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Saturday
Apr182009

Daily Grind: Lack of Leadership Isn't the Biggest Problem

Lack of Leadership Isn't the Biggest Problem
David Bozeman calls upon Americans nationwide to take up leadership in the conservative movement.

 

They Should Be Scared
“The people should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people.”

Saturday
Apr182009

ALG Files FOIA Request on DHS "Right-wing Extremism" Memo, Calls Department Investigation a "Witch Hunt" 

“The American people have a right to know why the Department

of Homeland Security is drafting political documents, by what

process these documents were drafted, who was responsible

for writing them, and who authorized it.” —ALG President Bill Wilson.

ALG Files FOIA Request on DHS “Right-wing Extremism” Memo,

Calls Department Investigation a “Witch Hunt”

April 17th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today filed a Freedom of Information request demanding all documents related to the drafting of the controversial “right-wing extremism” memo.

 

“The American people have a right to know why the Department of Homeland Security is drafting political documents, by what process these documents were drafted, who was responsible for writing them, and who authorized it,” said Wilson.

 

Wilson believes that the memo “deliberately and unjustly targets mainstream political constituencies and unjustly labels their beliefs as 'extremist.'”

 

“The American people are not the enemy,” Wilson declared. “The only thing extreme is a government agency using the power of law to create boogeymen.”

 

In defining “rightwing extremism,” the Department of Homeland Security memo targets “groups, movements, and adherents... that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority” and “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

 

Said Wilson, “The memo describes beliefs held by millions, I believe a vast majority, of Americans as 'extremist,' and promises to work with 'its state and local partners over the next several months' to determine the extent and factors driving this purported 'rise.'”

 

“It is apparent that DHS is monitoring political speech and thought, whether on the Internet or via other forms of communications,” said Wilson.

 

Wilson says that the memo makes the accusations all the more chilling by not saying which groups are being investigated. “What is so disturbing, and why Americans across the country should be alarmed, is that the memo does not mention any specifics as to what groups or individuals are currently being investigated.”

 

Wilson notes that in similar memos, the names of terrorist organizations are often listed with specificity.

 

“It is unclear what, exactly, the Department is actually investigating in this case. It lists numerous potential motivations, mostly ideological, for violent acts, but does not illuminate on any actual planned attacks or any groups known to be planning attacks, or any groups with histories of perpetrating attacks that are currently conducting any types of operational recruitment, meeting, or planning attacks,” said Wilson.

 

“Which is, by definition, a witch hunt,” Wilson concluded.

 

Enclosed Materials:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to Department of Homeland Security

Saturday
Apr182009

NetRight Daily: Where Next After Tea Parties? 

Where Next After Tea Parties?: It was a great day!While the controlled-media did everything in its power to ignore or ridicule the hundreds of Tea Parties across America, their disdain was only matched by ours for them.They had no effect.

 

CNN Versus the Tea Parties: When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned. In Washington, D.C., despite temperatures in the 40s and a driving rainstorm, about a thousand demonstrators assembled across from the White House. The front page of the Times found space for a big story with accompanying pictures of competing public demonstrations in Kabul, Afghanistan, but not a word about the American protestors.

 

ALG Files FOIA Against Homeland Security: Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today filed a Freedom of Information request demanding all documents related to the drafting of the controversial “right-wing extremism” memo.

 

This Week's "Freedom Watch": This week's edition of "Freedom Watch" hosted by Judge Napolitano. This is the Tax Day edition!

 

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Saturday
Apr182009

CHQ - Warning: the government may already consider you a "right-wing extremist"

I wish I could say this warning is just a joke, but according to a recent report from Obama's Department of Homeland Security, nearly every freedom-loving American is now a potential terrorist.

