“Many 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.” These rightwing extremists “have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.”
Readers who spot the Southern Poverty Law Center would be wrong. The citation is actually from Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Furling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, an April 2009 publication of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Let me be very clear,” said DHS boss Janet Napolitano in a statement, “we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.”
According to Napolitano, “we are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people. . .” On the other hand, the report gives the American people good cause to wonder.
These rightwing extremists are “mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority” and they “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” The “possible passage of new restrictions on firearms,” and the economic downturn and outsourcing of jobs also disturbs them.
The rightwing extremists “bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and have recently focused on themes such as the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India, Russia’s control of energy resources and use of these to pressure other countries, and China’s investment in U.S. real estate and corporations.”
In addition, “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.”
Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter he was “dumbfounded” that DHS would issue such a document. “This report,” Thompson wrote, “appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans - including war veterans.”
Rightwing Extremism repeatedly mentions the election of the first African American president. That alone is supposed to send hatemongering racist veterans and “single issue” people into plots against him. The report invokes the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but fails to cite a single terrorist act this new brand of domestic rightwing terrorists had managed to pull off.
During 2009, U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan, a self-described “Soldier of Allah,” had been communicating with terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing Americans. Napolitano’s DHS did nothing and on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, Nidal murdered 13 unarmed American soldiers and wounded more than 30 others.
The victims included African Americans and Hispanics, but the administration of POTUS 44, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, did not call it terrorism, a hate crime, or even gun violence. The Muslim’s act of mass murder was only “workplace violence,” and that got no pushback from Janet Napolitano, whose Rightwing Extremism report started a trend.
Over at West Point, the Combating Terrorism Center had previously issued reports on “Radical Islamic Ideology in Southeast Asia,” and “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq.” As Mark Tapson showed, it was a different story when the CTC looked at the United States. Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right, by Arie Perliger, connects advocates of limited government to the Ku Klux Klan and assorted racist, supremacist groups.
The January 2013 report warns of those who “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.” The violent far-right types also “support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government. As Tapson noted, “this pretty much describes every conservative I know.”
A few months later, on April 15, 2013, Chechen Muslims, Dzokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding several hundred, including 16 who lost limbs. So as far as actual terrorists active in the USA, the CTC report missed the mark. Even so, POTUS 44 still refused to link Islam with terrorism and deployed the IRS and other agencies against conservatives and journalists such as James Rosen and Sharyl Attkisson.
The president also tasked the FBI to spy to exonerate his designated successor Hillary Clinton and target her opponent Donald Trump, a campaign that continues to this day. POTUS 44 now turns his wrath on those who supported Trump, who also bemoaned the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China, supports the Second Amendment, champions the cause of veterans, and opposes illegal immigration.
For POTUS 44’s DHS boss, a former governor of Arizona, that makes Trump and his supporters a pack of dangerous extremists. Janet Napolitano is now president of the University of California, where she grants illegal alien students in-state tuition, along with a $25.2 million aid package running through 2019.