It seems that Janet Napolitano, the new Secretary of Homeland Security, has given a spirited defense of the recently released “threat assessment” that her department released on April 7. The report is supposed to give the DHS a heads up about who they need to be watching as possible domestic terrorists. It included veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, due to them “facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities…”, whatever that means. Those who do face these “challenges” are said to be potential members of terrorist groups or lone wolves out to attack the government. Veteran’s groups, such as the American Legion, are upset with the secretary, and a meeting has been requested.
The really interesting thing about this report is it’s sweeping assumptions. Guess who is among those that the report includes as suspect? Me! And you may also be considered a potential threat to the United States. Here is the quote right from the report itself:
“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly 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 antigovernment, 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…”
So, being pro-life and one who would like to see a large part of government shifted from the federal level back to the state and local level, I am potentially dangerous to my country. An amazing stance for this particular administration to take. How many times have we been told by the Democrats that racial profiling is against the law? It’s a horrible injustice wherever it occurs. You can’t just make someone suspect based on an observation that you make about the person. Until now.
If you have a “pro-life” or anti-illegal immigration bumper sticker on your car, a VFW license plate holder, or a “Jesus Loves You” tee shirt, Big Brother may be watching you. Profiling? You better believe it!