Posted by: reformedmusings | April 13, 2009

Homeland Security pegs returning veterans as threats

If I hadn’t read the DHS report for myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. WorldNetDaily ran the story Homeland Security on guard for ‘right-wing extremists’ – Returning U.S. military veterans singled out as particular threats. Like the Missouri Inf0rmation Analysis Center (MAIC) militia report, this seems to be another case of political profiling against conservatives and independents – and now our military members. The MAIC report identified anti-abortion beliefs, anti-immigration positions, and support for independent candidates as threats to our security:

Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups. It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr.

And I thought that America was a free country. Americans can support and vote for anyone they wish, right? But that’s not all. They also identified historic American symbols of freedom as terrorist indicators, symbols like the Gadsden Flag, the First Navy Jack, and the famous reply during the great Greek stand against the hugely superior number of Persians immortalized in the movie The 300. The phrase from King Leonidas to the Persians is carved in a pillar at the historic city of Thermopylae where the battle took place: ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ. Suddenly, an appreciation for US and world history labels one as a potential domestic terrorist. Thought Police?

Providentially, the MAIC report was denounced and withdrawn by the Missouri State Police leadership and the MAIC chief was reassigned. A wise move to preserve our freedom. But that wasn’t the end…

The Department of Homeland Security has their own report (pdf file) that goes even further. It declares that (typos and all):

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.


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.

Later in the report, veterans are lumped in with other so-called risks:

DHS/I&A assesses that the combination of environmental factors that echo the 1990s, including heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms restrictions and returning military veterans, as well as several new trends, including an uncertain economy and a perceived rising influence of other countries, may be invigorating rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements.

So, those who defend the freedom of the idiots who wrote and approved this travesty of a report are now threats because of the very skills and experience that preserve our freedom? Our courageous defenders are now our potential enemies? And why? Because they might believe in their civil rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, especially the 2nd Amendment? I guess that the SEALS who killed the Somali pirates will be in for special reeducation when they come home. (Update: DHS targets more than just returning veterans, and Michelle Malkin covers the targeting of political conservatives in the report.) What kind of country are we becoming under the Obamessiah?

What evidence does DHS present? One individual, Timothy McVeigh. Of the millions of brave heroes, men and women, who have served to protect and preserve our freedoms, the DHS morons pick one bad apple who dishonored his service with which to color the millions of brave service men and women. We can all cite a much higher number of rogue cops who have committed violent crimes or run and protected drug rings. Shouldn’t trained law enforcement personnel be included as terrorist threats? Oh, wait…they wrote the report. Why would they target themselves? Silly me.

BTW, your taxes are paying for this trash and also paying the moronic unaccountable bureaucrats who wrote it. That should make you feel better. Obama transparency at its best.

One has to wonder what’s next. Will returning veterans be subjected to political deprogramming? I suppose they won’t be allowed to return to their homes and families until they can recite Alinky’s rules by heart with quivering lips in awe of the wisdom therein. Perhaps they’ll have to kiss Obamessiah’s ring. Will we be detained and interrogated because of the bumper stickers on our cars? Don’t laugh yet…

Think that I’m overstating the issues at stake? Listen to this incident involving TSA agents and police in the St. Louis airport:

So a traveler with appropriate ID had about $4700 in cash from a Ron Paul fund raising effort. As the judge observed, carrying $4700 is perfectly legal and poses no threat to airline safety. And let’s see, the 9/11 hijackers were all young, Christian, American citizens with Ron Paul material? The London subway bombers were all Christian business men? The train bombers in Spain were Christian business men? NOT!!! Yet this free American who was breaking no laws was interrogated, intimidated, and demeaned by people our taxes pay to protect and preserve. Is this the America for which millions of our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters served, fought and died? We’ve lost our minds.

Remember George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. Remember Rules for Radicals. We are witnessing their preferred method for achieving power and control. 1984 is just arriving a little later than Orwell’s title, but it is just about here. Once they get your firearms, just as the British tried in 1775 at Lexington and Concord, the Great American Experiment with a Republic is all over.

As a 30-year U.S. military veteran who believes in the entire Constitution as written, including our civil rights under the 2nd Amendment, I guess that I’m somewhere on the moronic DHS target list as well. If we don’t know who the enemy is, then how can we ever win the war on terror. May God spare America.



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