So you are a lover of liberty and you are also a possible terrorist according to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS has released a document that was prepared to give the locations and causes of domestic terrorism and in doing so they have labeled every freedom loving American as a potential terrorist.
The Report was put together by The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). According to the document they are “tasked by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate with using state-of-the-art theories, methods, and data from the social and behavioral sciences to improve understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism.”
The document claims that “More than 2,600 terrorist events occurred in the United States between 1970 and 2008.”
It does mention, “The importance of understanding terrorism in the United States assumed heightened prominence in the wake of 9-11,” and yet says, “surprisingly little is known about general patterns of terrorist attacks in the United States, including where attacks are most likely to occur.” I would venture to guess that the WTC was attacked on several occasions. I would also venture to guess that the same major cities in the U.S. are the same ones over and over that are the main targets. On top of this, in many cases chatter and other information has crossed the desks of those with the responsibility to protect from such attacks and they did nothing. September 11 is a perfect example of looking back and seeing they had all the data necessary to catch the evildoers, but did not. In fact, many of those here should have been deported under law for expired visas.
The “hot spots” for terrorism, according to the report, identified 65 counties, out of a possible 3,143 counties in the U.S. Fortunately for me, my county was not identified.
What is most curious is who is being defined as a terrorist. Many of the founding fathers would fall right into this definition. They are those that are “extreme right-wing” or those who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority” or even those “reverent of individual liberty.”
So just how does DHS define an “extreme right-wing” person as a potential terrorist?
Extreme Right-Wing: groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some the threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
Ok, from what I’ve read in many of the comments section all of the readers of this site would be considered a potential terrorist along with this author. I have absolutely no intention of doing anything remotely close to terrorism and yet this document claims that because of things I firmly believe in, DHS says I am in essence a possible terrorist, which actually questions my patriotism. Frankly there are more patriots that will read this article than there are working in the entire Obama administration.
The document also identifies religion as a possible culprit.
Religious: groups that seek to smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers, impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists), forcibly insert religion into the political sphere (e.g., those who seek to politicize religion, such as Christian Reconstructionists and Islamists), and/or bring about Armageddon (apocalyptic millenarian cults; 2010: 17). For example, Jewish Direct Action, Mormon extremist, Jamaat-al-Fuqra, and Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) are included in this category.
Well Islamists don’t even need anything said here because the attacks we know of have been, for the most part, Muslims. While I realize there are extremists in all sorts of false religions, I don’t recall Mormons flying planes into buildings. I know Christian Reconstructionists do believe in being politically active simply because of the belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ is to be brought to bear on any place that needs redemption from sin and both government and politics are areas filled with sin that need to be dealt with. However, to engage in terrorism to advance that ideology would be to deny the very principles of the Lord Jesus.
What I find very curious in the religious section is the brief mention above of Islamists. Seems to be they are the prime culprits in what has been labeled terrorism. In fact, I think the term terrorism doesn’t seem to imply very much. They are simply murderers, evil doers, or those that destroy property and should be treated as such. “Terrorism” has become sort of a open ended term and is really no longer useful.
Left wingers aren’t left out of the equation either. The document claims:
Extreme Left-Wing: groups that want to bring about change through violent revolution rather than through established political processes. This category also includes secular left-wing groups that rely heavily on terrorism to overthrow the capitalist system and either establish “a dictatorship of the proletariat” (Marxist-Leninists) or, much more rarely, a decentralized, non-hierarchical political system (anarchists).
The thing about government operating in the way this document says it is results in government thinking they can stop anything bad from happening to people and sadly many people think that is their job. This is the result when men will not seek God as their God, but inevitably government will look to become a god to the people and when that occurs, the result is tyranny, not blessing. This is not only the case when it comes to terrorism, but in what you eat, what kind of political speech you listen to, what kind of political speech you have, and a whole host of issues. We have been seeing tyranny implemented for years with TSA, the Patriot Act, government sponsored torture, the violation of virtually all of the Bill of Rights and most recently to ruling by the Supreme Court on Obamacare.
The fact that those who were our founding fathers would have been classified as terrorists, as the current administration does, should give one cause for alarm, especially in light of a FEMA training session video (below) where the founding fathers and Christians are blatantly labeled as terrorists.