Michele Malkin’s panties are in a bunch over a recent Departmant of Homeland Security report citing a noteworthy acceleration in recruitment among right-wing terrorist/extremist groups, assisted by the election of America’s first African-American President. Mobilizing behind sundry issues: the economy, fear of gun control and the domestic loss of status in the world, hate groups are growing. Along with the “tea parties,” it’s the GOP’s “focus De Jour.” What they conveniently ignore is that the study was initiated under George W. Bush and much of its findings along with its supporting data surfaced well before Obama took office. Cute.
Conservatives claim that had such a report surfaced under Bush regarding the left, it would have been widely reported and criticized–except that they did and weren’t. In fact the report’s genesis indeed occurred under Bush. He knew of the research and findings but chose to suppress it.
According to Congressional Quarterly: “The DHS under President Bush was apparently more reluctant to make such assessments about the right. According to CQ, a 2005 report outlining terrorist threats ‘does not mention anti-government groups, white supremacists and other radical right-wing movements,'” noted Think Progress. “Bush’s report did, however, list the threat of left-wing groups such as the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. And a 2001 report from the Energy Department examined “Left-Wing Extremism: The Current Threat.”.