Conservatives Are Now Domestic Terrorists

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Published on: September 22, 2012
   

Conservatives Are ‘Domestic Terrorists’ Now

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Henry Barnes

Those who believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are enemies to those who don’t. Evil begins with the rejection of words. First the written word, then the spoken word and finally the assumed word of thought. Once a society cannot express itself in a free manner that society lives under a tyranny of silence.

― Book of Common Misery

April 7, 2009 ― “a day that will live in infamy” ― the US Department of Homeland Security issued an ‘assessment’ with the onerous tile: (U//FOUO) Rightwing Extremism: Current Economical and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. (U//FOUO means Unclassified//For Office Use Only.) The title alone brings up many questions:
If now unclassified, how long has it been classified and why? If for office use only, who leaked it to the Conservative media and why now? What exactly does ‘rightwing extremism’ mean? Does “current economic and political climate fueling resurgence in radicalization and recruitment” mean that whatever fueled it before had died down and now something has reinvigorated it? What was that something?
On the cover page: “This product is one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.” If this is “…one of a series…,” how many ‘assessments’ are in this hidden series? Where does this ‘assessment’ fit into the series? What is the ‘Extremism and Radicalization Branch’ of the United States? Who supervises it and what, exactly, does it do? What does “…phenomenon of violent radicalization…” mean?
As I read the document, I thought of Orwell’s 1984 and Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Winston Smith, the protagonist of 1984, lives in a totalitarian state with a philosophy bound in three slogans:
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
He works for the Ministry of Truth ― Minitrue in Newspeak ― as a clerk in the Records Department. His job is to revise newspaper articles and doctor photographs to fit the ever changing propaganda of the State. Documents of inconvenient truth are shoved down the memory hole, a slot to a tube that feeds an incinerator somewhere in the bowels of the building, destroying records so that not even ash is left.
Winston uses Newspeak, the official language of the State. It bowdlerizes the English language making it easier to relay the State’s propaganda to the masses. Words like Honor, justice, morality, democracy, science, god and religion have ceased to exist. All words formed around concepts of liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness or equality are lumped into one word: crimethink. Whereas words of objectivity, logic and rational are lumped into the word: oldthink. It was only necessary for a party member to worship one god, the State.
The language of Newspeak sounds odd, almost ridiculous, unless it is understood for what it is; a way of controlling mass thought. Much easier for the State to herd those who are indoctrinated by the sounds of mass-familiar words than to organize groups bent on separating themselves from the herd with free thinking. As Hitler wrote:
“…I at once took over the management of propaganda. I regarded this department as by far the most important.” Hitler did not have television to disseminate his propaganda. What can now be done in seconds, then took days, weeks, even months.
Political Correctness ― a term traced back to Mao’s Little Red Book ― is our Newspeak. Gay once meant someone ‘filled with joy’ but now it means someone who is queer as a three dollar bill. Terrorists, except for domestic terrorists, are freedom fighters. White male, Oppressor. Ranch, where cattle are murdered. Fishing, raping the ocean. Marriage, rape by men. Conservative, domestic terrorist. There are no politically correct terms for honor, liberty, life, pursuit of happiness, God, religion. These words, and many other that describe the higher calling of humanity, are rarely used and when used are denigrated as being from a different era: oldspeak.
Hitler wrote: “Every movement will first have to sift the human material it wins into two large groups: supporters and members. The function of propaganda is to attract supporters, the function of the organization is to win members.”
From the Introduction: “For years Mein Kampf has stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced ― long before he came to power ― a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it.”
The document released by the DHS was to cause a backlash among Conservatives that will give the State a reason to put down any movement against the State’s intrusion. As Mencken wrote: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed ― and hence clamorous to be led to safety ― by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Hitler destroyed a Democratic, Christian, highly cultured, highly technologically advanced nation by creating two prominent hobgoblins: France and Jews. In most history books, Hitler is labeled a rightwinger.
The American Left’s hobgoblins are: Conservatives ― now labeled ‘domestic terrorists’ ― and Christians. The DHS ‘assessment’ is but chapter one “of a series of intelligence assessments,” but what a chapter:
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. ― page 2

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. ― page 2
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. ― page 3 (The American Legion criticized the report for targeting veterans. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security responded: “…we honor veterans at DHS…”)

Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment
tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential
administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and
citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms
ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns
and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the
present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in
expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential
sympathizers. ― page 3

Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and
anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent
antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending
economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to
attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving
declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the
U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of
a failed economy. Antigovernment conspiracy theories and “end times” prophecies could
motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons.
These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist
individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and
extremist members of the militia movement.

