Monday, April 13, 2009

So the Department of Homeland Security has issued this little advisory report about Rightwing extremism. I've read it and it is a sober and responsible document. This country has experienced violent rightwing extremism in the past and if the economy collapses things could get bad.

Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of a failed economy.
Emphasis added. One of these like-minded individuals is Crazy Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs who describes this document as the fascist blueprint to create a police state and legalize gulags.

The problem of course is that crazy people don't know they're crazy. The DHS report also mentions that extremists might attempt to recruit disgruntled military veterans (like Tim McVeigh). Pam's comment:

The only disgruntled military are the ones that were forced to applaud the traitor in the White House.
Pam has not yet suggested that "President Hussein" as she calls him should be shot.


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