Chuck Baldwin: DHS Report Says “Disgruntled Military Veterans” Might Be “Rightwing Extremists”

By Chuck Baldwin
ChuckBaldwinLive.com
Reposted to IPR by Paulie



On the heels of the now infamous Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just released an “assessment” report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” With virtually no references, documentation, or annotations, the report, which was released to all branches of American law enforcement, demonizes a host of citizens as having the capacity to become violent “rightwing extremists.”

The DHS report warns law enforcement to be on guard against anyone who opposes illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, “free trade agreements,” gun control, the “New World Order,” “One World Government,” the outsourcing of American jobs, the “perceived” threat to U.S. sovereignty by foreign powers, abortion, “declarations of martial law,” “the creation of citizen detention camps,” “suspension of the U.S. Constitution,” or the abridgement of State authority. Also branded are people who believe in “end times” prophecies, and who “stockpile” food, ammunition, or firearms.

I dare say that at least 75% (or more) of the American people have beliefs that fall into one or more categories of the above list. If you are one of them, DHS suspects you of being a “rightwing extremist.” But there is more.

The DHS report specifically warns law enforcement to be on guard against “disgruntled military veterans,” especially veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You read it right.

Well, if anyone has a legitimate reason to be disgruntled, it is America’s veterans. After taking an oath to defend and support America and the U.S. Constitution, they were ordered to fight a preemptive war of aggression in Iraq; they were ordered to fight without a Declaration of War; they were ordered to put their lives on the line, not for the safety and security of the American people, but for international bankers, the United Nations, and the “global economy.” Then they returned home to a Department of Veteran’s Affairs that treats them as second-class citizens: VA hospitals are often dirty and out-of-date; medical treatments are postponed; medications often take months to arrive; and much of the promised care is never delivered at all. If anyone has a right to be disgruntled, it is a military veteran.

That said, where is the evidence in the DHS report to substantiate the necessity for American law enforcement to be on guard against potential violence committed by military veterans? It doesn’t exist. It is a blanket charge without any substantiation whatsoever. The same is true for the rest of the report. Without documentation, substantiation, or annotation, the report broadly brushes a host of American citizens as being potential “extremists” simply because of their political opinions. This is the same kind of political profiling that we saw in the Missouri report.

Veterans groups nationwide are rightfully “up in arms” over the DHS report. Feeling the wrath of public opinion, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday “apologized” for “offending” veterans.

Fox News reported, “American Legion National Commander David Rehbein, who blasted the report earlier this week as incomplete and politically-biased, said he was pleased with Napolitano’s apology.” But not all veterans groups share Rehbein’s spirit of forgiveness.

Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom, snarled, “It wasn’t an apology in my view. It was one of those non-apology apologies. She was sorry that veterans were offended. She should either apologize for the content of the report as it stands or they should rewrite the report and reissue it.” Hegseth has it right!

Napolitano did not apologize for the report; she only said she was sorry that vets were “offended” by the report. There is a vast difference. This is the typical cow manure that we are accustomed to from non-elected bureaucrats, especially federal bureaucrats.

And please notice that Napolitano offered no “apology” to pro-lifers, proponents of the Second Amendment, constitutionalists, Christians, or anyone else. She couldn’t care less if any of these folks were offended. She was only sorry that veterans were offended.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) also rightly blasted the DHS report, saying its portrayal of veterans was “offensive and unacceptable.”

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said, “The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights. That’s like saying if you love puppies, you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions of Americans.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the American people must put a stop to this burgeoning political profiling that is currently being forced upon law enforcement. I urge every reader of this column to immediately contact your U.S. House member and two U.S. Senators, demanding that they put a stop to this right now!

In the meantime, I believe we can also assume that the source of all of these reports is either Morris Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), or both. If this is true (and we desperately need some attorneys who are willing to file lawsuits in which evidentiary material may be gleaned during discovery to substantiate these assumptions), the SPLC and ADL–and those government bureaucrats who assist them–need to be exposed and held accountable. The days of political “witch-hunting” must come to an end. Furthermore, the days of radical leftwing organizations, such as SPLC and ADL, being allowed to use federal and state police agencies to demonize and terrorize private citizens because of their political beliefs must also come to an end.

Obviously, DHS is still stinging from the embarrassment and setback of the Missouri report, in which three of last year’s Presidential candidates (Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and myself) were personally named. In essence, people who voted for and/or supported any one of us were directly labeled as being potential dangerous “militia members.” This blatant and outlandish accusation resulted in a maelstrom of protest, which concluded with the report being completely withdrawn. And this is exactly what people should demand in the case of the DHS report: it should be immediately withdrawn!

The current DHS report does not include personal names, except the name of Timothy McVeigh, who is used as an example of what any “disgruntled military veteran” could become. It does, however, regurgitate the familiar themes of the Missouri report: the same groups; the same beliefs; the same generalizations; the same innuendoes; the same broad brushing; the same warnings; the same mischaracterizations; the same political profiling.

