For the second time in the last two months Police Departments nationwide have been warned by Homeland Security about "Right Wing Extremism".  It seems that the economy and the election of our nations first black President is sparking a movement in this country.  The feds seem to be disillusioned into believing opposing the federal government means your an "extremist" and you associate yourself with white power militias or the "right wing". 

About a month ago the first document, I know of ,was circulated in MO warning against not only a possible rise in the white power movements but also against groups that opposed federal law. This first document in MO stated threats as being those who:

"subscribe to fundamentalist Christian, anti-abortion or anti-immigration movements. It also informed officers that members are usually supporters of third-party presidential candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. "

Now a new 9 page document has again been released to Police Departments and states

"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.

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

This document comes a day prior to the nationwide Tea Parties being held on April 15th in many major US cities.  Well I guess Texas Governor Rick Perry, has made the list of extremists, after just this week declaring he supports a resolution affirming states sovereignty. 

I guess this means if you  enjoy the rights afforded to you in the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly you are now a "Right Wing Extremist".   Is the Federal government really assuming that all who oppose abortion, illegal immagration, support states rights, or are just sick and tired of the overbearing out of control spending in Washington is a "Right Wing Extremist".  Do they really believe that their are no disgruntled democrats? 

This new document also warns against disgruntled military members returning from Iraq and Afghanstan as being a "threat". 

No numbers are released in regards to the miltia movenments or the white power movements  success in recruiting. Only a lot of assumptions of what the Feds believe is happening.   The assumption is the groups are recruiting because of the economy and the election of Barack Obama.  It is also assumed those who would join are third party voters, anti abortion, support states rights, or oppose federal law(s)!  That would make a lot of us "extremists".

All of this makes me take a step back and question why would a government be afraid of it's own people!

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Apr. 14, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Because they are afraid the people are on to them & will take back their power.

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Apr. 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

I complety agree.  This is no longer about what political party you asscoiate yourself with. It's now about labling all who oppose federal Government as being "radical" and trying to make a new boogey man out of those who would take a stand. 


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Apr. 15, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Wasn't this the fear that was going around before the election, that had Americans believing, Bush was going to stop the election from taking place so he would stay in office ~ I believe it was put out by Obama supporters ~  Now its the Homeland Security under a new administration that is stating its a Right Wing Extremists that are terrorists.  Newsflash:  Its not about a political party, its about Big government and it includes both party afflilations.

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Apr. 15, 2009 at 11:04 PM

This new document also warns against disgruntled military members returning from Iraq and Afghanstan as being a "threat".

That is not exactly accurate.  The document doesn't warn against returning veterans being a threat per se.  It warns that, upon their return, veterans could be targeted for recruitment into an extremist group.

I would like to point out that the government being wary of extremist groups is not a new phenomenon.  Whenever there is a shift in power, be it from Conservative to Liberal or vice versa, there are always groups of people who are not happy about that shift.  This causes some people to react in extreme ways.

During the Vietnam era there were lots of 'crazy', 'extreme', 'nutty' Liberals who protested and staged sit ins, etc.  They were watched closely by the government in case there were so really crazy nutjobs who chose to take it a step further and do the unthinkable.  I see this as no different.

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Apr. 16, 2009 at 9:51 AM

"Newsflash:  Its not about a political party, its about Big government and it includes both party affiliations"

Your right this is not a one party issue.  However in this country we seem polarized by party affilations.  Who ever has power tends to demonize the other side.  Americans are waking up and the tea parties are evidence, that Americans are sick of the tone deaf Government!. 

This report targets one side assuming the other is happy and welcoming of bigger government, agrees with abortion, immigration, ect.   This report is laughable and the DHS knows that. Why they allowed this to come out is beyond me. All it does is create more division in our country. 

"I would like to point out that the government being wary of extremist groups is not a new phenomenon"

I understand this but to include our Vets, who are serving multiple tours right now, in this is demoralizing to our troops.   To assume these same patriots would turn against the very Government they serve is ludicrous. None of the report is based in any type of fact, it is all pure speculation.  That is why this report is so disturbing.  If they had evidence of military vets joining these "militia" groups then maybe they would have something to make a report about. Plain and simple they don't know, they have no intelligence that says this is or will happen. Only the partisan notion it may.

In my opinion if your going to come out and publicly target citizens who oppose certain issues and demonize them as cooks or threats you had better have done your homework first.  Quite simply they haven't done that.  All they have accomplished here is to upset a lot of Americans who see themselves in this report but are not militia members or "right wing extremists".   They are simply Americans who disagree with our Government.  Last time I checked that was as American a thing as ever!  Do we really accept big brother targeting citizens who disagree and have done no harm to anyone else? 

Like it or not this is meant to give one side the upper hand by making the other side the boogey man using fear.  Stir up the idea these people are just wackos and their out to take down America and you have the upper hand.

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Apr. 16, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I attended our Tea Party at theDutchess Stadium in the Hudson Valley, with Tommy Lee Walker last night.

I want to say, it was probably one of the most unified experiences that I have felt in a long time with this country! 

Government is tone deaf, and I wish people especially in states that have elected the same senators or congressman for years on end, would make a change & bring in fresh ideas.


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