DHS warns of rise of right-wing extremists

Posted by J.D. On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2 comments
Back in January, I noted that violence is on the rise against gays, and a cursory examination of national news will show that racism has been growing since Obama was elected.

A new new report (PDF) from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security has been released which analyzes right-wing groups.

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues.

The good news is that there is no evidence currently that there are organized right-wing groups with plans for a terror campaign. But as I noted earlier, right-wing hate rhetoric has consequences. Just because the organization itself doesn't plan to act, that doesn't mean the individuals won't. Jim Adkisson comes to mind. As does Richard Poplowski.

The DHS report agrees.

A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”

Lest you dismiss this, the Southern Poverty Law Center has noted that hate group numbers have risen by 54% since 2000.

The report notes that extremist groups are making headway with recruiting by broadening their scope.

Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.

Pamela Troy at Thought Crimes has noted that White Supremacist groups are already writing up instructions on how to take advantage of the situation.

Hundreds of us will take to the streets next week and join the nation-wide Tea Party. This is excellent for WN. If the history of revolutions teaches us anything, is that they begin as one thing and ultimately morph themselves into another...

...Remember that “taxes” are merely a symptom. Yeah, Americans are angry about taxes . . . but then what? What happens on April 16th? Where do we go from here?

It's up to us, WN, to provide those answers. We do it by simple prodding of accepted dogma. Remember . . . these are brainwashed people we're dealing with. For years, they've though that everything was "O.K." Suddenly, just like Neo . . . they take the red pill . . . and now they're realizing that it's all lies.

You . . . my fellow WNs . . . are that red pill.

Ask questions that will challenge Americans to look beyond the symptoms they easily see. Only when they begin to question the dogma most have accepted since high school (which is no easy task) will they begin to understand the need for a true white revolution.

My advice: Don't even mention "race" or "jew" or even "white." Keep it simple. The point is taxes . . . so stay on point.

The DHS report agrees and remarks that extremist groups have gone beyond single issues to recruit members. It further draws a parallel to the militia movements of the 1990s...an uncomfortable thought.

Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. 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 as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.

Sean Hannity brought James Dobson onto his show to discuss the DHS report. Even though the report expressly states "The historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization", Hannity couldn't help himself. He had to engage in a little propaganda.

What do you think of that interpretation, especially coming from a guy that started his political career in the home of an unrepentant terrorist who bombed our Pentagon and Capitol and sat in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years?

Last week, John Stewart pointed out the difference between fascism and simply losing an election.

Unfortunately, while these commentators that Stewart was taking to task simply use Obama backlash to garner political points, many that listen to them take it far too seriously. Like Richard Poplowski, there are people who listen to the fearmongering and act upon it. And there will always be groups that are willing to recruit those people.


proudprogressiveTG said...

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J.D. said...

Sure. No problem at all. Thanks for the compliments.

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