Department of Homeland Security, Report On RightWing Extremism

DHS Rightwing Extremism Report

According to the site (TabRight.com):

"This week the Department of Homeland Security released a 9 page government report on Rightwing Extremism (to download, see link at the bottom of this article). Conservative Talk Show Hosts from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity noted the timing of its release to the April 15th Tea Parties, its generic focus and potential for abuse.

Focusing on one footnote in particular, several critics suggested it lays the foundation for the Administration to strike out at virtually anyone, organization or even political party that vocally oppose President Obama’s policies. The report states: “Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that 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.”

Veterans groups, including The American Legion, found significant issues with the report’s notation on veterans: “Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”

In a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, American Legion National Commander David Rehbein wrote “The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical ‘disgruntled military veteran’ is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.”

On Thursday, in defending the report, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano reacted to the public response by stating the definition provided for Rightwing Extremism could have been phrased differently. Napolitano was quoted “If there’s one part of that report I would rewrite, in the word-smithing, Washington-ese that goes on after the fact, it would be that footnote.”

Link to article (which also contains a link to download report): http://tabright.com/2009/04/17/3282/

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RIGHTIsRiGHt says ... on Sunday, May 31 at 12:56 AM

hls is refering to patRIOTs who really are HateRIOTS = RIOTS and/or RACIOTS=rAcIST=TErRIOTS=TERRORIST ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL! THUS SAYS GOD OF ALL CREATION= ALL KNOWING...ALL SEEING GOD! I PRAY YOU MULITARY CHRISTIANS BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF GOD

Psi says ... on Tuesday, Apr 28 at 4:52 PM

DHS is not the President. However, it should be no surprise that the Government considers its own citizens a threat. Those of us in the WTO riots were considered "leftwing extremists".

Guilty says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 10:38 PM

By the adminstrations description I fit the mold as a terrorist. I'm a retired GI recently returned from Iraq and Afganistan, I own guns, I happen to be christian. Funny, I thought they sent me over to fight the terrorist now they call me one.

RightWingExtremist says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 11:47 PM

By the definition set forth by DHS I am an extremist: I am pro-gun, pro-constitution, anti-"big government", pro-state and local government, and pro-"self reliance". I am also a 22-year career military officer. I'm an extremist?

harlygold says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 3:21 PM

I am a former Cub Scout, Former Boy Scout, i am a beleve in God, So Now HLS feels that I am a Rightwing Extremism. Interesting how our country is going back to how Russia And Germany Treated Their People of Their Country Back In World War II.

shep says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 8:29 AM

Where is the list that BILL AYERS is on??? He is an ACTUAL terrorist on the left!

paul says ... on Tuesday, Apr 21 at 7:31 AM

If Obama considers pure American Patriotism as an act of terror or right wing extremism then he is the wrong man for the job...

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