The Domestic Extremism Lexicon
More hapless people being added to Uncle Sam's "short list."
Is there anybody working over there that's heard
Editor, The Press-Enterprise:
While the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) threat analysis on "right-wing extremism" and slander of military veterans has been in the headlines, a lesser known document entitled "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" was also released, and not surprisingly at this point, also recalled by DHS. The document details terminology, one assumes, law enforcement is to be on the lookout for in incidental contact with "extremists."
Although this document was more broad brush in its assault on political thought, the inclusion of the "alternative media" was especially troubling. With the downward spiral of the main stream media into superficiality and propaganda, devoid of impartiality and objectivity, people have had no choice but to turn to the alternative media over the last decade to hold government accountable. Thus, the government monopoly on information has been overthrown.
So First Amendment protected bloggers like Michelle Malkin, Noam Chomsky; web sites like Democrat Underground and Free Republic are now ascribed sinister motives? Is anyone with a clue in charge now at DHS?
At the least, this should wake up the Left to the ideological bent of the Napolitano DHS. At the most, with the collapse of the Republican GOP as a viable bulwark against big government, George Orwell may still be vindicated by his classic "1984," as Big Brother is realized — incredibly — in the American experience.
This letter was printed May 17, 2009.
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