Sean King

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wow. Color Me a Rightwing Extremist, I Suppose

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

Well, in light of today's announcement, I suppose Texas Governor Perry qualifies as an extremist as well.

UPDATE:> Charles Johnson argues that the report is actually targeted more toward "real" extremists than the quote above would suggest.

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