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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Homeland Security issues warning on right-wing extremist groups

DHS is warning law-enforcement agencies that we might see a spike in right-wing extremist groups because we have (A) the worst economy in 70 years and (B) our first black president. Take it away, Politico:

“The consequences of a prolonged economic downturn — including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit — could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities,” the report warns.

The report explains that threats so far have been “largely rhetorical,” but points to the April 4 shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh as a “recent example of potential violence associated with right-wing extremism.”

Homeland Security is especially worried that returning vets are going to be recruited, the way some were by the militia movement during the early 1990s.

A few thoughts: Wow. This is really, really tone-deaf. Even if you ARE worried about something like this, you damn well better have some proof before you accuse your political opponents -- and returning war heroes -- of wanting to, you know, blow people up. It's essentially the same warning that Missouri's public safety department issued, and that went over SO well.

Second? I kind of understand why the DHS people are freaking out. The rhetoric about Obama is three times as heated as anything that got said about Clinton. It's absolutely your right to call him the Antichrist and accuse him of breaking into your kid's room at night to steal from Billy's piggy bank -- just don't be surprised if people look at you strange.

Jewwells P has tracked down a copy of the report.

Also? Another local blog, The Kansas Citian, has a post about the issue here.

Hat Tip: Many thanks, Jewwells P and Mikeybackwards!

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