 

Yes, that's right. The Obama government has labeled virtually every conservative as a "right-wing extremist" with the potential to be a domestic terrorist, including:

 

- Americans unhappy with the bad economy

- Veterans having trouble readjusting after their honorable tour of duty

- Americans opposed to illegal immigration

- Americans opposed to increasing the power of the government

- Americans who favor states' rights

- Second Amendment activists

- Pro-Life activists

- Christians

 

Do any of these categories sound like your beliefs? If yes, the government thinks you may be a terrorist!

 

Click here and, for just $9.95, send a fax to Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano and the Obama White House demanding an apology from the Department of Homeland Security, and an immediate retraction of this shameful report.

 

The report says these potential extremists include "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration." It also says "the possible passage of new restrictions on firearms...could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups."

 

Do you believe local communities should have more control of schools? The government may consider you a terrorist.

 

Do you believe people should enter this country legally? The government may consider you a terrorist.

 

Do you believe Americans should be allowed to keep and bear arms? The government may consider you a terrorist.

 

Are you worried or unhappy with the current state of the economy? The government may consider you a terrorist.

 

There is no excuse for the government's using color of law enforcement to incite hostility against freedom-loving Americans concerned about their country. It is an absolute disgrace and an insult to our Founding Fathers (who would undoubtedly be considered terrorists by the Department of Homeland Security).

 

We must take action right now before conservatives are subjected to further scrutiny and humiliation just because we believe in liberty and justice.

 

Demand an apology from the Department of Homeland Security and an immediate retraction of this atrocious report by clicking here.

 

It is important that we move immediately in getting this report retracted. Our personal freedoms depend on it.

 

If you are considered a potential terrorist, the government thinks it has a right to spy on you. The New York Times reported this week, "the National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year."

 

If you didn't think you were safe from government surveillance before, you should even be more alarmed now the government may consider you a terrorist!

 

If you haven't already, please click here to send a fax to DHS Director Napolitano and the Obama White House telling them you are furious that you have been labeled a potential terrorist, and demand an immediate apology!

 

By this point, your blood should be boiling about this un-American report from the Department of Homeland Security...

...But the outrageous claims do not end there.

 

According this report, our heroic veterans who have served valiantly in Afghanistan in Iraq are ALL POTENTIAL TERRORISTS!

 

"Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists," the reports says. And veterans who are "facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities" should be considered potential terrorists.

 

The government talks about how veterans could turn out like Timothy McVeigh, who committed the awful attack 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 

Does the government really think all our veterans are just like Timothy McVeigh? I wish I could tell you they didn't, but the report unfairly says "some returning military veterans-including Timothy McVeigh-joined or associated with right-wing extremist groups."

 

Additionally, this report is an inexcusable attempt to roll back the goodwill and respect veterans have fought to gain over the last four decades.

 

It was violent, left-wing extremists such as Obama-friend Bill Ayres and others who are now politicians or who work in government who provoked hate and disrespect against veterans four decades ago.

 

These left-wing extremists now are in positions of authority within government. They must hate the fact that veterans have worked hard to overcome the nasty, spiteful treatment provoked by those 1960's radicals.

 

But now that so many of those 1960's left-wing radicals are in positions of authority, they are using color of law enforcement to try to again turn Americans against veterans by inciting hostility against our brave men and women.

 

There are no words for the level of indecency in calling our honorable veterans potential terrorists.

 

If you want to stand up for our veterans, please click here to send a fax to DHS Director Napolitano and the Obama White House that says Americans will not stand for this repugnant treatment of our heroic veterans.

 

"Veterans are people who served their country, most of the time heroically," says American Legion Communications Director John Raughter. "To denigrate their service, cite disgruntled military veterans, brings back images of the stereotypes Vietnam veterans faced when returning home."

 

He's right. We cannot allow the government to officially declare our veterans as potential terrorists.

 

This is not a report from some left-wing fringe group. It is a report from the U.S. government! But judging by its contents, with its open hostility directed at political opponents of the Obama administration, and those who have fought to protect our freedoms, it could have been written by a left-wing fringe group.

 

Please click here RIGHT NOW to help retract this appalling report from the Obama administration.

