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I Am No “Extremist”

My letter to Secretary Napolitano, dated April 16, 2009:

I am writing because of the release of the Department of Homeland Security report entitled “Rightwing Extremism Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” prepared by the DHS Extremism and Radicalization Branch of the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division.

The DHS report states that millions of Right-wing American citizens are potential threats to our national security. The report cites very specific factors that are suspect for DHS, including American Veterans returning from conflicts, private gun ownership, personal activities, and even Americans who have moral, just values.

I believe this report is filled with gross-miscalculations and offers little more than an editorialized version of radical, agenda-based government that is out of control. Clearly, U.S. tax dollars were used to finance this report. What was the cost to taxpayers to create this report?

As an American citizen and taxpayer, I wish to examine the mathematical calculations used for this report. I hereby request the statistical studies and any polling strategies that were utilized for this DHS report. I also request the mathematical model used to obtain any factual statistics which contributed to this DHS report. Should it be necessary, I will request via FOIA.

I am a member of the NRA. I am a member of the DAR. My ancestors were officers in many American wars with some officers being recognized for their service and valor. These are honorable associations I am proud to have in my lineage. This loyalty does not suggest “extremist” allegiances.

I worked for DHS, in a security facility, with a background check. How could the DHS report claim that I am one of the MILLIONS of Americans who fit the “extremist” profile ? I am very disturbed by the theoretical findings of this DHS report.

You see, I am no “extremist”.

I am, however, an American citizen who has strong principles and values that are based on my belief system. Like MILLIONS of American citizens, I am growing more and more concerned about America. Most of us view our Federal government as an ocean of Federal agencies which operates inefficiently and ineffectively. This recent DHS report is another example of an ineffective, irrational product that our Federal government created. So, again, what was the cost to taxpayers for this report?

In the past 2 months, I have tolerated the growing number of insults from a number of outspoken government officials in Federal agencies. American tax dollars do not pay U. S. government officials to bully, verbally assault, or engage in biased name-calling strategies. American tax dollars do not pay U. S. government officials to strategize an operative that will wrongly categorize millions of Americans as “extremists”. American tax dollars do not pay U. S. government agencies to incite American citizens by growing their rage.

What the American tax dollars DO pay for is protection of our Constitutional rights under the U. S. law. Unless the current Obama administration decides to undermine those rights, I will continue to uphold all of my Constitutional rights, my liberties, and my freedoms.

I will oppose any government agency who tries to challenge my Constitutional rights. And it is NOT because I fit your profile.

You see, I am no “extremist”.

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