Despite the fact that the DHS's report calls these threats "largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts" and they have "stopped short of calls for violent action" this hasn't stopped them from leveling terrorist allegations against citizens concerned with the growing unconstitutional behavior of the federal government. The report relies more on unfounded rhetoric from "civil-rights" special interest groups like ACORN and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) than on actual law enforcement data and intelligence.
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. The information is provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States...
- Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president
- 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
- The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition... in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern
- Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists
- The historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremists
- Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures.
- 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.
- Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties
- Frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence
- Rightwing extremists 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.
- Rightwing extremists to believe that... a world government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing upon their liberty
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are... rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority... It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
So what that kidnappings by Drug Cartels, who grab U.S. citizens, take them across the Mexican border and hold them for ransom, have dramatically increased since 2006? In Phoenix, AZ an average of 35 citizens are kidnapped in such away each month.
So what that U.S. shipping vessels are being hijacked by pirates for the first time since 1804? Currently pirates hold more than 230 people hostage.
So what that the United States is fighting two wars in the predominantly Islamic part of the world inciting hatred and resentment? There are more than 60 known Islamic terrorist cells operating in 17 states within the U.S.
Rightwing extremism, a clearer threat to the safety and security of the American people, if ever there was one.
While, citizen activists groups like the Minutemen Civil Defense corp are labeled "vigilantes" and rightwing extremists for reporting violations of U.S. immigration law, Barack Obama's DHS is calling on all citizens to watch and report on their neighbors and family members who may hold some of the same "radical" beliefs detailed in the DHS report.
"DHS encourages recipients of this document to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI."