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Malkin: Revisiting the DHS Smear of the Tea Party Movement

By Michelle Malkin

In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent "rightwing extremism."

I don't apologize. I call foul.

The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment-exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. "Progressives" have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens — while whitewashing the violent plots and criminal behavior of their ideological counterparts. No more.

Wade Michael Page was a chronically unemployed Army washout with a drinking problem; a body covered in abhorrent white supremacist tattoos; Neo-Nazi band membership; a recent breakup with his white supremacist girlfriend; and a military discharge under "other than honorable conditions" that suggests to several psychological experts he may have had a disqualifying mental illness.

He was, in short, an unrepentant racist and sicko for whom no decent Americans have sympathy or tolerance.

Before he turned the gun on himself, Page slaughtered six innocent human beings. But instead of mourning their deaths and decrying evil in all its forms, some vultures chose to indict the entire right. Instead of waiting for all the facts to come out about Page's life and mental history, political opportunists rifled through their drawer of partisan grievances to score points.

They are using the Sikh temple massacre to try to delegitimize perfectly legitimate criticism of the Obama administration's 2009 Department of Homeland Security report lumping in homicidal extremists like Page with ordinary activists who embrace the very principles of limited government espoused by our Founding Fathers.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Times reporter James Rainey promoted a smug article titled, "Sorry, Mr. Limbaugh, but Obama agency did not target tea party." Rainey, who describes himself as having "spent many of his 30 years in journalism cogitating on politics," blamed Limbaugh, Rep. John Boehner and yours truly for "prevent(ing) tracking of home-grown crackpots."

The DHS assessments, Rainey claimed, "were carefully couched as trends to beware of, directed not at everyday political activists but at those who planned to use violence to carry out their beliefs."

Sorry, Los Angeles Times. But your cogitating reporter misreported what was in those assessments and why conservatives successfully protested them. The politically timed documents were released just as thousands of peaceful, law-abiding Tea Party members were preparing the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party protests.

DHS's overbroad report didn't just target those prone to violence with "carefully couched" language.


No, Los Angeles Times. The feds engaged in scare-mongering about unnamed groups and individuals "antagonistic toward the new presidential administration" and "those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely." Code words for the stimulus-opposing, bailout-protesting Tea Party movement. Duh. For good measure, the report tossed in vague references to pro-lifers, Second Amendment activists and border security advocates, too.

As I noted at the time, past FBI reports on domestic terrorism have always been very specific in identifying the exact groups, causes and targets — i.e., the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and enviro-wackos who have engaged in physical harassment, arson, vandalism and worse against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs and university researchers.

By contrast, the 2009 report was a sweeping indictment of conservatives. The report warned that unspecified "rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy." Conservative blogosphere? Guilty! And the entire report asserted with no evidence that an unquantified "resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity" was due to home foreclosures, job losses and "the historical presidential election." To the extent that the DHS assessments mentioned military service members, they focused on Army veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rainey and his ilk blithely glide over the fact that Page was an Army dropout who never saw combat.

No matter. Liberal commentators have convicted GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the entire conservative talk-radio world for Page's murderous rampage. On the dregs of cable TV news, MSNBC's Ed Schultz invoked our criticism of the 2009 report to try to shame and blame Righty.

Meanwhile, these ghouls remain radio-silent about actual domestic terror plots tied directly to the Democratic Party-embraced Occupy movement. Take the ring of self-identified Occupy leaders, members and anarchist organizers in Cleveland, Ohio, charged with plotting to bomb bridges in Ohio and kill potentially hundreds in order to sabotage local business and commerce. One pleaded guilty last month and will testify against the other four — who attempted to detonate what they thought was an improvised explosive device intended to blow up a local bridge and take the lives of untold commuters across the Cuyahoga River. Media apologists have gone out of their way to minimize the severity of the plot and to enable Occupy organizers to distance themselves from their violent anarchist members.

In the warped world of James Rainey, MSNBC Neanderthals and George Soros operatives, every conservative is a rightwing terrorist. But there are no left-wing terrorists — only misguided kids whose social justice agenda simply went awry. The bias reeks like an Occupy camp in the dog days of August.


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 10, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    If Wade Michael Page was a Nazi, then he belongs not in the camp of responsible gun owning Conservatives, but in the same camp of the Socialist whose ideology Obama embraces. Again I remind you that NAZI = National SOCIALIST Worker’s Party,,,,,, who first like Obama offered the people free healthcare, demanded that they turn in their guns which only the Nazi’s were capable of using lest the people of vision and responsibility rebel, who then when finally given total control of all forms of government, and unlimited power was placed into the hand of an Omnipotent socialist brain, people who did not fit the concept of their new vision of their socialist master race began to get shot like so many birds in a turkey shoot. Can the ovens be far behind? No, Wade Michael Page is not a Conservative Republican, but a secular socialist in the formative years of training.

