Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Right Wing Extremist Groups Reassure us They Can be Trusted, even with Guns.

It’s back. The right wing is back at denying Homeland Security’s report on right wing extremist groups. The crackpot group, Americans for Limited Government, appears in this Fox News piece about the “thin” evidence used to make such an outlandish acusation.

As if the Holocaust Memorial Museum and abortion doctor killing wasn’t enough, “researcher” Nathan Mehrens points a finger at liberals, because as you know, they can’t be trusted. It’s as simple as that. Watch Fox News make something out of nothing with the details of this “shocking revelation.”

Here’s the written version from Fox News:

Homeland Security Department's report on "right-wing extremist groups" sparked outrage and questions, especially the infamous footnote focusing on "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration." The report found no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists were planning acts of violence but warned that they may be gaining new recruits by playing on fears about the recession and the election of the first black president.

You might want to include health care reform in that list. But beside the obvious threats at McCain rallies, conservative politicians and pundits, what proof was there?

Shortly after its release in April, Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Homeland Security, asking to see the supporting evidence for a report on "right-wing extremist groups."

"We expected to receive back some hard-core analysis, some data analysis, looking at crime statistics and current trends that would back up conclusions in the report," said Nathan Mehrens. "Instead what we got was a list of URLs to various Web sites, all kinds of news stories across the board.” The group dismisses the Web links to numerous media reports as nothing more than an afternoon of surfing the Web.

It would be crazy to pay attention to news reports in the liberal media and watch dog the internets, that new fangled technology that’s too complicated to get into here.

The assessment was launched under the Bush administration and completed by a career service employee within the department, not a political appointee of either former President Bush or President Obama. Shortly after the report's release, Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized repeatedly for any unintended offense. "I was briefed on it. I'm not running away from it," she said. "But I will say it was an assessment. It was not an accusation."

Try and convince me the crying, angry anti-government protesters at the Democratic town halls isn’t a red flag to be watched closely. If you’re wondering what makes them different from left wingers: They like guns and talk about using them all the time against the government.

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