by Michael Gaddy
by Michael Gaddy
"…It is necessary to recognize that the ultimate power of every government — whether of kings or caretakers — rests solely on opinion and not on physical force. The agents of government are never more than a small proportion of the total population under their control. This implies that no government can possibly enforce its will upon the entire population unless it finds widespread support and voluntary cooperation within the nongovernmental public." ~ Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The Department of Homeland Security issued a report on April 7th titled, "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." The unclassified part of this report is an open admission our government is a criminal enterprise. While the American Idol faithful will have trouble connecting the dots, the admission is thinly veiled, but there nonetheless.
One can determine the character and integrity of individuals and governments by examining the entities they refer to as their enemies. The United States government now says it is threatened by, and will protect itself from, the following: Those who believe in the constraints of constitutional government; those who believe in state sovereignty; a belief in the right to keep and bear arms; those who abhor state sponsored infanticide; those who fear the ramifications of illegal immigration; alleged "white extremists"; the fear of an "economic turndown"; those who oppose state control of their lives and veterans returning from the state's illegal and immoral wars.
The "unclassified" version of this report is an admission of criminality on the part of the state and the fear of the demand for enforcement of the rule of law by its citizens. What is in the "classified" section is certainly more damning to the state and a stronger admission of criminality and the fear of an informed citizenry, otherwise, why would they hide its content?
By law, information can only be classified to protect national security objectives. The question is: whose national security objectives are best served by this assessment, and are these national security objectives contrary to constitutional law?
Most revealing is the inclusion in this report of returning veterans, those trained by the state to deprive others of their lives and rights.
"Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists," it says. "DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities."
While Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano has backed off the veterans as threats issue, and openly apologized, anyone who believes she was sincere in that apology needs psychiatric care. If placing veterans on the list was not intentional and purposeful, then why were they on the list in the first place?
Perhaps someone with the state is cognizant of history, or perhaps there is a natural fear by those in the employ of the state of anyone who possesses the training and experience to stand forcibly for their rights as defined in the constitution.
In revisionist history, the Battle of Athens is overlooked and/or forgotten by many. In 1946, folks in McMinn County, Tennessee, suffering under a criminal local government and a refusal by state and federal authorities to address the corruption, took up arms to reclaim their rights. Many of these folks were veterans of WWII and had recently put their lives on the line in combat against oppressive government in Europe and the Pacific and refused to tolerate the same in America.
Possibly mentioned in the classified portion of the warning to law enforcement from Homeland Security about "extremist groups" were motorcycle club members. I have received information from several members of these clubs with stories about harassment from law enforcement since the Homeland Security warning was made public.
It appears club members, wearing colors, but riding alone, have been stopped and questioned, even to the point of having their bikes confiscated on totally trumped up charges. One such club member told me he was told by the cops who stopped him, (3 cars) that guys like him "are on the list" of suspected terrorists. This reader is a member of a club whose membership is made up almost entirely of veterans.
"Left-Wing Extremists" are conspicuous in their absence from any terrorist warning lists. Could that be because they are currently in elected offices or otherwise employed by the state?
May 4, 2009
Michael Gaddy [send him mail], an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.
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