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May 04, 2009

Guess how DHS defines who is a terrorist now?

Guess how DHS defines who is a terrorist now?

2nd 'domestic extremism' report includes 'alternative media,' 'tax resisters' in lexicon


Two weeks before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security penned its controversial report warning against "right-wing extremists" in the United States, it generated a memo defining dozens of additional groups – animal rights activists, black separatists, tax protesters, even worshippers of the Norse god Odin – as potential "threats."

Though the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" was reportedly rescinded almost immediately, Benjamin Sarlin of The Daily Beast recently obtained and published online a copy of the unclassified memo, dated March 26, 2009.

While many of the groups listed in the lexicon – such as Aryan prison gangs and neo-Nazis – may indeed be widely considered extremists, others will likely take offense at being described as a potential "threat."

For example, the memo defines the "tax resistance movement" – also referred to in the report as the tax protest movement or the tax freedom movement – as "groups or individuals who vehemently believe taxes violate their constitutional rights. Among their beliefs are that wages are not income, that paying income taxes is voluntary, and that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed Congress to levy taxes on income, was not properly ratified."
The report, however, continues in its assessment of tax protesters, asserting that members "have been known to advocate or engage in criminal activity and plot acts of violence and terrorism in an attempt to advance their extremist goals."

Similarly, the lexicon concludes its definition of "black separatists" by asserting, "Such groups or individuals also may embrace radical religious beliefs. Members have been known to advocate or engage in criminal activity and plot acts of violence directed toward local law enforcement in an attempt to advance their extremist goals."

In his blog piece titled "Who You Calling an Extremist?" Sarlin writes, "Partisans leapt to decry the first DHS memo as part of a Democratic conspiracy to marginalize right wingers. But it became clear that DHS's broad descriptions of extremists were symptomatic of an ongoing agency problem that crossed ideological lines."
The lexicon states its purpose is to provide "definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States."

Apparently, the DHS analyzes the "threat" level of Internet news websites like WorldNetDaily, for the lexicon defines "alternative media" as "a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets."

The term "black power," widely used in a variety of contexts, also merits a definition in the lexicon: "A term used by black separatists to describe their pride in and the perceived superiority of the black race."

The DHS memo also includes precursors to the ill-fated "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" report, which prompted outrage from legislators and a campaign calling for the resignation of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

For example, the lexicon contains virtually the same broad-stroke language the right-wing extremism report used.

"Rightwing extremism," the lexicon defines as those "who can be broadly divided into those who are primarily hate-oriented, and those who are mainly antigovernment and reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. This term also may refer to rightwing extremist movements that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

The lexicon further points to those who oppose driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

"Anti-immigration extremism," the lexicon defines as "a movement of groups or individuals who are vehemently opposed to illegal immigration, particularly along the U.S. southwest border with Mexico, and who have been known to advocate or engage in criminal activity and plot acts of violence and terrorism to advance their extremist goals. They are highly critical of the U.S. Government's response to illegal immigration and oppose government programs that are designed to extend 'rights' to illegal aliens, such as issuing driver's licenses or national identification cards and providing in-state tuition, medical benefits, or public education."

Unlike the right-wing extremism report, however, the lexicon includes definitions of extremism across a broad spectrum of issues: anarchy, animal rights extremism, black nationalism, Cuban independence, environmentalism, Jewish extremism, Mexican separatism, right-wing militias, white supremacists, the anti-war movement and more.

Among the more curious groups the DHS appears to be monitoring is the "racial Nordic mysticism" group, defined as "an ideology adopted by many white supremacist prison gangs who embrace a Norse mythological religion, such as Odinism or Asatru."

Among the more comical definitions is the description given of what "racist skinheads" wear, enabling law officers, it appears, to identify skinheads by their preferred brand of footwear:

"Dress may include a shaved head or very short hair," the report states, "jeans, thin suspenders, combat boots or Doc Martens, a bomber jacket, and tattoos of Nazi-like emblems."

Sarlin, who first publicized the memo, reports that a spokesperson for DHS told him the memo was recalled "within minutes" of being issued but declined to offer any details on the reasons for its withdrawal.


Wild Thing's comment.........

