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Paranoia Breeds Paranoia

They’re Paranoid Because You’re Paranoid Because They’re Paranoid Because…

    The federal government’s latest warning to police agencies about "rightwing extremists" is an outrage and adds fuel to an increasingly volatile situation.  The report, titled, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" was produced by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the FBI.  It consists of 8 pages of what can only be described as paranoid ranting and conflation.  Here is how the report defines "Rightwing extremism:"

    "Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, 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."

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