HBO and Vice are pushing the government’s right-wing domestic terror meme with a new documentary, “We the People.”
As the sneak previews below show, the documentary intercuts video of armed Three Percent United Patriots with dialogue in defense of the Constitution.
“As faith in the government continues to erode, people are starting to want to go back… to the real intention of the constitution,” Three Percent co-founder Mike Morris told VICE during the October taping of the show. “The original intent of the Second Amendment was that the American citizen would be as armed and as prepared as the government itself.”
The previews highlight the United Patriots mission along the U.S. Mexico border. “Patrolling the border is perhaps one of our greatest missions. Our borders are being overrun and the federal government has left the States with no help. The Border Patrol’s hands have been tied, while illegals are pouring across the border into our Country,” the 3Percent website states.
The Three Percent United Patriots and other “militia” groups have weathered an intense government propaganda campaign led primarily by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In September the FBI’s national threat assessment listed so-called sovereign citizens and militias as threats to “U.S. internal security.”
Prior to the FBI assessment a university consortium funded by the Department of Homeland Security designated sovereign citizens as the “number one domestic terrorist threat in America,” ranking them above Islamic extremism in agreement with the FBI’s terror assessment.
It recommended that state and federal law enforcement share intelligence on sovereign citizens and other targeted groups, develop “tactical responses” to threats and “act on that information to prevent or mitigate threats,” Kit Daniels wrote for Infowars.com.
The “threat” posed by armed constitutionalists is consider so dire, in 2010 the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill that equates recruiting militia members to recruiting gang members.
“Involvement in those types of organizations should be treated no differently than participation in an urban gang,” said Democrat Rep. Mike Shelton.
National Guard and police around the country have trained to engage in combat with militia and other constitutional groups.
The most recent paranoia about Americans organizing and exercising their Second Amendment rights occurred in 2009 after a Department of Homeland Security’s report on “rightwing extremism” was leaked and posted on Infowars.com and other alternative news sites.
The “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” document was initially produced by the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration. It portrays anti-government groups as dangerous and potentially violent terrorists.
The federal government continues to propagandize against constitutional groups. In February it said “federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention,” according to CNN.
“A 2012 University of Maryland study funded to the tune of $12 million dollars by the DHS characterized Americans who are ‘suspicious of centralized federal authority,’ and ‘reverent of individual liberty’ as ‘extreme right-wing’ terrorists while glossing over the threat posed by Islamic extremism,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on February 20.
“Last August, over a year after the Boston bombing, the Department of Homeland Security also listed sovereign citizens as a more deadly potential terror threat than Islamic extremists, placing sovereign citizens number one on the list.”