DHS thinks 'right-wing extremists' pose as big a threat as Islamic terrorists
If you want to know the reason why the U.S. is a sitting duck for Islamic terrorists, the minutes from this meeting of a Homeland Security advisory council tells you all you need to know.
Held in January just days after the San Bernardino attack, the meeting was chaired by DHS secretary Jeh Johnson and featured some delusional statements.
One month after the San Bernardino terrorist attack that left 14 innocent people dead, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told advisors that right wing extremists pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists.
Johnson made the comments during the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) January meeting. City of Austin Mayor Art Acevedo, whom Johnson appointed to HSAC, shifted the discussion to the threat of right-wing extremists, according to the official meeting minutes.
“Member Acevedo reminded the Council that the threat from right-wing extremists domestically is just as real as the threat from Islamic extremism,” the minutes state.
Johnson echoed the sentiment. “Secretary Johnson agreed and noted that CVE [Subcommittee on Combating Violent Extremism], by definition, is not solely focused on one religion,” the minutes state.
Another council member, Cardinal Point Strategies CEO Paul Goldenberg, joined the chorus.
“Member Goldenberg seconded Member Acevedo’s remarks and noted the importance of online sites in right wing extremist communities, not only in America but worldwide,” the minutes state.
The meeting was also attended by the co-chairs of HSAC’s Subcommittee on Combating Violent Extremism.
As originally reported by The Daily Caller on Monday, a report published by that subcommittee last week urged DHS to avoid using the words “sharia” and “jihad” (among others) when discussing terrorism, in order to avoid offending Muslims.
At the meeting in January, Subcommittee Co-Chair Adnan Kifayat “emphasized that the report will be respectful of the communities it seeks to engage with, and will take into account those communities specific needs.”
The problem isn't that there aren't right-wing nuts with guns. There are. The problem is that no one has heard of any of them plotting mass casualty attacks, while violent jihadists dream of nothing else. Most of what you hear from the fringe has to do with defending themselves from what they consider is an enemy government. That means confrontations with law enforcement, not walking into a bar and shooting up the place.
To equate violent militias with Islamic terrorists is idiotic and delusional. And devoting homeland security resources equally to right-wing extremists and Islamic terrorists is a dangerous – and negligent – waste of money.