Archive for the ‘Godwin’d’ Category
John Romano manages, for the first time, not to link to his myspacemusic page in his piece today about a nefarious Department of Homeland Security report on rightwing extremist groups.
Today the Washington Times printed an article about Obama’s DHS crew releasing a report about, and plans to step up efforts to watch, “Right Wing Radical extremists.” Interesting that this is released just before the Tea Parties are scheduled to happen across America.
From the article itself:
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.
Notice the clever use of “immigration” instead of “illegal immigration.”
Look, if you’re going to comment publicly on a specific government publication, maybe you should, you know, read it. It’s here (pdf). It contains a section titled “Illegal Immigration,” in giant bold letters. It uses the phrases “illegal immigration” and “illegal immigrants” repeatedly.
That footnote quoted by The Washington Times is a benign attempt to define “rightwing extremism” for the purposes of clairty, since the assessment goes on to take great pains in consistently pointing out that the vast majority of what it defines as “rightwing extremism” is constitutionally protected speech. Romano:
This is just one step closer to the normative labeling of anyone that disagrees vocally with the Obama administration as extremist. Speak out heavily against illegal immigration; be careful you could be tagged as a right-wing extremist. Listen to Rush Limbaugh; be careful you could be tagged as a right-wing extremist.
The section on illegal immigration is entirely concerned with white supremacist militia groups using the immigration issue as a recruiting tool. From the report:
Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool.
Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policygenerally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.
The assessment then goes on to list specific hate crimes carried out by various militia groups. Rush Limbaugh is not mentioned (though he did call for riots at the DNC last year).
Finally, here is the report’s key finding, in bold letters right at the top:
Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.
Run, John Romano! The Obama Gestapo is coming for you any minute! Take to the hills! WOLVERIIIINES!