Ron Paul – Terrorist?
“In general, [they] claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government’s policies are criminal and immoral. [They] hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution”
No, the article is not about Ron Paul’s supporters, but rather the Alabama Department of Homeland Security’s warning about Domestic Terrorist groups. Once Chris Brunner started kicking up a fuss, the webpage was pulled, but nothing on the internet ever really disappears.
Snark aside, I am very concerned about a worrying trend; the conflating of opposition to the government with terrorism. In his book “Tower of Secrets” one of the senior agents in the KGB’s counterintelligence department detailed how the Soviet Union consciously conflated dissidence with Judaism. This was done to hinder the adoption of dissident views by tapping into the latent antisemitism in Russia. Today there is a powerful movement afoot to equate opposition to the government with being a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer. It was inevitable that such a demonization would occur. Nonetheless, I find it disturbing.