By Michael Ware – BarbWire guest contributor
It always makes me a little nervous when the government says, “Hey, look over here.” Now I say that, no matter who is in office. Whether Democrat or Republican; there is a danger when they are seeking to draw your attention to something. This means that it has not been an issue that I had noticed. It was not really something that had made the news. It happened on such a scale or with such infrequency that no one, including myself, noticed a pattern.
This has begun to happen with right-wing terrorists. I know, I have not heard of them either. But CNN reports.
They’re carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority.
A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.
You would think that these groups would have garnered some kind of attention. If they were such a threat. No, that’s the thing. This is what illusionists do; they get you looking in one direction and perform the sleight of hand just out of sight. Why the sudden attention on right-wing groups? Is it because of their ramping up attacks? No.
CNN further reports:
The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.
24 is a big number until you consider that this is within a 5 year period. We also have to ask, what they considered an attack. Were they politically driven? Were they acts planned and perpetrated to change the people’s way of living through terror? They did list a few examples.
What’s the attack that they hold up as their prime example?
They’ve lashed out against authority in incidents such as one in 2012, in which a father and son were accused of engaging in a shootout with police in Louisiana, in a confrontation that began with an officer pulling them over for a traffic violation. Two officers were killed and several others wounded in the confrontation. The men were sovereign citizen extremists who claimed police had no authority over them.
This is not a cell of terrorist seeking to attack citizens. What these two nuts did is wrong, don’t misunderstand. But, to classify a man shooting at police at a traffic stop as terrorism is a stretch at best. So what about the threats against government buildings? They do not list any.
This seems to me like smoke and mirrors. If there were any real threats of violence that they could point to, the FBI would have already moved on them. It concerns me for several reasons.
Mainly the concern is that the government has since FDR been very careful to identify the next enemy for the American people. It’s the Nazis, the communists, the right-winger. Then they go after those groups.
CNN classifies them as:
The government says these are extremists who believe that they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack in routine daily instances such as a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order.
It is a short stretch to include those who believe the government is becoming too big. Watch out, you might soon be labeled a violent extremist. It’s not just for Muslims anymore.
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