N/T to LT Nixon for this one.
Apparently the Government that my father served for 22 years as a US Army Special Forces soldier, risking his life and going to places and seeing things that nobody should see, and the Government that I have served 21 years and 10 months now thinks he, myself and every other Military veteran should be suspected of being a domestic terrorist. Friggen great, talk about poking someone in the eye.
In a new report that the Department of Homeland Security has recently released ( how recent you may wonder, well they mention the April 4th, 2009 shooting of 3 Pittsburgh Police Officers in it) titledÂ “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitmentt” located here, http://images.logicsix.com/DHS_RWE.pdf for download, they use Timothy McVeigh as an example of someone who returned from Desert Storm and then joined a right-wing extremist group. There were over 500,000 service-members involved with Desert Shield/Storm, to include myself and they have one person go off and perform the horrible act of bombing a federal building and now all of a sudden we are all suspect?
Hell if that is the case then every friggen politician is a liar, embezzler, adultery committing, public bathroom homosexual, murderer, pedophile. Because I mean we all know of politicians that have been accused of that.
I cannot believe that in this report they actually state with a straight face “The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups.” Yeah, and some have come back to start businesses, some have come back and become homeless, some have come back and committed suicide. Are we now all potential suicide risks?
“The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” So now it is also because of PTSD? Is that what they claim? Well why don’t they go by the old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? I mean address the PTSD issues effectively and maybe we won’t have a country of almost 2 million powder kegs walking around ready to destroy the country they have fought for, bled for, lost their families and friends for.
Apparently we are all racist too, because they also blame the election of President Obama for this high risk, “Most statements by right-wing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action“, I guess they don’t consider that only 53% of the country elected the President, and many of them weren’t hardcore supporters but were on the fence. They also don’t consider that many in the military don’t approve of the President’s limited voting record and what record he does have is not really military friendly. They also don’t approve of the changes he promised and has started to implement in regards to the military since coming to office. Nope, they have to throw the race card and make it all about that. Really, REALLY? They are going to toss the race card, when the President is well known to be mixed race of both black and white. AG Holder recently called us a “nation of cowards” because of race, well with statements like this being thrown out by the very Government he works for, no wonder people are coward of race issues. They don’t want to be arrested as a domestic terrorist.
“Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool.Â Many right-wing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities,…” but it doesn’t end there, because in this same paragraph they also state that due to the violations of the 2nd Amendment by federal, state and local governments, all us veterans are suspect to be extremist wackos, “…and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.” Later on in the document they explicitly address the 2nd Amendment, by stating “Many right-wing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises.Â Such activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to facilitate criminal activity and violence.” or you can read here when they call gun owners paranoid freaks that want to stockpile ammo, and that is the reason for the increased costs. Hmm, I seem to remember reporting on this blog how the price of ammunition was going up by the day and actually by the pre-election poll numbers. “Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred right-wing extremistsâ€”as well as law-abiding Americansâ€”to make bulk purchases of ammunition.Â These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further exacerbating right-wing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity.”
Hey IDIOTS!!! The reason people are buying up guns and ammo is to own them in a pre-ban state before the AG fills his promise of re-instituting gun bans that are equal to or stronger than previous gun ownership bans.
Then they go back to some other wackos and people that weren’t wackos, “…federal law enforcementâ€™s handling of the confrontations at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho.” David Koresh brought on his own demise and if he was guilty of molesting little girls and the other crimes he was accused of, then the Government did the right thing. I mean the guy thought he was the 2nd coming of our Lord. His boots were not laced up that tight. It is unfortunate that the turn of events on April 19th 1993 ( I remember that day, because my son was born that exact day), but it is what it is.
Ruby Ridge was a whole other story and the there was nothing wrong up there except for an over-zealous ATF and a sniper without discipline and a bad sight picture. It is sad what happened up there, but that is not going to get me to turn on my country.
Overall after writing this entry I have went through several emotions, angry, disappointed, ashamed (of my government for producing this), but lastly really hurt. My feelings are hurt, yes I said it. They are. I love this country with more than my soul. I cannot begin to describe how I weep at the sign of a fallen soldier from any branch, how I ache for family members who’s loved one have made the ultimate sacrifice, how I stand in awe of those in the military, first responders and public service that have walked before me and to look at what awesome and courageous things they have done. To think that some brain-less, left wing, feel good, Hollywood loving, Sean Penn idolizing, wacko who has some kick-butt higher education degree, but no experience to speak of in the last 10 days (based on April 4th reference) has penned such a document and his employer, the DHS, took time and my tax dollars to produce it for the whole reason of putting my service and the service of all that have served the country on the same level as hate-filled extremists, a gut-less murderer like Timothy McVeigh, and wacko pedophiles like David Koresh truly hurt my feelings and makes me question if I wasted the last 21 years and 10 months of my life on a country that so quickly has turned its back on me and thrown me out with the trash.