Department of Homeland Security picks on us. Why?

It appears that a report sent to local police forces by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning them of “right-wing extremist activity”, and warning that the  domestic threat of violence and terrorism “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration” and “groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority”, has got many conservatives seething with a righteous indignation the could not summon when the same department – of Bush’s devising, incidentally – did not have them in its sights.

Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald, who has been, and still is, a vociferous critic of the Department of Homeland Security and its activity, argues in newsletter today that “When you cheer on a Surveillance State”, as many of these same people have done in the past, you have no grounds to complain when it turns its eyes on you” His argument is that if you create a massive and wildly empowered domestic surveillance apparatus, it’s going to monitor and investigate domestic political activity.  That’s its nature.” 

One suspects that Greenwald takes some pleasure in being able to in naming those conservatives who are who are shouting foul most loudly.

Conservatives have responded to this disclosure as though they’re on the train to FEMA camps.  The Right’s leading political philosopher and intellectual historian, Jonah Goldberg, invokes fellow right-wing giant Ronald Reagan and says:  “Here we go Again,” protesting that “this seems so nakedly ideological.”  Michelle Malkin, who spent the last eight years cheering on every domestic surveillance and police state program she could find, announces that it’s “Confirmed:  The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real!”  Lead-War-on-Terror-cheerleader Glenn Reynolds warns that DHS — as a result of this report (but not, apparently, anything that happened over the last eight years) — now considers the Constitution to be a “subversive manifesto.”  Super Tough Guy Civilization-Warrior Mark Steyn has already concocted an elaborate, detailed martyr fantasy in which his house is surrounded by Obama-dispatched, bomb-wielding federal agents.  Malkin’s Hot Air stomps its feet about all “the smears listed in the new DHS warning about ‘right-wing extremism.”

It is awfully difficult to get indignant on their behalf,

 

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