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DHS, 'Rightwing Extremism' and Information Warfare
The American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2009 | Lance Fairchok

Posted on 04/15/2009 3:17:07 AM PDT by Scanian

The Homeland Security Assessment targeting mainstream conservatism was amateurish, poorly written and its logic absurdly shallow. It's a shot across the bow in the unfolding information warfare.

The DHS Intelligence Assessment Document marked "For Official Use Only" and entitled; Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, was released to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its stated purpose was to "deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States." Read the entire document here.

If this DHS Assessment is an example of the kind of analysis our decision makers receive from our intelligence agencies, we are in far worse straits than I had imagined. It is amateurish, poorly written and its logic is absurdly shallow. It sounds as if it was cobbled together from bits and pieces of dated research to quickly fill a short notice requirement. I suspect it was not intended to inform or educate law enforcement first responders and decision makers, so much as it was designed to shape their perceptions in the information war the Left is waging on the American people.

Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.

The statement "they have not yet turned to attack planning" has the ring of inevitability to it

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assessment; bho44; bhodhs; conservatism; homelandsecurity; liberals

1 posted on 04/15/2009 3:17:07 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Let's be frank, this was totally expected.

There's 9/11, it's all about muzzie terrorists for a couple of years, then it's all about concentrating power still further. Bait & switch.


2 posted on 04/15/2009 3:23:12 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: Scanian

” A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. “
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The entire state of Texas is a hate group..... I wish my state was also....


3 posted on 04/15/2009 3:24:14 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Scanian

Overreach we can believe in.


4 posted on 04/15/2009 3:26:47 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Scanian

Janet Napolitano and the other Leftists who have slithered into Homeland Security, have politicized, criminalized, and are Gestapo-izing it. She and thoe others who have manufactered this “Jewification” of the Republicans, Conservatives, and anyone else who dissents from the death cult Lefts mantra, are the *real* domestic threat to our form of Government anf the American Way.

Those of you who work for Homeland Security...Is this what you signed on for? To be a new Gestapo? a new STASI? a new NKVD? against your fellow citizens?


5 posted on 04/15/2009 3:29:39 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: Neidermeyer

Under the report’s same reasoning, the US Constitution is a terrorist document.


6 posted on 04/15/2009 3:30:21 AM PDT by manapua
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To: Neidermeyer
Remember when First Lady Hillary Clinton called
Talk Radio, and conservative commentators as a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? Remember how Rush Limbaugh sold T-Shirts and Mugs with that message?

This is even worse..

<-— Retired Military (1 year, 6 Months ago), Independent Conservative, I believe in the Constitution, God, Immigration Reform and marriage should be between man and woman. I reject attempts to stifle Free Speech and Gun Run Rights.. AND DAMMMED PROUD OF IT!

7 posted on 04/15/2009 3:31:21 AM PDT by Kitanis
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To: manapua

The US constitution has been an outright threat to our government Statist overlords since the very early 1900’s. It hasn’t stopped them yet.


8 posted on 04/15/2009 3:40:19 AM PDT by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Scanian

Muslims aren’t terrorists any longer according to Obama, but people who don’t like what he’s doing to this country are.

I’m sure there are a lot of people who are completely happy with how he’s handling the nation and even with this piece of garbage report, but I do wonder how many feel conned? If they were totally honest with themselves.


9 posted on 04/15/2009 3:40:41 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: Scanian

This appears to be prima facia evidence that the new admin is terrified of the rest of us. Such propaganda shows that they are paranoid and that what we are doing is going in the right direction—right as in correct and proper. Once you get out of the ghettos, we are all right wing, except for most cops who will take this as a sign to run to the donut shop for refueling.

Activities such as this only hasten the polarizing of the US population. They are driving this country straight to Revolution II. Prepare to repel the brownshirts.

You can rest assured that the tea parties will be heavily monitored and filmed to identify right wing extremist terrorist militia members.


10 posted on 04/15/2009 3:41:42 AM PDT by Concho (01-20-2009--The beginning of an ERROR)
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To: Scanian
Watch for reinforcing messages from other venues and other government organizations. It will be used by talking heads, journalists and administration officials to make agenda-driven analysis sound rational as they work to delegitimize, marginalize and divide Americans, precisely when it is apparent that significant grass roots opposition movements are gaining steam.