 

Your freedom depends on your immediate action. This report is just beginning of the Obama administration's attempt to crackdown on conservatives, who they call "right-wing extremists."

 

The report says that the Department of Homeland Security will be "working with its state and local partners over the next several months" to find out more about "the rise in right-wing extremist activity in the United States."

 

That means they may be spying on you and your family, for simply for supporting your Constitutional rights!

 

The next time you drive around town with an NRA sticker, a Jesus fish, or a "Support Life" sticker on the back of your car, police may believe you to be a potential terrorist.

 

This is the reality under an Obama government, and this report will remain available to state and local law enforcement unless we demand its retraction right now by clicking here!

 

What does the Obama government hope to accomplish with this? The intimidation and silencing of the political right.

 

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin said, "It's not small coincidence that Napolitano's agency disseminated the assessment just a week before the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party.

 

"You cannot ignore the context or the timing of this DHS report," Malkin emphasized.

 

Please click here right now to demand an apology from the Department of Homeland Security and demand it retract this outrageous attack on conservatives, Christians, veterans and millions of other freedom-loving Americans!

 

When the Missouri State Highway Patrol's "Fusion Center" released a report last month suggesting supporters of third party candidates (including Ron Paul) were associated with violent militias, conservatives rallied together against it. Because of their work, they got the report retracted, the head of the Fusion Center removed, and received a humble apology from the governor of Missouri.

 

We must do the same thing now with the Department of Homeland Security report!

 

Click here to fight against this Un-American injustice by sending a fax to DHS Director Napolitano and the Obama White House that demands the report be retracted.

 

Thank you for all your help in protecting the good name of all freedom-loving Americans like yourself.

 

Saturday
Apr182009

CEI Weekly: The Washington Tea Party 

>> New Relase From CEI Studios

[VIDEO] D.C. Tea Party and the 1,000,000 Teabags

http://ceiondemand.org/2009/04/16/dc-tea-party-and-the-1000000-teabags/

>>New Study

Why Florida Should Not Receive a Pre-Funded Federal Bailout

by Eli Lehrer

http://cei.org/webmemo/2009/04/14/why-florida-should-not-receive-pre-funded-federal-bailout

 

>>Regulatory Comments

CEI Comment on EPA’s Reconsideration of California’s Request for a Waiver to Establish Emission Standards for new Motor Vehicles

http://cei.org/rcandtestimony/2009/04/06/cei-comment-epa%E2%80%99s-reconsideration-california%E2%80%99s-request-waiver-establish-em

 

>>Building Coalitions

Free Market Coalition Letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on EPA’s Endangerment Finding

http://cei.org/cletters/2009/04/15/free-market-coalition-letter-epa-administrator-lisa-jackson-epa’s-endangerment-f

>>Shaping the Debate

[VIDEO] John Berlau Debates Credit Card Fees and the Bank Bailout

John Berlau featured on CNBC

http://www.blip.tv/file/2002459

[VIDEO] Chris Horner on Renewable Fuels and Corporate Welfare

Chris Horner featured on Fox News

http://ceiondemand.org/2009/04/13/chris-horner-on-renewable-fuels-and-corporate-welfare/

 

Upset Over Offsets

Iain Murray featured in The DC Examiner

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/16/upset-over-offsets

 

‘Backstop’ idea appears too risky: Catastrophe fund may have opposite effect

Eli Lehrer featured in The Houston Chronicle

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/12/‘backstop’-idea-appears-too-risky-catastrophe-fund-may-have-opposite-effect

 

A Good Time to Start Liquidating

Ivan Osorio featured in The American Spectator

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/15/good-time-start-liquidating

 

Geithner promises repeat of Bush’s regulatory mistakes

Eli Lehrer featured in The Detroit News

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/10/geithner-promises-repeat-bush’s-regulatory-mistakes

Don’t change interchange

Ryan Radia featured in The Washington Times

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/12/don’t-change-interchange

 

