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Mon Aug 6, 2012, 12:37 PM

14. Remember the DHS report on “Rightwing Extremism”?

The one the teabaggers went apeshit over because Glen Beck and the rest of the RW spin machine told them "Obama is trying to call you a terrorist"? Even the sweet, animal-rescuing lady I used to work with who on every topic wanted something different from the Republican position and in a sane world would be more liberal than me, but was a Beck fan and gobbled up his loopiness, stuck a sign on her cubicle "I'm the 'rightwing extremist' you're talking about".

Page is exactly the kind of guy the non-fantasy version of that report was talking about.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/homeland-security-department-curtails-home-grown-terror-analysis/2011/06/02/AGQEaDLH_story.html
In the two years since, the officials said, the analytical unit that produced that report has been effectively eviscerated. Much of its work — including a digest of domestic terror incidents and the distribution of definitions for terms such as “white supremacist” and “Christian Identity” — has been blocked.

Multiple current and former law enforcement officials who have regularly viewed DHS analyses said the department had not reported in depth on any domestic extremist groups since 2009.

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Similar frustration was expressed in interviews with current and former officials at fusion centers in Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee. Daryl Johnson, formerly the senior domestic terrorism analyst at DHS and a principal author of the disputed report, confirmed in an interview that he left in frustration last year after his office was “gutted” in response to complaints.
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David Hawtin, who retired last month as a domestic terrorism analyst at the Tennessee Fusion Center, said “the pendulum has swung to a point where we are missing nodes of connection because there is no obvious crime on the front end.”




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