The Obama administration announced today that it is resurrecting a special federal law enforcement group that will target what it calls “homegrown extremists.” Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today, citing a recent shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas as one of the motivating factors.
Holder further claims that the administration is once again concerned about the growth of homegrown terrorists — U.S. citizens who join up with Islamist terrorist groups such as al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under its former secretary Janet Napolitano had begun to monitor, infiltrate, and smoke out members of terror-connected groups in the United States.
But Napolitano took an enormous amount of heat from the public over several internal memos that were leaked to the press, indicating that DHS considers conservative, evangelical Christians, members of the Tea Party, citizens who support former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and those who carry copies of the U.S. Constitution and espouse its precepts as “potential homegrown terrorists.” Napolitano softened the rhetoric once concerned citizens made it known loud and clear to their elected representatives in Washington that such statements are over the top and indicate a dangerous mindset on the part of government officials.
Now, however, Holder is reviving a special law enforcement unit that was placed in moth balls after it had caused such outrage. The unit will be charged with coordinating the intelligence the Justice Department has gathered on such groups and individuals, supposedly to step up its activity in apprehending and arresting U.S. citizens who have ties to foreign terrorist groups.
The manner in which Holder described the special law enforcement unit carefully couches some of its more sinister goals while focusing mainly on terrorists, such as those who perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombing. Yet Holder eventually gets to what many civil watchdogs consider to be the real motivation behind the new push to revive the special unit:
“We must also concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” Holder said in announcing the group, named the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee.
This statement alone is of deep concern to liberty oriented individuals and groups in the United States. It is common knowledge that Holder never investigates racial hate when it is directed at Caucasian individuals or groups, nor does he consider such activity as a threat to the nation. His actions over the past six years prove that he is singularly concerned about racial hate directed toward black citizens. Further, Holder fails to distinguish between malevolent “anti-government groups” that will instigate violence or bomb federal buildings, as opposed to those groups that wish to change the course of the federal government in light of its many illegal, unconstitutional actions. The entirety of the Obama administration has made it abundantly clear that those who espouse an anti-government message based on calling attention to rogue government agencies and employees who break the law and target citizens illegally are to be lumped in with hardened, violent terrorists who will bomb federal buildings, murder government workers, and seek to destroy the Constitution of the United States.
The failure to draw a heavy line of distinction between the two types of groups is an ominous development. And the danger of such a mindset played out right before our eyes when Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy refused to move his cattle off of disputed land. When citizens rushed in to provide Bundy with support and back-up, the Feds moved in with the heavy firearms, positioning themselves on the hillsides overlooking the Bundy ranch and aiming high powered, military grade automatic weapons directly at Bundy, his family, and other citizens who showed up to help him.
But nothing had taken place at the Bundy ranch to warrant such overkill on the part of government. The only plausible reason that can be found to explain this dangerous response from government is the mindset which they have developed under Obama administration protocol that views such displays as just as bad as the activity of Timothy McVeigh. What did Bundy do to be considered a dangerous criminal? He merely challenged federal government authority to seize his cattle and property. Thus, the big guns of the government snipers were aimed at his head.
If the law enforcement unit that is being revived were focused solely on reasonable goals such as protecting the homeland from al Qaeda, the citizens would probably have no problem at all with it. But when citizens are reminded that Obama, Holder and a significant portion of this administration have demonstrated time and again their deep-seated disdain for the majority of the American population, then announcements such as this today are cause for alarm.
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