By definition, threat assessments released by the Department of Homeland Security contain warnings and cautionary statements which are eye-opening, even scary, and for good reason. In the past, after all, such assessments have included information about the mechanisms by which radical Islamic terrorist groups were planning to carry out jihad against infidels in the United States of America and the west. The assessment released yesterday by Janet Napolitano’s DHS, however, was terrifying for an entirely different reason.
The report, entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” is entirely focused on security threats from within by “rightwing extremist” groups, but it is Napolitano’s characterization and definition of just who fits into these groups which is so frightening.
You and I are right-wing extremists, my friends. According to Napolitano, single-issue groups like those who oppose abortion or oppose illegal immigration are “rightwing extremist” groups. According to Napolitano, even believing that our federal government should be limited in scope is enough to garner the “rightwing extremist” group moniker.
To be fair, DHS did indeed recently release a similar assessment of the threat from “leftwing extremist” groups. Released on January 26, 2009, six days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the assessment entitled “Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade” focused more, however, on acts of civil disobedience from environmental groups and Internet-borne hacking attacks on sensitive installations.
Looking at them side by side, the most striking thing about the pair of assessments is that, in the “leftwing” assessment, groups and individuals which pose threats were never characterized as “domestic leftwing terrorists” or members of “small terrorist cells” or “lone wolves,” but instead were merely “leftwing extremists” whose tactics and actions are painted to look more like irritations and Internet pranks than “real” terrorist actions such as those apparently posed by concerned Americans on the political right — including those weirdo American veterans returning from combat to their country, or whatever remains of it.
In fact, while the ten-page “rightwing” assessment uses the recently-verboten term “terrorist” or “domestic rightwing terrorist” or variations of same no fewer than eleven times, in its “leftwing” counterpart, the worst that the leftists are called is “extremists.” The leftist report uses the term “terrorist” only twice, and even then only in generic terms. And the one reference to “terrorist activities” points to the Appendix, which discusses only animal rights and environmental “extremists” and “anarchist extremists,” the latter of which are as close to “terrorists” as the assessment comes.
Curiously enough, the assessment focusing on the threat from the right was released on the very same day when thousands upon thousands of concerned Americans gathered to voice opposition to an overreaching, bloated federal government, a government so far removed from the ideas, ideals and principles put forth by our nation’s founders. As it turns out, each and every one of those thousands and thousands of people are “rightwing extremists.”
It’s all so typical of an administration and political party bent on defusing and silencing dissent by any means possible; any means, that is, other than actual substantive debate. It’s the same tactic employed with the so-called Fairness Doctrine: can’t compete with common sense? Silence the opposition through legislation. The difference here, however, is that Janet Napolitano has not simply quashed dissent, but in the process has indicted tens of millions of Americans as “terrorists” at a time when she seems incapable of calling true, unadulterated evil by its name.
Whatever happened to the same people who, just a matter of months ago, argued that dissent is the highest form of patriotism? Now, merely voicing an opinion about unconstitutional actions taken by elected officials who take an oath to protect, uphold and defend our Constitution makes concerned Americans in fact public enemy number one.
One of the telltale signs of right-wing extremism, according to Napolitano, are so-called single-issue groups like those who oppose abortion. A dozen pro-life Christians gathered outside abortion clinics are now deemed “rightwing extremists.” Curiously, however, no mention was made in the “leftwing” report of activists from Planned Parenthood or NARAL.
Another single-issue group listed by DHS as a “rightwing extremist” group were those who oppose illegal immigration and advocate increased border security and the enforcement of immigration laws currently on the hook. Want to remind people that being in America illegally actually means that laws are being broken? Congratulations, Janet Napolitano thinks you’re an extremist. Concerned “with the perception that illegal immigrants” are “taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages?” You guessed it. You’re an extremist. DHS, you see, feels that anyone who is in favor of actually enforcing American laws should be scrutinized, but issues no such be-on-the-lookout for Mexican drug cartel operatives who cross our border illegally and kidnap or kill American citizens on American soil. DHS, you see, finds it extreme to want our laws to be upheld, but says nothing about illegal May Day protesters who actively protest against those laws, or violent MS-13 gang members actively killing in cities across the country.
The assessment also lists people who stockpile food or ammunition as “extremists,” yet the previous administration went as far at one time to recommend that every American have duct tape and extra water in their homes in case of a chemical attack. But according to Janet Napolitano, stockpiling food and water makes you an extremist, as does buying extra ammunition because prices are rising exponentially with each passing week.
Even though the department is incapable of saying anything derogatory about illegal immigrants breaking the law by being here, DHS has no problem whatsoever indicting returning combat veterans as having the potential for extremism, as so-called “rightwing extremist” groups will somehow actively seek to recruit them for their military skills. These are people who just returned from laying their lives on the line for America, sacrificing their time with family for America, watching friends die for America — and Napolitano has the gall to herald them not for their bravery, courage or honor, but instead for some purported tendency for “extremism.”
Amazingly enough, considering the nature of the protests seen yesterday from coast to coast, the DHS list of “rightwing extremist” criteria even includes people who believe in the merits of a limited federal government, as intended by the founders of our republic. It matters not that this country was founded on the principles of a limited centralized government, or that in its infancy was embroiled in the great debate over governmental scope between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, in Napolitano’s DHS, would be considered an ex post facto “rightwing extremist.” Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, would make Alexander Hamilton look like Jefferson on steroids.
One question for our disgrace of a Homeland Security Secretary: Considering the damage caused by a mere four thousand leftist protesters outside the recent G-20 meeting in London, why was there no damage whatsoever from the hundreds of thousands of so-called “rightwing extremists,” believers in a smaller government, who took to streets throughout America yesterday?
Napolitano’s assessment is absolutely revolting, and unfathomably terrifying. She has indicted, as extremists, people who dare object to the federal government’s blatant disregard to the U.S. Constitution. She has indicted, as extremists, anyone who refuses to fall in lockstep with the Obama administration’s self-destructive plans for our republic. Napolitano has used her position to launch an unprecedented, thinly-veiled political attack on an opposing party, and considering the precedent set by the extraconstitutional search and seizure powers permitted the Bush Homeland Security department, an already terrifying report could be even worse.
Speaking of the former president, I don’t recall ever seeing George W. Bush’s Homeland Security department labeling the Code Pink crowd as an “extremist” group. Then again, Bush was more concerned with actual terrorists — I’m not certain Janet Napolitano could even spot an actual terrorist if he had a knife at her throat and had just finished chanting “Allahu Akbar.”
Napolitano’s half-hearted, limited-scope, so-called “apology” to veterans this morning is far from enough. I’d ask for her head, but that would constitute a “man-caused disaster.” Therefore, I simply call President Obama to ask for her resignation — immediately. She is an embarrassment and a disgrace to the United States of America and everything for which She stands.