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Dept. of Homeland Security issues warning about radical right-wingers.

More evidence of an evolving police state

A new report by an office of the Dept. of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in rightwing extremist activity, according to the Washington Times today.  The article further states:

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.

Hmmm.  I think they’re talking about Republicans for whom one of the defining features of the party philosophy is precisely a preference for state or local government over federal authority.  Surely the writers of this report had to know this.  Also:

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

I think they mean: any issue that’s traditionally conservative.

Warning! Radicals Ahead!

Warning! Radicals Ahead!

This is scary stuff.  And although the Obama administration has now “distanced” itself from the report, it surely had to have commissioned this.  Nothing like this was ever generated during the Bush Administration, certainly, and the target(s) of this report appear obvious.  And, of course, it’s not been withdrawn so law enforcement officials will probably have it in their hands soon.

While many conservatives accused the leftwing of being non-patriotic for criticisms of President Bush and the war on terror, there was never an outright government attack on dissenters.  That’s what this is, and we should be concerned about it.

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