Friday, April 17, 2009

Uh-oh, the right wing is now a target, and they don’t like it. Dept. of Homeland Security Victimizing Republicans.

Do you remember this comment from the Republicans when Democrats complained their activist groups were being infiltrated by the government and were being illegally wiretapped: “If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.”

Back at you GOP:

Right-wing extremists in the United States are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the first black U.S. president, the Department of Homeland Security warned in a report to law enforcement officials.

The April 7 report said such fears were driving a resurgence in "recruitment and radicalization activity" by white supremacist groups, anti-government extremists and militia movements … it warned that home foreclosures, unemployment and other consequences of the economic recession "could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists. To the extent that these factors persist, right-wing extremism is likely to grow in strength," DHS said.

The report warned that military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat skills could be recruitment targets, especially those having trouble finding jobs or fitting back into civilian society. Extremist groups are preying on fears that President Barack Obama, the first African American U.S. president, would restrict gun ownership, boost immigration and expand social programs for minorities, the report said.

Government scrutiny disrupted violent plots following the April 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City by Army veteran Timothy McVeigh which killed 168 people.
A similar assessment of left-wing radicals completed in January was distributed to federal, state and local police agencies at that time. -Reuters

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