DHS Report Says “Disgruntled Military Veterans” Might Be “Rightwing Extremists”

On the heels of the

now infamous
Missouri Information Analysis Center
(MIAC) report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
has just released an
"assessment"
report entitled
"Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political
Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and
Recruitment."
With virtually no references,
documentation, or annotations, the report, which was
released to all branches of American law enforcement,
demonizes a host of citizens as

having the capacity to become violent
"rightwing
extremists."

The DHS report warns law
enforcement to be on guard against anyone who opposes
illegal immigration, same-sex marriage,
"free trade agreements,"
gun control, the
"New World Order,"

"One World
Government,"
the outsourcing of American jobs, the
"perceived"
threat to U.S. sovereignty by foreign powers, abortion,
"declarations of
martial law,"

"the creation of citizen detention camps,"

"suspension of the U.S. Constitution," or the abridgement of State
authority. Also branded are people who believe in
"end times" prophecies, and who
"stockpile" food, ammunition, or firearms.

I dare say that at least 75% (or
more) of the American people have beliefs that fall into
one or more categories of the above list. If you are one
of them, DHS suspects you of being a
"rightwing extremist." But there is more.

The DHS report specifically warns
law enforcement to be on guard against
"disgruntled
military veterans,"
especially veterans returning
from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You read it
right.

Well, if anyone has a legitimate
reason to be disgruntled, it is America`s veterans.
After taking an oath to defend and support America and
the U.S. Constitution, they were ordered to fight a
preemptive war of aggression in Iraq; they were ordered
to fight without a Declaration of War; they were ordered
to put their lives on the line, not for the safety and
security of the American people, but for international
bankers, the United Nations, and the
"global economy."
Then they returned home to a Department of Veteran`s
Affairs that treats them as second-class citizens: VA
hospitals are often dirty and out-of-date; medical
treatments are postponed; medications often take months
to arrive; and much of the promised care is never
delivered at all. If anyone has a right to be
disgruntled, it is a military veteran.

That said, where is the evidence in
the DHS report to substantiate the necessity for
American law enforcement to be on guard against
potential violence committed by military veterans? It
doesn`t exist. It is a blanket charge without any
substantiation whatsoever. The same is true for the rest
of the report. Without documentation, substantiation, or
annotation, the report broadly brushes a host of
American citizens as being potential
"extremists"
simply because of their political opinions. This is the
same kind of political profiling that we saw in the
Missouri report.

Veterans groups nationwide are
rightfully "up in
arms"
over the DHS report. Feeling the wrath of
public opinion, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday
"apologized"
for "offending"
veterans.

Fox News reported,
"American Legion
National Commander David Rehbein, who blasted the report
earlier this week as incomplete and politically-biased,
said he was pleased with Napolitano`s apology."
But
not all veterans groups share Rehbein`s spirit of
forgiveness.

Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for
Freedom, snarled,
"It wasn`t an apology in my view. It was one of those
non-apology apologies. She was sorry that veterans were
offended. She should either apologize for the content of
the report as it stands or they should rewrite the
report and reissue it."
Hegseth has it right!

Napolitano did not apologize for
the report; she only said she was sorry that vets were "offended" by
the report. There is a vast difference. This is the
typical cow manure that we are accustomed to from
non-elected bureaucrats, especially federal bureaucrats.

And please notice that Napolitano
offered no
"apology"
to pro-lifers, proponents of the

Second Amendment,
constitutionalists, Christians, or
anyone else. She couldn`t care less if any of these
folks were offended. She was only sorry that veterans
were offended.

House Minority Leader John Boehner
(R-Ohio) also rightly blasted the DHS report, saying its
portrayal of veterans was
"offensive and
unacceptable."

House Judiciary Committee Ranking
Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas)

said
, "The
rightwing report uses broad generalizations about
veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of
gun rights. That`s like saying
if you
love puppies
, you might be susceptible to
recruitment by the
Animal
Liberation Front
. It is ridiculous and deeply
offensive to millions of Americans."

Ladies and gentlemen, the American
people must put a stop to this burgeoning political
profiling that is currently being forced upon law
enforcement. I urge every reader of this column to
immediately contact your U.S. House member and two U.S.
Senators, demanding that they put a stop to this right
now!

In the meantime, I believe we can
also assume that the source of all of these reports is
either

Morris Dees
and his

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
or the

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
, or both. If this is
true (and we desperately need some attorneys who are
willing to file lawsuits in which evidentiary material
may be gleaned during discovery to substantiate these
assumptions), the SPLC and ADL–and those government
bureaucrats who assist them–need to be exposed and held
accountable. The days of political
"witch-hunting"
must come to an end. Furthermore, the days of radical
leftwing organizations, such as SPLC and ADL, being
allowed to use federal and state police agencies to
demonize and terrorize private citizens because of their
political beliefs must also come to an end.

Obviously, DHS is still stinging
from the embarrassment and setback of the Missouri
report, in which three of last year`s Presidential
candidates (Ron
Paul
,

Bob Barr
, and myself) were personally named. In
essence, people who voted for and/or supported any one
of us were directly labeled as being potential dangerous
"militia
members."
This blatant and outlandish accusation
resulted in a maelstrom of protest, which concluded with
the report being completely withdrawn. And this is
exactly what people should demand in the case of the DHS
report: it should be immediately withdrawn!

The current DHS report does not
include personal names, except the name of

Timothy McVeigh
, who is used as an example of what
any "disgruntled military veteran" could become. It does, however,
regurgitate the familiar themes of the Missouri report:
the same groups; the same beliefs; the same
generalizations; the same innuendoes; the same broad
brushing; the same warnings; the same
mischaracterizations; the same political profiling.

As with the Missouri officials,
Janet Napolitano has made a critical misjudgment. By
including veterans in her broad sweep of
"rightwing
extremists,"
she has shown her true colors: and they
are not Red, White and Blue. Veterans throughout America
should insist that not only must the report be
rescinded, but Ms. Napolitano must also resign.

P.S. My message this Sunday, April
19, will include a celebration and commemoration of

Patriot`s Day
, which–next to July 4–is America`s
greatest day. This was the day the shot was fired that
was heard round the world and America`s War for
Independence began. I plan to read an eyewitness account
of the Battle of Lexington during my address. Watch
online this Sunday, April 19, at approximately 10:30
a.m. (Central Daylight Time). Go to
hhttp://crossroadbaptist.net/live.html

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


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