14APR09 We are being profiled, again; this time by the Department of Homeland Security!
Well, I match many parts of this new threat assessment from the Department of Homeland Security which mimics the discredited MIAC report. However, while the White House is distancing itself from this report, the D of DHS was hand picked by the President and appears to be in support of this. Washington Times and World Net Daily have good articles, WND has the .pdf file from DHS. So far I'm 4 pages into it and jives with what I know Federal reports look like.
Here are some excerpts that profile most of the citizens of the State of Alaska:
"(U//FOUO) 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.
— (U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans
likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups,
as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for
violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and
stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation
of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary
concern to law enforcement.
— (U//FOUO) 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."
The U//FOUO is the standard method of classifying individual paragraphs. Obviously, since this report is Unclassified, thats the U, the FOUO is For Official Use Only. Classification warnings are the same as on some manuals I've used while on active duty.
Here is some more lumping that the report does, it lumps all gun owners and gun rights activists in the exact same camp as white supremacists (and all combat veterans are white right wing gun totting neo-nazis).
"(U) Legislative and Judicial Drivers
(U//FOUO) 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.
— (U//FOUO) 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.
— (U//FOUO) 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.
(U//FOUO) Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred
rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases of
ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further
exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity.
Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates
attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move
at this time.
(U//FOUO) Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested
subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of
Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear
arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the
precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and
parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent
extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalization
Oh no, here we go, the veterans are going to rise up!
"(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) 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.
— (U) After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military
veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing
— (U) 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.”
— (U//LES) 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."
I guess if you are a vet who got pissed off at President Obama's ignorance of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during his election, you are just a damn racist who is going to join some crack pot neo-nazi backwoods militia.
Never mind that there are always idiots in this world. I wonder who the prominent "Civil Rights Organization" was that said lots of racists were learning the arts of war in the military. I must say, the US military is the most culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse organization in the entire world... Racists exist, but if they open they're foul mouths they typically lose some teeth. I've seen it happen. Unless they happen to be African American soldiers from Chicago, LA, or NYC; then if they are racist against Caucasians its perfectly acceptable according to the MEO (and I can back up that assessment with facts and pull up the MEO course materials in which every example provided of 'racism' is a white male soldier committing the act of racism against someone else... meanwhile every veteran or active soldier has met a racist who isn't Caucasian).
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