Wednesday, April 15, 2009

 

You Might Be a Terrorist...

Inspired by the DHS issues report on the dangers of right wing extremism which I first saw at SayUncle, I've compiled indicators of potential terrorists.

If you served in the military, you might be a terrorist.

If you disagree with the left wing agenda, you might be a terrorist.

If you're Republican, conservative or libertarian, you might be a terrorist.

If you oppose illegal and/or uncontrolled immigration, you might be a terrorist.

If you believe in civil disobedience, like Henry David Thoreau or the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, you might be a terrorist.

If you oppose abortion, you might be a terrorist.

If you believe in the 10th amendment, you might be a terrorist.

If you oppose a civilian national security force, you might be a terrorist.

If you realize we have an African-American president, you might be a terrorist.

If you are suffering from the economic downturn, you might be a terrorist.

If you've criticized outsourcing of jobs, you might be a terrorist.

If you believe "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," you might be a terrorist.

If you are antagonistic towards the administration's stance on a range of issues including immigration and citizenship, you might be a terrorist.

If you criticize free trade agreements, especially with Mexico, you might be a terrorist.

If you oppose government infringement on civil liberties, you might be a terrorist.

If the Southern Poverty Law Center says your and extremist (even though you're really just a gang member), you might be a terrorist.

If you're a veteran returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, you might be a terrorist.

If you believe in The Bill of Rights, you might be a terrorist.

My apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.

PS - This report gives us, if nothing else, another example of the incompetency of our Federal government. A sharp high school student would do a better job.

UPDATE: Turns out in January the left wingers got the terrorist treatment from DHS. As I said in the comments, yes, everybody is a terrorist.

Comments:
I always wonder why people still listen to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to the list, I guess I might be a terrorist.
 
M-G - I agree fully with your SPLC comment. According this list, almost anyone might be a terrorist.
 
All you Johnny-Come-Lately's can move to the back of the line.

People that moved to New Orleans after Katrina were on this same list back in 2006, due to the presence of ACORN and Common Ground.

Just like the last 8 years, expanding lists of "who could be a terrorist" ad infinitum is a shell game that does little to help prevent attacks.

And there were plenty of folks who tried to ratchet down the rhetoric by reminding everyone that the second most deadly terrorist attack on America was perpetrated by a white, Christian, Gulf War Veteran who'd lost his mind and had a beef with the government.

Couple that FACT with a lot of this "they're socialist, communist, tyrannical, un-American, treasonous, and we should take our country back because 'we surround them'" rhetoric, and what did you think was gonna happen?
 
Patrick - There's no doubt that there are some right wing extremists that are threats. I still get nervous if a rental truck parks in front my work, 6 of the 8 floors are government offices. Somebody might be angry at the Cincinnati Dept. of Recreation on the 8th floor.

Several problems arise from the report. Releasing them just prior to tea parties displayed atrocious timing. The broad language allows virtually anyone, liberal, conservative, what have you, to fall into the potential terrorist category. In some scenarios, this could lead to government persecution of individuals or groups.

Finally, the report is amateurish. My 16 year old son could have come up this information off the top of his head. DHS claims they're trying to alert law enforcement agencies what to look out for. If this is the best they can do, they might as well quit.
 
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