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April 14, 2009

Right-wing Extremists Against Obama

In case you missed it, Obama's Department of Homeland InSecurity released a hit-piece today warning about the dangers posed by unnamed "right-wing extremist" organizations recruiting war veterans returning from Iraq.

Of course, CNN snapped it up and ran with it, breathlessly gasping over images of McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing. They were talking about Ruby Ridge and wondering aloud how the "right-wing extremists" had stayed out of the spotlight for so long.

Fox News was just laughing at what a joke it was that the DHS was attacking conservatives. Unfortunately, I don't consider the politicization of the DHS to be a laughing matter.

I for one, am not hiding. I'm conservative. I supported Ron Paul in the caucus. I voted for McCain in the general election. And I own guns. Lots of them. I'm right wing. You might even say I'm an extremist. So, DHS, let's see what you got. Let the illegal investigations of private citizens that own firearms begin.

See you at the Tea Party, komrade.

Posted by Rob Kiser on April 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM


Members of extremist groups may reveal their affiliations in a number of ways. First, the vehicles they drive often provide clues that can help officers prepare for potential danger before making a stop. Specifically, the extremists' vehicles may sport bumper stickers with antigovernment or pro-gun sentiments; display handmade license plates, plates from jurisdictions that do no exist, or no plates at all; or fit the profile of vehicles driven by known extremist group members in teh area. Additionally, officers may have seen the vehicle or its occupants at locations where extremist groups assemble or may know that the subjects harbor extremist beliefs.

The occupants of the vehicle may show other signs of extremist group involvement. Drivers who hold antigovernment beliefs may refuse to carry driver's licenses, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, or other forms of identification. Instead, they may present handmade licenses, a cop of the Constitution, a Bible, or political literature. In addition, a records check may reveal minor outstanding warrants. Extremists often fail to satisfy violations of motor vehicle laws, such as registration or license requirements, because they do not feel bound by such laws, and any statements to this effect that drivers make should send a strong signal to officers. Finally, because of their knowledge and experience, officers may be able to recognize indicators of extremist behavior unique to their jurisdiction.

Once officers decide a subject may hold extremist beliefs, they should develop a plan of action. In fact, preperation remains teh key to dealing with extremists.

"Vehicle Stops Involving Extremist Group Members"
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
December 1999 (2.6 MB PDF)
(emphasis added)

Posted by: Dissent Is The Highest Form Of Patriotism on April 15, 2009 at 3:13 AM

Great picture Robby.

Posted by: Wendy Katz on April 16, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Yep, everyone I associate with is on that list....as I see it, that would be the 48 million people who voted against Obama, and probably at least 5 million people who DID vote for him. So much for taking care of the people who voted for you!

Posted by: Rob on April 20, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Jesse Walker has an article in the October 2009 issue of Reason magazine about "How the panic over right-wing violence is being used to marginalize peaceful dissent."

Readers' comments are here (in which Walker responds to some of his critics).

Reason has printed articles about similar issues back in July 1995 and August 1996.

Posted by: Dissent Is The Highest Form of Patriotism on September 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM

A more recent Reason article about "Fearmongering at the SPLC."

As Glenn Reynolds asks, "They used to call that McCarthyism,' didn’t they?"

Posted by: Dissent Is The Highest Form of Patriotism on March 5, 2010 at 6:49 AM

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