Far too little is known about a band of nine alleged members of a Christian militia group, to draw any conclusions, but the following line, lifted from the AP report describing the “Hutaree,” serves as a warning:
Authorities said the arrests underscored the dangers of homegrown right-wing extremism of the sort seen in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
Quite a leap.
Such incendiary language is all too reminiscent of the Department of Homeland Security report with the unwieldy title, Rightwing extremism: Current economic and political climate fueling resurgence in radicalization and recruitment, issued by Janet Napolitano last April. In it she warned against the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty — singling out returning war veterans as particular threats, according to an article in WorldNetDaily.
In Missouri around the same time Napolitano’s 2009 report was unclassified, police were instructed to look for “Americans who were concerned about unemployment, taxes, illegal immigration, gangs, border security, abortion, high costs of living, gun restrictions, FEMA, the IRS, The Federal Reserve, and the North American Union/SPP/North American Community.” The ‘Missouri Documents‘ also declared “potential domestic terrorists might like gun shows, short wave radios, combat movies, movies with white male heroes, Tom Clancy novels, and Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin.
Ultimately the chief of the Missouri State Patrol backed away from this stance. So should Janet Napolitano.