Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Did the NSA target Conservatives as Terrorists?

Was the NSA used to treat Conservatives as Terrorists Suspects?

These are sad days for America.

Especially when a citizen has to ask if anyone has questioned who specially did the NSA gathered records from? Who did they go after?

Did the National Security Agency target Conservatives as "terrorist suspects"?

It's an easy question. Yet, I don't hear anyone asking it.

Back in 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she knew about an intelligence assessment which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

At the time, politicians were saying that the report raised significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans - including war veterans.

Napolitano defended the report, which said "rightwing extremism" may include groups opposed to abortion and immigration policies.

“The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States,” Ms. Napolitano said in her statement at the time.

When this took place, Napolitano insisted that the Department of Homeland Security was not planning on engaging in any form of "ideological profiling."

She said, "Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence."

She went on to say, "We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs."

The Washington Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) issued the April 7th, 2009, nine-page document titled -

"Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

At the time, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said, "This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans - including war veterans."

Mr. Thompson’s letter to Napolitano said,

"I am particularly struck by the report’s conclusion which states that I&A 'will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.' "

He demanded to know what types of activities the Homeland Security Department had planned for “the next several months.”

“Rightwing extremism,” the report said in a footnote on Page 2, goes beyond religious and racial hate groups and extends to “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” said the report.

How about opposition to radical Islam, environmental extremeist, ObamaCare, the running of guns in Mexico illegally, the IRS treatment of Conservatives, gun-control, over-taxation, over-regulation, giving billions of tax dollars to foreign countries not friendly to the United States yet cutting services for Americans?

Would opposition to these issues warrant us being investigated by Homeland Security and the NSA?

It certainly is a "red flag" for the IRS, the EPA, and a host of other government agencies.

The 2009 report also listed gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as potential risks.

How did we know that these are the people that the Obama administration haven't been targeting all along? We don't, but its more than possible that that is the case.

The assessment was the first Homeland Security report under the Obama Administration  that examined threats based on political conservative affiliation. 

At the time, even the ACLU said, "Certainly, the right-wing report is focused far too much on rhetoric and things people say and things people think rather than on criminal activity and the people involved in criminal activity. There is plenty of crime out there for federal, state and local law enforcement to worry about. They don’t need to invent threats that they have no factual basis for supporting."

The American Legion, an organization that I am proud to belong to, said that the report unfairly stereotypes veterans.

Back then, Napolitano and the agency she heads characterized men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists.

So now, we need to know, did Homeland Security and the National Security Agency conspire against a single segment of the American population since 2009 when Obama took office?

As offensive and unacceptable as that was, one can't help but wonder if conservatives and returning veterans have been targeted by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA.

On this weekend’s “Fox News Sunday,” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul suggested taking the government to court over its tracking of private citizens’ phone records.

According to Paul, going after specific individuals with a search warrant was reasonable. However, he said "trolling" billions of records was not acceptable.

"My suspicion is, and a lot of this is classified — the other side gets to promote their case and we don’t get the information — but my suspicion is that this gentleman was targeted because they suspected him for being a terrorist," Paul said.

"I have no problem if you have probable cause and you target people who are terrorist and people who they are communicating with, and you get a warrant. But we’re talking about trolling through billions of phone records."

For me, I want to know, who did those phone records belong to?

Was their search based on someone's political conservative ideology and affiliations with the Tea Party and other Conservative groups and individuals?

Did they in fact use that Homeland Security report back in 2009 and run with it?

Remember, this has been going on a long time now!

I cannot find another time in our nation's history when so many government agencies and employees at every level have been so driven by the liberal ideology.

Yes, their venomous hate for conservatives has corrupted their sense of reason.

But corrupt or not, we need answers as to who the NSA targeted and why? Was it because they are conservatives?


Story by Tom Correa

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