President Obama needs a scapegoat. He is in the process of creating one with the help of Janet Napolitano. George W. Bush worked for a while but Obama needs a handy underdog not unlike Hitler needing social unrest and the Jews. The DHS document is a wake up call. It smacks of the same sardonic mentality and underhanded efforts to stereotype veterans as were operative in the production of the Pennsylvania State University (video below). The admittedly unsubstantiated document targets various conservative segments of the population that have legitimate grievances with the current administration.
Roger Hedgecock who first covered the story wrote,
“The report linked people holding conservative views on immigration, abortion, the U.N., the New World Order, etc., to dangerous and violent “militias” that Missouri law enforcement were instructed to be on guard against. Conservative opinions were demonized and made the subject of law enforcement scrutiny.”
Liberty Paper’s Stephen Gordon also early writing:
“Also targeted in the report are veterans, folks anticipating additional restrictions to their Second Amendment rights, and those concerned about the loss of U.S. sovereignty.
This report implies that one harboring these sorts of views is a racist as well as a potential terrorism suspect.”
Michelle Malkin called the document “one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real.”
Ed Morrisey calls it “The execrable DHS report on “right-wing extremism”
The Anchoress thinks “DHS Documents picking a fight”
Jim Blazsik has a “Warning: If you are a pro-life conservative, you may be considered an enemy of the State.”
The “report”: Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment…. (PDF file here). The report state it has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorist are currently planning acts of violence but it say rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears. It points to returning veterans as possible perpetrators of violence.