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    • lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
      August 10, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      As always I love your comments and Michelles articles. You are an American the believes in the Constitution and Declaration our rights for Life, Liberty and the persuit of happiness. There is a nasty little (LOL) secret out there that 99% of Americans are unaware. It’s called the UN Agenda 21. As an American I urge you to google UN Agenda 21. Try to slog through it or get the book BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN AGENDA 21. This book makes the Agenda 21 understandable. What is happening to the USA is nothing short of a horror show. I don’t so much fear for myself because I’ll be dead when the Agenda comes to total fruition but I do fear for my daughter her husband and especially my little granddaughter. Please American one, investigate this. I am doing my best to bring this to everyones attention via the internet. I’m just scared that there are many more Michael Page’s out there all wearing a different cloke

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  2. minutemanComment by minuteman
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Spot on analysis again by Michelle Malkin. The opportunists who use tragedies like what has occurred recently to advance their political agendas should be ashamed of themselves. They show their true stripes.
    Now go and find a different picture of Michelle to use.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      August 11, 2012 @ 1:18 am


      What’s wrong with the picture? She’s got a gigawatt smile that would light up the midnight sky and send the Leftist roaches scurrying back into the dark and ugly places where they scheme the destruction of all that is good.

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    • minutemanComment by minuteman
      August 13, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      The eyes aren’t level.

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  3. VoiceOfReasonComment by VoiceOfReason
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Don’t forget the Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner. His political views were described by a former high school and college classmate, Catie Parker, as “left wing, quite liberal” and “radical”. (

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  4. 3up3downusmc85Comment by 3up3downusmc85
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Actually if one looks at the commonalities of the shooters in the last several incidents going back several years, the vast majority were college students of varying levels. Perhaps it is time for the DHS to examine how American universities are able to churn out the murderous lunatics with alarming regularity.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      August 10, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      You’ve got that right!

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  5. rtlph2Comment by rtlph2
    August 10, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I’m interested. In the 3rd paragraph Michelle puts quotes around the word Progressives. For years I have wondered just where these left-wing, democrat liberals are trying to “Progress” us to. They are trying to “destroy” America, plain and simple. If it weren’t for this wonderful document we call The Constitution so many of us hold so dear, they wouldn’t even exist. They are just so foolish. In the ’30s the Germans said, ‘let the nazis get rid of the communists and we’ll take care of the nazis later.’ Well, we know how that turned out, don’t we?

    I do so hope that the true God-fearing, freedom-loving Americans will stand tall on November 6 and make their voices heard loud and clear. FREEDOM, not totalitarianism.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      August 10, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

      According to Wikipedia:
      “The Progressive Party of 1912 was an American political party. It was formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt, after a split in the Republican Party between himself and President William Howard Taft.

      The party also became known as the Bull Moose Party when former President Roosevelt boasted “I’m fit as a bull moose,” after being shot in an assassination attempt prior to his 1912 campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

      Inspiration for the party’s beginnings may have come from Roosevelt’s friend and supporter, U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns of Utah, who in October 1906 broke off from the Republican Party and started the American Party in that state. Kearns was a Roman Catholic, and this was a direct response to the influence of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Senatorial elections between 1902 to 1905.”

      It has since become the latest innocent sounding name for the Socialist, Communist, Leftist, whatever anti-American social and political philosophy you choose to label government control, theft of independence, freedom, liberty, free market, capitalist, anti-republic, anti-constitutional party. They’ve been at it for a century, may take seven steps back for every ten they advance, but they never sleep and never quit in their quest for their perverted version of Utopia. They’re still around and still progressing “Forward”.

      Human nature dictates they will have won by the end of the century in transforming the “shining city on a hill”, into a third world cesspool where a ruling elite will be living high on the labor of “the people” who gave it up so they wouldn’t have to think, make their own decisions, experience the uncertainty of independence or shed their blood to preserve their God given rights. I wish I were wrong, but what person able to think and reason would have believed that Barack Obama would have gotten elected and has a 50-50 chance of being reelected?

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  6. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 10, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    With Secular Socialist Progressivism, the more a person progresses, succeeds and becomes independent of the State,they more the State Progressively taxes and penalizes that success and progressivly returns you back down to the level of the average failure within their socialist collective, lest you become a threat to their power over your mind and soul.

    Socialism tells the people not to worry about responsibility for that is what WE do for you. You give US your freedom; surrender your choice so that from this point on there is no personal conscience but collective State conscience, no voice but party voice, no Christian morality but totalitarian morality. Don’t you just love Obama and those foreign ideas and ideology. When in doubt you ALWAYS vote them out.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      August 10, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

      I hate obama and all he stands for. He has no morality, no love for this country. He is a narcissistic psychopath. I truely believe he is mentally ill. Just like Stalin and Hitler were! And Chavez and Castro are now. There are some people that will not let communism die!

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