Yesterday was the 236th anniversary of that first Fourth of July in 1776, when 56 brave-hearts met as free men, to deliberate on and sign the Declaration of Independence in open rebellion against their British overlords.
I didn’t have the heart to post this yesterday because the news goes so against the day’s meaning and significance, and is so offensive to our Founders.
Our government is now our enemy. In a new report, the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lists American patriots — lovers of liberty — as terrorists.
Paul Joseph Watson reports for Infowars.com, July 4, 2012, that a new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Entitled Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 (PDF), the study was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. The organization was launched with the aid of DHS funding to the tune of $12 million.
While largely omitting Islamic terrorism – the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism.
The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which Americans with the following characteristics are identified as domestic terrorists:
- Believe their “way of life” is under attack;
- “Fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
- “Anti-global”, that is, wary of the loss of American sovereignty;
- “Suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
- “Reverent of individual liberty”;
- “Believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
- Opposed to abortion and “groups that seek to smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers”.
This is not the first time that peaceful, law-abiding Americans are identified as potential terrorists by the Obama administration. See here for past examples.
The most flagrant example was the infamous 2009 MIAC report, published by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and first revealed by Infowars, which framed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as potential terrorists.
But the Obama administration’s targeting of legitimate political beliefs and mundane behaviors as thought crimes and terrorism has accelerated in recent months.
Under the FBI’s Communities Against Terrorism program, the bulk purchase of food is labeled as a potential indication of terrorist activity, as is using cash to pay for a cup of coffee, and showing an interest in web privacy when using the Internet in a public place.
As part of its ‘See Something, Say Something’ (SSSS) campaign, the Department of Homeland Security educates the public that generic activities performed by millions of people every day, including using a video camera, talking to police officers, wearing hoodies, driving vans, writing on a piece of paper, and using a cell phone recording application,” are all potential signs of terrorist activity.
In a series of videos to promote the SSSS campaign last year, almost all of the terrorists portrayed in the PSAs were white Americans.
The federal government under Barack Hussein Obama is now the enemy of the American people.
H/t Eyes Wide Open