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A Peek Into The Mind Of Our Government

From the Washington Times:

The same Homeland Security Department office that categorized veterans as potential terrorists issued an earlier report that defined dozens of "extremists" ranging from black power activists to abortion foes. The report was nixed within hours and recalled from state and local law enforcement officials.

Whites and blacks, Christians and Jews, Cubans and Mexicans, along with tax-hating Americans were among several political leanings listed in the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" that came out of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in late March.

"The lexicon was not an authorized I&A product, and it was recalled as soon as management discovered it had been released without authorization," said Amy Kudwa, Homeland Security spokeswoman.

"This product is not, nor was it ever, in operational use," Ms. Kudwa said.

While it may never have been in "operational use", it is still disturbing that the head of this department saw fit to compile a "dictionary" of groups who would be labeled in such a broadly defined way.

One can only imagine the outcry from the pundits and kooks on the left if the Bush Administration had initiated a similar report. Cries of fascism would have been heard from all leftist corners of the country.

Of particular note is the fact that last month's report on "right-wing extremism" was expanded into a nine page detailed document, while "left-wing extremism" was not mentioned at all.

A "left-wing extremist" is described as someone who opposes war or is dedicated to environmental and animal rights causes, while a "right-wing extremist" is someone who is against abortion or for border enforcement.

The same "right-wing" definition appeared in a report last month that prompted an outcry in the veterans community for also suggesting that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were targets for extremist groups to recruit for attacks against the U.S.

Awww. Don't the "left-wing extremists" just sound so cuddly and caring? I mean, they're for peace and love to animals, man!

The latest report to become public, the lexicon on domestic extremism, stated that people involved with anti-immigration extremism "may have been known to advocate or engage in criminal activity and plot acts of violence and terrorism to advance their extremist goals."

"They are highly critical of the U.S. government's response to illegal immigration and oppose government programs that are designed to extend 'rights' to illegal aliens, such as issuing driver's licenses or national identification cards and providing in-state tuition, medical benefits, or public education."

It is not hard to fathom that "critical opposition" to the programs listed above would fall under the brush of this broad stroke definition. Wanting the government to lawfully enforce it's border statutes should not be cause for mention as an "extremist" label.

And, the "tax-resistance movement" is described as "groups or individuals who vehemently believe taxes violate their constitutional rights."

Presumably due to all of the "Lexington and Concord" type clashes occurring all over the country. How coincidental that this label would be conjured up after the occurrence of tea-party rallies.

Here are a few other notable "definitions" from the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" book:

  • alternative media: A term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets
  • antiabortion extremism: A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities.
  • leftwing extremism: A movement of groups or individuals that embraces anticapitalist, Communist, or Socialist doctrines and seeks to bring about change through violent revolution rather than through established political processes. The term also refers to leftwing, single-issue extremist movements that are dedicated to causes such as environmentalism, opposition to war, and the rights of animals.

(Note that this definition implies that those who embrace these leftist views would be justified in acting on them through "established political processes". How telling.)

Take a minute to read the whole document. It is noteworthy just how many times "right-wing" is used in the various definitions of differing categories.

Also, from what I read, not one word of Islamic or Muslim extremism was defined or mentioned in the entire document.

This document is an acknowledgment of just how the government perceives its citizenry.

Seems that if you disagree with anything this government proposes, you will find yourself conveniently fitting an extremist label. A label justified by tacking on the word "violent".

The article also notes that the man responsible for the authorization of this document, Roger Mackin, has been removed from the agency, though not for reasons due to this. He is now going to be in charge of the "cybersecurity section at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence".

Look for a document defining types of "extremist internet" users soon.


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Comments (17)

What's next on the criteria... (Below threshold)

What's next on the criteria to be a terrorist?

BREATHING! It's been defined as a common characteristic among ALL hate groups!

Remember - if they breathe, they're dangerous!

"While it may never have be... (Below threshold)

"While it may never have been in "operational use"

Exactly! But it does show their mindset, and that is scary! If there's one thing this group does, they all think alike.

"alternative media: A te... (Below threshold)

"alternative media: A term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets"

That one cracked me up. You mean like the difference between what the mass media presents and the rest of the story?

