DHS Report Worries About Rise of Right-Wing Extremism

By Matthew Harwood

An unclassified report from the Department of Homeland Security warns that the economic crisis and the election of President Barack Obama will reinvigorate white supremacist and anti-government militia groups.

The report, however, is speculative:

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.

Other issues that DHS believes could help recruitment include immigration, the perceived weakening of U.S. sovereignty, and new legislative efforts to restrict gun ownership.

The report also says that right-wing militias may try to recruit returning veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“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,” the report warns. “These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out violence.”

DHS worries that present conditions reflect the early 1990s when the right-wing extremist movement gained strength, leading to Timothy McVeigh’s terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

But critics say the report shows that people with conservative opinions are being singled out by the Obama administration.

“So, if you disagree with Obama on amnesty for illegals or stand up for the Second Amendment, you are branded a ‘rightwing extremist’ by the Department of Homeland Security and become the subject of scrutiny by some 850,000 local and state law enforcement personnel,” Roger Hedgecock writes on

This is the second time that intelligence reports worrying about right-wing extremism have been made public.

In March, a leaked report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center, a state fusion center, listed the characteristics of violent militia members which included support of presidential candidate Ron Paul. The state retracted the report after it was leaked.



There's another one of these reports to be leaked recently, which is a 215-pager from the Virginia Fusion Center.  It appears that the VFC got some of its information from my website,  *Gasp!  He's in the militia!*  Yes, I'm in the militia.  What can I say?  I love my country and, unlike most people, take seriously the responsibility that comes with the right to keep and bear arms.  I'm guilty.

It's kind of amusing that the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the sources of information for these reports, lists my militia unit as a hate group.  Don't get me wrong, we DO hate...socialism and corrupt government, but my website clearly states that we are welcoming of all comers.  So where exactly is the hate?  We don't get together to plot the overthrow of the federal government or the local Dairy Queen.  While we generally (but not universally) are conservative in our outlook, we tend not to truck with either of the "two" parties (I say "two" in quotes because they're really one and the same party working to keep us distracted from their real agenda by inventing tangential "issues" for We the People to fight over--divide and conquer).  Many of us would describe ourselves as classical liberals.

Take me for example:  I am a white American born in Washington, D.C.; I speak an Asian language fluently; I married an Asian woman; I have two daugters and we homeschool; my family and I attend a Hebraic-rooted church; I work for a Defense contractor and hold a TS clearance with the DoD.  The DSS knows full well about my militia involvement.  Do I really sound like a domestic terrorist?  When I saw the VFC report talking about what a threat these "violent militias" are, I thought how nice it would be to go to the VFC, knock on the door, and ask, "Guys, what's the deal?"

These reports are ridiculous and play on people's fears of the unknown.  Most of these reports link Timothy McVeigh to militia, and this succeeds in engendering fear in people because people DON'T KNOW that McVeigh attended one militia meeting in Michigan and was ejected for talking about explosives and attacking the government.  The mainstream media know this.  The SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League know this.  The fusion centers know this.  Yet, for some reason, the mainstream media and law enforcement STILL repeat this falsehood.  So, in the uninformed public's mind, militia = McVeigh = domestic terrorists.  From our perspective, we have to wonder why it is that the powers that be continue this mantra.

So the economy is circling the drain, and the fusion centers think that people who see this and are worried enough about it to take some preventive measures are potential terrorists.  Good grief.

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