-By Warner Todd Huston
Are you a patriotic American that thinks that our American way of life is in danger? Are you a Tea Partier? If so, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants you to know that you might be a terrorist. Or, at least, the DHS wants to characterize you as a potential terrorist, anyway.
Once again the DHS is warning that believing in American exceptionalism or hailing from the right side of American politics is a dangerous thing, just as they did in 2009. It might be recalled that in 2009 the DHS released a report that said our veterans or anyone that held a conservative viewpoint should be eyed suspiciously by government as a potential domestic terrorist.
This new report, titled Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008, has a different way of defining the exact same position as the 2009 report that brought so much embarrassment to Obama’s administration. Apparently police should be suspicious of anyone that feels their way of life is endangered, anyone that is religious, and anyone that might be interested in “personal liberty,” or “national sovereignty,” or firearms.
That’s a pretty wide net, isn’t it?
Here is how the new report defines the “extreme right-wing”:
Extreme Right-Wing: groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some the threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.
Interestingly, the report breaks down terror attacks by the counties in which they were perpetrated. From 1970 to 2009 the report finds that nearly one-third of them occurred in five heavily urban counties run by Democrats. The report identifies those counties as Manhattan, New York, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, San Francisco County and Washington, D.C.
One good thing, though, we finally got the federal government to sponsor a study that says Islamic extremism is dangerous. Even still, in the data there seems to be several instances of Islamic terror missing. Patrick Poole of PJMedia recently highlighted these interesting omissions.
But there seems to be some data missing when it comes to known Islamic terrorist incidents in New York City and Los Angeles. The study shows no religious terrorism in Manhattan during the 1990s. How about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing? Or the 1994 Brooklyn Bridge Jewish student van shooting by Rashid Baz that killed 16-year-old Ari Halberstam after Baz heard a fiery anti-Jewish sermon at his local mosque? Or the 1997 Empire State Building observation deck shooting by Ali Abu Kamal that killed one tourist and injured six others before Kamal took his own life?
It is intersting that so many instances of Islamic terror are being ignored by this report, isn’t it? And yet, you Tea Partiers? Well, Obama wants you to know that you just might be a terrorist.