The Department of Homeland Security has your number and you could very well be a dangerous radical … especially if you are a returning veteran or oppose abortion or illegal immigration. Michelle Malkin has all the details and so does Glenn Reynolds, who links to one of my new favorite bloggers. Make sure you read both.
Michelle’s is really the best blog post with the best analysis. I am sure those folks on the left who jumped on George Bush’s Patriot Act which never targeted American citizens will be even more outraged at this targeting of citizens expressing their First Amendment rights. Right?
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.
But this is my favorite.
(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
Make sure you go to Michelle’s blog. Even once conservative talk show host Mike Smerconish warns the Tea Party folks … don’t turn into those racist, xenophobes we know you are.
Let’s keep it classy you radicals.