The Worldnetdaily is again throwing a fit because the federal government is reporting on the many instances of right wing violence in this country. Ironically, they do so even while linking to an early tantrum they threw in 2009 — after which there have been two dozen instances of such violence.
The Obama administration has named a national security threat it believes is more dangerous than even the Islamic State terrorists beheading, crucifying and burning innocent human beings: Right-wing extremists.
According to CNN, “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.”
CNN doesn’t cite specific sources, but it says the new intelligence report references “24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.”
“Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to – and in some cases greater than – the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.”
CNN reported, “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.”
The report cites a 2012 incident in which a father and son reportedly shot and killed two police officers in Louisiana after being pulled over for a traffic violation. The two allegedly belonged to the sovereign citizen movement and claimed police had no authority over them.
The DHS intelligence assessment found, “(Sovereign citizen) violence during 2015 will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect’s home, during enforcement stops and at government offices.”
A CNN map shows DHS’ examples of sovereign citizen violence since 2010.
Now that’s some serious spin. No, the government did not say that right wing violence was “more dangerous” than ISIS, they said it would happen more often domestically. That fact is pretty much undeniable. For every instance of Muslim terrorism inside our borders, there are multiple instances of right wing violence, usually Christian right wing violence.
And notice the repeated use of “alleged” and the claim that CNN “didn’t cite specific sources,” as though the claims of right wing violence were not well documented. Hell, WND has reported on many of them, like the murder of two cops in Las Vegas by two anti-government “sovereign citizens” upset about the situation at Bundy Ranch. I’ve written about at least that many in the last few years. But here’s the best part:
WND reported in 2009 when DHS issued a report warning of the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats.
Yes, they did, and they threw a fit and lied about it, claiming that the government was trying to slander mainstream conservatives. But since that 2009 report that wingnuts universally condemned as alarmist and false, barely a month has gone by without another instance of some anti-government, “sovereign citizen,” militia type or white supremacist incident of terrorism.