Revisiting the DHS’s smear of the Tea Party movement
by Michelle Malkin, Columnist
August 11, 2012 12:00 AM | 910 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent “rightwing extremism.”

I don’t apologize. I call foul.

The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment-exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. “Progressives” have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens — while whitewashing the violent plots and criminal behavior of their ideological counterparts. No more.

Wade Michael Page was a chronically unemployed Army washout with a drinking problem; a body covered in abhorrent white supremacist tattoos; Neo-Nazi band membership; a recent breakup with his white supremacist girlfriend; and a military discharge under “other than honorable conditions” that suggests to several psychological experts he may have had a disqualifying mental illness. He was, in short, an unrepentant racist and sicko for whom no Americans have sympathy or tolerance.

Instead of decrying evil in all its forms, some vultures chose to indict the right. They are using the Sikh temple massacre to try to delegitimize perfectly legitimate criticism of the Obama administration’s 2009 Department of Homeland Security report lumping in homicidal extremists like Page with ordinary activists who embrace the principles of limited government espoused by our Founding Fathers.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Times reporter James Rainey promoted a smug article titled, “Sorry, Mr. Limbaugh, but Obama agency did not target tea party.” Rainey, who describes himself as having “spent many of his 30 years in journalism cogitating on politics,” blamed Limbaugh, Rep. John Boehner and yours truly for “prevent(ing) tracking of home-grown crackpots.”

The DHS assessments, Rainey claimed, “were carefully couched as trends to beware of, directed not at everyday political activists but at those who planned to use violence to carry out their beliefs.”

Sorry, LA Times. But your cogitating reporter misreported what was in those assessments and why conservatives successfully protested them. The politically timed documents were released just as thousands of peaceful Tea Party members were preparing the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party protests. DHS’s overbroad report didn’t just target those prone to violence with “carefully couched” language.

No. The feds engaged in scare-mongering about unnamed groups and individuals “antagonistic toward the new presidential administration” and “those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” Code words for the stimulus-opposing, bailout-protesting Tea Party movement. Duh. For good measure, the report tossed in vague references to pro-lifers, Second Amendment activists and border security advocates.

Past FBI reports on domestic terrorism had always been specific in identifying the exact groups, causes and targets — i.e., the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and enviro-wackos who have engaged in physical harassment, arson, vandalism and worse against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs and university researchers.

By contrast, the 2009 report was a sweeping indictment of conservatives. The report warned that unspecified “rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy.” Conservative blogosphere? Guilty! And the report asserted with no evidence that an unquantified “resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity” was due to home foreclosures, job losses and “the historical presidential election.” To the extent that the DHS assessments mentioned military service members, they focused on Army veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

No matter. Liberal commentators have convicted Michele Bachmann, GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the entire conservative talk-radio world for Page’s murderous rampage. On the dregs of cable TV news, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz invoked our criticism of the 2009 report to try to shame and blame Righty.

Meanwhile, these ghouls remain silent about actual domestic terror plots tied directly to the Democratic Party-embraced Occupy movement. Take the ring of Occupy leaders and anarchist organizers in Cleveland charged with plotting to bomb bridges and kill potentially hundreds in order to sabotage commerce. Media apologists have gone out of their way to minimize the severity of the plot and to enable Occupy organizers to distance themselves from their violent anarchist members.

In the warped world of James Rainey, MSNBC Neanderthals and George Soros operatives, every conservative is a rightwing terrorist. But there are no left-wing terrorists — only misguided kids whose social justice agenda simply went awry. The bias reeks like an Occupy camp in the dog days of August.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption.”
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