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I’m a Potential Terrorist (according to DHS)

April 15, 2009

The Washington Post reports that Mississippi’s Representative Bennie Thompson is “dumbfounded” that Janet Napolitano allowed the Department of Homeland Security to release the controversial report on so-called rightwing extremism.  DHS’s report said that  persons “who collect guns, veterans, supporters of border control, and pro-life advocates” are potential terrorist threats. (The full report can be read here.)

I offer my thanks for Representative Thompson for challenging the department of Homeland Security.  He said:

“I am particularly struck by the report’s conclusion which states that 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,'” Mr. Thompson said, demanding to know what types of activities DHS had planned for “the next several months.”

True enough. The fact is this report is nothing more than a maneuver to marginalize political and idological opponents of the Obama administration.

In effect, the DHS and Secretary Napolitano likely will identify my blogging as a sign that I am a potential threat.  Like Rep. Thompson, I believe this to be an affront to our most basic freedoms — of expression and of association.

This is just another step toward the type of fascism that resulted in goon squads and brownshirts.  It cannot be allowed to stand.

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