Talk radio and conservative blogs — and even the mainstream media — have been abuzz with reports and commentary on a paper from the Department of Homeland Security, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” You can see the whole thing here.
I’m not going to do a thorough commentary on the thing; many others have covered it, including Power Line. I want to point out how the government is targeting people like me and Ann, who have done nothing but exercise our free speech by writing this blog. A disclaimer at the beginning says that the government has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are planning acts of violence. (Unlike leftwing ones such as radical animal-rights and environmentalist groups, which actually have carried out such acts.) But that’s okay, it’s the possibility that counts. Here’s one:
Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.
A pretty good perception, seeing that it’s backed up by academic studies like this one from the Center for Immigration Studies. (That’s just one of many.) Here’s their disclaimer; are you convinced that anti-immigration groups are not being monitored?
Then there are the New World Order paranoids. DHS is a little behind the curve on what the perceived threat is. Many of us are deeply concerned about the apparent willingness of the Obama administration to cede parts of our sovereignty to world bodies, and the eagerness of some judges to apply foreign laws and legal decisions to domestic cases. Pretty extremist stuff, to want American judges to follow the American Constitution rather than Zimbabwe’s, huh?
Okay, I’ve gotten off the main topic. Just wanted to make sure Ann and I got on the list, if they’re making a list. When I was on the radical left a long time ago, the FBI had a file on me; I got it through a Freedom of Information Act request in the 1980s. Will I get a new file now?