Scholars and experts disagree over poverty’s role in motivating violent radicalization or
terrorist activity. High unemployment, however, has the potential to lead to alienation, thus increasing an individual’s susceptibility to extremist ideas. According to a 2007 study from the German Institute for Economic Research, there appears to be a strong association between a parent’s unemployment status and the formation of rightwing extremist beliefs in their children—specifically xenophobia and antidemocratic ideals.
― page 4

Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception
that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to
work at significantly lower wages. They also opposed free trade agreements, arguing that
these arrangements resulted in Americans losing jobs to countries such as Mexico.

Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and
white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point,
and recruiting tool. Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy
generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment,
but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed
against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.

DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremist groups’ frustration over a
perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite
individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely
would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets.

DHS/I&A notes that prominent civil rights organizations have
observed an increase in anti-Hispanic crimes over the past five years.
In April 2007, six militia members were arrested for various weapons and
explosives violations. Open source reporting alleged that those arrested had
discussed and conducted surveillance for a machinegun attack on Hispanics.

A militia member in Wyoming was arrested in February 2007 after
communicating his plans to travel to the Mexican border to kill immigrants
crossing into the United States.
Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a
threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition
stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises. Such
activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to
facilitate criminal activity and violence.
During the 1990s, rightwing extremist hostility toward government
was fueled by the implementation of restrictive gun laws—such as the Brady Law
that established a 5-day waiting period prior to purchasing a handgun and the
1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that limited the sale of
various types of assault rifles—and federal law enforcement’s handling of the
confrontations at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho. ― page 5
On the current front, legislation has been proposed this year
requiring mandatory registration of all firearms in the United States. Similar
legislation was introduced in 2008 in several states proposing mandatory tagging
and registration of ammunition. It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law;
nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control
legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and
paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists.
Rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes could escalate or be
magnified in the event of an economic crisis or military confrontation, harkening back to
the “New World Order” conspiracy theories of the 1990s. The dissolution of Communist
countries in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s led some
rightwing extremists to believe that a “New World Order” would bring about a world
government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution,
thus infringing upon their liberty. The dynamics in 2009 are somewhat similar, as other
countries, including China, India, and Russia, as well as some smaller, oil-producing
states, are experiencing a rise in economic power and influence.
Fear of Communist regimes and related conspiracy theories
characterizing the U.S. Government’s role as either complicit in a foreign
invasion or acquiescing as part of a “One World Government” plan inspired
extremist members of the militia movement to target government and military
facilities in past years. ― page 6
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.
After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military
veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing
extremist groups.
A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers
of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now
learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”
The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement
that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have
joined extremist groups. ― Page 7
Outlook
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.
To the extent that these factors persist, rightwing extremism is likely to grow in strength.
Unlike the earlier period, the advent of the Internet and other informationage
technologies since the 1990s has given domestic extremists greater access to
information related to bomb-making, weapons training, and tactics, as well as targeting of
individuals, organizations, and facilities, potentially making extremist individuals and
groups more dangerous and the consequences of their violence more severe. New
technologies also permit domestic extremists to send and receive encrypted
communications and to network with other extremists throughout the country and abroad,
making it much more difficult for law enforcement to deter, prevent, or preempt a violent
extremist attack.
A number of law enforcement actions and external factors were effective in
limiting the militia movement during the 1990s and could be utilized in today’s climate.
Following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal
building in Oklahoma City, the militia movement declined in total membership
and in the number of organized groups because many members distanced
themselves from the movement as a result of the intense scrutiny militias received
after the bombing.
Militia membership continued to decline after the turn of the
millennium as a result of law enforcement disruptions of multiple terrorist plots
linked to violent rightwing extremists, new legislation banning paramilitary
training, and militia frustration that the “revolution” never materialized.
Although the U.S. economy experienced a significant recovery and
many perceived a concomitant rise in U.S. standing in the world, white
supremacist groups continued to experience slight growth.
DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next
several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing
extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political,
economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization. ― page 8
This is codespeak. All Conservatives, but especially White Conservatives, are being targeted by the State as ‘domestic terrorists’. (I realize that there are great Black Conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, etc., but Blacks represent a very small minority. When it comes vote time, Traitorcrats (Dems.) can depend on 95% of the Black vote.)
When They Came For Me
When the Nazis came for the communist,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
Then they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.
― Rev. Martin Niemoller

The Easiest Thing to Do
When the Left came for the unborn,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left destroyed education,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left allowed criminals & gangs to freely roam my streets,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left destroyed our borders, language and culture,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left came for the religious,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left came for the Libertarians,
I kept quiet because it was the easiest thing to do.

When the Left came for Conservatives,
It was too late; I will enter the cattle car peacefully.

   

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