Big Brother is che’kin’ you out

While not directed immediately and specifically towards those protesting the
heavy hand of government with regards the rights of animal owners, that
group (us) would certainly qualify in the broader sense. Also, as mentioned
below, what was released is only a *summary* of a more-complete, classified
document. Very scary stuff here! ~Sue Ann
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April 15th, 2009 1:14 PM Eastern
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Six Things You Should Know About the Homeland
Security Report on ‘Rightwing Extremism’
By Judge Andrew Napolitano
FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst
Homeland Security Warns of Rise in Right-Wing Extremism
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report entitled “Rightwing
Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in
Radicalization and Recruitment”, dated April 7, 2009, which I have read, is
apparently an unclassified summary of a larger classified report.
1. The summary contains few proper names, has no footnotes of any
significance, lists very few sources, and is drafted with a prejudice
against anyone who criticizes the role of the federal government in our
lives today. It lumps together in its definition of “rightwing extremism”
hate groups, anti-government groups, and single issue groups “such as
opposition to abortion or immigration.”
2. The document itself cautions the reader that the document is “not to be
released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a
valid need-to-know without prior approval” of the DHS. The document refers
to itself as one of a series of intelligence assessments intended to “deter,
prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United
States.”
3. The thrust of this report is that in the present environment of economic
instability, returning military veterans, those who fear of the loss of
Second Amendment-protected rights, those threatened by an African-American
president, and those who fear “Jewish ‘financial elites’” could all be a
fertile breeding ground for groups whose power and ideas the government
hates and fears. The document is essentially a warning for DHS and FBI
officials to be on the look-out for rootless persons looking for the comfort
of groups as they may be a danger to American security.
4. The summary (unclassified) document is terrifying. One can only imagine
what is contained in the classified version. This document runs directly
counter to numerous U.S. Supreme decisions prohibiting the government from
engaging in any activities that could serve to chill the exercise of
expressive liberties. Liberties are chilled, in constitutional parlance,
when people are afraid to express themselves for fear of government
omnipresence, monitoring, or reprisals. The document also informs the reader
that Big Brother is watching both public and private behavior.
5. The whole purpose of the First Amendment is to guarantee open, broad,
robust debate on the policies and personnel of the government. The First
Amendment presumes that individuals — NOT THE GOVERNMENT — are free to
choose what they believe and espouse, what they read and say, and with whom
they associate in public and in private. The writers of this abominable
report are particularly concerned with the expression of opinions that might
be used to fuel ideas that challenge federal authority or favor state and
local government over the federal government. Unfortunately, legislation
passed during the past eight years gives the DHS and the FBI the tools to
monitor everything from a telephone conversation to the keystrokes used on a
personal computer without a warrant issued by a federal judge.
6. My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the
tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs
to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government
with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and
on whose face there is no smile.
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