Archive for ‘Department of Homeland Security’

April 22, 2009

Videos: Sens. Cardin, Kyl condemn DHS report on ‘Rightwing Extremist’ threat

Thanks to The Washington News Observer for these videos of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona showing bipartisan agreement that Janet Napolitano’s DHS report was wrong:

April 13, 2009

Tea Party terrorists?

Stephen Gordon has obtained a new report from the Department of Homeland Security issued just in time for Wednesday’s Tea Party protests and entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Environment Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

This DHS report warns of the terrorist threat from those who “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.”

Mark Krikorian, David Boaz and Antonin Scalia are urged to turn themselves in at the nearest FEMA detention center.

UPDATE: Michael Merritt:

It gives the impression, undeserved or not, that the Obama administration is becoming a left-wing incarnation of the Richard Nixon administration, with lists of political enemies and wiretaps at the headquarters of their opponents.

What’s interesting is that the feds specify right-wing domestic terrorism as the likely result of the “economic and political environment.” OK, why?

People are saying that Mexico is teetering on the verge of becoming a “failed state,” and already the U.S.-Mexico border is plagued by narco-terror violence. What does DHS have to say about that? Why this apparent assumption that we are due for something like a Timothy McVeigh/Eric Rudolph scenario?

They’re “fighting the last war,” so to speak, expecting the immediate future to resemble the immediate past. Well, history repeats itself, but not usually in such a direct manner. I’d hate to think DHS was spending so much time checking out every fringe kook in Idaho that they ignored the continuing Al-Qaeda threat.

UPDATE II: Linked at Red State, by Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom, by Dave C. at Point of a Gun, by Chad at KURU Lounge, and coming soon to a right-wing extremist blog near you! (It’s all funded by the right-wing billionaires, you know.)