defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
His defense of this report is apologetically that you did it to us, now we are going to do it to you. Or, more succinctly as he put it in the title of his post, that conservatives reap what they sow. Or even more simply, in the language of a student explaining a fight to a teacher, "they started it."
This is just unbelievably cynical. What happened to principled opposition of infringements of individual rights? What about us libertarians, who are singled out equally as terrorism suspects for holding beliefs similar to those of Thomas Jefferson, but who did criticized Bush as well? Jeez, this is just so schoolyard, like a bunch of silly kids shouting that the other guy dissed them first. Do you Democrats and Republicans ever listen to yourselves? I could take Greenwald's rant on whiny Republicans and substitute only the words "republican and conservative" with "democrat and liberal" and get an identical Free Republic post. Do you really think this kind of response really answers the issue?
And really, all this is just window dressing for the real issue, the fact that the DHS is spending millions of man-hours creating virtually content-free publications. I have only skimmed the report, but is there anything here a state or local law enforcement official would find remotely useful?