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Eric Holder's Bizarrely PC Announcement Regarding “Violent Extremism”

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder

In the wake of President Obama’s speech about his belated plan to confront the national security threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new program “to bring together community representatives, public safety officials and religious leaders to counter violent extremism.”

Except nowhere in the announcement could you find the words Islamic, Islamist, Muslim, jihadi or any other term that might give you the slightest idea who these violent extremists might be.  (link to the FBI news release at the end of this article)

For all we know, based on the news release of this new program, Holder is right now deploying his crack “engagement specialists” to the Irish bars of Boston to mop-up diehard IRA sympathizers or combing the rural churches of New England for any remaining Puritan opponents of Royalist England.

To be fair, Holder does mention ISIL, Syria, Iraq and the 13th anniversary of 9/11, but nowhere is any word used that directly associates these events with radical Islam or Muslim culture as the proximate cause of the need for the program.

What’s more Holder says that the Department of Justice “will along with our interagency affiliates, we will work closely with community representatives to develop comprehensive local strategies, to raise awareness about important issues, to share information on best practices, and to expand and improve training in every area of the country.”

It is exactly these “community representatives,” such as the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), that have demanded that the American government scrub any mention or use of the words Islamic, Islamist, Muslim, jihadi or any other association with Islam from Pentagon and law enforcement training programs as “Islamophobic.”

Holder’s announcement reminds us that back in 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued an “intelligence assessment”, really more of a political broadside, arguing that “rightwing extremism,” defined by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to include groups opposed to abortion and open immigration and even returning veterans as among terrorist risks to the U.S.

The report was so outrageous that Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, then-chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and the top House Democrat with oversight of the Department of Homeland Security said in a letter to Ms. Napolitano that he was “dumbfounded” that such a report would be issued.

Interestingly, in language strikingly similar to that used in Holder’s recent announcement, the 2009 report says the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “rightwing extremist activity in the United States.”

Something is bizarrely wrong in the Obama – Holder government if groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority or oppose abortion can be named as terrorists, but the words Islamic, Islamist, Muslim, jihadi cannot be used in an FBI announcement about a program to “counter violent extremism.”

President Obama and his key people, such as Attorney General Holder, have all too willingly embraced a foolish, perhaps fatal, politically correct description of who the enemy is in this war radical Islamists have declared on us.

Read Attorney General Eric Holder's bizarre news release through this link

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