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Letter: The making of a terrorist?

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I recently read a Department of Homeland Security report in spite of the fact that it says "For Official Use Only" and "Contains law enforcement sensitive information. No LES information should be released to the media, general public... or Internet." Guess where I read it? If you guessed the Internet you would be correct. You can fault our government for a lot of things, but one thing they are really good at is keeping secrets. This information was provided to law enforcement agencies to help them "deter, prevent, preempt or respond to terrorist attacks" against the U.S. But who are these terrorists DHS is referring to?

After reading the report, it appears DHS is concerned about domestic terrorists. Much to my surprise I discovered that the DHS thinks I may be susceptible to becoming a domestic "right-wing terrorist." According to the report, due to the current economic situation in this country I may be drawn to right-wing extremist organizations because:

- I favor state and local authority over federal (P2).

- I believe the federal government should do something about illegal immigration (P8).

- I own guns and do not support any new gun laws or registration requirements (P3).

- I am a Christian and will never support abortion or same-sex marriage (P4).

The most serious charge DHS leveled was against veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (P7). To suggest that returning veterans are a threat to this country is absurd and slanderous. Veterans have sworn to support and protect the Constitution. I understand why this would make a lot of politicians and bureaucrats in Washington nervous. Does the DHS consider all veterans potential domestic terrorists?

With so many strikes against me, according to the Department of Homeland Security, I seem doomed to become a right-wing terrorist. Maybe I should surrender to DHS before I develop any terroristic thoughts. When I enlisted in the military I too swore an oath to support, protect, and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I wasn't aware at the time that that meant me.

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