Did you sign the Manhattan Declaration? Did you make contributions to conservative, Christian organizations such as the Fellowship of St. James? Do you support the Alliance Defending Freedom (the new name for the former Alliance Defense Fund), Judicial Watch, or the American Center for Law and Justice? Are you opposed to unrestricted abortion? Are you reverent of individual liberty? Do you think your way of life is under attack? Are you suspicious of centralized federal authority? Do you subscribe to Touchstone or Salvo? Do you read Mere Comments? Do you make comments generally supportive of its blog writers? If so, there may be more than sufficient evidence to merit you being watched by Big Sibling (I would normally have said Big Sister, but wish to use more inclusive language) Janet Napolitano and her watchers for potential terrorism.

Hey, Mike, that is just hyperbole, isn’t it? Well, not so fast! A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (“START”), at the University of Maryland, warns of potential terrorism by Christian believers. START was launched with an initial grant from DHS and is one of the DHS’s “Centers for Excellence,” and has received additional taxpayer funding since its founding.

In its study, called “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008” (the “Study”), START lists potential terrorist groups by ideology, such as right-wing, left-wing, religious, and “single issue.” It defines terroristic and dangerous religious groups that seek to:

smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers, impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists), forcibly insert religion into the religious sphere (e.g., those who seek to politicize religion, such as Christian Reconstructionists and Islamists), and/or bring about Armageddon (apocalyptic millenarian cults . . . ) For example, Jewish Direct Action, Mormon extremists, Jamaat-al-Fuqra, and covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) are included in this category.

Incidentally, having read the Study, the use of the term “Islamists” here is the only mention of Islamic terrorism in the entire Study. Even though our nation is the most vulnerable to Islamic terrorism since 9/11 under the Obama Regime, numerous acts of Islamic terrorism that occurred on American soil are ignored in the Study. Patrick Poole, writing in PJ Media, noted that for the 1990s, the Study shows that there were no acts of religious terrorism in New York or Los Angeles, and only two terrorist attacks during the 2000s. (For those of you interested in this topic, Mr. Poole’s article is a must read.) Apparently, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was not terrorism, and the 1994 shooting by Rashid Baz, who killed the 16-year-old Jewish student, Ari Halberstam, and attempted to murder dozens more in a van on the Brooklyn Bridge, was not terrorism either. The Study also ignores the 2002 shooting at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, an attack that killed two and wounded four others. The FBI concluded that the shooter, Hesham Mohamed, was an Egyptian terrorist who wanted to be a Moslem martyr. And by cutting off the Study at the end of 2007, it omits the Fort Hood massacre by Major Nidal Hasan, who killed thirteen people and wounded 29 others, and the Little Rock Army recruiting center killings, where a Moslem convert shot soldiers in front of the Army recruiting office.

Examples of what START considers to be “extreme right-wing” terrorists include “groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack . . . suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.” If the federal government is suspicious of all those who are distrustful of centralized federal authority, then the majority of our nation’s population and all Tea Party adherents might be potential terrorist suspects. The Study also defines as potential terrorists those who want to “forcibly insert religion into the political sphere” and oppose abortion. You may recall that DHS, in another report issued in April 2009, warned about returning veterans and Christians as potentially dangerous right-wing extremists. That report warned about “right-wing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of United States sovereignty. It is sure a good thing that any concern about any of those topics proved to be quite ridiculous and overblown. “Move along, people, there is nothing to see here! Go home!”

Under President Obama’s Regime, our nation’s founders and the “black-robed regiment” that was so vital to the success of the American Revolution, would be deemed to be right-wing or religious terrorists, and so I think I could be in big trouble with Big Sibling! You may be also if you are reading this, but at least you have been forewarned! So when do vigilance and caution begin to turn to paranoia? Perhaps only in a society where the Big Sibling’s watchers are not being watched.