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Video & Transcript: Lou Dobbs Covers The Disturbing DHS Document Regarding "Right Wing Extremists"

April 14, 2009


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H/T Tim @ The Black Kettle via FamilyCoalition

Transcript:

DOBBS: The Department of Homeland Security tonight warning of a new terrorist threat facing America. The threat comes from what it calls right-wing extremists in this country. the report says people who are opposed to restricting Second Amendment rights to bear arms or who are concerned about illegal immigration and border security could well fall under the Department of Homeland Security definition of an extremist. Jeanne Meserve has our report.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JEANNE MESERVE, CNN HOMELAND SECURITY CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Political conservatives are fired up.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: This is an effort to criminalize political dissent, standard, ordinary, every day political dissent.

MESERVE: This fury a reaction to an assessment from the Department of Homeland Security saying right-wing extremist groups could exploit fears about the economic downturn, gun control and the election of an African-American president to attract new recruits. It says groups dedicated to a single issue such as opposition to abortion or immigration may fall within the definition of extremists.

LIMBAUGH: We are not extremists. They are the extremists.

MESERVE: To make its case, DHS cites a surge in purchases of guns and ammunition and the recent shooting of three Pittsburgh police officers by a man reportedly influenced by racist ideology and fears of gun confiscations. An organization that tracks extremist groups thinks DHS has the picture at least partially right.

MARK POTOK, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER: The election of Obama certainly has played for these groups in the last six, seven, eight months. The economy, I think is much more questionable. We really don’t know if that is having an effect.

MESERVE: A Homeland Security officials say DHS is not trying to squelch free speech. “There is no link between extremists being talked about in that report and conservative political thinkers, activists and voters.” But conservatives aren’t buying it.

ROGER HEDGECOCK, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: If the Bush administration had done this to left-wing extremists it would be all over the press as an obvious trampling on the First Amendment rights of folks and dissent.

MESERVE: In fact in January there was a warning about left-wing extremists. It was issued by the Obama administration but both reports were begun under President Bush.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

MESERVE: This new DHS assessment says right-wing extremists may try to radicalize disgruntled veterans to exploit their military knowledge. Some conservatives find that offensive, but DHS points to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a veteran of the first Iraq war — Lou.

DOBBS: Jeanne, this is at the very least a broad, general threat assessment if you will. Why are there not names named and specific targets referenced here if there is a legitimate threat to the interests of the United States?

MESERVE: Well, they say there is no specific threat here, but they sent this out to law enforcement all across the country so they would be aware of what DHS perceives as something that’s emerging and so they can get an even better assessment of what’s going on through the eyes of those local officials. That’s why this was issued at this point in time.

DOBBS: This was attempted once again relying in some measure on the Southern Poverty Law Center last month with the so-called Missouri documents, the Missouri state patrol had to withdraw the so-called fusion report. Is that likely to happen here?

MESERVE: I don’t know. The Missouri report went considerably further, as you know, it mentioned to be on the lookout for people with certain sorts of political bumper stickers on their car. This report goes nowhere near that and by the way, I don’t think they relied on the Southern Law Center…

DOBBS: No, I said…

(CROSSTALK)

DOBBS: Yeah.

MESERVE: Right, right. But certainly they seem to be in sync to a certain degree here. Both the Department and the Southern Poverty Law Center say they are seeing some increase in those right-wing groups.

DOBBS: All right, thank you very much — Jeanne Meserve from Washington.

Well we’d like to know what you think about all of this. Our poll question tonight is do you think a person concerned about borders and ports that are unsecured, illegal immigration, Second Amendment rights or returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is likely or even possibly probable, as the Department of Homeland Security suggests to be a right-wing extremist? Yes or no. Cast your vote at LouDobbs.com. We’ll have the results here later in the broadcast.

Results of poll at time of this posting:

Do you think a person concerned about borders and ports that are unsecured, illegal immigration, second amendment rights or a returning veteran from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan is likely, as the Department of Homeland Security suggests, a right wing extremist?
Yes     6%     246
No     94%     3649
Total Votes: 3895

This is not a scientific poll

Update:

JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Six Things You Should Know About the Homeland Security Report on ‘Rightwing Extremism’

Excerpt

My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.

H/T CreepingSharia via comments

Related:
DHS Rightwing Extremism Report 04-07-09
The Ultimate Tea Party Demonstration Guide
Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party
“The Modern Militia Movement” a report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) PDF @ Scribd

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3 Comments
  1. April 16, 2009 7:12 pm

    6 Things u Should Know About DHS report: http://8wr63.th8.us

    “tip of iceberg DHS would prefer to keep submerged”

    CreepingSharia’s last blog post..‘War on terror’ appropriate label says professor

  2. April 16, 2009 8:19 pm

    Thanks! I viewed the FOX segment with Judge Andrew Napolitano but it is great to have the text on hand. I may link up to it in my post as an update.

  3. April 17, 2009 11:52 am

    April 17, 2009 – Washington, DC – U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint, David Vitter, James Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Sam Brownback, Richard Burr and Lisa Murkowski yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano requesting an explanation of the methodology used by the department to draft its recent controversial report outlining the threat of rightwing extremism for America’s law enforcement.

    [snip]

    A copy of the letter is attached.

    The Honorable Janet Napolitano
    Secretary
    The Department of Homeland Security
    310 7th Street, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20528-0150

    VIA FACSIMILE

    Dear Secretary Napolitano,

    We write today regarding the release of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” and prepared by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch of the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division.

    While we agree that extremists of all varieties represent a potential threat to the United States, we are troubled by some of the statements included as fact in the report titled above.

    First, your report states 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.” Using the DHS rationale, do you also believe that weapons familiarity and tactical training means local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel, and members of the National Guard, are also being recruited? To suggest that a soldier returning from a combat tour is more prone to join an extremist group is unconscionable and insulting to our brave men and women who risk their lives protecting our freedom.

    Second, the report states that the millions of Americans who believe in the Second Amendment are a potential threat to our national security. Why? Do you have statistics to prove that law-abiding Americans who purchase a legal product are being recruited by so-called hate groups? If so, please present us with DHS’s independent data.

    Third, the report identifies those individuals who believe in such issues as pro-life legislation, limited government, and legal versus illegal immigration as potential terrorist threats. We can assure you that these beliefs are held by citizens of all races, party affiliations and sex, and should not be listed as a factor in determining potential terror threats. A better way to describe them is as citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.

    Also, you listed those who bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India as being potential rightwing extremists. We would suggest that the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the manufacturing industry to foreign countries are not potential terror threats, but rather, honest Americans worried about feeding their families and earning a paycheck. Once again, to classify Americans who have lost their jobs as potential terror threats does a disservice to millions of Americans.

    In closing, we support the mission of DHS in protecting our country from terror attacks and are proud of the many DHS employees who make this possible, in conjunction with our state and local law enforcement. We ask that DHS not use this report as a basis to unfairly target millions of Americans because of their beliefs and the rights afforded to them in the Constitution, and that you provide us with the data that supports the claims listed in the report titled above.

    http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=b519c530-a7bb-b041-8d99-92df3ec1aba7

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