The latter has got them scared and they can't afford to let it happen. I think that not only will we see lots of these "reinforcing messages" demonizing dissent, but the campaign will come much sooner and be much more aggressive than we expect. The only thing that has consistently impressed me about Obama is how rapidly he and the people who are using his spiteful stupidity are moving to destroy the United States and impose an entirely different system on us. I suspect we will have our Reichstag fire soon - some incident will be staged that he will blame on basically mainstream conservatives, after first having demonized us all as potentially violent radicals, and then it will be open season on us.

11 posted on 04/15/2009 3:41:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: Concho

Wonder if the census takers will be armed? (sarcasm maybe)


12 posted on 04/15/2009 3:45:13 AM PDT by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: livius
"...and then it will be open season on us."

When they start the shooting (and they eventually will), I think that there's more than a handful of us that will shoot back.

13 posted on 04/15/2009 3:47:14 AM PDT by meyer (Obama is to the USA as Mugabe is to Zimbabwe.)
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To: livius

[b]”some incident will be staged that he will blame on basically mainstream conservatives, after first having demonized us all as potentially violent radicals, and then it will be open season on us.”[/b]

I am not sure that it will be open season on us, but I do suspect that it will be open season on someone. Take into consideration, that we are not afraid of them as they are of us, look at who really pays the bills, look at who really has the guns, look at who really has the ammo, and look at who really has the training and the warrior spirit. No, I dont think that describes the liberals at all.


14 posted on 04/15/2009 3:50:18 AM PDT by Concho (01-20-2009--The beginning of an ERROR)
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To: livius

Yep


15 posted on 04/15/2009 3:52:37 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Scanian

Conservatives are obviously “Enemies of the State.”


16 posted on 04/15/2009 3:55:31 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
All I can say is if this is really a definition of a right wing fanatic, the Feds have their hands full monitoring and conducting surveillance these folks.
17 posted on 04/15/2009 4:00:30 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: listenhillary

Yes, but they will only be carrying one bullet in their right shirt pocket.


18 posted on 04/15/2009 4:01:23 AM PDT by Concho (01-20-2009--The beginning of an ERROR)
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To: Scanian

This is what happens when you enlarge government, even with good intentions. The Bush Administration gave us the Office of Faith Based Initiatives and the Department of Homeland Security. We went along because they were GOP initiatives and we thought, for a time, that big government was OK as long as it was managed by the right people.

Now we have the Faith Based Initiatives being run by people who hate Christianity and Christians, and Homelamd Security run by people who hate those who believe in limited govenment and the Constitution.

We are reaping what we sow. We bought into “compassionate conservatism”, which turned out to be Big Government Republicanism. Bush begat Obama much like Hoover begat FDR. Thats why the Tea Party Movement has to remain a non-partisan, grass-roots movement.


19 posted on 04/15/2009 4:02:07 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: Scanian
Discussion here last night, with Hedgecock actually getting a DHS weenie on the line trying to defend this joke of a report:

HEADS UP: ON ROGER HEDGECOCK- NOW SEAN SMITH DHS SPOKESHOLE defending DHS REPORT

20 posted on 04/15/2009 4:05:29 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: DGHoodini

“Those of you who work for Homeland Security...Is this what you signed on for? To be a new Gestapo? a new STASI? a new NKVD? against your fellow citizens?”

Actually, when they were setting up DHS they hired an ex-KGB general and a STASI Colonel to “advise” them. That was under Bush.


21 posted on 04/15/2009 4:14:33 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: Scanian
Having a son in the Marines I wrote my congressman, John Boehner and demanded he find out who wrote this report. I told him that if he can't do this then tell DHS to add all the parents of Soldiers, sailors and Marines to their F**king list.

These bastards work for me and I'm pissed!

22 posted on 04/15/2009 4:19:20 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Marsoc Dad)
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To: manapua

And if they read the Declaration of Independence their heads would probably explode.

Heyyyyyy....

;^)


23 posted on 04/15/2009 4:23:56 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Scanian

These DHS High-heeled Boys would label Sam Adams or Paul Revere terrorists.


