“Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an ‘escalating danger’ from ‘homegrown’ terrorists within the United States,” latimes.com reported last week. Yup. We missed it – despite the fact that this website has been warning that the feds could target pro-gun groups (and websites) under anti-terrorist statutes. But the announcement could hardly be more relevant than it is today, what with the revelations surrounding the Las Vegas cop killers’ political affiliations (including the NRA). What’s the bet the pro-gun side will feel some federal heat, now? Not that the announcement went there. In fact . . .
The task force will chiefly comprise leaders from the FBI, the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorneys. Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a task force formed by former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The task force fell into disuse after 9/11.
Though the original task force, which was little known, focused mainly on right-wing zealots, Holder’s version is aimed at U.S. citizens or visitors radicalized via the Internet. Holder said the government will continue to fight terrorists abroad.
“But we also must concern ourselves with a different type of threat. We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” he said.
Notice that there’s no mention of the word “Islam.” Could the Internet-born “self-radicalization” apply to Americans who become
gun extremists gun rights advocates? Yesterday, that would have seemed far-fetched (a.k.a., paranoid). Today, not so much.
Horrific terror incidents like the tragic shootings at Fort Hood and last year’s Boston Marathon bombing demonstrate the danger we face from these homegrown threats,” Holder said in the video posted on the department’s website.
“Now — as the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet — it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,” Holder said.
Potential extremists? As in pre-crime? Oy vey.