Whew, what a relief! A few weeks ago I wrote a post where I inquired Maybe I Should Turn Myself In? after the release of a classified Department of Homeland bulletin which painted with a broadbrush a fair number of conservatives and veterans as potential right-wing extremists. Now, I learn, hattip to Ed Morrissey, that if they haul me away, they are also probably taking a lot of you with me!
This memo from the Department of Homeland Security, later retracted, presents a domestic extremism lexicon. Among the extremists are anarchist extremists-“A movement of groups or individuals who advocate a society devoid of government structure or ownership of individual property.”; right wing extremist-“…those who are mainly antigovernment and reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. This term also may refer to rightwing extremist movements that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”; single issue extremist groups-“Groups or individuals who focus on a single issue or cause—such as animal rights, environmental or anti-abortion extremism—and often employ criminal acts.” ( Are they still extremists if they don’t employ criminal acts?); tax resistance movement-“Groups or individuals who vehemently believe taxes violate their constitutional rights. Among their beliefs are that wages are not income, that paying income taxes is voluntary, and that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed Congress to levy taxes on income, was not properly ratified.” One group missed is jihadists for some odd reason.
The memo was recalled soon after it was released. I hope that means that there are adults at Homeland Security, and not that the memo gave too much information as to the internal policies that may be at work within Homeland Security. For those of you eager to turn in members of the above groups, Homeland Security provides the following contact information:
DHS encourages recipients of this document to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI. The DHS National Operations Center (NOC) can be reached by telephone at 202-282-9685 or by e-mail at NOC.Fusion@dhs.gov. For information affecting the private sector and critical infrastructure, contact the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC), a sub-element of the NOC. The NICC can be reached by telephone at 202-282-9201 or by e-mail at NICC@dhs.gov. The FBI regional phone numbers can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm. When available, each report submitted should include the date, time, location, type of activity, number of people and type of equipment used for the activity, the name of the submitting company or organization, and a designatedpoint of contact.”
Our tax dollars at work. I know I’ll sleep better tonight!