Diary

DHS Report, Analysis

There are some problems with the facts in the Right Wing Extremism report.

I want to highlight them.

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(1) “A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”

Thought: As mentioned on Hot Air, the guy was a follower of some guy, Alex Jones or other sort of crazy, and an avowed National Socialist. National Socialists are not known for their right wing extremism. Just, you know, saying.

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(2) — Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.” These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs. DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen.

Thought: It is not a known right-wing cartoonist whose cartoon has recently been picked up by… was it Hamas?… depicting Jews as Nazis?

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(3) Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.

Let me presto-change-o this:

Leftwing extremists are harnessing this highly contested election as a recruitment tool. Many leftwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration (including protesting with images of the president being beheaded or shot) and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the impact of social programs on minorities, and allowing of firearms ownership and use. Leftwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2000 election timeframe to the present, leftwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.

Dude. Awesome.

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(5) — A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”

I think the organization that stated that is this one. No evidence is given, and I’ve never heard of them before. Why did we not list our source for this statement? Citing sources is Junior High people. Get it right.

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So, factually, I have problems with this report. Did I miss any other problems — besides, you know, the blatant politicization of a government entity?