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"Napolitano is Lying to Americans About Her Department's Rightwing Extremism Report; TMLC Files Suit

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Last Edited: April 17, 2009, 5:15 pm

Just imagine the firestorm still be burning if John Ashcroft or Tom Ridge had issued a report like Napolotano just issued specifically targeting groups who don't toe the current administration line .......  Apologies and damage control way too late.

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"Napolitano is Lying to Americans About Her Department’s Rightwing Extremism Report; TMLC Files Suit

Source ThomasMore.org

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced that yesterday evening it filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  The lawsuit claims that her Department’s “Rightwing Extremism Policy,” as reflected in the recently publicized Intelligence Assessment, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” violates the civil liberties of combat veterans as well as American citizens by targeting them for disfavored treatment on account of their political beliefs.  General - PDF Links Click here to read the complaint filed by the Thomas More Law Center.

Napolitano tried to blunt the public furor over the Report by a half-hearted apology to veterans, but she left out of her apology all of the other Americans her Department has targeted because of their political beliefs. In fact, officials in DHS now admit that their internal office of civil liberties objected to the language in the extremism report, but the Department issued it anyway.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center stated, “Janet Napolitano is lying to the American people when she says the Report is not based on ideology or political beliefs. In fact, her report would have the admiration of the Gestapo and any current or past dictator in the way it targets political opponents.  This incompetently written intelligence assessment, which directs law enforcement officials across the country to target and report on American citizens who have the political beliefs mentioned in the report, will be used as a tool to stifle political opposition and opinions.  It will give a pretext for opponents of those Americans to report them to police as rightwing extremists and terrorists.  You can imagine what happens then.”

The Report specifically mentions the following political beliefs that law enforcement should use to determine whether someone is a “rightwing extremist”:

  • Opposes restrictions on firearms
  • Opposes lax immigration
  • Opposes the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship, and the expansion of social programs
  • Opposes continuation of free trade agreements
  • Opposes same-sex marriage
  • Has paranoia of foreign regimes
  • Fear of Communist regimes
  • Opposes one world government
  • Bemoans the decline of U.S. stature in the world.
  • Upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India
  • . . . and the list goes on

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host, Michael Savage, Gregg Cunningham (President of the pro-life organization Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc (CBR)), and Iraqi War Marine veteran Kevin Murray.  The Law Center claims that Napolitano’s Department (DHS) has violated the First and Fifth Amendment Constitutional rights of these three plaintiffs by attempting to chill their free speech, expressive association, and equal protection rights.  The lawsuit further claims that the Department of Homeland Security encourages law enforcement officers throughout the nation to target and report citizens to federal officials as suspicious rightwing extremists and potential terrorists because of their political beliefs. 

Thompson added, “The Obama Administration has declared war on American patriots and our Constitution.  The Report even admits that the Department has no specific information on any plans of violence by so-called ‘rightwing extremists.’  Rather, what they do have is the expression of political opinions by certain individuals and organizations that oppose the Obama administration’s policies, and this expression is protected speech under the First Amendment.” 

The Law Center is asking the court to declare that the DHS policy violates the First and Fifth Amendments, to permanently enjoin the Policy and its application to the plaintiffs’ speech and other activities, and to award the plaintiffs their reasonable attorney’s fees and costs for having to bring the lawsuit.

General - PDF Links Click here to read the DHS extremism report.

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.  The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities.  It does not charge for its services.  The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org. "

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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - April 17, 2009, 5:46 pm
Yep, just studying this, may post also regarding Micheal Savage lawsuit. This is so shocking!!! Thanks for posting Konane and for being a terrific citizen! The Supremes have ruled in the past that the gov. cannot intimidate those exercising their rights. Hopefully we will see the hit list of names, about 10 million I believe, of those on the do not fly list, i.e. enemies of the state!! Got a pet issue? You're a terrorist! Just shocking!!!!
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 17, 2009, 8:16 pm
This is the first I have read of this.
But I was thinking of the tea party yesterday and the thought came to my mind about who would be there. If the feds do like they did during the anti nam war protest or other protests they would be flming and photograhing who was there.
I read a fair amount of newsvine comments and I wonder about that as the gov't could print out the comments and locate the person who post an anti comment.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 17, 2009, 8:20 pm
I might add that we need to be careful on what we say , write or do nowadays. Terrible situation when we have the feds monitoring us the way hey do.
It is one thing to monitor terrorist but freedoms are being taken away doing so.
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konaneComment by konane - April 17, 2009, 8:26 pm
Thanks TigerAngel, yes the PC thought police are real ... monitoring what the re-education machine hasn't indoctrinated, Borg-mind hasn't assimilated fully.

If you're not over in the far left then the statement they issued says you're on the radar.
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konaneComment by konane - April 17, 2009, 8:28 pm
Thanks JAP, they've probably been able to track people down even before now ... we're just being informed since the TOTUS says they're going to open government. Wonder how many national security secrets they're going to open to our enemies while they're having a big group hug???

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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 18, 2009, 10:59 am
Napolitano should resign. This is so disgustingly inappropriate and blatantly intended to marginalize and divide the American people............................if you don't think Saul Alinsky principles aren't at work here, think again. This administration is about total control, you know totalitarianism, kinda like PUPPETOTUSPOS newest buddy does it, Hugo Chavez. You know Hugo, he shuts down TV stations, imprisons opponents, nationalizes industries in Venezuela, sound familiar?
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konaneComment by konane - April 18, 2009, 11:42 am
She should be booted in the same manner that Clinton booted Dr. Joycelin Elder. Remember her? Poof gone.

You're right about totalitarian control. Read there's a move to bail out newspapers via TARP so they can continue "objective reporting of the news." [cough, snicker, roll eyes, choke, thud] Think the same could be said of Pravda's reporting during the cold war.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 18, 2009, 11:51 am
Yeah and massive new govt. hiring, like the NKorea, and the soviet Russians did, you know how well that went. Govt. employees produce nothing, they spend YOUR money, and make lives more complicated than necessary.
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konaneComment by konane - April 18, 2009, 5:01 pm
Any time the government gets into anything it bloats then slows down to the effectiveness and quality of a salted slug.

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