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securing the homeland against violent extremists

In the face of conservative outcry over the DHS report on right-wing extremism, Janet Napolitano issued a response noting that "We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs." David Neiwert writes that the DHS report "is perfectly accurate in every jot and tittle" and "couldn't be more clear:"

It carefully delineates that the subject of its report is "rightwing extremists," "domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups," "terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks," "white supremacists," and similar very real threats described in similar language.

Nothing about conservatives. The word never appears in the report.

Noting that DHS released an earlier report on left-wing extremism, Glenn Greenwald observes that the Right is now reaping what they sowed during the Bush era:

...the political faction screeching about the dangers of the DHS is the same one that spent the last eight years vastly expanding the domestic Surveillance State and federal police powers in every area. [...] All of the enabling legislation underlying this Surveillance State -- from the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act, from the various FISA "reforms" to massive increases in domestic "counter-Terrorism" programs -- are the spawns of the very right-wing movement that today is petrified that this is all being directed at them.

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This is all as laughable as it is predictable. Just a couple months out of power and they have suddenly re-discovered their fear of the Federal Government and their belief in the need to limit its powers.

Over at Hulabaloo, dday suggests a coherent course of action for conservatives:

If they had any intellectual honesty at all, maybe they'd work with civil liberties groups to dismantle the national security state and put an end to the threat of concentrated power in the hands of the few. But they won't, because they're perpetual victims and rage addicts who just want to feel oppressed by their enemies.

Someone should really come up with a name for that affliction.

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