By Mikael Thalen | Storyleak
A leaked New York State Counter Terrorism Bulletin reveals how law enforcement are being told to prepare for increased violence from “far-right extremists.”
Published by the New York State Intelligence Center, the document, entitled “CTB 14-07: Recent Spike in Violence Targeting Law Enforcement,” details several recent shootings while warning police to be on the look out for people displaying anti-government viewpoints.
“Over the last week there have been three attacks – one in Canada and two in the United States – in which law enforcement officers were targeted, leading to the death of five officers and one civilian,” the bulletin states. “Based upon reporting it appears all the suspects in these incidents were motivated by elements of a far right anti-government ideology with a particular fixation on law enforcement.”
The bulletin mentions data from a New America Foundation study that claims 37 deaths since 9/11 were perpetrated by the “far right,” repeating the meme that those within the liberty movement are more dangerous than Al Qaeda. The bulletin also references a study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that argues that far right extremists have been killing law enforcement at an “increasing rate in recent years.”
While law enforcement should always remain vigilant, the bulletin illustrates the federal government’s never ending attempt to tie anyone with basic conservative beliefs to incredibly rare events carried out by deranged and psychotic killers.
The bulletin goes on to cite a study by the Countering Terrorism Center at West Point, a think tank that labels supporters of individual freedoms as extremist, as proof of the danger New York State faces. Law enforcement are warned that New York is ranked second in the number of far-right attacks nationwide.
“Since 2011, there have been ten submission/tips to the NYSIC regarding anti-government related suspicious activity, two of which were adopted by the JTTF,” the bulletin states.
Incredibly, one of the alleged suspicious events investigated by the state’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was a case surrounding a citizen journalist with a degree in criminal justice. Matthew Grunert, who spoke with Storyleak last month, was visited at his home by a police investigator and asked if he was a member of the “Sovereign Citizens Nation” for simply gathering content for a story outside a police building.
“My father spent twenty-four years serving this country in the U.S. Army. I was raised with a healthy respect for the law that turned into fascination when I was in grade school,” Grunert told said. “It is personally insulting and offensive to me that I would be associated with the Sovereign Citizen movement merely for exercising my constitutional rights. I am not a sovereign citizen; I am a citizen of the United States of America and I love my country.”
The bulletin even attempts to label those who believe the government is interested in gun confiscation as “far right” conspiracy theorists, ironically only one day after President Obama publicly endorsed the “success” of Australia’s gun confiscation program.
The recent passage of the NYSafe Act, gun control legislation that has been rejected by more than 84 percent of New York counties, is also mentioned as a likely lightning rod for “militia and sovereign citizens.”
Several groups receive special mention including the New York Mutual Assistance Group (NYMAG), Oath Keepers, and the III Percent Patriots. The bulletin incorrectly claims that the latter of the groups believes in the “need to use violence against the government” despite no indication that the group supports offensive violence.
“The recent attacks serve to highlight a trend of growing violence by far right extremists that is likely to continue in the near term,” the bulletin says in closing. “While attacks by lone offenders or small groups, common amongst far right extremists, are often difficult to detect and can occur with little or no warning, law enforcement should remain vigilant to any indicators or suspicious activity related to the persistent far right extremist threat.”
Interestingly, the aforementioned shootings, one of which the media ridiculously tied to Alex Jones, occurred only days after Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled a new Justice Department task force focused on “homegrown” terrorism.
Although the bulletin asks law enforcement to differentiate between law-abiding citizens and potential extremists, the federal government’s definition of extremism has vastly expanded in recent years.
Earlier this month, a Washington Times piece revealed a chilling Department of Defense directive that outlined instances in which President Obama believes he would be authorized to use lethal military force against Americans domestically. Similar to the bulletin, the Times article also mentions supporters of the Bundy Ranch, revealing how the President debated using military force against them.
Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars last March revealed a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise which detailed a scenario on how the federal government would battle a group know as the “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny” during martial law in Alaska.
Just last year, Army troops at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby blew the whistle on a new training course that labeled the American Family Association, a mainline Christian organization, as a domestic hate group, proving the federal government’s attempt to blur the line between extremism and mainline conservative values.
Soldiers at Fort Hood received a similar warning that year when a pre-deployment discussion mentioned the “major terror threat” of Christians, anti-abortion activists and Tea Party supporters. Soldiers were threatened with disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice if they were discovered to be supporting such groups.
A Department of Defense training manual leaked in August 2013 also warned military personnel against participation in groups that support “individual liberties,” linking the belief to extremism as well.
A Department of Homeland Security funded study published in 2012 tied Americans “suspicious of centralized federal authority” to “extreme right-wing” terrorism. The study went on to label those who are “reverent of individual liberty” as potential terrorists.
The federal government’s motive becomes even more apparent in light of a 2012 report from the Small Wars Journal featured in Forbes, which detailed “how the U.S. Military would crush a Tea Party rebellion.”
Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano publicly gave support to a 2009 report that labeled returning military veterans as the main terror threat, a false claim that has been disseminated throughout law enforcement agencies. Agencies such as the FBI have also repeatedly characterized returning veterans as a major domestic terrorist threat as well.
A Morgan County, Indiana Police Sergeant, clearly exposed to such federal anti-veteran training, told reporters last month that his department was receiving an armored military vehicle due to the perceived threat of returning military veterans.
“The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques,” the Sergeant said.
Despite 2013 having the “lowest level of law enforcement fatalities in six decades” according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, police are continually being trained to view every conservative American as a potential extremist cop-killer.
With government support at historic lows across the board, the attempt to target the political right by linking them to extremism is yet another example of the Obama Administration’s unrelenting political persecution.
This article originally appeared on Storyleak.