• DHS says pro-lifers, gun owners, preppers, freedom activists are all a threat
By Pat Shannan
A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) depicts Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing terrorists.” The $12M report, entitled “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States,” was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.
According to this report, the new “terrorists” in this country are the Americans who love liberty, hate unconstitutional government edicts and fear the bureaucrats running Washington, D.C.
Not unlike the 2009 Missouri Information Analysis that labeled as potential terrorists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians and anyone displaying pro-freedom bumper stickers or storing food or gold or silver, the DHS report will almost certainly get national distribution to law enforcement agencies at every level.
Second Amendment advocates are at the top of this “terrorist” list, but a mere “pro-life” bumper sticker might be enough to make one suspect in the eyes of a dumbed-down cop who forgot his oath.
Consider the dilemma of law-abiding Robert Baillio of Shreveport, La., a licensed-to-carry weapon owner, who was pulled over for having two pro-gun bumper stickers on the back of his truck. In Louisiana, a gun owner does not need a license to keep a weapon in one’s vehicle. The cop never asked for Baillio’s drivers license, registration or proof of insurance. He only wanted to know if he had a gun, where it was and if he was a member of any pro-gun organization. Baillio answered all the questions honestly but promptly had his weapon confiscated anyway. When Baillio asked the officer if everyone he pulls over gets the same treatment, the officer said “No” and pointed to the stickers on his truck.
The DHS report displays another Orwellian reversal of thought by saying, “Extreme right-wing groups want to bring about change through violent revolution rather than through established political processes.”
Then it defined its anti-right wing stand: “The extreme far right is composed of groups that believe one’s personal and/or national way of life is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations or survivalism.”
Pat Shannan is an AFP contributing editor and the author of several best-selling videos and books.