Of course, this has been going on with America's families ever since the CAPTA act of 1974.
Five years ago, I alerted Americans to the fact that the groundwork was being laid for a new kind of government where virtually everyone is a suspect and it will no longer matter if you're innocent or guilty, whether you're a threat to the nation or even if you're a citizen. What will matter is what the president—or whoever happens to be occupying the Oval Office at the time—thinks.
At the time, I was voicing concerns about the liberties the Bush administration was taking in its application of the term "enemy combatant." Today, under the Obama administration, the perceived threat is coming from an altogether different direction: "rightwing extremists."
A report issued by the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines an extremist as anyone who subscribes to a particular political viewpoint. Rightwing extremists are broadly defined in the report as individuals and groups "that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely." For example, you are labeled a rightwing extremist if you voice concerns about a myriad of issues including: policy changes under President Obama; the economic downturn and home foreclosures; the loss of U.S. jobs in manufacturing and construction sectors; and social issues such as abortion, interracial crimes, immigration and same-sex marriage.
Of course, if you buy into the government's definition, then I could very well be considered a terrorist. So too could Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams—all of these men protested and passionately spoke out against government practices with which they disagreed and would be prime targets under this document.
The report also used the words terrorist and extremist interchangeably, in other words conveying that what the government would consider to be extremist viewpoints is tantamount to being a terrorist. The message to the American people is clear: be careful what you say because if you say something the government doesn't like, you'll become a political enemy. And, in fact, we have seen this borne out in recent years.
Clearly, we’re going to have to fight harder than ever on every front to hold onto our precious God-given freedoms, and I need to know that we can count on you to stand with us in the battles that lie ahead—battles that become more critical with every passing week.
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John W. Whitehead
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