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We’re All “Domestic Extremists” Now

Douglas J. Hagmann at The Northeast Intelligence Network was contacted by an anonymous source within the DHS who was bothered by the content of an internal memo issued by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Apparently the document “is restricted by virtue of its classification, which prohibits any manner of public release.”

Here are the points he conveys:

The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”[..]

It labels any person who “interferes” with TSA airport security screening procedure protocol and operations by actively objecting to the established screening process, “including but not limited to the anticipated national opt-out day”  as a “domestic extremist.” The label is then broadened to include “any person, group or alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports  and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel disruptions at U.S. airports in response to the enhanced security procedures.

For individuals who engaged in such activity at screening points, it instructs TSA operations to obtain the identities of those individuals and other applicable information and submit the same electronically to the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, the Extremism and Radicalization branch of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis (IA) division of the Department of Homeland Security.

For “any person, group or domestic alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports  and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel “disruptions” at U.S. airports (as defined above) in response to the enhanced security procedures, the [applicable DHS administrative branch] is instructed to identify and collect information about the persons or entities, and submit such information in the manner outlined [within this directive].

Get that? If you are an individual using alternative media and cause others to object to TSA’s untested x-ray machines, or the violation of their person in an unreasonable search – you may be included on a list of domestic extremists. You don’t even have to go to the airport anymore: merely exercise your first amendment right to free speech and you may lose your right to habeas corpus– deemed guilty without a trial by some low-level functionary. Anwar Al-Aulaqi is on this list too. Let’s just Hope® that the Obama Administration is merciful and doesn’t send in the drones.

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