It's True! I Know This One Guy Who...

My usual Friday Off the Beaten Path segment will appear next week—I have at least one more place of interest to highlight.

Over at the General Blog on Crime, the resident conservative Scooby (they have several contributors, but only Scooby offers opinions from a conservative perspective) provides some thoughts on the US Department of Homeland Security’s recent report for law enforcement agencies that seems to smear certain groups:

…The newest national threat assessment identifies the biggest threats to our nation as "rightwing extremists." Among these groups are groups that are "primarily hate-oriented..., and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration…"

Thank God Thomas Jefferson is not still alive, I fear he would be getting the early morning "knock, knock" by federal agents. Among those growing class of dangerous "rightwing extremists" are radicalized veterans returning from war. Yes, there is some apparent conspiracy among vets to bring down the government they have risked their lives to protect...
The controversial DHS report can be viewed here.

Not to keep mentioning the MIAC report, but in continuing to question that writing style: when are these intelligence analysts going to start making arguments using empirical research? Stating that the world is a certain way based on anecdotal evidence is something not permitted by professors for undergraduate term papers, so why do these experts think it is a viable approach for them to use?

Just because Timothy McVeigh was a veteran and had certain characteristics or some serial arsonist in Baltimore prefers green shoe laces does not necessarily mean that these qualities are exhibited by all or even by many criminals.

The unfortunate result of this type of unsubstantiated report is that law enforcement practitioners will soon have little interest in looking at such documents, and any worthwhile information contained therein will never make it to the patrol officer working the streets.


Meadowlark said...

Just touching base. Now that I'm unemployed, I hope to be able to visit people more often. Something they'll regret, I'm sure ;)

I, unfortunately, am one of the people that they are smearing. It worries me immensely.