The study isn’t particularly new, at least in terms of today’s media. It was authored back in January, but it is just hitting the public domain
(The Blaze) Are you “reverent of individual liberty?“ Are you ”suspicious of centralized federal authority?“ Do you think there is a ”grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty?”
Well, then you fall into the category of “extreme right-wing” terrorist, according to a new study out of the University of Maryland, which was funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security.
The study, titled “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008,” was conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the university. The organization has received roughly $12 million from DHS and is set to get another $3.6 million in future funding. It is also listed as one of DHS’s “Centers for Excellence” on the agency’s website.
Happy July 4th, you extreme right wing terrorists. How dare you love personal liberty. Just because we fought a war for independence from the tyranny of a monarchy which took away our personal liberty and enshrined that in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill Of Rights is no reason to stick with those old fashioned ideas.
As Inforwars goes on to point out
The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists.
- - Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
- - Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
- - People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
- - Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
- - Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;
- - People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
Fortunately, real terrorists aren’t mentioned
(Infowars) While largely omitting Islamic terrorism – the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism.
(The Blaze) Interestingly, in an oversight that is not explained, the report barely mentions radical Islam. Instead the study lumps religious terrorist groups into one category and describes them as “groups that seen to smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers, impose strict religious tenants or laws on society (fundamentalists), forcibly insert religion into the political sphere.”
Welcome to Obama’s America.