As with the Missouri officials, Janet Napolitano has made a critical misjudgment. By including veterans in her broad sweep of “rightwing extremists,” she has shown her true colors: and they are not Red, White and Blue. Veterans throughout America should insist that not only must the report be rescinded, but Ms. Napolitano must also resign.

P.S. My message this Sunday, April 19, will include a celebration and commemoration of Patriot’s Day, which–next to July 4–is America’s greatest day. This was the day the shot was fired that was heard round the world and America’s War for Independence began. I plan to read an eyewitness account of the Battle of Lexington during my address. Watch online this Sunday, April 19, at approximately 10:30 a.m. (Central Daylight Time). Go to

http://crossroadbaptist.net/live.html

4 thoughts on “Chuck Baldwin: DHS Report Says “Disgruntled Military Veterans” Might Be “Rightwing Extremists”

  1. pdsa

    Again Baldwin exaggerates what was stated in the recently released DHS Report in an effort to tailor it to his own specific agenda. From his press release:
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    The DHS report warns law enforcement to be on guard against anyone who opposes illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, “free trade agreements,” gun control, the “New World Order,” “One World Government,” the outsourcing of American jobs, the “perceived” threat to U.S. sovereignty by foreign powers, abortion, “declarations of martial law,” “the creation of citizen detention camps,” “suspension of the U.S. Constitution,” or the abridgement of State authority. Also branded are people who believe in “end times” prophecies, and who “stockpile” food, ammunition, or firearms.
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    The DHS Report DID NOT warn about “anyone” who had these beliefs. It instead stated that right-wing extremist organizations were attempting to exploit these beliefs to aid in recruitment:
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    Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.
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    Baldwin it would seem, has now placed himself within the category of individuals who will to exploit these issues as a means of recruiting. He certainly is not offering an honest analysis of what is stated within the Report. Baldwin then wrote:
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    The DHS report specifically warns law enforcement to be on guard against “disgruntled military veterans,” especially veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You read it right.
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    Again Baldwin distorts what was published in the Report. It did not warn to be on guard against disgruntled vets; it instead warned that right-wing extremist organizations would attempt to recruit veterans into their midst, and that a small percentage of military personnel had joined these organizations during the 1990s:
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    DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists-including lone wolves or small terrorist cells-to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
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    Baldwin wrote; “Veterans groups nationwide are rightfully ‘up in arms’ over the DHS report”. This arrogantly ignores the April 15, 2009 press release from The Veterans of Foreign Wars: “DHS Report Was a Threat Assessment, Not Accusation“.

    Baldwin then had the audacity to cite John Boehner’s partisan charge that the Report was “offensive and unacceptable”. Is Baldwin claiming that Boehner speaks for veterans of foreign wars? That assertion alone is offensive. Boehner was born November 17, 1949, which means he was exposed in the first draft lottery held in December 1969, pulling the very draftable number, 143. Yet Boehner had already gotten his jaundiced belly out of military service during the Vietnem War:
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    “After graduating from Cincinnati’s Moeller High School in 1968, Boehner enlisted in the United States Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. He was discharged after eight weeks of training because of a bad back.” – Wikipedia, John Boehner
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    Getting busted out of Naval basic training in 1968 for a bad back would have almost required being afflicted with congenital spinelessness. It’s sad to hear of one so pitifully with a chronic back problem like Boehner. Think I’m being too harsh on this weasel? Boehner seems to have had a miraculous recovery since 1968, as he has been an avid golfer for most of his adult life, and on April 5, 2009, held a $5000 a pop political fundraising golf event across the continent from his Congressional district at The La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, CA. Bad Back, Boehner’s cowardly lying ass!

    Then Baldwin injected a bit of Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy into his release with; “we can also assume that the source of all of these reports is either Morris Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), or both.” This is a classic, and sadly, an easily predictable ad hominem attack. Is Baldwin too stupid to investigate the FBI’s July 7, 2008 Report, “White Supremacist Recruitment of Military Personnel 2008 “? Is he just too damn lazy to do a tiny bit of internet research and discover: Lt.Col. Walter Scott Jr, “The Recruitment Practices of Extremist Groups“, Army War College, April 12, 1996, before he sticks his foot in his mouth with anti-Semitic derogations?

    The real question that need be answered is why does Baldwin believe he is a member of the extremists mentioned in the DHS Report? Strange company the good Christianly Doctor keeps.

  2. pdsa

    Nazis Claim Tea-Bagging Recruitment Success

    The National Alliance website has three posts published about their successful forays into the recent teabag protests.

    Part 1

    The other two links are at the bottom of that post. The third post ends with:
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    “These are great times for National Alliance recruitment. Our message is timely and many more people are ready to receive it.”
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    Returning to the DHS Report on Right-Wing Extremism:
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    (U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.

    – (U//LES) Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn-including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit-could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.

    – (U//LES) Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
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    Paging Dr. Chuck Baldwin…

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