaries, and such a perceived wave of terrorism will have real and pernicious effects on mainstream politics. If history is any guide, the more loudly an administration denounces enemies on the far Right, the easier it is to stigmatize its respectable and nonviolent critics.

...Time and again, Democratic administrations have proved all too willing to exploit conspiracy fears and incite popular panics over terrorism and extremism. While we can mock the paranoia that drives the Left to imagine a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, such rhetoric can be devastatingly effective—as we may be about to rediscover.


Page 2 of the DHS report reads: “Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, clearly identifying United States Government sponsorship.”

Here the bureaucratic invocation of “transparency” poorly cloaks the worrisome presupposition that the federal government should strive to influence domestic public opinion at all.

This report on “Rightwing Extremism” has certainly influenced some people's opinions.

With its publication, mostly harmless kooks now have more fodder for their newsletters. Their fevered reactions, composed in the bombastic style of the armchair revolutionary, will then feed government reports on extremism.

Budgets and paranoia will grow, wisdom will lessen, and these significant nothings will continue to clutter our public discourse.

(Report via Skojec)

7 comments:

WLindsayWheeler said...

Wow. Your last couple of sentences really are telling.

I'm sorry, Were you a soldier ever? Put on the uniform for this country? Who are you to slam good Americans as ""mostly harmless kooks now have more fodder for their newsletters. Their fevered reactions, composed in the bombastic style of the armchair revolutionary, will then feed government reports on extremism.""

Were the Roman Catholics that opposed the leftist takeover of Spain---Kooks in your words? Where the White armies of Russia, defending the Old Order, defending the Monarchy----Kooks in your words?

Who are you?

I was in the militia movement and many of those people were former service men many Vietnam veterans.

And who are who? American who disagree with the Leftist takeover of America are Kooks?

Well, I take my stand along with the Vendee Catholics, the Spanish Catholics and the White Army Russian Orthodox who formed militias against the tyranny and terror of Leftism.

You only confirm my opinion of most modern day Roman Catholics as only Marxists.

Kooks? Really.

I am a former U.S. Marine and the scandalous activities and the downright Marxism of the so-called Catholic Universities of Notre Dame and George Mason, really get my goose.

Conspiracy kooks? What do you call the Leftist takeover of Russia? That was not a conspiracy? The Republican forces of Spain was not a conspiracy?

You want to do some namecalling? How about people like yourself who smear us as kooks---YOU must be one of those prisy effete academics.

Kevin Jones said...

In my book, "kook" is also a term of affection. Perhaps I should have used the descriptor "lovable."

I don't see why you should assume I think all militiamen or vets or anti-communist Spanish civil war combatants are kooks.

For the record, I have no military service and the most I've done to combat whatever "prissiness" I picked up from academia was a few months of martial arts training. (With army vets and future soldiers, FWIW.)

WLindsayWheeler said...

The Homeland Security report does not so much as "revisit the nineties" as mimic the shrill "Intelligence Reports" published monthly and mailed to over 10,000 police stations and government agencies by the Southern Poverty Law Center run by Morris Dees, a Jew.

This report is nothing more than a compilation of smearing done by the Anti-Defamation League (the ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

What it is smearing and attacking is the Catholic Christianity and any ethnic nationalist which are both the enemy of Jewish Masonic Bolshevism. It is a smear campaign to demonize conservative people.

This is payback for the McCarthy era and practice that communists were singled out for persecution and loss of job. Now, the Left has the reins of power, it gets to dictate, and all its enemies are now labeled terrorists. This is the same thing that happened under Kerzenky's Russia and Weimar Germany. All those that oppose the Jewish Masonic Bolshevism are the enemies.

Furthermore, what was released was just a nine page synopsis---not the real report that is still classified and many more pages. This is being sent to all the FBI offices around the country.

This Security report is about setting the agenda and goals of the police apparatus of the state to further the Leftist goals. They know who their enemy and they are ready and willing to take out their competition.

Cultural War breaks out into real war. This is the Spanish Civil War all over again but this time there is no Generalissmo Franco, there are no manly "men of action" Catholics, there are no manly priests and bishops. Moreover, a greater part of the Church has adopted Marxism wholesale.