24 posted on 04/15/2009 4:28:43 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: dljordan

Oh that’s just *great*... Our Home Land Security run by KGB.STASI & the DemoSocialist Left...All of whom believe that the Government *OWNS* the People.


25 posted on 04/15/2009 4:49:10 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Yeah there’s nothing at all surprising here.

Except that the report itself is such a hack job.

For example (and there are many examples), quoting from a web page at the nutcase Southern Poverty Law Center, and then refusing to provide even a smidgen of attribution to the SPLC is not only weird and evasive, it’s just hack writing and very unprofessional.

What kind of nitwits are writing these things, and what kind of DHS manager would assent to releasing such a silly pile of dreck?


26 posted on 04/15/2009 4:50:15 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Concho; meyer
we are not afraid of them as they are of us, look at who really pays the bills

That is true. It would also be hard for Obama to go after a such a large and diverse group as the Tea Party protestors or conservatives in general, and as you point out, he wants to make sure the money keeps flowing.

I suspect he will find a way of focusing the hatred on one segment of the conservative movement and use harsh action towards them to silence the rest of us, and in addition he will impose increasingly confiscatory taxes on his opponents. I think he also realizes that perhaps he cannot entirely count on everybody in government to support him (think of people like Byrd, who support his policies but don't like the way he's going about it), and this is why he is trying to build up a parallel structure that will be loyal to him alone. I am thinking of things such as his civilian corps that he wants funded at the level of the military.

27 posted on 04/15/2009 4:50:41 AM PDT by livius
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To: angkor
"what kind of DHS manager would assent to releasing such a silly pile of dreck?"

obama voter.


28 posted on 04/15/2009 4:57:43 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: Scanian
This could be bait to provoke the people at the Tea Partys today to impose Marshal Law. Be-careful folks.
30 posted on 04/15/2009 5:26:52 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I think it’s spelled marshmallow law. /;?[)


31 posted on 04/15/2009 5:34:22 AM PDT by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: DGHoodini
Those of you who work for Homeland Security...Is this what you signed on for? To be a new Gestapo? a new STASI? a new NKVD? against your fellow citizens?

The Leftists did. Not sure about the holdovers but time will tell.

32 posted on 04/15/2009 5:39:47 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: angkor
What kind of nitwits are writing these things, and what kind of DHS manager would assent to releasing such a silly pile of dreck?

A clue. We have our first affirmative action President.

33 posted on 04/15/2009 5:40:55 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: Scanian
As a FReeper noted on another thread, check out the 'Properties' of the DHS document, so I did.

This what I found..

Created: Jan. 23, 2007 1:32:54 pm
Modified: April 7, 2009 6:20:27 pm
So this was originally created two years ago when Dubya was POTUS.

Which, per the definitions and 'warning signs' in the document itself - classifies the entire Bush Admin as 'right wing extremists', including Dubya and Cheney. Ain't that just a tad odd??!? (Bizarre is more like it)

And is seems all too convenient that it was modified (revised) and RELEASED after the Marxist Kenyan became POTUS.

So either there were a bunch of leftist moles in the Bush DHS, or some Barry appointed moonbat did a lot of revising to this two year old document in order to please his/her new boss.

34 posted on 04/15/2009 5:54:39 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: livius

He should not take lightly the fact that most of the opposition is vary capable of defending ourselves. We need to continue to pray for our country. Amen.


35 posted on 04/15/2009 5:57:14 AM PDT by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: Condor51

The shadow government was alive and well. It permeated and thwarted the Bush Presidency.


36 posted on 04/15/2009 5:59:39 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco dÂ’Anconia)
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To: WayneS; manapua; listenhillary
Under the report’s same reasoning, the US Constitution is a terrorist document.
And if they read the Declaration of Independence their heads would probably explode.
So true.

37 posted on 04/15/2009 6:36:37 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: Scanian
BUMP! this is one of the most important stories of our life time, write your congressman / senator.

They are forming a new SS under our noses.

38 posted on 04/15/2009 10:21:29 AM PDT by Dengar01
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To: SonOfPyrodex
"Damn, that tree is just *screaming* to be watered...

Yep! 100-days overdue!

39 posted on 04/15/2009 12:13:29 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Scanian

Eradicate Left Wing Extremists in Office! Vote them out of office!

40 posted on 04/15/2009 12:33:52 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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