How interesting that this document manages to include specific black, white, Christian, Jewish, Cuban and Puerto Rican organizations, but doesn’t include a single term or organization related to Islamic terrorism? Evidently that’s no longer a problem.

"Tax protesters, Doc Martens, a bomber jacket,"....... well that is just great! I have Doc Martens, I love them and wear them when I hike or with shorts and a t-shirt in the summer. , And a bomber jacket??? My gosh I have a bomber jacket my Uncle gave me a thousand years ago that I love.

Oh and the animal rights activists well I might be ok on that one, but there was that ONE time in my early days that I participated along with 4 other Playboy models in a fund raiser
for " Fund for Animals" with ( actor) Fred McMurray and his wife ( actress) June Haver and some other celebs. Does that count, other then that I have nothing to do with the wackos in the animals rights movement at all.

Let's see I am pro Military, married to a Navy Veteran, am for FAIR Tax and against the tax system we now have, loved the Tea Parties that went on across our red, white and blue land, wear Doc Martens, have a Bomber jacket, have been in counter protests against Code Pink and other RADICAL left groups that hate our military, told Hanoi Jane off in no uncertain terms in person up close and personal, own a t-shirt with Muhammad on it with a bomb in his turban ( only for home use), and have a blog that is NOT Politically correct, and have conservative DNA running in my veins.

The tide is already turning on Obama and that Flyover in New York the other day went against him. It didn't bother the dedicated communists in our country but surely among the democrats that are beginning to see the light even in a small way about Obama. The media down played that but it was HUGE. Obama is in deep doo doo and he knows it. That is another reason he is doing all his damage sooooo fast. He knows if he slows down and gives people a chance to REALLY fight back he is sunk.

One of Obamas many flaws and there are many, is his personality. He is more like Pee Wee Herman then Joseph Stalin or Genghis Khan. He is NO leader, is a wimp, limp wrists included. He is NOT a man's man in any way. Look at his campaign it was filled with threats to anyone that disagreed with him. Packed with lies and his not being able to withstand truth in his face he had to put a separate website up just to whine about those of us telling the truth about him. LOL Now that was about as presidential as a doorknob. He is a cry baby communist.

We can take the power away from the words used in these hate mongering memos. When a liberal calls me an “extremist”, I just tell him/her “Hell yeah!” and explain that when a Marxist calls me an extremist, that means I’m doing something right. That’s what these DHS memos tell me. We are scaring them, so they are resorting to name-calling, trying to make us back off with their putting Veterans on the DHS list and all the other things. They think people don't realize that many democrats have guns too and they will defend themselves, it is not just the Veterans that have guns and know how to use them. There are people in their own party they are going to offend.

They actually could simplify that list: A terrorist is anyone who does not worship Obama. Their list is so broad that unless you sit home and never say a word against the govt. you will be on the list. The Founders were certainly extremists and certainly on the 18th century DHS list. They knew they were creating something based on liberty. They recognized the need for revolution in order to gain their freedom.

Today's liberal thinks just the opposite. He's opposed to freedom by supporting govt. Most of them don't realize it but that's what they are doing. They can't think for themselves. If they could they would realize that they are actually building the chains that will bind them in the future.

Yes put me on your hate list Janet Nappy I would be proud.

Oh just one more thing, my Mother doesn't wear ARMY boots I do, I have a pair of those too.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 05:50 AM


Proud to part of "Team Wild Thing" Love ya Chrissie!

Posted by: James M at May 4, 2009 07:19 AM

So, if I don't think I should pay taxes on my Navy Retirement, does that make me an extremist?
Only from the likes of Nappy and the Bozo.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at May 4, 2009 08:10 AM

America is splintering. You can hear the wood breaking. Now I hear that Janet from another planet is up for replacement of Souter! I guess if you screw up enough in one position, he'll just give you another. Wonder if Congress will just pass the person through as quickly as can be and not scrutinize them like they did with Bork and Miers? This administration makes me sick to my stomach.

Posted by: Lynn at May 4, 2009 08:15 AM

Very short hair? Does that include Marines who have their hair "high and tight"?

The should make it easier and say that anybody who believes in exercising their Constitutional Rights is a potential terrorist.

