by HellFire
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I Am an Extremist

      by Oliver North of Human Events

      According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a 

Christian — and meet regularly with other Christians to study God’s word. 

My faith convinces me the prophesies in the Holy Bible are true. I believe 

in the sanctity of human life, oppose abortion and want to preserve 

marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I am a veteran with skills and 

knowledge derived from military training and combat. I own several 

firearms, frequently shoot them, buy ammunition and consider efforts to 

infringe on my 2nd Amendment rights to be wrong and unconstitutional. I 

fervently support the sovereignty of the United States, am deeply 

concerned about our economy, increasingly higher taxes, illegal 

immigration, soaring unemployment, and actions by our government that will 

bury my children beneath a mountain of debt.

      Apparently, all this makes me a “rightwing extremist.” At least 

that’s what it says in the April 7, 2009 “Assessment” issued by the Office 

of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

The nine-page report, titled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and 

Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” 

is full of warnings about American citizens who share any of my background 

or subscribe to the beliefs above. It is one of the most alarming documents produced by our government that I have ever read.

      Evidently neither you nor I were ever supposed to read this 

“Assessment.” At the bottom of the cover page is a warning that it is “not 

to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not 

have a valid need-to-know.” We’re Americans. We have a need to know what’s 

going on in our government — especially in an administration that 

promised to be “transparent.” A full copy of the report is posted at

      The “Assessment” purports to alert law enforcement officials that “rightwing extremists” — the term is used more than 35 times — are intent on exploiting Americans who have strongly held beliefs on everything from Christian faith to rising unemployment, U.S. sovereignty and the 2nd Amendment. It vilifies those of us in these categories by 

references to neo-Nazis, racists, militias, white-supremacists, and other “hate groups.” Notably, the report includes a warning that Rightwing Extremism “may include groups or individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

      Though the report proffers a passing reference to the First Amendment, it is replete with bias against conservative thought, writing and communications. On page 3, law enforcement authorities are warned, “Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived (emphasis added) loss of U.S. jobs in the 

manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures.”

This is a frightening acknowledgement that political speech is being monitored in America. It is also wrong. It’s not “perception.” It is fact. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing and construction sectors have lost 161,000 jobs and 126,000 jobs, respectively, in the last month alone.

      In its “Key Findings” the DHS manuscript boldly charges “rightwing 

extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues” and warns that “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists 

capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

      Under the heading “Disgruntled Military Veterans” the report alleges, 

“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.” These unsubstantiated 

claims are followed by reminders that Timothy McVeigh — the 1995 Oklahoma 

City bomber — was a military veteran. Omitted is any reference to the fact that McVeigh was simply one of more than 40 million law abiding veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

      Thirteen lines after this egregious, unconscionable slander against 

those of us who are military combat veterans, DHS makes the stunning 

charge that, “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent 

rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism 

threat in the United States.”

      According to this DHS “Assessment,” the most dangerous threat we face 

here at home isn’t from radical imams preaching violence in U.S. mosques 

and madrassas, Islamists recruiting in our prisons, Somali terrorists 

enticing young immigrants to become suicide bombers or Hamas, Hezbollah or 

al Qaeda operatives plotting mass murder. No, according to DHS, the real 

threat comes from what our government labels “rightwing extremist ideology.”

      Mr. Obama should publicly disavow this report and fire the officials 

responsible for issuing it. Those who prepare his remarks for the occasion 

should insert in the teleprompter Sen. Barry Goldwater’s words on the 

subject: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

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August 26, 2010
Gee, I wonder where freestandingwill,islander and rest of the crew are....LMAO!!!