… according to this fairly scary report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Scariest fact: that DHS report about right-wing extremist activity seems to have been leaked by a federal law enforcement officer sympathetic to the militia cause.
I thought it was a blunder for the Clinton Administration not to mobilize public opinion against the armed-and-dangerous part of the far right in the wake of Oklahoma City, and not to act vigorously against the harassment of federal officials by the “sagebrush rebels.” After Oklahoma City, the President should have gone on TV and asked citizens to put out American flags to demonstrate their support for Constitutional government and their opposition to violence. And he should have ordered federal law enforcement to crack down on the militias, the posse comitatus, and the anti-Castro terrorists in South Florida.
There have already been string of deadly incidents, though fortunately nothing yet on the Oklahoma City scale, and there are loud echoes of militia ideology in the teabagger/health care town hall protests and the birther movement. It seems to me that the time to start making a major fuss – starting with Congressional hearings – is now.