.- The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it has filed a request with the Department of Homeland Security challenging the basis for their recent âThreat of Right-Wing Extremismâ report, which says those who oppose abortion, gun control, and immigration laws pose a potential threat to national security.
Yesterday, CNA reported that the Department of Homeland Security released a report called âRightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.â The nine-page document was sent to police and sheriffâs departments nationwide, warning of the possible threat to national security posed by âgroups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.â
The report identified as possibly dangerous âthose groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.â
Thomas More Law Center, a pro-bono group that âpromotes Americaâs Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christiansâ responded to the report by filing a Freedom of Information Act asking the DHS to explain the basis for the report.
The legal center also cited the reportâs âsingling out of military veteransâ as particularly concerning.
The head of the American Legion, David Rehbein, took umbrage at the DHS report, sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday. Rehbein called the document "incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased" since it warns that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could be recruited by right-wing groups for possible terrorist attacks.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said âThis is not an intelligence report but a diatribe against those who oppose the policies of the Obama administration. It is a declaration of war against the American people and our constitution. It is a prelude to extreme gun control legislation and hate speech laws targeting Christian churches and others who oppose abortion and same sex marriage.
He also said, âThe federal government should be focusing its attention on the 35 radical Muslim compounds in the U.S. training its followers on how to kidnap and kill Americans.â
Also working with the Law Center is nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Michael Savage, who âwarned of the possibility of a document like this being produced by DHS when [they] raised the issue of âFusion Cells.ââ
Fusion Cells are local intelligence agencies located across the country that DHS created to combat terrorism, âwhich includes pro-life activity,â the Law Center says.
After receiving negative news coverage of the report, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement today.
Napolitano acknowledged the concerns of many Americans and said, âLet me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We donât have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group,â adding that the DHS does ânot â nor will ever â monitor ideology or political beliefs.â