April 19, 2014
The White House counter-terrorism chief who suggested that confrontational children could become terrorists is unfortunately just another example of a government official abusing “terrorism” rhetoric.
Earlier this week, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters “domestic terrorists.”
“I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism,” he added.
Similarly, back in August, Judicial Watch obtained a Dept. of Defense training manual which lists those who embrace “individual liberties” and respect “states’ rights,” among other characteristics, as potential “extremists” who are also likely to be members of “hate groups.”
The manual also describes the Founding Fathers who sought independence from British rule as a historical example of extremism.
And in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and supporters of “individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Additionally, in a notable example from 2009, a report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” told Missouri police that supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr are “militia” influenced terrorists and to be on the lookout for such supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with Ron Paul, the Constitution, Campaign for Liberty and other libertarian values.