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Friday, May 1, 2009

DHS: There they go again!

Sorry for the strong language, but what the hell is going on at the Department of Homeland Security?

They've apparently released a memo, which was then retracted within minutes of its release. The memo is called "Domestic Extremism Lexicon". Hmmm. I had to look it up, but here is the definition of "lexicon":

1. a wordbook or dictionary, esp. of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.
2. the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.

And here is the description of what this "memo" is supposed to be, taken from the memo itself:

"This product provides definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States."

Okay, so it looks like this memo is a list of words and terms that are frequently connected with domestic terrorists, at least in the view of the DHS analysts that conduct DHS analysis. So I'm thinking it's gonna have words in it like "bomb", "explosives", "Malotov cocktail", etc. You know, things terrorists would use.

But when I started looking over this list, imagine my surprise when I found terms like these:

  • Alternative media: A term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets. (Wait a minute - isn't that the Internet? Or do they mean Fox News?)
  • Black power: A term used by black separatists to describe their pride in and the perceived superiority of the black race. (Note to DHS: the sixties are like, over, man. Dig?)
  • Direct action: Lawful or unlawful acts of civil disobedience ranging from protests to property destruction or acts of violence. This term is most often used by single-issue or anarchist extremists to describe their activities. (Whoa, just wait a minute here! Lawful acts of protest? So now, lawful acts of protest constitute domestic terrorism? Does that include the Tea Parties?)
  • Patriot movement: A term used by rightwing extremists to link their beliefs to those commonly associated with the American Revolution. The patriot movement primarily comprises violent antigovernment groups such as militias and sovereign citizens. (Oh, I get it, these are the Tea Parties!)
  • Rightwing extremism: A movement of rightwing groups or individuals who can be broadly divided into those who are primarily hate-oriented, and those who are mainly anti-government and reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. This term also may refer to rightwing extremist movements that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. (I understand the hate-oriented part. But doesn't "those who ... reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority" describe the Founding Fathers?)
  • Single-issue extremist groups: Groups or individuals who focus on a single issue or cause—such as animal rights, environmental or anti-abortion extremism—and often employ criminal acts. Group members may be associated with more than one issue. (Or are these the Tea Parties?)

If this is how the DHS is spending its time, it may be time to start thinking about shutting it down.

The whole report can be read here:


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