We live under Jewish Masonic Boshevism. There is only one way to meet that.

(I have read those "Intelligence Reports" by the SPLC. Maybe, you should look them up and see the demonizing done by "our elder brothers". What a farce.)

WLindsayWheeler said...

Lawerence Auster, the blogger of "View from the Right", had this to say over the DHS report:

[blockquote]They're talking about investigating ordinary conservatives--opponents of the stimulus, opponents of amnesty--as possible terrorists. The insane America-hating left is now in charge of the U.S. government.

I don't know what to say. Any thought from before the election that Obama's strongest drive is to make everyone like him, which would have the effect of moderating his leftism, has been shattered. Obviously, to accuse half the country of being potential terrorists is not a way to bring the country together.

This report, and the mindset it represents, must be resisted.[/blockquote]

WLindsayWheeler said...

Well, I wanted to push "Preview" and instead submitted it instead. Lawerence Auster is a Zionist traditionalist tied to the Anglican Church. He recently ran a conference called "Preserving the West" with other pro-zionist paleoconservatives.

Lawerence Auster continues:

"""As a result of the report's revelation of how the left feels about the non-left,--they literally want to destroy us--I'd say the chances of there being a civil war in this country over the next ten to 15 years are considerably higher than I thought they were."""

You can find the rest of his post here: DHS report calls for surveillance of conservativesAnd in this post, he is asking "Are the Democrats asking for civil War" by repeating the same mistakes Pompey did when he and the Senate wanted to try Julius Caesar.

""When we combine the DHS report labeling all conservatives as potential terrorists, with the Democratic demand to try Bush administration officials as criminals for their good faith acts taken in defense of our country from real terrorists, does this not sound like the beginning of a civil war?"""

The rest of the post is here: Are the Democrats asking for civil warI would agree. The DHS report goes way overboard. And as of 4/24 it has not been retracted. They are secure and this is now the policy of the Federal Government towards 40% of the population.

WLindsayWheeler said...

I pointed out the influence of the ADL in this report.

Well, Br. Nathaniel, a Jewish convert to Greek Orthodoxy, a monk has written on this very influence at his site, "Real Jew News".

He writes:

""APPARENTLY, THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NOW FUNCTIONING as a branch of the Anti Defamation League (ADL) in combating ‘Anti-Semitism’ - which is a deceptive Jewish term employed by US Jewry to deflect valid criticism of Jewry’s evil designs - one of which is to establish a “Jewish-controlled one world government.” This recent Report by Homeland Security evinces yet another incident of the expansion of Jewish control over the American government.

The ADL has been trying to limit freedom of speech on the Internet for over three years running, and has already infiltrated US police forces throughout the nation, training Gentile police to turn against their own, in order to protect “Zionist Jews,” whom publicists have demonstrated in various articles, have a supremacist attitude toward non-Jews.""
The rest of the article is here Homeland Security targets 'Anti-Semitic extremists'.

WLindsayWheeler said...

You ended your post with the mention of 'wisdom'; that "wisdom will lessen".

Wisdom teaches, "Bad company corrupts good morals". Wisdom is what the Catholic Church and Countries did for hundreds of years---Suppressed the Jews. That is wisdom.

The head of the progressivism and the aristocracy of the Left has always been the Jews. They are nihilists. Nihilism says that "God is dead". They literally killed God. Their refusal to accept Christ makes them nihilists and to let them roam around freely?

That's foolishness.

We are now reaping the fruits of that foolishness of Masonic tolerance and diversity. 40% of America, the righteous part, has now been demonized by our own government influenced by Jews.

Wisdom teaches suppression of bad company. It is foolishness that lets them run around.

Three days ago, confirmation has come to light to prove that I. F. Stone, a famous journalist, was a Soviet Spy. He was Jewish. How much damage did he do to this country?

Wisdom? I don't think that there is any of that anywhere in America or in the Church. Wisdom has long fled America. It has disappeared from common usage, why bring it up now. When you are sitting in the gulag, maybe you can meditate on that subject before they line you up to be shot. Better yet, most Catholics won't be shipped because they're liberal anyway.

As Father S. J. Hardon has already pointed out back in the seventies, America is a communist country.