DHS Warns of “Right Wing” Extremism

This report from the Department of Homeland Security warns of a revived right-wing extremist threat to the nation. Among those suspected: returning military veterans and those who believe in “end times” prophecies. A Washington Times article on the report stated the following:

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority (emphasis added). “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion (emphasis added) or immigration,” the warning says.

This article from The Guardian quotes David Rehbein of the American Legion voicing opposition to the implications of the report:

I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are. The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical ‘disgruntled military veteran’ is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.

Such a report is indicative of the nature of the current administration and should be no surprise, given that they generally hold a bias against such conservative-leaning groups such as pro-life activists.

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