Green Job Self-Destruction

Iain Murray featured in The Independent on Sunday

http://cei.org/articles/2009/04/12/green-job-self-destruction

 

>>Best of the Blogs

AIG CEO Liddy owns millions in stock in bailout beneficiary Goldman — Tim Carney blockbuster in DC Examiner

by John Berlau

"Everyone should read the blockbuster exclusive in today’s Washington Examiner in which Timothy P. Carney confirms that American International Group CEO Edward Liddy — appointed to his position at the behest of Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner after the government takeover of AIG in September — still owns more than $3 million in stock in Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the AIG bailout."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/04/10/aig-ceo-liddy-owns-millions-in-stock-in-bailout-beneficiary-goldman-tim-carney-blockbuster-in-dc-examiner/

 

1,000,000 Tea Bags Find a Home

by Cord Blomquist

"The good folks from MillionTeaBags.org dropped by CEI today after the Park Service told them that while they had a perfectly legal permit to demonstrate in LaFayette Park today, that they hadn’t specifically asked if they could display the 1 million bags of tea they had trucked in. It’s tougher to have a tea party these days—regulations and permits were not a part of the first one."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/04/15/1000000-tea-bags-find-a-home/

 

Slandering the Tea Parties

by Hans Bader

"The 'tea party' protests against out-of-control government spending have been very clear in identifying what wasteful spending they object to. One example is Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package . . . but the protesters are frequently criticized by journalists . . . for having the temerity to protest Administration lies and out-of-control spending, the protesters have been attacked elsewhere in the left-wing blogosphere in the most vicious language as 'redneck, racist Republicons' and as 'a bunch of white old people and rednecks.'"

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/04/16/slandering-the-tea-parties/

 

Horse Racing As A Public Good?

by Marc Scribner

"Maryland politicians really have their hands full as the legislative session draws to a close. Instead of focusing on their state’s looming long-term budget crisis, the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Martin O’Malley spent yesterday working on a far more important issue: authorizing the use of public resources to seize and operate the Preakness Stakes."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/04/15/horse-racing-as-a-public-good/

 

Federalism and Opposition to Illegal Immigration Are Signs of Subversion, Obama Administration Claims

by Hans Bader

"The Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security has developed new profiles of potential terrorists. Its definition of “right-wing extremism” is so ridiculously broad that you yourself may be branded as an extremist!"

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/04/14/federalism-and-opposition-to-illegal-immigration-are-subversive-obama-administration-claims/

 

>>CEI in the News

American Spectator--Fred Smith
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/05/obamas-inauspicious-start

The Washington Examiner--Ivan Osorio
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/SEIU-is-Primary-Driving-Force-Behind-Card-Check-CEI-Expert-Says-41917882.html

National Review Online--Eli Lehrer
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NzJjM2YyMjA0N2VjZmU1NjAwMzQ0Njg1M2Q1YWU1MGM

Human Events--Eli Lehrer and Sam Kazman
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31452

National Underwriter--Eli Lehrer
http://www.property-casualty.com/News/2009/4/Pages/Think-Tanks-Dispute-Need-For-State-Insurance-Regulation.aspx

Tulsa Business Journal--Sam Kazman
http://www.tulsabusiness.com/article.asp?aID=048384503.6517093.635050.5098802.7053259.246&aID2=48841

Politico--Eli Lehrer
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21245.html

Family Security Matters--William Yeatman
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.2983/pub_detail.asp

Dallas Morning News--Ivan Osorio
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/041009dnmetunitehere.39cdffe.html

>>Podcast

Episode 38: Pirate Warriors on Deck

We start with the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates by the U.S. Navy and Special Forces, look into the murky finances of AIG CEO Edward Liddy in Scandal Watch, and figure out what ISPs are up to in Technology News. We also get an update on how West Virginia is about to become even more Wild and Wonderful, and finally we answer the call for wealthy, multilingual volunteers in Olympic News.

http://www.libertyweek.org/

 

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