Happy Independence Day.
If you’re an Iraq War veteran, outspoken Obama critic, anti-illegal alien, and gun owner, then you’re already an Enemy of the Obama State.
A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 (Scribd), the study was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. The organization was launched with the aid of DHS funding to the tune of $12 million dollars.
While largely omitting Islamic terrorism – the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism.
The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists. (pages 9-10 of report)
– Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
– Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
– People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
– Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
– Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;
– People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
I read the report, and there’s very little focus on Islamic terrorism, which has produced considerable bloodshed in the past decade. No mention of the “Occupy” thugs and their crime wave, either. Except for the rapes, assaults, vandalism, theft, and assorted other felonies in the name of “social justice”, they’re just like the Tea Party, right Janet?