"A peek into the mind of ou... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

"A peek into the mind of our government"? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Shawn, what 'mind'?

Sorry, love, but I think you need to replace that word with something else because a 'mind' would connotate 'thought' .... and I don't think that their is a lot of 'thought' going into what is currently happening in the beltway these days ... posturing, yes; conjecture (aka guesswork), yes.

If Bill Clinton was the master of dealing with polls, Obama is proving to be the real Messiah.

Everything is PR. There is no serious thought.

The White House is running in campaign mode and still has not learned to govern ... has not learned to 'THINK'.

So while this document is p... (Below threshold)

So while this document is pretty creepy, I thought I should point out that it does specify that it only concerns "domestic, non-Islamic extremism" in the US. So it's not like they're trying to whitewash Islamic extremism, they're just trying to paint everyone else with the same brush.

Ender,Thanks for p... (Below threshold)


Thanks for pointing that out.

Perhaps I should have asked why they decided to exclude domestic muslim extremism.

Darn, Shawn beat me to it. ... (Below threshold)

Darn, Shawn beat me to it. Dearborn, MI and several other cities in the Midwest now have significant Middle Eastern population bases. Checked out who's #1 on the poverty roll's in Maine?

Free hint, just because Fedco doesn't want to publicize it they are here and they aren't going away.

That the government is willing to demonize "rightwing extremists" because they don't have the same mindset as the Obamabots in this administration is a very telling clue as to their mindset and what their intentions are.

Change! Wow, what a governm... (Below threshold)
John Wark:

Change! Wow, what a government we've got ourselves! This is the biggest bunch of morons ever to run the USA. Let's hope for a new kind of HOPE next election. How did these people get these jobs? Surreal world today.

hyperbolist??Are y... (Below threshold)


Are you the official spokesperson for Al Quaeda or what??

This is not quite the same ... (Below threshold)

This is not quite the same kind of profiling, hyper, though it is a cute riposte. I'll give you that. The objectionable aspects of the document aren't aimed at folks from a particular genetic origin, or from a particular geographic region. Its the manner in which political bias is so blatantly slathered onto the risk stratification that the document reeks of patchouli.

I don't see a comment by Hy... (Below threshold)

I don't see a comment by Hyper on this threat - what gives?

(Also...patchouli?? Ick. They're clearly not hiring law enforcement or military professionals in that office if that's the kind of crap coming out of the intel shop - and leaked, no less.)

Errr....thread. Sorry.... (Below threshold)

Errr....thread. Sorry.

Patriot - All members and d... (Below threshold)

Patriot - All members and devoted followers of The One (Peace be upon him).

Dangerous Extremist - Anybody else. (See "political enemy", "preemptive detainment", "Habeus Corpus", "Gulag")

"Whites and blacks, Christi... (Below threshold)

"Whites and blacks, Christians and Jews, Cubans and Mexicans, along with tax-hating Americans were among several political leanings listed in the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" that came out of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in late March."

Lexicon is a nice name for it, isn't it? But wouldn't "Project" be a better name? The reason its not technically in use, yet, is because training classes begin in August:

Fine, I'll say it ... (Below threshold)
Fine, I'll say it again: I'm glad everyone here was so up in arms about profiling on September 12th, 2001. Feels good to be unfairly stereotyped, doesn't it?

There's a few differences in these two issues, Hyperbolist.

First, profiling on September 12th, after the country was attacked by young middle eastern men, and we watched a sizeable portion of that region celebrate at what had been done, actually makes sense. So, stopping white peg legged midgets going to Toledo Ohio on a round trip ticket doesn't make a whole lot of sense on September 12th because it's a waste of time and resources, especially when it's just to avoid the appearance of profiling (sensibly, nonetheless) and being politically correct.

Now, with this lexicon, and the previous DHS pamphlet on Domestic Extremism, none of the above factors are true. And, as the left used to love to say for the past eight years, 'I question the timing.'

You should too.

I wouldn't mind taking a pe... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

I wouldn't mind taking a peek into the mind of our current government. Unfortunately, I don't happen to own a colonoscope.

Anyone who opposes the NEW ... (Below threshold)

Anyone who opposes the NEW WORLD ORDER and the NORTH AMERICAN UNION and that means all CONSERVATIVES






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