The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." The report "warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed 'right-wing extremists' concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats" (World Net Daily). The report suggests that, aside from the economy and firearms restrictions, "'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'" (WND). The document "defines right-wing extremism in the U.S. as 'divided into those groups, movements and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups) and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration'" (WND). "'[T]he consequences of a prolonged economic downturn . . . could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past'" (WND), claims the report. "'Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of right-wing extremist groups as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. . . . The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by right-wing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement'" (WND). The report also says that "returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists . . . DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities" (WND). "The report warned law enforcement agencies to watch for suspicious individuals who may have bumper stickers for third-party political candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin. It further warned law enforcement to watch out for individuals with 'radical' ideologies based on Christian views, such as opposing illegal immigration, abortion and federal taxes" (WND).
According to House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX), the "DHS is 'using people's political views to assess an individual's susceptibility to terror recruitment'" (FNC).
Where do I start on this one? I hate to tell the DHS, but this country was founded by a bunch of Bible-toting gun owners. This is a huge slap in the face to our returning war veterans, and any member of the military. These people are helping to prevent a second 9/11, and the government is accusing them of being potential terrorist recruits. This is ridiculous that pro-lifers and others who hold Christian views should be suspects. And you'd better take that Ron Paul sticker off of your car right now!