Posted by: BobF at May 4, 2009 09:42 AM

I'mm from tha seagoin service an still keep it short (hair).My combo hat still faces forward,
send in tha whimps-I want a piece of the action!

Posted by: Chief at May 4, 2009 10:19 AM

Just for being at Theodore's World, we are on the list. Actually it kinda sounds like everyone in America is on a list. Either Obama's for him list or agin' him list. I agree with Chrissie. I think Obama's agin' him list will grow.

Posted by: TomR at May 4, 2009 11:54 AM

In O'Vomits closed sphincter world, anyone who disagrees is an extremeist. My my how the world has changed in less than 4 months. I'm of the mind that the asshole needs to be tarred, feathered and shipped to Somilia on a cardboard raft. But then again, thats just my personal opinion.

Posted by: cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)) at May 4, 2009 12:39 PM

I didn't see LS mentioned as a Terror group. LS stands for League of the South. They are oriented to re-affirming the Constitution, a Government with the Consent of the Governed, fair taxes and no free lunch for those who will not work for it. At one of their recent Seminars they were talking about a States Right to secede from the United States, and States Rights and the 10th Amendment.

Seems to me since 20 January, there has been alot of by-passing the Constitution and very little following it, as prescribed by it.

We have got to be approaching the tipping point, the point where we are flipped upside down. Obama is driving a wedge to divide us and the gap is getting larger. I have a feeling a huge event is going to cause the fireworks, whether it is shutting down talk radio or confiscation of the 2nd Amendment.

Posted by: Mark at May 4, 2009 12:40 PM

'even worshippers of the Norse god Odin'

A thousand year old memory of the great and mighty vikings is more fearsome to DHS that the religion of death straight from hell?

Posted by: Odin at May 4, 2009 02:26 PM

OMG, I looked in the mirror, and I'm one of them thar terrorists. Below the paunch I still check the gig line, I get my hair cut short, I protest taxation, I reject Communism and question the motives of our politicians. I'm hopeless and I love Team Theodore. The Horror!!!! Love ya Chrissie!!!!

Posted by: Jack (DHS Suspected Terrorist-American) at May 4, 2009 03:57 PM

Intolerance thy name is Liberal.

Posted by: Avitar at May 4, 2009 03:58 PM

James M., Love you too and I am so glad
you are a part of Team Theodore too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:34 PM

Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET, they
better start to look in the mirror
at their own before they go after
anyone else. With all those dems not
paying their taxes on their party,
it is extremely hypocritical of them
to even think of listing tax protester
or tea party rally people as terrorists.
It sure takea a lot of nerve to do such
a thing by Obama and Janet Nappy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:37 PM

Lynn, well said, it does feel like can
feel the "can hear the wood breaking".

Thanks for the information about Janet.
LOL good grief, yes I guess all a person
has to do is mess up and then get a raise
or a new job. How stupid is that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:44 PM

BobF., good point, this really had me
laughing. There are even a lot of
professional sports players that wear
their hair short, crew cuts, shaved heads.
What will they do next? List football players
and baseball and basketball players. haha

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:46 PM

Chief, heh heh I love it!!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:48 PM

Tom,your right, just thinking about it,
to be like Obama or Janet Nappy(those
kind of peoople),how sad to live with
oneself to have to have hate lists of
people that simply love America.
It speaks volumes about them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:55 PM

cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)), I
would love that.And he can paddle the raft
on his own and no one to help him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 06:58 PM

Mark, this is exactly what has been happening.
"since 20 January, there has been alot
of by-passing the Constitution and very
little following it, as prescribed
by it."

I agree too about something is going to
happen, that will be the final straw. People
that have lived in freedom,and small
government, American dream etc. can only
take so much. Heck I had enough of his agenda
during the campaign, so all of this is piling
on top of those feelings of outrage.

Thank God for being able to have a blog and
be with others that love America too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 07:04 PM

Odin, good one! Yes apparently so. This is
totally crazy stuff. I looked and could not
find anything about the terrorists we are

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 07:08 PM

Jack (DHS Suspected Terrorist-American),
LOL good one. What a fun song too, thank
you. Love you too Jack.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 07:11 PM

Avitar, well said and true too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 4, 2009 07:12 PM