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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Linkfest From WiretapsTo Targeting Veterans To Tea Parties

A lot of news out today so we are going to point out some interesting articles from the news and some blogs.

Tea Party links:

"Tea Party" Protests Appear to Draw At Least 250,000

The Corner amuses with "I Think We're Going to Need a Bigger Umbrella."

A reader wrote me saying that at the Greenville, S.C., Tea Party, "They will be selling the 'Obama burger' — you pay for one and they cut it in half and give the rest to the guy behind you for free!!" Our team needs more political theater and fewer marketing consultants.

Now THAT is funny.

Denver Post with "5,000 attend tax-day 'tea party' at Capitol"

Chains we can believe in" and "We're not Europeans, we're Americans." A number said they believe the president's economic policies are pushing the nation toward socialism and financial ruin.

"It's pretty sad that I've lived 65 years and never had a reason before to protest something," said Bertha Holland, who carried a sign that read, "Don't stimulate. Liberate."

"What's happening scares me," she added.

Much more can be found at Google News.

Wire Taps:

Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law

The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

The left is up in arms, so to speak, led by the hack Glenn Greenwald.

Targeting Veterans:

The other day we told you about a document, a report, issued by the DHS titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

In that report, there was a large segment where the DHS deliberately targeted our nation's veterans. Seems many didn't appreciate that and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, felt obliged to respond, insisting they weren't meaning to offend veterans.

Her statement:

The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution.

Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.

We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.

I am aware of the letter from American Legion National Commander Rehbein, and my staff has already contacted him to set up a meeting next week once I return from travel. I will tell him face-to-face that we honor veterans at DHS and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the Deputy Secretary.

As the department responsible for protecting the homeland, DHS will continue to work with its state and local partners to prevent and protect against the potential threat to the United States associated with any rise in violent extremist activity.

Now, via memeorandum, here is one just for you sheer entertainment.

Hair Stylist Keeps Armed Robber as Sex Slave

Enjoy reading everyone.