Homeland Security Fears Veterans & Constitutionalists – Reason #58


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Homeland Security Fears Veterans & Constitutionalists

On April 7, 2009, less than four months after Obama took office, the Department of Homeland Security published an unclassified intelligence assessment entitled: Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.  The Administration, citing similarities in the conditions of the 1990s and today, speculated:

“The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.

“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that right- wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”[i]

They also cautioned against Americans “…rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority…” and against “…groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” [ii]

In other words – according to the Obama Administration – we should be very concerned about returning veterans who have risked their lives for our country.  We should also be suspicious of all those who believe in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, as well as those who stay informed and take a position on abortion, immigration, or any other major issue affecting America.


[i] Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat AnalysisDivision, (April 7, 2010), Department of Homeland Security, Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, pp2-3, retrieved October 23, 2010 from http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

[ii] Ibid, 2

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