A group of citizens gathered in Winnsboro Tuesday to ask Gov. Bobby Jindal to speak out against two U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports labeling citizens with traditional American values as potential terrorists.
Organizers of the event said that the meeting held at the local VFW Hall was to both inform the public that the federal government has issued the reports to state and local law enforcement and to call on Jindal to publicly denounce them.
The first report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was sent to law enforcement agencies in April 2009. The report warned that people who reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority were among the most likely to commit acts of domestic terrorism.
A second report, “Hot Spots for Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970 to 1980,” was released earlier this year and warns that right-wing groups that believe their “personal and/or national way of life is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent,” are primed for terrorism.
Some of the groups listed as potential terrorist in the DHS reports include:
- Citizens that believe in the Second Amendment and the right to own guns.
- Citizens who disagree with the Obama Administration’s immigration policy.
- Returning military veterans.
- Citizens who are nationalists, as opposed to globalists.
- Citizens who are suspicious of centralized federal authority.
- Groups of people reverent to individual liberty.
Jindal should make a “loud statement” against the reports, as well as tell state law enforcement and Louisiana National Guard officials to ignore them, Lane Wolleson—a Winnsboro businessman who helped put together the meeting—told the crowd:
Wolleson and others urged Louisianians to visit leftandrightamerica.com, a website with links to the DHS reports and contact information for Jindal, Louisiana National Guard Adjutant Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson and Louisiana Sheriff’s Association President Bob Buckley.
This statement is posted on the website:
In the (2) Department of Homeland Security reports below, the DHS states that individuals with very mainstream values and beliefs are likely recruits by extremist or terrorist groups. Also they state that individuals or groups that have committed violent acts also possessed these values and beliefs.
We want to make certain that individuals who merely possess these values and beliefs are not considered suspicious by our federal government.
Some American citizens won’t discuss these reports publicly already because they worry about how our government might react. We can’t tolerate anything or anyone to oppress free speech in America.
If you value our First Amendment right to free speech, call the gentlemen below to let them know about these reports and that we expect them to order all individuals in their respective commands never to participate in any law enforcement action or in any military action against individuals with the listed values and beliefs, because of their values and beliefs alone.
Although the meeting wasn’t officially associated with any political group, there was a strong tea party presence at the VFW Hall—which serves as monthly meeting spot for the Franklin Parish-based An American Patriot Tea Party.
Organizers were mostly concerned about government action that might shutdown free speech and assembly of tea party groups who have been belied as possible terrorists.
American Patriot Tea Party President Kelly Martin spoke shortly after Wolleson to encourage people to visit the website and to contact Jindal and other officials and express their concerns about the DHS reports. He said that he was pleased with the way the meeting went:
Ironically, organizers stressed that any opposition from tea party members and other Americans being labeled potential terrorists should be peaceful, respectful resistance.